What the Bill of Rights Means to Me.

(2023-2024 National Theme)

About The National drug Awareness Program

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America’s communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.

Taking Pride ...

...in community

Since 1982, the Elks have developed an effective, community-based drug prevention program by partnering with federal agencies including the Drug Enforcement Agency, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and national organizations such as Pride Youth Programs. These partnerships ensure the Elks Drug Awareness Program addresses the leading drug abuse issues facing communities today.

...in youth

Elks believe that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. With that in mind, the Elks Drug Awareness Program reaches out to youth of all ages and backgrounds. Through the 2,100 Lodges in communities across the country, Elks work to combat youth substance abuse. Elroy the Elk, the program’s mascot, reminds young kids that hugs are better than drugs, while older kids see the affects of alcohol consumption by wearing fatal vision goggles.

Taking action…

...to educate

Every year, the Elks Drug Awareness Program hands out more than seven million pieces of anti-drug literature to parents, teachers and kids. The brochures are primarily distributed through the program’s 90 drug education trailers, which travel to community gatherings, such as fairs and sporting events. The Elks have also teamed with Marvel Comic Books to produce a book featuring Marvel superheroes and Elroy the Elk in a battle against underage drinking. Other educational materials offered by the program include prevention tools for parents, videos, coloring books, posters and public service announcements.

...to inspire

From a young age, the Drug Awareness Program asks kids to think about what it means to be drug free. Through the program’s annual essay and poster contest s, kids can express their feelings on rejecting peer pressure. At events, including Red Ribbon Week ceremonies, Elks and their friends serve as role models who show kids that living drug free is the way to be.

National Drug Awareness Resource Center

NSEA Drug Awareness Elroy and Trailer Booking


Currently two Elroys are available throughout the state for your lodge events and two NSEA Drug Awareness trailers. The State Chair can quickly inform you if the trailer(s) or Elroy(s) are available on the date you would like to use them - remember there is more than one Elroy available.

To reserve either or both, click Reservation Calendar or email the State Chair via the link below stating what the event is, when is the event, how long it will last, who the contact is and their phone number(s) and what is requested (Elroy, Elroy and Trailer or Trailer only). The State or District Chair will email confirmation of your request.

When transporting the trailer, please know that a proper towing vehicle must be used with electrical hook ups. The trailer should always be cleaned (organized and swept clean) after an event and ready for use by the next lodge (don't expect someone else to clean up your mess!) An Elk must be available to stay in/with the trailer while in use - never leave the trailer unattended. When transferring the trailer from one lodge to another, there is a mandatory inspection checklist for both the pickup lodge and prior lodge to fill out.

NSEA Drug Awareness Chair.

South District Drug Awareness Chair.

President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

PVSAAbout The President’s Volunteer Service Award (Click image for more info)

Now, more than ever, service is necessary to tackle the most pressing issues of our times, and Americans are accepting the challenge. The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) recognizes, celebrates and inspires community service leaders and volunteers to lead the charge.

It’s our goal to encourage more individuals to embody the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great. Through PVSA, Americans of all ages – from youth to seniors – are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens.

PVSA was started by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. The Council no longer exists, but the program continues as an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Are you a volunteer in your community? The Elks would like to recognize you for your service to your community with Presidential Volunteer Service Award. There are four categories for recognition three youth and one adult. The service hours required are, for ages 5-10 75 +, 11-15 100 +, and 16-25 250 +. For adults it is 4000 hours or more for Lifetime Achievement Award. The applications are posted on the Nevada State Elks Association web site. All applications must be forwarded to me at stone6646@sbcglobal.net or to Richard Stone, 225 Karnak Cir, Sparks, NV 89441.

Adult Lifetime Achievement Application       Youth Yearly Application

Hard Choices: A Digital Marvel ComicThis just in! The Elks Drug Awareness Program has once again teamed with Marvel Entertainment to bring you the What Heroes Do comic book, featuring Marvel Super Heroes and Elroy the Elk in a battle against underage drinking!

What Heros Do is designed to educate fourth- through eighth-graders about the perils of underage drug use. In the past, our comics used fictional “SUPERHEROES”. “What Heroes Do” features actual everyday heroes and kids who become special heroes because of the decisions they make every day to stay drug free and always be the best they possibly can be.

The Elks are totally committed to giving you factual information about the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of legalized drugs. We have developed many educational and fun tools that will teach you how to be a good friend and a good citizen.

Want see Elroy the Elk and his Superhero friends in What Heros Do? Look no further. The comic is available right here in digital format! Check it out!

It's Not Just Fun—It's Educational!

Teachers and parents, be sure to check out the What Heros Do teacher's guide. The lessons in this guide are designed to help highlight certain teachable elements of the comic, but ultimately no one knows your class better than you, so feel free to adapt them as you see fit! Most importantly, we hope you and your students ENJOY and we...THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR HERO!

Elks Drug Awareness Video Contest

The theme for the 2022-2023 contest is: "One Pill Can Kill."


   The contest is open to three age groups: Greatest of All Time
Sample Video - Find out how these get high!

Pre-High School
High School
Post Graduate

   • Participants: May be an individual or group
   • Length: 2 to 5 minutes in length
   • Format: Flash Drive or similar "mobile" media in readable format

Judging will be based on the following:

   • Closeness to the theme
   • Neatness
   • Originality
   • Age and Language appropriate
   • Positive message
   • Quality of video

Each entry must include the following information:

   • Student or Group’s full name
   • Students address
   • Student or Parent/Guardian phone number (Elks winning entries will be notified)
   • School, location, grade
   • Elks lodge name
   • Must also be accompanied by the Hold Harmless agreement
   • If minors an additional release form is required

Entry Form: For the fillable Video Entry and Minor Release form Click Here.

Due date: Please contact your local Elks Lodge or NSEA Drug Awareness Chair Rick Stone, for more details.

Winners: Your local Elks lodge will select the top videos, using the criteria listed above. The lodge will notify winners. Winning videos will be forwarded to District Competition. District winners will be forwarded to State Level Competition. All winning entries become the sole property of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and may not be returned.

National recognition: Each State Drug Awareness Chairman will choose one overall winner. This winning video will be submitted for entry into the National contest and may be featured on the www.elkskidszone.org website and/or in ENF or DAP publications.