Calling all middle school students!  

Share your ideas and flex your civics knowledge in the National Civics Bee. 

Deadline for Entries Extended to February 19

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to host a first-of its-kind civics competition that encourages young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Participating 6th, 7th and 8th graders will flex their civics knowledge for a chance to win recognition and cash prizes. Finalists will be invited to Washington, DC to compete in the inaugural National Civics Bee national championship in Fall 2024.


Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student residing in New York with an idea about using civics to improve their community may review the rules and submit an essay application on this page: ENTER HERE.

The application closes on February 19, 2024.


Identify a problem in your community. How might a citizen solve the problem?
Write a 500-word essay that includes the following:

  • What is the problem, and how do different members of your community or neighborhood view it?
  • What civic principles or systems help address the problem?
  • What is your idea or recommendation for solving the problem?
  • What primary sources, such as the Declaration of  Independence or United State Constitution, providing supporting evidence or examples for your idea or recommendation?
  • How might members of your community or neighborhood bring your idea or recommendation to life?


Your essay will be judged based on how well you:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of civics
  • Acknowledge and address opposing points of view
  • Use primary sources
  • Clearly describe an idea innovative or new to you


Civics Bee Student Flyer
Student and Parent Guide
Teacher Guide
National Civics Bee Highlights Video
Contest Rules (English)
Contest Rules (Spanish)
Privacy Policy


The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is participating in the National Civics Bee because we believe that informed and active citizens make for a strong country, a strong economy, and a strong workforce, and that our continued prosperity depends on the strength of all three. Through the Bee, we are promoting greater civic knowledge in New York and celebrating our civic pride.


To Be Announced
2:00 pm
Okun Theatre
Farrell Student and Community Center at SUNY Delhi
454 Delhi Drive, Delhi NY 13753


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Chamber President Ray Pucci at

Our participation in the National Civics Bee is sponsored by the following community-minded businesses:

Are you interested in showcasing your company’s commitment to developing active and engaged citizens? For information about available corporate sponsorships, please contact Chamber President Ray Pucci at 607.746.2281.