The “Millennium Walkway” between our existing Pavilion and the New Grafton Center was established in the year 2000 to connect the “NEW” with the “OLD”.
It was decided at that time to create the walkway with laser engraved brick pavers. With a donation of $ 50.00 an engraved brick would be placed in the walkway. The proceeds from these donations is received by Florida Elks Charities, Inc. to help funding of the Harry-Anna Trust Fund.
Through the years bricks have been purchased as memorials, recognition of services to Florida Elkdom, and recognition of donations from Lodges and individuals to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund.
The Brotherhood Ride is a team made up of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel, who ride bicycles to HONOR those who have died int he line of duty. We ride on or near the anniversary of their death to show the families, friends, coworkers and community tha tthey will not be forgotten.
The Florida Elks Youth Camp is dedicated to enriching the lives of children from the state of Florida. The camp staff presents a safe camp experience that contributes to each camper's mental, physical, and social growth. The Florida Elks Youth Camp, a project of the Florida State Elks Association, is located on 405 acres of rolling hills, forests, lakes, and open space in Marion County, Florida. The Florida Elks are proud that our camp is accredited by the American Camping Association and is recertified every three years to assure compliance and a safe camping environment for children.
***Registration for Summer 2022 will begin on December 1st!***
Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services provides in-home physical and occupational therapy to Florida children in need of such services. This rehabilitation is necessary to be rendered in the home because of the absence of these services locally or because of the patient being medically infirmed at home. Priority is given to children who do not have ready access to therapy as a result of financial considerations.
Nestled among the pines and live oaks, our oasis in the heart of Florida serves as a stunning, yet comfortable home base for your corporate or team building event.
Reward your top performers and team members with a trip to one of the country's best camps. The Smith Center at Florida Elks Youth Camp combines hallmark corporate retreat ideas like luxury accommodations, all-inclusive amenities, first-class adventure courses and customized group activities into one unparalleled venue.
Schedule an executive retreat to brainstorm your next strategic plan, featuring meetings in the mornings and afternoons filled with inspirational activities. Set up a client program to negotiate a new partnership in a relaxed and confidential environment. Thanks to the all-inclusive nature of The Smith Center and our event coordinators taking care of the arrangements for special events, the experience is effortless for the planner.
What sets us apart from other unique corporate retreat venues is the fully-inclusive experiences that raise the bar from all-inclusive retreat to a no-limits adventure. We offer instructors, gear and expert instruction, so your team will leave with skills that enhance their personal and professional lives. Our 400+ acre property serves as your playground, facilitating the therapeutic benefits of play.
Together We Can Do Great Things
Of everything that the Florida Elks do, perhaps nothing is more important than our work with the state’s youth. Sowing the seeds of accomplishment and commitment through our Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp programs, children are given the opportunity to grow and learn beyond their dreams.
The trust fund started in 1951, was named after Harry and Anna Miller who donated land and a building to establish the original Florida Elks Hospital for Crippled Children. Its purpose was, and continues to be, the collection of donations and the acceptance of endowed gifts.
The trust fund is restricted, which means that only the income derived from it may be used to support our major projects: the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp programs.