2020 ACA National Award Recipients Announced

January 13, 2020

The American Camp Association is proud to honor those who lead the way — in exemplary leadership, in service, and in passionate commitment to the value of the camp experience.

We are pleased to recognize the following individuals and programs as recipients of our 2020 Awards. Please help us celebrate our 2020 winners at the National Conference in San Diego and all year long!

Learn more about ACA's awards.

 

 

Photo of Ross Turner
Ross Turner
(Southern California/Hawaii)
Distinguished Service Award
Photo of Ian Garner
Ian Garner
(Virginias)
National Honor Award
Mary Rogers photo
Mary Rogers
(St. Louis)
National Honor Award
Photo of Chuck McGrady
Charles "Chuck" McGrady
(Southeastern)
Hedley S. Dimock Award
photo of Dennis Regan
Dennis Regan
(New England)
Hedley S. Dimock Award
Photo of Niambi Jaha-Echols
Niambi Jaha-Echols
(Illinois)
National Service Award
Photo of Christie Ko
Christie Ko
(New York & New Jersey)
National Service Award
Photo of Kurt Podeszwa
Kurt Podeszwa
(Texoma)
National Service Award
Photo of Dan Reynolds
Dan Reynolds
(Ohio)
National Service Award
Photo of Dorcas Tomasek
Dorcas Tomasek
(Texoma)
National Service Award
Photo of Dan Konigsberg
Dan Konigsberg

(Southeastern)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Akienyalay Bruce
Akienyalay Bruce
(New York & New Jersey)
Jack Weiner Leadership Award
Photo of Rachel Rubin
Rachel Rubin
(New England)
Marge Scanlin Outstanding Student Research Award
Logo of Marcus Autism Center
Camp Twin Lakes - Camp You B You
(Southeastern)
Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence
Logo of Family Warrior Weekend
Camp Twin Lakes - Family Warrior Weekend
(Southeastern)
Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence
Logo of Rice Tapia STEM Camp
Tapia STEM Camp
(Texoma)
Eleanor P. Eells for Program Excellence
Mountain Camp logo
Mountain Camp
(Northern California)
Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice
Logo of University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
California 4-H Camping Advisory Committee
(Northern California)
Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice
Logo of Summer Camp Fund
Charlotte Observer Summer Camp Fund
(Southeastern)
Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice
Photo of Ariella Rogge
Ariella Rogge
"Where Are Their Adult Pants? Tools, Catchphrases, and Understanding for Choosing Today’s Staff Members"
Camping Magazine, January/February 2019
(Rocky Mountain)
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award Winner
Photo of Elizabeth Rundle-Marable
Elizabeth Rundle-Marable
"Where Are Their Adult Pants? Tools, Catchphrases, and Understanding for Choosing Today’s Staff Members"
Camping Magazine, January/February 2019
(Rocky Mountain)
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award Winner
Photo of Christopher Overtree
Christopher Overtree
"Motivating Change: When Being Stuck Is the Sticking Point"

Camping Magazine, September/October 2019
(New England)
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award Honorable Mention
Photo of Ben Cole
Ben Cole
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Lens Award Winner
Photo "Last Light"
Camp Manitou for Boys, Oakland, Maine
Staffer fishing on dock at sunset
Photo of Kit Karzen
Kit Karzen
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Lens Honorable Mention
Photo "Guitar Heroes"
Brave Trails, Palmdale, California
Campers playing guitar on stairs

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