Youth Programs

One of the primary missions of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter is to provide educational opportunities focusing on the Revolutionary War and our nation’s founding.  We especially want to provide unforgettable learning opportunities for the children of our area.  As part of our Educational Initiative, we provide the following opportunities:

1.  Living History Speakers

Speakers are available for schools, groups, and events.  Simply contact us and we will be more than happy to make arrangements for a living history Revolutionary War experience!

2.  Junior Memberships

Boys under the age of 18 are welcome to join our chapter and become involved in the events of SAR!  The process is the same as for adult members.  You must complete the application process, including genealogy, and pay the appropriate dues and fees.  If a student’s father, grandfather, or uncle is already in the SAR, the costs are significantly reduced.  SAR is a great opportunity for grandfathers, fathers, and sons to experience together!

3.  Elementary Poster Contest

Each year, the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter sponsors the “Americanism Elementary Poster Contest” for students in grades 3 through 5.  Sometimes entire grades or classes in schools participate.  However, we welcome submissions from families, as well.  Out of all of the posters submitted in competitions hosted by our chapter, we will choose one to forward to the Kentucky state competition.  One state winner moves on to Nationals.  There are significant monetary prizes at the chapter, state, and national level.

For more information about the poster contest, including the rules, guidelines, and theme for the year, please visit here:  Note:  The current theme is “George Rogers Clark,” and posters will be judged at the state level in January.

Here is an example of one of our recent school winners:

A winning poster, in the form of a newspaper.

A winning poster, in the form of a newspaper.

**We also host a special Spring Elementary Poster Contest for schools that do not teach the Revolutionary War until after Christmas.  Click this link for details!

4.  Middle School Brochure Contest

This contest is new to our chapter.  We have yet to have a school elect to participate in this competition.  The idea is quite simple.  Students in grades 6 through 8 must produce an 8.5 x 11 inch tri-fold brochure focusing on the same theme as the poster contest.  All art must be hand drawn (no cut and paste from internet, magazines, etc…).  As in the poster contest, monetary prizes are involved at the local, state, and national level.  We welcome all brochure submissions, whether from classes or individual families.

For more information and to view the rules and guidelines, please visit:

5.  The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.  This is a fantastic “resume`-builder” for high school students, and an opportunity for SIGNIFICANT scholarship awards at the chapter, state, and national levels.

For details about this contest, visit:

6.  The Arthur M. and 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 application year is the calendar year, 01 Jan. to 31 Dec.)   The year that Eagle was awarded is not restricted.  College plans do not need to be completed in order to receive the cash scholarship.  Three cash scholarship awards are given: As the National First Place winner – $8,000.00; Runner-up – $4,000.00; 2nd runner-up – $2,000.00.  You may apply more than one year if you meet the age requirements but no more than $8,000.00 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout.

The application consists of:

1. The two page application form
2. The Four Generation ancestor chart.
3. The 500 word Patriotic Theme
Prizes and recognitions may also be awarded at the SAR Chapter and State levels.

For more information, visit:

7.  The George Washington Study in Leadership

This impressive study resource, developed by was developed by the George Washington Ohio Leadership Program.  It is a ten unit character study of the life of George Washington.  Students at schools working in partnership with our chapter who successfully complete the program and earn a passing score are awarded the beautiful George Washington Leadership Medal (courtesy of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter).

GW Leadership Medal

For more information and to download all of the FREE resources, visit the George Washington Leadership Study website.  To partner with the Col.Stephen Trigg Chapter in promoting this program, simply email us.


Representatives of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter will be more than happy to assist you in any or all of these youth contests and initiatives.  Please contact us to discover how your kids can get involved, or to learn how you can encourage your childrens’ schools and teachers to get involved.

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