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Michael Gordon Young Leaders Award

Purpose & History: To recognize and honor continued and increasing dedication to the Camp profession by or on behalf of younger Camp professionals. This award was established in memory of Mike Gordon who was a supporter of private camps in ACA, NY and NJ. This award is open to young professionals in all fields of camping.

Qualifications: Recipients should be individuals who have done exceptional and continued work on behalf of the Section to enhance the Camp profession and who are either: age 30 and younger, or have done such work in service of emerging Camp professionals within the ACA, NJ and NJ.

The winner of this award will be automatically nominated to the Jack Weiner Leadership Award (National) if nominee meets criteria.

This award will be presented at the ACA, NY and NJ Fall Conference.

2016 Award Winner: Adam Baranker

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Thelma Hurwitz Leadership Award

Purpose & History: To recognize and honor exceptional service to the ACA, NY and NJ to enhance the Camp profession. This award has been established in memory of Thelma Hurwitz, the “Queen of Camping”, a leader in the New York Section, and one of the founders of the Tri-State Camp Conference. This award is meant to celebrate those individuals who have taken a lasting leadership role in ACA, NY and NJ, from all fields of camping.

Qualifications: Recipients should be individuals who have done exceptional work on behalf of the Section to enhance the Camp profession for a period of at least ten years.

The winner of this award will be automatically nominated to the National Honor Award (National) if nominee meets criteria.

This award will be presented at the ACA, NY and NJ Fall Conference.

2016 Award Winners: Roz Buck and Jed Buck

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Howard Patton Award

Given to one or more persons who epitomize the spirit of organized camping leadership and whose work has benefited campers and camping. This award is given in loving memory of Howard Patton. Howard knew every aspect of camping and was the "guiding light" in many camp directors' careers.

The winner of this award will be automatically nominated to the Service Award (National) if nominee meets criteria.

This award will be presented at the ACA, NY and NJ Fall Conference.

2016 Award Winner: Mark "Z" Zides

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Harold Breene Youth Education Award

Recognition of Continued Dedication to the Development and Education of Youth through Camping. This award is given to a person or camp actively promoting positive youth development in a unique and creative camp environment. It will be given to a person or camp that is helping young people discover and explore their talents, interests and values while developing positive self-esteem and healthy relationships. Must be an ACA Member.

The winner of this award will be automatically nominated to the Eleanor Eells Award (National) if nominee meets criteria.

This award will be presented at the ACA, NY and NJ Fall Conference.

2016 Award Winner: Camp Ma-He-Tu

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