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Children of the American Revolution

Pittsburgh, PA

All ages join the C.A.R.!


The National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, founded in 1895, is the oldest patriotic youth organization in our country. Membership is open to descendants of patriots of the American Revolution. 

Members gain valuable 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.

At Parkinson's Ferry Society, Children of the American Revolution, we believe that children are the very essence of the future.  "Good citizens cannot be made suddenly.  They must grow..." - Harriett Lothrop, founder of the N.S.C.A.R.  As a leading Youth Organization in the Pittsburgh area, we go above and beyond to provide our youth an empowering environment where they can fully serve their communities and gain all the skills they need to be leaders tomorrow.

Our goals are to teach them the fundamentals of social responsibility and good citizenship. With over 60 members in the Pittsburgh area, our membership is thriving.  Curious to find out more about us and how you can get involved? Browse our website and get in touch with us today.

Our young ones have fun!
Our young ones have fun!
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Our society has meetings in our members' homes.
Our society has meetings in our members' homes.
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We are proud of our hard work in our communities.
We are proud of our hard work in our communities.
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We develop leadership skills.
We develop leadership skills.
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We explore historical sites.
We explore historical sites.
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For Boys and Girls Ages Birth Through 22

The following are the eligibility requirements under the National Bylaws to become a member of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution.

"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." (Article III, National Bylaws)

Contact us with questions or to start the application process.

One of our members lays a wreath at a veteran's grave


Building a Better Future

Parkinson's Ferry Society, Children of the American Revolution empowers youth in the greater Pittsburgh area to reach their fullest potential through a wide range of service activities.

Members get the opportunity to serve as society officers and chairmen, taking on leadership roles that prepare them for the future.  They are taught parliamentary procedure and how to conduct meetings.  We give all ages a chance to lead parts of the meetings, developing their ability to speak in front of others and feel comfortable taking on leadership roles.

Making a positive impact upon our communities, our society has collected and donated hundreds of DVDs to the local Veterans Hospital, canned food for a local food bank, shoes for disadvantaged children, BoxTops for Education for schools for children in crisis, books for children's libraries, and more.

Our members have walked in the Relay for Life, volunteered to clean up cemeteries, laid wreaths on veterans graves, taught literacy programs at a local library, and more.

Today's colleges and universities are looking for students who have served their communities, and C.A.R. gives our members that advantage in the application process.

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National President: Mackie Storage, 2019-2020
National Theme: Foundations of Freedom
National Project: Foundations of Freedom

This year, N.S.C.A.R. will raise funds for the reproduction Washington Family Desk at George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm in Virginia.  We will also highlight the leadership development opportunities that the National Society Children of the American Revolution offers our members.  This project strives to connect history and leadership. By learning about the early life of George Washington and the code of conduct he strove to live by, members across the country can learn the foundations of citizenship he developed at Ferry Farm.

As George Washington learned life lessons at an early age, our members are learning how to become leaders at an early age by participating in C.A.R. activities. This project will formalize the educational opportunities our members are acquiring from the National Program and by completing state and national contests. Through the National Project, N.S.C.A.R. will be emphasizing that one doesn’t need a title to be a leader.

To find out more, please visit our national website.

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USO and Oscar Mike

How the Two Projects Work Together:
The USO supports active duty military and Oscar Mike focuses on the veterans. By combining these two projects we will learn about the entire cycle of today’s soldiers.

Project Goals:
1. These projects will focus on the following standing committees: Veterans, Public Relations, American History, and Patriotic Education,
2. To teach our members to understand what the soldiers go through their service and respect their sacrifices.
3. To help active duty members and veterans to recover mentally and physically from their service.
4. To support our active duty military relax and have fun when they are on base or on leave.
5. To get PA C.A.R. to be more active with Wreaths Across America at Fort Indiantown Gap
6. To force PA C.A.R. to get moving with our veterans throughout the year.

To learn more, go to our state website.

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