Youth Activities

Scholarship

The Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.64 million in college  scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. The application process and deadlines vary for each program. For guidelines and more information click here to visit our Grand Lodge site. To receive an applications contact Janet Hull at 845-264-2283.

Hoop Shoot

A free throw basketball program for youth ages 8 – 13. The Hoop Shoot is free to all participants and provides youth an opportunity to compete, connect and succeed.

Please contact Andrew Gaffia at lagraff@frontier.com for more information or visit our Grand Lodge site for detailed information.

Drug Awareness

Elks National Drug Awareness Program – the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. We are very proud of our dedicated army of volunteers who freely give their time and talents to this most noble cause. The Elks are committed to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society and believe that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.

Soccer Shoot

Soccer is one of the fastest growing youth activities in the country. The Elks Soccer Shoot Program is geared to coincide with this sport phenomenon. From toddlers to teens, in our large urban centers to our small suburban settings, soccer is becoming the sport of choice for our youth. This program is the kind of sporting event to help keep our youth focused and away from undesirable activities.

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. The age groups that use these goals are divided into two categories, U-8 contains all ages seven years old and younger, and U-10 group contains ages eight and nine. The contest is open to boys and girls who shoot separately. The U-8 contestants kick from 15 feet from the face of the goal, while the U-10 contestants kick from 18 feet from the goal.

Please contact Andrew Gaffia at 000-000-0000 for more information.

Junior Golf Program

Presently our Lodge do not participate in this program.

Dictionary Project

The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. It’s primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identify and use information. Over the course of the program nearly 15 million third-grade students have received dictionaries including about 2.5 million dictionaries donated in 2009.

Elks joined this movement in 2004 nationwide have donated more than 1.2 million dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers as sponsors of The Dictionary Project over the last 6 years. There are 600 lodges that actively participate in the program. If you would like a dictionary for you child please contact Rick Belcher at 845-332-2765.

Antlers

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.

The program was initially organized in the late 1930’s and went well for several years as an active arm of the Elks. However, by the 1960’s interest in the program had waned and was ended. Recently, a few Lodges have restarted the program with great success.

The Antlers of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America has as its major objective the following:

  • To quicken the spirit of American Patriotism
  • To teach respect for parents and love of home
  • To inculcate the fundamentals of good citizenship
  • To aid in a worthy cause
  • To establish foundation of character
  • To promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members
  • And to respect the conviction of others in the matters of worship and religion is true Americanism

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.

Youth Recognition

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.

Our Subordinate Lodges should seek out Teenagers and/or Students in both Junior High Schools and Senior High Schools and select an outstanding boy and girl at both levels each month, and then yearly, and with publicity, give them awards for their accomplishments. Handsome certificates, to be signed by the Lodge Exalted Ruler and Youth Activities Chairman. The certificates can be presented at a luncheon or dinner to which the parents, Lodge Officers, the Youth Activities Committee and media representatives are invited.

 

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