We are pleased to recognize the following individuals and programs as recipients of our 2022 Awards. Please help us celebrate our 2022 winners at the National Conference in Portland and all year long!
Learn more about ACA's awards.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor presented to a member of the American Camp Association. The award recognizes an individual for outstanding service in the field, as well as leadership within ACA.
- Vance Gilmore, Texoma
National Honor Award
The National Honor Award is designed to recognize meritorious service by an ACA member or former member for noteworthy contributions to the advancement of camp through leadership and industry.
- Kim Aycock, MST, Southeastern
- National Honor Award Bill Tubbs, Evergreen
National Service Award
The National Service Award is designed to recognize continued and increasing service to ACA at the national level.
- Bekah Carmichael, Northern California
- Jason LeVasseur, New England
- Jamie Sirkin, New York & New Jersey
- Ron Springs, Southeastern
- Dan Weir, New York & New Jersey
Hedley S. Dimock Award
The Hedley S. Dimock Award is given to one who contributes to camping through related fields such as outdoor education, conservation, recreation, medicine, education, architecture, or social sciences.
- Simone Gamble, New York & New Jersey
- Tracey Gaslin, PhD, CRNI, CPNP, FNP-BC, Ohio
Jack Weiner Leadership Award
The Jack Weiner Leadership Award is designed to support a young person who is pursuing a career in the camp field. The award ensures professional development by providing financial support for the recipient to attend and fully participate in the ACA National Conference.
- Shelby Elias, Wisconsin
Special Recognition Award
The Special Recognition Award is designed to honor groups, organizations, or individuals for their efforts to promote camp on a national level.
- Michelle Cummings, Rocky Mountain
- Aaron Greenberg, New York & New Jersey
- Marisa Fink, Ed.D., Oregon Trail
Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence
The Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence is designed to honor programs that develop effective, creative responses to the needs of people and/or societal problems using the camp environment or programs which demonstrate the positive contributions the camp experience has on the well-being of individuals and society.
- Arizona Humane Society-Animal Ed-Ventures, Southwest
- Camp for All Kids, Illinois
- Camp Harbor View, New England
- Camp John Marc-Camp Is More Than A Place, Texoma
- Mo-Ranch Camp in the Valley, Texoma
Eleanor P. Eells Award for Research in Practice
This award recognizes excellence in research practices that improve program practice or evaluate the outcomes of the camp experience.
- Camp Program Quality Initiative — Community of Practice: Evaluation Project
Marge Scanlin Research Award
Marge Scanlin was a driving force behind many of the research efforts of ACA. Upon her retirement, this award was established as an ongoing tribute to recognize Marge’s contributions. The monetary award is given annually to a student in recognition of their completed research efforts that result in originality, innovation, and significant contribution to the advancement of the body of knowledge concerning the camp experience. In addition to being presented with the award at the national conference, the winner will present the research at the Research Symposium.
- Rob Warner, Southwest, University of Utah
J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill and 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 awards recognize those individuals who contribute their talents to Camping Magazine through quality articles that address the needs of camp professionals and outstanding photography.
2022 Golden Quill Recipients:
- Kim Aycock, MST, "Staff Culture: Skipping a Season without Skipping a Beat" Camping Magazine, January/February 2021, Southeastern
- Jolly Corley, MS, "Staff Culture: Skipping a Season without Skipping a Beat" Camping Magazine, January/February 2021, New England
- Emily Golinsky, MS,"Enrollment: A Risky Business?", Camping Magazine, November/December 2021, New England
2022 Golden Lens Recipient:
- Nina Goodheart, Photo "A Star Is Born", Ghostlight Theater Camp, Maine
- Anne Longman, Photo "Zen and the Art of Horseback Riding", Camp Manito-wish YMCA, Wisconsin