As stated in our mission statement, the Arizona Elk Society is committed to preserving our hunting heritage by providing Arizona youth programs for present and future generations. If you want to help, check out the Volunteer page.
Accordingly, we take an active role in working with youngsters that show an interest in outdoor activities. We use that initial interest as a gateway to teach the youngsters weapon safety, habitat conservation and restoration, respect for wildlife and a menu of other matters that will aid them with their outdoor experiences in Arizona. We recognize the fact that it will be today's youth that will become tomorrows leaders in wildlife and habitat conservation. To this end we have several Arizona youth programs each year. The various links you see on this page will take you to a page with some background on each of these programs. The next occurrence of the program is/will be reported on this page.
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Wapiti Weekend is probably the youth event we are most known for. This event is an annual event and parents almost fight to get their children into this event each year.
WILD IN THE CITY
Wild in the City is our newest youth program. This program was launched in 2010 at the request of the Arizona Girls Scouts Council. This is for all youths 6-16, including scouts and troops to teach some of the outdoor skills and help them earn badges for things they might not have a chance to otherwise earn.
AES/NWTF YOUTH TURKEY CAMP
This hunting camp along with the others that cater to new youth hunters, are a great way to get your kids introduced to hunting. Being in a safe, mentored camp with other kids, lets the young hunters talk and rub shoulders with other young hunters away from tvs, cell phones, computers and iPods. They get back to nature and learn respect for the outdoors. Conservation of Arizona’s wildlife depends on the young hunters getting involved!
JUNIOR ELK HUNT CAMP
Presented by the Arizona Elk Society and sponsored by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The Arizona Elk Society hunting camps with mentors are a great place to get young hunters introduced to hunting. They learn all about hunting from seasoned hunters and our mentors take the kids out with their guardians to give the first hand lessons that will help them become successful hunters and instill ethics and much more.
JUNIOR JAVELINA & SMALL GAME CAMP
Red Bear Outfitters, Arizona Elk Society, and Arizona Predator Callers in cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish Department, host a junior javelina and small game hunt in 37B. Mentors will take time to teach the kids how to locate game, take kids into the field and share other information. The camp is fun and in a good location with access to many hunting spots.
DCA MENTORED JAVELINA HUNTING CAMP
This is an official AZGFD HAHWG Camp hosted by the Desert Christian Archers for first time Javalina Hunters only. This hunt is during the general rifle season for javelina. The campsite is for disbursed camping with easy access for trailers, popup campers, toy haulers as it is only 100 yards from the paved road. Meals will be provided. Portapotties/wash basins will be provided.
ARIZONA ELK SOCIETY ANNUAL YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS
The Arizona Elk Society has chosen to provide scholarships to High School Seniors and College students. The AES desires to support students pursuing a degree in wildlife sciences or other closely related fields.These scholarships are available to students who will attend or are already attending accredited colleges and universities. Our hope is that these students will become the next generation of wildlife conservationists.
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECTS PROGRAM
In an effort to get more Boy Scouts involved in wildlife conservation the Arizona Elk Society has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Boy Scouts. The Eagle Scout Project Program is designed to offer outdoor wildlife related projects that will challenge the Boy Scouts working to attain there Eagle Scout status.