Call for ACA, Southern California/Hawaii Award Nominations

Every year, the American Camp Association, Southern California/Hawaii takes the opportunity to recognize those individuals and programs who contribute to the camp industry in extraordinary ways.  The ACA, Southern California/Hawaii Local Council of Leaders Awards Committee is seeking nominations for the 2013 awards.

Please email nominations to the Awards Committee Chair.  
Nominations are due Wednesday, February 26, 2014 .

Criteria and nomination forms for each award are listed below.  Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference, April 1-4, 2014 in Palm Springs.

Award Categories: 

Outstanding Service Award
Service Award
Paul Somers Golden Acorn Award
Program Excellence Award
Rising Star Award
Shirley Walch Recognition for Excellence in Standards Award
Induction into the Legacy Circle

The Outstanding Service Award 

The highest honor presented to a member of the ACA serving Southern California and/or Hawaii, the Outstanding Service Award honors individual members in the local area who have given truly outstanding and exceptional service to camping. Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference .

Eligibility for Nomination:

  1. The candidate must be a member of ACA who has served in Southern California and/or Hawaii for not less than 5 years;
  2. The candidate’s contributions must be of exceptional benefit to the local area;
  3. The benefits of the candidate’s service should go beyond the local area to ACA on a national level or other noted organizations.

Number of Awards: No more than two awards per year.

Download the Outstanding Service Award nomination form

The Service Award

Given to an individual to recognize exceptional service to the camping industry and the local ACA area. Awards will be presented at the Annual Recognition Dinner.

Eligibility for Nomination:

  1. The candidate must be a member of ACA for not less than 5 years.

Number of Awards: No more than four awards per year.

Download the Service Award nomination form

The Paul Somers Golden Acorn Award

Recognition for members of the camp community - volunteers, public officials - who contribute to the field of organized camping on a short term or long term basis. Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference.

Eligibility for Nomination:

  1. The candidate may be a non-member of ACA;
  2. The award may be presented to an individual, a group of individuals, an organization or a company.

Number of Awards: No limit

Download the Paul Somers Golden Acorn Award nomination form

The Program Excellence Award

This local award is given to honor programs that develop effective, creative responses to the needs of a community and/or societal problem using the camp environment, and present to the public examples of positive contributions camp can make to the well-being of individuals and society. Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference.

Eligibility for Nomination:

Camp programs will demonstrate one or more of the following:

  1. Understand and make use of intergrouping - combining groups that have differences
    (e.g. physical abilities, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, religion, and home environment).
  2. Develop programs suited to the needs and interests of teenage campers.
  3. Broaden the range of services to persons with disabilities.
  4. Emphasize awareness of interpersonal relationships and development of interpersonal skills.
  5. Conduct innovative and effective staff-development programs.
  6. Offer support activities or leadership that significantly expands opportunities for human growth and enrichment through camping (for non-camp organizations)
  7. To be eligible for nomination, a program must be in operation for at least one year (excluding planning and development time) on the date of nomination. ACA membership is not required for eligibility. Nominations will be judged on:  creativity and imaginative planning; relevance to the needs of participants; involvement of target participants in planning and implementation; adaptability and potential for replication; cooperative efforts with other organizations, agencies, or camps; and ability for the program to meet stated objectives.

Number of Awards: No more than four awards per year.

Download the Camp Program Award nomination form

The Rising Star Award

Given to recognize individuals who are new to service in organized camping and the local ACA area. Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference.

Eligibility for Nomination:

  1. The candidate must be a member of ACA;
  2. The candidate must be new to local ACA service;
  3. There is no age limit on this award.

Number of Awards: No more than four awards per year

Download the Rising Star Award nomination form

The Legacy CIrcle 

Membership in the Legacy Circle honors the vision and support of individuals who have been committed to the field of organized camping and ACA for more than 30 years. They have served in leadership capacities in Southern California or Hawaii and have made significant contributions to the camp industry.  Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference.

Eligibility for Nomination:

  1. The candidate must be a member (or former member) of ACA serving Southern California and/or Hawaii;
  2. The candidate must have contributed to the camping industry for more than 30 years;
  3. There is no age limit on this award.

Number of Awards: No limit

Download the Legacy Circle nomination form

Shirley Walch Recognition for Excellence in Standards Award

This award is presented to an individual, group or camp leadership team that has, in the eyes of the local Standards Committee, advanced the cause of ACA camp accreditation by going above and beyond the call of duty to embody the underlying principles – education, objectivity and support – of the ACA standards program.  Awards will be presented at the Spring Leadership Conference. 

Number of Awards: No more than one award per year

Download the Shirley Walch Recognition for Excellence in Standards Award nomination form

Submission of Award Nominations

Please submit nominations to:

Awards Committee Chair
c/o Michele Branconier, Executive Director
American Camp Association
Southern California/Hawaii
mbranconier@ACAcamps.org