The Elks are involved in a wide variety of programs, from scholarships to drug education to Veterans Services.
Public service is an integral part of being an Elk. In keeping with this tradition, Elks create and participate in many programs to better their communities and demonstrate that Elks Care - Elks Share!
Each year the Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.65 million in college scholarships to graduating seniors.
Since the early days of Elkdom, the Veterans Service Commission has patriotically served those Elks who have fought for our great nation.
Sweetheart Program - Texas Elks Camp
This year's lodge Sweetheart is Elizabeth "Liz" Sample. The Red Pig program is one of many of Liz's projects this year. Money raised throughout the state by the Elks Sweetheart program funds one week of camp in Ottine for 350 special needs children at no cost to the families of the campers. Through the funds raised by the Sweetheart Program, special grant money is available to local lodges to purchase goods and services for special needs children.
The yearly Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls ages 8 through 13. The contest starts at the lodge level and advances through district, state and regional contests before the national finals in the spring.
The Elks Drug Awareness Program distributes literature and organizes events to make kids and their parents aware of the dangers posed by alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.
The Grand Lodge Americanism Committee annually sponsors the Americanism Essay Contest for school children in grades 5-8. This very important Patriotic Contest gives school children the opportunity to express their views on America and what being a patriotic citizen means.
Other youth-oriented activities sponsored by the Elks include the yearly Americanism essay contest and more.