2012 Golden Quill and Golden Lens Winners

Golden Quill Award
Marcy and Bob Brower
Desegregating Circle M Day Camp: A Determination to Succeed (January/February 2011)

Golden Quill Award of Excellence
Bob Ditter
For three articles:

Enter The 2016 Golden Lens Contest

Enter the 2016J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe  Golden Lens Awards Photography Contest

You Could Win

  • A $150 cash prize for first place
  • A commemorative plaque
  • Acknowledgement in Camping Magazine
  • Recognition at the ACA National Conference

Photo Requirements

Send us no more than 10 of your favorite photos that depict the camp experience and represent the best practices in the field and accreditation standards.

Camping Magazine’s 20/20 Toolbox

The new 20/20 Toolbox series provides resources to help camps realize ACA’s 20/20 Vision. We are calling this series a “toolbox” for a reason — our intent is to focus on providing hands-on, real-life, “how-to” ideas — ideas that can be implemented and go beyond theory.

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An Inside Joke Worth Having

There are many different kinds of relationships you will have in your life.

The relationship you will have with your campers this summer, though, will be among the most unique, powerful, and fragile ones you will likely ever have. With just a few properly timed words, you can become a child’s favorite person in the world. In even fewer ones, you can destroy that forever.

So You Got Promoted: Now What?

The camp experience is a very powerful learning process, which is both personal and challenging. It provides children the chance to grow in a protected environment controlled by caring, knowledgeable staff responsible for setting acceptable limits of risk management. Philosophically this is a great premise, but what happens to this construct if staff are inexperienced and not ready to assume the complexities of their job?

Parachute Pants, Pokemon, and iPods: Understanding Your Campers at Various Ages and Stages

Rewind to the time in your life when you were seven, ten, or thirteen (or any other desired childhood age). Who was your best friend at that age? What style clothing did you wear? What did you like to do in your free time? What music do you recall from that age? What was your favorite toy? What book did you enjoy reading? What device could you hardly wait to get because it was the “in” thing to have? What is your worst memory of that time in your life? What is your best memory of being that particular age?