Team Elevate is the Youth Development Program of Rocky Mountain NAVHDA. We welcome all ages and abilities of youth with the aim of fostering a love of the outdoors, ethical sporting practices, & conservation. Team Elevate participants learn dog training, hunting and outdoor skills via mentorship and through volunteering. Participants also learn responsibility by caring for and training their dogs and through fundraising efforts.
Team Elevate Youth participate in Aims & Rules Clinics, train and volunteer at training days, test dogs, and volunteer at training days.
All Team Elevate funds come from participant-led fundraising efforts.
Ultimately, Team Elevate fosters the next generation of responsible, ethical, conservation-minded hunters.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Versatile Hunting Dog magazine articles written by some of our youth
“Pointing… It’s not just for the dogs!,” Kaytlyn Heesacker, August 2023, page 12.
“Shooting, Training & Hunting… The Perfect Trio!,” Makenzie Heesacker, August 2023, page 4.
“An Awesome Journey,” Jack Leslie, August 2022, page 4.
“Being A Youth Leader,” Makenzie Heesacker, April 2020, page 14.
“It’s great being a NAVHDA junior member!,” Makenzie Heesacker, August 2019, page 8.
And one from a parent
“Elevating The Experience,” Sara Heesacker, April 2022, page 14.