Sons of Confederate Veterans
Hood's Texas Brigade, Camp #153
The Constitution of the Sons of Confederate Veterans: Art. 2.1-Nature and Purpose, pg. 4
"The Sons of Confederate Veterans, in furtherance of the Charge of Lieutenant General Stephen D. Lee, shall be strictly patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent, non-political, non-racial and non-sectarian. The Sons of Confederate Veterans neither embraces, nor espouses acts or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry, and further, condemns the misuse of its sacred symbols and flags in the conduct of same."
Membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans is open to all male descendants of any veteran who served honorably in the Confederate armed forces. Membership can be obtained through either lineal or collateral family lines and kinship to a veteran must be documented genealogically. The minimum age for membership is 12, but there is no minimum for Cadet membership. Applicants should submit an application form, along with a detailed genealogy describing your relationship to the veteran, and proof of his service.
To obtain proof of his service, contact the archives of the state from which the soldier fought and obtain a copy of the veteran’s military service record. All Southern state archives have microfilm records of the soldiers who fought from that state, and a copy of the information can be obtained for a nominal fee. In addition, the former Confederate states awarded pensions to veterans and their widows. All of these records contain a wealth of information that can be used to document military service.
Please note that finding someone listed in the Broadfoot Roster with the same name as your ancestor does not constitute proof (John Jones from Tennessee). You must use accepted standards of genealogical research to demonstrate that the two men are, in fact, the same.
You can become a Friend of the SCV! Simply fill out a Friend of the SCV membership application. Dues are only $40.00 and you will receive the Confederate Veteran magazine as well. And the best part is, this type of membership is open to both men and women!!
To process a Friend of the SCV membership application and dues, please e-mail Rodney Seiler, Camp Adjutant with a copy of your Friend of the SCV Application or call (210)-415-9123.
Step 1: Getting the Paperwork Started and drop in on one of our Monthly Camp Meetings!
We appreciate and are excited that you are interested in the Sons of Confederate Veterans! But like any heritage/genealogical organization we're going to need some information from you, so please take a few minutes to fill out one of our Membership Inquiry Forms and one of our recruiters will contact you shortly. In the meantime, please feel free to fill out a Lineage Worksheet and email it to Sanford Reed our Genealogist, so he can start researching your family tree. Also feel free to take a look at the "About the SCV", "Important Dates in Confederate History", & "Texas Flags of the Confederacy" sections of your website. If we haven't reached out to you after a reasonable amount of time, please click on one of the officer's names in the "Contact" section of our website to send an email.
Step 2: Membership Dues & Processing!
Once our Genealogist finds your Confederate ancestor(s), you'll get a formal invitation to join the SCV! New Member Dues are as follows: National Dues $35.00, National New member Dues $5.00, Texas Div. Dues $15.00, Camp Dues $10.00. Total for new members $65.00. To process membership and payment information, contact: Adjutant, Rodney Seiler- (210)-415-9123.
But...if we can't find your Confederate ancestor(s), don't be discouraged. You can still join as a Friends of the SCV until we find you an ancestor. Friends of the SCV dues are only $40.00, plus a subscription to the SCV magazine "The Confederate Veteran". Once the SCV National HQ has completed processing out the paperwork and dues, your membership certificate can either be presented to you at our next camp meeting by our Camp Commander or the Adjutant can mail it to you.
If your a member of another SCV Camp, you are welcome to be an Associate Member with Hood's Texas Brigade. Just pay your camp dues of $10.00.
Step 3: Keeping up with the Camp!
Keep an eye on your emails for the latest info on our upcoming events and meetings. Also, double-check our Facebook page for all the news around the country about our heritage. If you have any questions, please click on one of the officer's names in the "Contact" section of our website to send an email.
Male children under the age of 12 can join the SCV as a Cadet. Parents or guardians must fill out an SCV Cadet Membership Application. Processing a Cadet membership application is done the same way as if he was becoming a member. Cadet Dues are $10.00 annually and sent to the Camp Adjutant.
Both are individually separate and are autonomous from the Sons of Confederate Veterans, but support our shared cause to protect our Confederate heritage; each in their own way and have their own types of membership and dues rate.
First, there is the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose TM, Inc. An organization that supports not only the local SCV camps in Texas but also other historical organizations like the Confederate Cemetery Association and the Sam Davis Christian Youth Camp. Membership to TSOCR, Inc. is open to both men, women, and children over the age of 14. You do not need a Confederate ancestor to join. The TSOCR, Inc. also has a scholarship program for graduating high school seniors that plan on attending universities, State Colleges, Community Colleges, or Trade Schools. Click on the link above to learn more about the Rose.
Then there is our sister organization, The United Daughters of the Confederacy.
"Those eligible for membership are women at least 16 years of age who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served honorably in the Army, Navy, or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America, or who gave Material Aid to the Cause. Women who were adopted are eligible only through the bloodline of the biological parent. Also eligible are those women who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of members or former members of UDC." -UDC Membership Eligibility
Click on the link above to learn more about the UDC.
There are two levels of SCV Life Membership...
SCV NATIONAL LIFE MEMBERSHIP
SCV National Life Membership Dues are pro-rated based on age.
Ages 12-64: $875.00 Ages 65-79: $437.00 Ages 80 and over: $218.00
TEXAS DIVISION LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Texas Division Life Membership Dues are a flat one-time due at $315.00.
To process Life membership dues, please e-mail Rodney Seiler, Camp Adjutant with a copy of your Life Membership Application or call (210)-415-9123.