This Years Upcoming Events (details may vary from year to year, see Youth Activities Chairperson for more information)
We will hold a series of 3 events for underprivileged children this year:
Back To School Party - At the August 15th Back To School party the children will have entertainment, games. a law enforcement demonstration, a meal and receive school supplies.
Christmas Party - At the Dec. 13th Christmas Party, the children will have entertainment, an anti-drug guest speaker, games, a meal, a visit from Santa, and receive a Christmas gift.
Bowling Tournament - At Pinarama bowling alley on Feb 21st, each child will be given 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, and a pair of socks; then we will walk the block back to the Lodge and have a meal and present Participation Awards for everyone and a trophy for the first through third place in each category.
Message from the Committee
The Tampa Elks #708 B.P.O.E. is a non-profit charitable organization with a strong commitment in helping to ensure the "Youth of Today, Become the Leaders of Tomorrow". Our Drug Awareness and Youth Activities are completely FREE to the Youth within our Community. Our programs are designed to give local children a fun and educational experience, as well as, a safe place to go to be themselves, and be part of a caring and loving environment.
Even though each of our events are geared towards lots of fun with games, prizes, music, entertainment, field trips, and plenty of good food to eat, we always have an educational presentation on one of the following:
We are very proud of the success we have had over the years with our Youth Program, and appreciate the support we get from our members and local businesses and organizations who also care about making a difference in the lives of the youth within our community.
We are always looking for volunteers to help with our events, so please contact me if you would like to be involved in a very rewarding youth committee.
Background on Elks Youth Programs
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) is one of the oldest and largest fraternal / charitable organizations in the country, with more than 1.5 million members, in 2,300 local lodges, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Elks devote a great deal of attention to youth programs, and has always considered the youth of our nation its most treasured natural resource.
Local Elks Lodge Youth Programs
In addition, each lodge sponsors Free Drug Awareness and Youth Activities for community children. We are very proud of our successful local “Just Say NO Kids Club” at the Tampa Elks #708, where many local school children attend our free, fun, and educational events, field trips, dance parties, etc. All of our youth program events provide the community youth with a Fun and Safe place for the afternoon, free from Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Violence.
Typical annual events include some or all of the following FREE Events scheduled for the youth within our community:
“JUST SAY NO” KIDS CLUB
THANK YOU for supporting our Drug Awareness & Youth Activities program, so we can continue our goal of ensuring the youth of today, become the leaders of tomorrow!
The “JUST SAY NO” Kids Club at the Tampa Elks Lodge is open to all kids ages 6 – 16 in our local community. Our goal is to provide a Safe and Fun environment where children can also learn about the dangers of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco use. Our club events give children something much better and productive to do with their time, surrounded by caring and supportive adults and friends.
We are very proud of the fact that our club has tripled in size in the last two years, and the kids are spreading the word that the Tampa Elks "Just Say No" Kids Club is a cool and fun place to be. Some of our club members have been with us for over five years, and many of them have made life long friends.
We have completely FREE, fun and educational events open to kids in our community. During our fun events, we provide a short presentation on drug awareness through very interesting guest speakers, videos, demonstrations from local law enforcement agencies, etc. Then we have lots of fun games and activities, prizes, and refreshments that have included some of the following:
We also teach the kids how rewarding it is to give of themselves, by making Christmas cards and singing Carols to the elderly of local Nursing Homes. We have also done the same with Valentine’s Day and Easter, and it is very touching to see how much the patients appreciate the kids.
There are also many under-privileged "very appreciative" kids who attend our events from local shelters for neglected, abandoned and abused children under the protection of the state.
The Tampa Elks Drug Awareness & Youth Activities Committee is made up of several hard working dedicated individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the kids in our community.
If you would like to get involved in our worthwhile cause, or know
of children that can benefit from our FUN club, contact the Youth Activities
Chairperson or other committee members.
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