Youth Programs

Philadelphia Continental Chapter

2020 Submissions Are Now Past Due.

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Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

Chairman: Bill Baker

Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The Philadelphia Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest is open to all students attending public, parochial, or private high schools as well as home-schooled students in that same grade range. The contest begins at the local level from which students may eventually advance to the state and national levels leading up to the annual SAR Congress in July. The National Association of Secondary School Principals had placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

  • Five-to-six-minute speech

  • Judged based upon its:
      - Composition,
      - Delivery,
      - Significance,
      - Historical accuracy and
      - Relevance to the current day.

  • National prizes include
      - First Place Winner $6,000;
      - 2nd Place Runner-up $3,000; and
      - 3rd Place Runner-up $2,000 cash prize;
      - Plus Olympic-sized medals for the above

      - Other finalists (4th through 6th Place runners-up) are awarded $400 and
      - All other national contestants are awarded $200.

  • The PCC Contest Information Form provides an overall summary for Philadelphia Continental Chapter contestants.

  • Additional information can be found on the National Society website as well as on the State website.  Click here for a 2-page summary from the National website.

The first step is to enter the local competition.  The Philadelphia Continental Chapter will be holding the local Rumbaugh Oration Contest on Saturday, 28 March 2020 in the Philadelphia area.


All submissions are due on or before midnight on Saturday, 9 Mar 2020 (in-hand or postmark), and will include:

Calendar for 2020 Activities

     March 9 -     Philadelphia Continental Applications Due

     March 28 -   CANCELLED -- Philadelphia Continental Chapter Contest--CANCELLED

                                    (cancelled due to lack of applications from potential contestants)

     April 25 -      SAR Pennsylvania Contest in Harrisburg area***AT RISK DUE TO COVID-19***

                                (have requested advice/direction from SAR National Committee Chair)

     May 2 -          MTG CANCELLED --Winner presents at Camp Hill, PA state SAR annual meeting

     July 10-16 -   SAR National Congress in Richmond, VA

For PCCSAR Compatriots:

Helpful Suggestions in locating viable Contestants:

  1. Contact local school Speech Teachers and Debate Team Coaches directly as well as other community and educational sources.

  2. Focus on target high schools in your area.  Please see the attached LIST for the state - the Philadelphia Continental area high schools are on page 1.

  3. Local DAR or newspapers may have contacts that will aid you in acquiring contestants.

We will look for opportunities to involve other Chapters' applicants in the PCC contest if it helps to make more efficient use of Judges, but the best candidates from each Chapter would qualify to participate in the state competition.


Please contact Bill Baker if you have questions.

Bill Baker

Rumbaugh Coordinator - Philadelphia Continental and PASSAR

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