ACA Awards

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Brighter Futures through Innovative Programming: The 2022 Eleanor Eells Award Winners

Each year, ACA’s Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence honors camps that embody the spirit of the award’s namesake through their efforts to provide exceptional programming that effectively and innovatively addresses the needs of people and society through the camp experience. We celebrate the 2022 recipients. They are all prime examples of the right camp program’s capacity to equip campers of all abilities and backgrounds with the determination, desire, and belief to build brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

Enter The 2022 Golden Lens Contest

Enter the 2022 J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe  Golden Lens Awards Photography Contest

You Could Win

  • A $150 cash prize + $500 ACA professional development gift card* for first place
  • A commemorative plaque
  • Acknowledgement in Camping Magazine
  • Recognition at the ACA National Conference

*The gift card can be used for ACA’s Online Learning Center, virtual events, webinars, and/or in-person events including but not limited to ACA’s National Conference.

J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Golden Quill and 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. Each year we recognize those individuals who contribute their talents to Camping Magazine—with quality articles that address the needs of camp professionals and outstanding photography that depicts the camp experience.

2020 ACA National Award Recipients Announced

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.

 

 

Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Evaluation & Research

The Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Evaluation & Research is designed to honor programs in which camp professionals conduct or apply meaningful, quality research or evaluation to improve program practice and/or uncover findings that are useful to other camps. Successful nominations can either focus on a particular project or initiative, or describe an ongoing system of continuous program improvement.

Nominations typically fall into one of the following categories:

Inspiring Programs That Put Campers’ Unique Needs First — 2017 Eleanor Eells Award Winners

Each year, ACA’s Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence recognizes camps that embody the award’s namesake by developing superior programming that effectively and creatively responds to the needs of people and society through the camp experience. We commend the 2017 winners. They are all testaments to the power of camp programs that actively seek to realize the potential of the camper populations they serve by better equipping them to take on the world’s challenges with resiliency and belief in themselves.

Profile of the 2017 Recipients of the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice

In 2015, ACA, with the help of the Committee for the Advancement of Research and Evaluation (CARE), created the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice. This award is designed to honor camp programs that:

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