Iowa Girls State is an Americanism Program of the American Legion Auxiliary so flag raising is an important start to each day and flag lowering happens in the evening. In addition, many years a local Legion Post does a flag disposal ceremony for the girls which explains how flags are properly disposed of once they become unusable.
Iowa Girls State also puts out several newspaper issues throughout the week and girls apply to be the newspaper reporters. The reporters are encouraged to keep their own floors informed on what is happening at Girls State and across the state.
in addition to creating and running a political machine, the girls have motivational speakers who come and speak with them on a daily basis. One of their favorite speakers has been Governor Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
During their free time the girls get to hang out with each other, one night they have a scavenger hunt and another day they take a tour of the ISU Campus and spend time in the campus book stores for some much needed shopping.
Many scholarships are also presented during the evening with the largest being the American Legion of Iowa Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $5000 and the Samsung Scholarship which can ultimately be up to $20,000 if chosen as a National winner..