The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) founded in 1895, is the oldest patriotic organization for youth in America. Membership is open to descendents of patriots of the American Revolution.

Members gain invaluable leadership experience in conducting meetings, following parliamentary procedures and standard protocol, serving as delegates and speaking before groups at local, state and national conferences. The responsibility and privilege of selecting officers helps members gain an understanding of the democratic process.

Age range is birth through twenty-one. Meetings and activities are planned for all ages with special consideration given to younger members.  Members age 10 and under are affectionately called "Pee Wee Patriots".

Membership Eligibility Requirements

"Any boy or girl under the age of twenty-one 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." (Article III, National Bylaws)

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To join C.A.R....

  • Proof is required for each generation:  Dates of Birth, Death and Marriage of each person in the line.

  • If your parent is a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) or Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), their membership can be referenced in your application.  Parents’ birth and marriage certificates are required if he or she was unmarried at time of DAR or SAR membership.

  • Total Cost to Join is $46, payable to Sr. State Treasurer, D.C.C.A.R.  Cost includes Application Fee, Dues for 1 year, and 1 year Magazine subscription. 

Life Membership is also available at a cost of $20 per year counted from the child's current age to 22.  For example, Life Membership for a 10 year old child would equal $240 (12 years until age 22 times $20).  Life Membership protects you against Dues increases!

Contact a local D.C. Society or the D.C.C.A.R Senior State President for more information!



Local D.C. Societies

Benjamin Harrison

George Washington

Harriett Lothrop

Mount Vernon

Mission Statement

"The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution trains good citizens, develops leaders and promotes love of the United States of America and its heritage among young people."


The N.S.C.A.R. has six primary objectives in its Bylaws; these objectives are the foundation of the organization.

  1. To acquire knowledge of American History.

  2. To preserve and restore places of Historical importance associated with men and women who forwarded American Independence.

  3. To ascertain the deeds and honor the memories of the men, women and children who rendered service to the cause of the American Revolution.

  4. To promote the celebration of patriotic anniversaries.

  5. To honor and cherish the Flag of the United States of America above every other flag.

  6. To love, uphold and extend the principles of American liberty and patriotism.