In 1965, the ACA Board of Directors established a means of paying tribute to those who make an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of the camp movement in the United States and who have played an important role in creating today’s association. In 1991 the board updated all award criteria. Six recognition awards are currently presented at our national conference each year: the Distinguished Service Award, the Hedley S. Dimock Award, The Jack Weiner Award (approved in 2002), the Honor Award, the Service Award, and the Special Recognition Award. Another national award, the Eleanor P. Eells Award that honors outstanding programs, is also presented at that time.
- Award Nomination Criteria — Please Read  New! September 2014
Distinguished Service Award 
The Distinguished Service Award is ACA’s highest award. This award honors a lifetime of service to ACA and camp.
National Honor Award 
This award is for individuals who have given exemplary service to ACA; work is regional and national in scope through committees, addresses, or research.
Hedley S. Dimock Award 
Awarded to individuals who contribute to the field of camp from related professions, such as outdoor education, medicine, or social sciences.
National Service Award 
Given to recognize continued and increasing service to ACA beyond the local level.
Special Recognition Award 
Designed to honor groups, organizations, or individuals for their efforts to promote camp.
Jack Weiner Leadership Award 
This award is given annually to a young professional who is pursuing a career in camp.
Eleanor P. Eells Award 
New this year! The Eleanor P. Eells Award will focus on recognizing program excellence as well as research in practice at camps.
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill & Golden Lens Awards 
These awards—which are funded through a memorial established in J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe’s name—encourage excellence in writing and photography
The Marge Scanlin Outstanding Research Award 
This award recognizes one student each year for his/her research related to the camp experience.
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