The National Civics Bee is expanding across America.

Click here to see if your state is confirmed to participate in the National Civics Bee!

If the National Civics Bee will be in your community and you would like to get involved:

Sharing the National Civics Bee with Your Class

  Incorporate the National Civics Bee into your class lessons

It’s easy to incorporate the National Civics Bee into your class lessons. We’ve created a detailed classroom guide. With cash prizes and local, state, and national recognition, you may be giving a student the opportunity of a lifetime. Contact your local participating chamber for classroom resources and support materials.

Share the Opportunity to Compete with Parents

  Invite Parents and Students to Participate

Share this website or this flyer with parents and invite families to support the National Civics Bee.

If you are interested in bringing the National Civics Bee to your community:

Express Your Interest to Your State and/or Local Chambers

  Post to Social Media

The National Civics Bee is expanding. As an educator, I hope it’s coming to (insert your city and state). (Tag your state chamber and local chamber.) #CivicsBuzz

  Send an Email

The email of your local or state chamber is easily found online through a quick search.

Dear [Insert Local or State Chamber Here],
I’ve heard that the National Civics Bee is expanding across America in partnership with local and state chambers. The intent of the competition is to encourage more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition inspires middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater trust in others and institutions. As an educator in [Insert City and State], I believe that empowering our children with learning opportunities like the National Civics Bee is beneficial for our community and future. I’d love to see our chamber participate in this program to make it available to children in our community.

Please keep me posted on your efforts to bring the National Civics Bee to our community.

Thank you,
[Insert Signature]
[Insert Name]

  Send a Letter

We’ve made it easy to help. Click here to customize and print out a support letter to send to your local chamber of commerce.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the entry portal open?

    Entries may be submitted starting on November 13, 2023 until January 8, 2024. Click here to to find participating chambers in your area and submit your essay.
  • If I’m interested in my entire class participating, are there classroom guidebooks available?

    Your local or state host chamber can provide you with support materials for your classroom. See the full list of participating chambers here.
  • I would like my students to submit essays. However, we live in an area with no chamber, how do we participate?

    Students are not required to live in the geographical area of the local chambers hosting the competition. If your state is participating in the National Civics Bee, you may choose any local participating chamber to submit your entry.
  • Is there a cost for my students to participate?

    There is no cost to participate in the National Civics Bee.
  • Is there a fee to compete in the state or national competition? What about travel?

    There is no fee to compete at the state or national competition. Some travel costs might be covered for those students who advance to the state or national level.
  • What are prizes awarded at the state or national level?

    Cash prize amounts vary but include a minimum prize amount at the local level of $125 for 3rd place, $250 for 2nd place, and $500 for 1st place. At the state level, the minimum prize amounts are $500 for 3rd place, $1,000 for 2nd place, and $2,000 for 1st place. Finalists at the local and state events may receive additional prizes, certificates, and trophies.  Prize amounts for the national competition will be announced soon.
  • Who can I contact if I have questions?

    Contact your local host chamber or your state chamber. Full list of participating chambers can be found here.