"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 - March 2018

Arizona Elks Pass the $7 Million Mark to the Steele Children's Research Center!

$7 Million and on our way to $8 Million. The best part is that Dr. Ghishan estimates that our contributions have generated over $80 million in grants and funds like this one.

UA Researchers to Study Protein's Role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Colon Cancer

With a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, researchers at the UA Steele Children's Research Center are seeking a better understanding of the NHE8 protein's role in the development of inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, and its contribution to the stability of the gut microbiome - the community of bacteria that inhabit the intestines and influence the immune system.  Pictured are Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, director of the Steele Children's Research Center and professor and head of the Department of Pediatrics, UA College of Medicine - Tucson, and Steele Center researcher Hua Xu, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics,  and the incredible confocal microscope donated by Arizona Elks.  

You can see the whole article at the Steele Children's Research Center Website, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, this one says Elks, 1000 times.  Thanks for your support, don't stop now!

Camp Opening Set for April 16-22

It is time to get the Jack C. Warter Arizona Elks Youth Camp ready for a summer full of Arizona Youth Groups.  Bring your bed rolls, RVs, tents, brooms, shovels, rakes, tools, whatever you can use to get the job done.  Camp Director Tom Miller is putting together the team, call him (520)591-6272) by April 10th if you and your crew can help.  If you can pull a rake, or scrub with a cloth, you can help, and our Camp can use you.

Jimm Krausman,
Executive Director AEMP