An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Applications are still open in Idaho. 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 Idaho!

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® State Finals are happening now! There are 15+ State Finals happening this summer. Cheer on your area's finalists and test your own civics knowledge at the competition near you.

Don’t see your state on the list? Click here for info on how to bring the Bee to your community.

Upcoming State Finals

Upcoming State Finals

May 30, 2024: Oregon State Finals
Hosted by Oregon Business & Industry Association Research and Education Foundation
https://oregonbusinessindustry.com/national-civics-bee-oregon/

May 30, 2024: New York State Finals
Hosted by The Business Council of New York State
https://www.ppinys.org/national-civics-bee-new-york

June 1, 2024: New Mexico State Finals
Hosted by the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce
https://www.rrrcc.org/civicsbee/

June 8, 2024: Virginia State Finals
Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation & The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
https://uschamberofcommerce.swoogo.com/ncbva

June 8, 2024: Maryland State Finals
Hosted by the Maryland Chamber Foundation
https://www.mdchamber.org/our-programs/national-civics-bee-for-maryland/

June 11, 2024: Ohio State Finals
Hosted by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce
https://ohiochamber.com/contact-us/

June 13, 2024: Alaska State Finals
Hosted by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce
https://www.alaskachamber.com/national-civics-bee/

June 14, 2024: Pennsylvania State Finals
Hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber Education Foundation
https://www.pachamber.org/events/2024_national_civics_bee/

June 14, 2024: Wisconsin State Finals
Hosted by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Foundation
https://www.wmcfoundation.org/national-civics-bee/

June 15, 2024: Texas State Finals
Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
https://uschamberofcommerce.swoogo.com/ncbtx

June 18, 2024: Connecticut State Finals
Hosted by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA)
https://www.cbia.com/resources/issues-policies/national-civics-bee-connecticut-2024

June 29, 2024: Washington State Finals
Hosted by the Association of Washington Business
https://www.awbinstitute.org/project/national-civics-bee/

July 17, 2024: Michigan State Finals
Hosted by the Michigan Chamber Foundation
https://www.michamber.com/micivicsbee/

July 20, 2024: Georgia State Finals
Hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Website link to come

August 7, 2024: Iowa State Finals
Hosted by the Iowa Chamber Alliance (ICA)
https://www.iowachamberalliance.com/about/national-civics-bee

August 9, 2024: Mississippi State Finals
Hosted by Mississippi Economic Council - The State Chamber of Commerce
https://msmec.com/2023/11/15/national-civics-bee-submissions-now-open/

August 13, 2024: Montana State Finals
Hosted by the Montana Chamber of Commerce
Website link to come

August 21, 2024: Oklahoma State Finals
Hosted by the State Chamber of Oklahoma
https://okstatechamber.com/national-civics-bee/

August 22, 2024: Kentucky State Finals
Hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation
https://www.kychamber.com/nationalcivicsbee

August 23, 2024: Indiana State Finals
Hosted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Institute for Workforce Excellence)
https://www.indianachamber.com/national-civics-bee/

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 the 2024-25 National Civics Bee should email us at civictrust@uschamber.com to request more information. Chambers are highly encouraged to express interest as soon as possible. Priority for grants will be given to new partners, and they will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. 2025 National Civics Bee Applications will be due June 15, 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.”

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