An initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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

Locations and entry deadlines for the 2025 competition will be announced soon.

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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

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
https://uschamberofcommerce.swoogo.com/ncbga

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. Grants will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and application requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, local chamber can start their application here, and state chamber can start their application here.

“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