2021 ACA National Award Recipients Announced

January 20, 2021

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 2021 Awards. Please help us celebrate our 2021 winners at the virtual National Conference and all year long!

Learn more about ACA's awards.

 

Photo of Sharon Kosch
Sharon Kosch
(Northern California)
Distinguished Service Award
Photo of Shannon Donovan-Monti
Shannon Donovan-Monti
(New England)
National Honor Award
Photo of Jack Erler
Jack Erler, Esq.
(New England)
Hedley S. Dimock Award
Photo of Amanda Ward
Amanda Ward
(New York & New Jersey)
Jack Weiner Leadership Award
photo of Andy Moeschberger
Andy Moeschberger
(Southern California/Hawaii)
National Service Award
Photo of Reid McKnight
Reid McKnight
(Rocky Mountain)
National Service Award
Photo of Carl Metzger
Carl Metzger, Esq.
(New England)
National Service Award
Photo of Karen Wright
Karen "Cal" Wright 
(Southwest)
National Service Award
Photo of Danny Sudman
Danny Sudman
(Southeastern)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Sara Kuljis
Sara Kuljis
(Southern California/Hawaii)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Andy Pritikin
Andy Pritikin

(New York/NewJersey)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Travis Allison
Travis Allison, Go Camp Pro 
(Canadian Camp Association)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Ruby Compton
Ruby Compton, Go Camp Pro 
(Southeastern)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Matt Honsberger
Matt Honsberger, Go Camp Pro 
(Canadian Camp Association)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Abigail Stuart
Abigail Stuart, Go Camp Pro 
(Great Rivers)
Special Recognition Award
Association logos
New England Camp Associations
(New England)
Special Recognition Award
Photo of Laura Blaisdell
Laura Blaisdell MD/MPH
(New England)
Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice
Photo of Jessie Dickerson
Jessie Dickerson
(Southwest)
Marge Scanlin Outstanding Student Research Award
Photo of Matthew Cook
Matthew Cook
"Building Belonging in the Age of Anxiety"
Camping Magazine, January/February 2020
(Evergreen)
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award Winner
Photo of Signe Whitson
Signe Whitson
"Is It Rude, Is It Mean, or Is It Bullying?"

Camping Magazine, September/October 2020
(Keystone Regional)
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill Award Honorable Mention
Photo of Bob Ditter
Bob Ditter
Camping Magazine, Columns and Articles (1988-2020)
(New England)
Camping Magazine Service Award
Photo of Emmy Held
Emmy Held
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Lens Award Winner
Photo "Adventure On"
Camp Chewonki Wiscasset, Maine
Camper at front of canoe paddling in misty river
Photo of Maddie Wetzel
Maddie Wetzel
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Lens Honorable Mention
Photo "Happy Fourth"
Tom Sawyer Camps Altadena, California
Camper sitting in grass waiving American flag