The Elks and Our Nations Youth


Youth Programs

For all the works that the Elks do, nothing is more important to them than their work with the country’s youth. The efforts of the Elks on behalf of the young in scouting and scholarships, sponsoring athletic and artistic endeavors, youth camps, and drug awareness programs sow the seeds of accomplishment and commitment that benefit the nation.

The Elks and Our Nations Youth

For all the works that the Elks do, nothing is more important to them than their work with the country’s youth. The efforts of the Elks on behalf of the young—in scouting and scholarships, sponsoring athletic and artistic endeavors, youth camps, and drug awareness programs—sow the seeds of accomplishment and commitment that benefit the nation.

In the 1940’s, the Elks made a commitment to “lay a solid foundation for the future; building the moral and physical character of American boys and girls, the leaders of tomorrow.

Youth Activities

Elks Lodges support Scout troops, Boys and Girls Clubs, youth athletic and arts programs, Little League, football and soccer team, debate and speech programs, fine arts contests, and other local youth organizations.

One of the most impressive youth programs is the Elks “Hoop Shoot” National Free Throw Contest, with more that 3 million participants each year.

Handicapped Youth

Nationally and locally, the Elks have worked diligently to better the lives of handicapped youngsters. The Order has a long history of supporting Special Olympics events, donating special equipment and supplies.

Drug Awareness

The B.P.O.E Elks have done stellar work in informing the nation’s youth and their parents about the dangers associated with using illegal substances, tobacco products, and alcohol. Since 1983, the Elks have distributed more than 150 million pieces of educational literature to students, educators and parents.

Scholarships and Grants

From local Lodges and the National organization, the Elks typically donate around $8 million in scholarships each year. The Elks ran as one of the largest providers of college scholarships in the United States.

The Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future---America’s Promise

In the spring of 1997, the BPOE publicly announced its current goals, making several pledges to America’s Promise: The Alliance of Youth.  One of the pledges was to commit $34.9 million a year in support of Scouting, athletic programs, and other youth organizations and programs by the year 2000. Each year the Order has surpassed this goal, due in large part to the efforts of local Lodges.  Another one of the commitments made by the Order was to pledge $12.1 million a year in aid and treatment for children with disabilities as well as in drug education and prevention programs by 2000.  In addition, the BPOE has also pledged to commit $6.5 million a year in scholarships, another goal surpassed.

Celebrating Our Youth

Like no other fraternal organization, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is committed to celebrating the accomplishments of the country’s youth. In the first week of May each year, the Order holds its Elks National Youth Week, recognizing young people for involvement with and achievements in the community. From sponsorship to support of today’s youth, the Elks are truly making a difference in the lives of so many young people. Its is the caring commitment that makes the BPOE

The fraternal organization most actively engaged in promoting strong and healthy futures for young people.