The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.)
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
Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-two is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, 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, provided that the applicant is personally acceptable to the Society. C.A.R. members gain invaluable leadership experience in conducting meetings, following parliamentary protocol, serving as delegates, and speaking before groups at local, state, regional, and national conferences.
C.A.R. members who would like to transfer their membership to the SAR when they are between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two should contact their local SAR chapter or state-level society liaison for further details on that process. If the C.A.R. member has relatives who are already approved members of the SAR, then that C.A.R. member may be eligible for a discounted application fee. Annual dues and fees for SAR membership and the transfer process may differ between locations.
The C.A.R. is an independent organization which looks to the SAR, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and the Sons of the Revolution (SR) for its leadership and financial support. The C.A.R. needs adult leaders, financial support, and members. An SAR member may hold a “senior” office in the C.A.R.at the local, state, regional, or national levels of the society. The C.A.R. needs senior leaders at all levels, but particularly at the local level. Senior leaders benefit C.A.R. by implementing their knowledge and skills gained from professions and affiliations with other youth programs.
Interested SAR members may also apply to recognize their collaborative efforts and involvement with their local C.A.R. chapter using the SAR Youth Award program’s C.A.R. Activity Award. Every local SAR chapter and state-level society should have a C.A.R. chairman or liaison officer who focuses on support and encouragement to this very worthwhile youth organization.
For further information on the Children of the American Revolution, its local community activities, or how to best become involved (either through youth membership or SAR sponsorship), please contact the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution through its website or through your appropriate local SAR C.A.R. liaison