Then there is the Elks Lodge, which refers to the programs, which the members organize and staff.
Elks youth programs include: • The dictionary project, with which about 600 third-graders receive a complimentary dictionary, • Scholarships, with which the Elks provides more than $11,000 for Student of the Month and other scholarships, • Soccer Shoot, which is a contest to test different level skills for different age groups, • Hoop Shoot for ages 8-13, with youths who compete in a free throw contest, • Americanism Essay Contest, • Youth Camp for "deserving" youths ages 9-13, • Sponsoring a young person for School Patrol Camp each summer; an Ice Mites team for Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association, supporting the Elks debate high school tournament and Brainerd/Baxter Parks and Recreation softball, baseball, soap box derby, Miracle Field and other programs.
Every year, the Alameda Elks are proud to participate in an Americanism Essay contest, sponsored by our national organization headquarters.
The essay contest is open to ALL 5th-8th grade children, even if their parents are not Elks members.
Seeing the excitement in the kids' eyes who participate in programs and seeing their face when they receive a dictionary, where that is the first book they ever owned, it's rewarding." History of Brainerd Elks Brainerd Elks Lodge No.
615 became a member of the Minnesota Elks State Association in 1905.
"The fact that we can make a difference and we can see what we are doing and see the effect we have in Brainerd and not somewhere else." One of the Elks' biggest challenges is finding enough volunteers to run the programs.
Wisneski said volunteers can give as much or as little of their time to an Elks program as they'd like.
As Elks, we endeavor to promote pride of citizenship and patriotism among the youth of our great country.
This year’s topic is: Prizes are awarded to a 5th &6th Division and to a 7th & 8th Grade Division.