An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Applications are still open in some places through March 4! See the map below.

National Civics Bee®

The National Civics Bee® is an annual competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities.

Participating 6th, 7th and 8th grade students flex their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes.

In partnership with local and state chambers of commerce across the country, the third annual National Civics Bee® is taking place in 2024. Students may enter the competition by submitting an essay online. Applications are still open in some places through March 4!

This year, state champs will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national title on Tuesday, November 12!

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National Civics Bee® Locations

The 2024 National Civics Bee® student essay application is still open in the following locations through March 4:

Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, AK
Idaho Chamber Alliance (ICA), ID
Mississippi Economic Council - the State Chamber, MS
Montana State Chamber, MT
Oregon Business & Industry Association Research and Education Foundation, OR
West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, WV
Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, WY

Students may enter any competition in their state of residence. To find the location closest to you, enter your zip code in the search bar or click on your state in the map below.

Remember - you may only apply to a competition in your state!

National Civics Bee® State Partners

Thank you to our wonderful local and state chamber partners for working to advance civics education.

In addition to funding from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the National Civics Bee® is made possible through the generous support of its founding partner, The Daniels Fund and other funders.

FAQ

What ages can participate in the National Civics Bee® ?

The National Civics Bee® is open to middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

How do I host a National Civics Bee® in my town, city, or region?

National Civics Bee® events are hosted in partnership with local and state chambers of commerce in each state. Chambers interested in participating in next year’s National Civics Bee® should email us at civictrust@uschamber.com to request more information. Parents and teachers may click here for tools to encourage chambers in their area to sign up for next year’s competition.

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Interested in bringing the National Civics Bee® to your state?

Chambers of commerce interested in participating in next year’s competition, which will take place in 2025, should email us at civictrust@uschamber.com to request more information. Chambers are highly encouraged to express interest by April 1, 2024.

“The evidence is clear: informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy, and a strong workforce. Our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three, and so does the long-term health of America’s economy.”

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Carolyn Cawley President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation