Golden Quill and Golden Lens 2014

J. Wendell Howe was one of the early leaders in the private/independent camp movement in ACA's western region. He, along with his wife, Ruth, directed a Community Chest camp, Camp Condor, near Taft, California, in the summers of 1943 and 1944. In 1945, they bought a camp at Lake Tahoe and named it Skylake Camp for Boys. The camp is now called Skylake Yosemite Camp, which until recently was owned and directed by John T. Howe, CCD, J. Wendell and Ruth's son. Their daughter, Marian Howe Andersen Herndon, CCD, also gained recognition in the camp field as owner and director of Skylake Ranch Camp in Ahwahnee, California.

These awards—which are funded through a memorial established in J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe’s name—encourage excellence in writing and photography. Each year we recognize those individuals who contribute their talents to Camping Magazine—with quality articles that address the needs of camp professionals and outstanding photography that depicts the camp experience. All articles and photographs submitted to Camping Magazine during the calendar year are automatically entered in this competitions. For more information on the J.Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Awards, contact

Editorial Advisory Committee

2014 J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award Recipients

2014 Golden Quill Award
Tried and True . . . and Hard to Do: Advancing Camp’s Original Mission Requires Better Precision, Not Better Packaging
Chris Thurber, PhD
Chris Thurber

2014 Golden Quill Award of Excellence
Stephen Wallace

2014 Golden Quill Honorable Mention
Teaching the Skills That Children Need to Succeed
Scott Brody
Scott Brody

2014 Golden Lens Award
“A Walk”
Katie Sheets, Photographer
Camp El Tesoro
Fort Worth, TX

2014 Golden Lens Honorable Mention
Corina Vargas, Photographer
YMCA Camp Surf
Imperial Beach, CA