Youth Activities Committee
Americanism Essay Contest
(5th-8th Grade)(Back to School)
Eligible participants must be a student enrolled in the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade during
the normal 2012-13 school year, preceding June 30, 2013. Deadline: Must be submitted to local
lodge by January 10, 2013.
(3rd Grade)(Back to School)
The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Mary French of Charleston, SC. The sole mission of this non-profit organization – which we as Elks, share – is to distribute dictionaries to as many 3rd graders as possible in the 50 United States and our environs. More information currently not available.
The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America's communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.
Drug Awareness Trailer available for local events. Please contact the Lodge in advance to schedule the trailer at your next event.
(Ages 8-13)(School Year)
The Elks "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw Contest is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks Lodges. More than three million boys and girls, ages 8-13, will participate this year. The Elks "Hoop Shoot" highlights the Elks commitment to America's youth. From the millions of youngsters who participate and advance through local, district, state and regional competition, six national champions are named -- one boy and one girl in each of three categories: ages 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. The winners each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.
Junior Golf Program
One of the fastest-growing co-ed sports in America is golf. In recognizing the popularity of this sport among our youth the Elks have introduced the "Jr. Golf" Program as part of our Grand Lodge Youth Activity (GLYA) Program. With golf courses being found in almost all of our communities, and with many of our own Elk Lodges having golf courses associated with their facilities, the "Jr. Golf" Program is yet another way to promote Elkdom.)
(Ages 14 and under)(Back to School)
Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country. The Elks Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages. A "Five Goal Contest" consists of a series of five goals, decreasing in size from 48 inches to 17 inches.
Please check out our Scholarships Webpage for more information.
Scouting and Elks
Please check out our Scouting Webpage for more information.
(8th-12th Grade)(School Year)
The "Teenager" and/or "Student" Program is designed to recognize outstanding young men and women for achievements in school and community life--fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school, club and community service, industry and farming. Their accomplishments should be recognized and praised.
With the decentralization of veterans health care and the decrease in warehousing of veterans at VAMCs, the methods of care we extend to these deserving individuals is fast becoming obsolete. Now is the time to involve our youth - to ask them to give something back to the Community. We, as Elks, have now established a program for our youth with a new twist. Instead of giving something to them, we are asking them to give something back to the community by working with and for those who helped secure the comforts they enjoy today, our nation's veterans.
The newest program in Elkdom is an old one! Yes, it is the Junior Elks Program called "the Antlers." It is a chance for young people in our communities to get involved with the Elks in the many service-related projects our Lodges sponsor. Membership in the organization is open to any individual who has passed their twelfth and not yet reached their twenty-first birthday, who is a citizen of the United States of America, of good character and who believes in the existence of God.
Please direct inquires about scholarships to:
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