Youth Educational Programs

Children of the American Revolution (CAR)

 The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.)  is the nation's oldest, largest, patriotic youth organization and  offers membership to anyone under the age of twenty two, lineally  descended from someone who rendered material aid to the cause of  American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized  patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the  United States. C.A.R. activities focus on patriotism, service, and  education about our
American heritage. 

CAR National Page

CAR Patriot Ancestors Essay Contest

Application and Rules for the annual Fount T. Smothers Ancestors Essay Contest

Application and Rules for the Annual Fount T. Smothers Ancestors Essay Contest can be found at the link to the TN Society of the SAR's home page.  (Look for the CAR logo like the one to the left on our page). 

Application and Rules

Elementary School Poster Contest

National Poster Contest.  Students and other Participants from organizations must be of equivalent age for 3rd, 4th, or 5th grades, whichever year

that American History is taught in the specific school district.

Elementary School Poster Contest

Middle School Brochure Contest

 The SAR Middle School Contest is to create a tri-fold brochure out of a typical 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper.  

Middle School Brochure Contest

High School Historical Oration Contest

 The (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest.  

Raubaugh Orations Contest

10, 11, 12 Grade History Essay Contest

The George S, & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American History.

Knight Essay Contest

Educational Programs continued

ROTC/JROTC/Sea Cadet Recognition Program

The ROTC Medal is awarded to foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier" .

The SAR awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier" exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented by a Chapter, as a State SAR, or the National SAR to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general exellence.

ROTC/JROTC/Sea Cadets

Eagle Scout Scholarship

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

Open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application. The year that Eagle was awarded is not restricted. Three cash scholarship awards are given: As the National first place winner - $8,000.00; Runner-up $4,000.00; 2nd Runner-up $2000.00.

Eagle Scouts

American History Teacher Award

Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all 

American history teachers, whose approved curriculum teaches students about the Revolutionary War era from 1750 to 1800, to apply for the Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award. 


The award is open to all teachers at the middle or high school levels at a recognized public, private, or parochial institution. While the preliminary rounds of the award program begin at the local level, teachers may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress.


The American History Teacher Award recognizes educators who distinguish themselves

in the addressing the history of the American Revolution. The award winner will receive a professional educational opportunity at a national seminar and bring back to their classroom and students a heightened level of creativity and enthusiasm for the American Revolutionary era.  


Teacher candidates interested in entering the local SAR Chapter contest must complete the required application and submit a written essay of not less than 500 words discussing the importance of teaching the American Revolutionary era. The essay may also describe any extraordinary teaching techniques or innovative projects utilized by the teacher to teach the American Revolution. The contest is aimed at identifying a teacher who is still actively teaching and who is in the early stages of his or her career, therefore having many years of productive classroom teaching remaining. It is recognized that school districts may have different job titles for teachers of American history, such as Social Studies teachers. The actual job title of the teacher is not important as long as the teacher has as their primary duty the teaching of American History. Teachers who teach music, JROTC, or other subjects as their primary subject are not eligible. The essay should also discuss

why the teacher wants to attend the educational seminar and how the teacher would use what is learned at the seminar in the future.


Two signed letters of recommendation, one from the Supervisor and one from the Principal whose signature endorsing the applicant appears on the application, should also be among the application materials. These letters need to state why the applicant is an outstanding teacher of American history. In addition to the application and written essay, SAR requests the applicant submit a one-page biography highlighting their

educational background and achievements. All application materials must be typed or printed on 8½" x 11" standard paper and submitted through the mail. No handwritten or copied material will be accepted. 


All original materials will remain the property of SAR.  The award is specifically for graduate programs in the American Revolution and not redeemable for its monetary value. If the award winner is unable to attend an educational seminar during the year the award is presented then the winner may attend in a subsequent year. The winner must attend a seminar within thirty six months after the award is announced or the award will be forfeited.