Do you want to be part of a historic and noble organization that serves the community and the nation? Do you want to enjoy the friendship, fun, and support of fellow Elks who share your values and passions? Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of others, especially children in need?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are ready to join the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks!

The Elks have been around for over 150 years, and they have always been committed to helping their fellow citizens. In Maine, we have over 11,000 Elk members in 20 Lodges across the state, from York to Presque Isle. We are more than just a social club, we are a family of caring and generous people who work together for the common good.

Our motto is Elks Care–Elks Share, and we live up to it every day. Our major project in Maine is the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), a comprehensive treatment center for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Every year, we raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support MCCP and the families who face this difficult challenge.

But that’s not all we do. We also have many other programs that benefit our communities, such as:

  • Hoop Shoot National Free-Throw Contest
  • Soccer Shoot Contest
  • Scholarships
  • Dictionary Project
  • Antlers Youth Group
  • Americanism Essay Contest
  • Drug Awareness Program; and
  • Homeless Veterans: Stand-down

As an Elk member, you will have the opportunity to participate in these programs and more, while enjoying the benefits of being an Elk. You will meet new and interesting people, have fun at our events and activities, and grow as a person and a leader.

If you are looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community and your country, and if you and your spouse want to join a network of like-minded people who will welcome you with open arms, then you have found it.

We invite you to take the next step and join the Maine Elks today. Together, we can do great things!

To become a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, you need to:

  • Be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Be over the age of 21
  • Have a belief in God

If you are interested in joining the Elks in Maine, you can either visit an Elks Lodge near you to get an application for membership, or fill out the information on this page, and someone from the closest Lodge will contact you with more details on how to apply. If you already know an Elk, you can also ask them for an application. For more information on what the Elks do nationally, visit

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