"Cherish a Child" - with your support of AEMP

Steele Research Center

In 1992, the Arizona Elks adopted the Steele Center as a "Major Project". Since then, Members in lodges around the state have contributed more than $6.8 million.

Youth Camp

The Arizona Elks Youth Camp located in the Sierra Ancha Mountains is open and available to all youth groups throughout the state for at no charge. A $200 Security/No Show Deposit is required at time of booking.

Arizona Elks Association

Welcome to the great state of Arizona, the home of one of the many wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Our motto is "Believe in what you do and it can come true".


In Arizona, Elks help children in many ways. AEMP's relationship with 2 projects goes back for years.

We have sponsored research at the University of Arizona's "Steele Children's Research Center" since 1992 with over $6.8 million in donations. We remodeled and modernized the "Arizona Elks Pediatric Clinic " and provide funds for an endowed chairs in Statewide Pediatric Research and Faculty Research for Technology and Innovation.

We are also very proud of our Elks Youth Camp located in the Sierra Ancha Mountains in northeast Arizona. This camp is open and available to all youth groups throughout the state at no charge for bonafide Youth Groups in Arizona.

Please take time to visit both portions of our website. You can call us toll free at 888.808.8627 or locally at 520.326.0556 if you have any questions.

- Executive Director, Arizona Elks Major Projects, Inc.

Steele Children's Research Center

The physician/scientists take care of 20,000 sick children each year at the Steele Children's Research Center. Some of these children have simple problems, like ear infections, others with life-threatening illnesses. Our goal is to give each one of them a better chance at better health. Please consider adding your support to the research efforts at the Steele Children's Research Center - to create a healthier future for all children.

Youth Camp

The Arizona Elks operate the Jack C. Warter Elks Youth Camp located in the Sierra Ancha Mountains in northeastern Arizona. This camp is open and available to all youth groups throughout Arizona. Booking Calendar opens on 1 Nov each year, so make your plans early.

The Arizona Elks Youth Camp is a great facility to hold your next troop outing, or any other event!

Arizona Elks Major Project News -

150 years of Benevolence!

It was 150 years ago when the Jolly Corks changed their name and their mission. The history portion of the Grand Lodge web page says, "When one of their members died shortly before Christmas in 1867, leaving his wife and children destitute, the Jolly Corks decided that in addition to good fellowship, they needed a more enduring organization to serve those in need."  And they labeled themselves as "Benevolent and Protective."  It seems the welfare of the children of the newly deceased Jolly Cork weighed heavily on their minds.

It could have been different; some members wanted the order described as "Antediluvian."  It is an odd word meaning either "prehistoric" or "ridiculously old fashioned."  The Founding Fathers of Elkdom made the right choice.  And now, inspired by destitute children, benevolence is still the order of the day.

Arizona Elks Major Projects was mandated by the Arizona Elks Association to help children in 1992, when the UofA Steele Children's Research Center became the primary focus of the AEMP.  In 2007 the Arizona Elks Youth Camp was added to the mission.

Since 1992 Arizona Elks have donated more then $7 million to the Steele CRC.  That benevolence has made the World a better place for children.  The children healed, the discoveries made, the cures shared are mind boggling.  Innovations from 1992 have become routine, and new challenges are being met.

Arizona Elks are committed to give almost $2 million more to the Steele CRC over the next 4 years, and to maintain our Camp as long as there are Youth Groups that need us.

We need every Elk in the state to live up to their Benevolent title.  Check out our web page at elks4kids.org, learn how you can sign up for a monthly donation or maybe just buy a few extra raffle tickets.  AEMP and children are counting on it.

2018 Mid-Year Raffle is John Deere Gator with a 14' Big Tex trailer!  Get tickets at your Lodge or www.elks4kids.org  Get a few extras and sell them to your friends.  Watch for them in your mail in July, drawing is in October.

Katie Murdoch,
Executive Director AEMP