Team Elevate

Team Elevate is the youth development program of Rocky Mountain NAVHDA. We welcome all ages and abilities of youth to foster a love of the outdoors, ethical sporting practices, & conservation. Participants learn dog training, hunting, and outdoor skills via mentorship and volunteering. Youth 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, we foster the next generation of responsible, ethical, conservation-minded hunters.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Team Elevate Committee.

Attention Youth Handlers
If you are interested in attending an Aims & Rules Clinic, be sure to apply for the Kristin Rieser Youth Scholarship Fund. And if you are testing your dog, check out the NAVHDA Youth Testing Incentive Program. And, check out the Team Elevate Reimbursement Programs.

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.