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1993 ACA national conference highlights.

The 1993 American Camping Association National Conference in Pittsburgh offered ample proof that members are, indeed, "Bridging the Rivers to Quality Camping." Thanks to the hard work and careful planning of die Pittsburgh Conference Sterring Committee, attendees enjoyed a full schedule of keynote addresses, professional training, exhibitor displays, networking opportunities, and just plain fun. Since this conference marked ACA's fiftieth national conference, the event opened with a rocking fifties party complete with costumes, an Elvis impersonator and a fifties drive-in style menu. The "I Believe" extravaganza, held in a grand old train station, completed the fifties theme with a top-notch performance by Pittsburgh's premiere oldies group, the Vogues.

Throughout the week, the following ACA members were recognized for their contributions to the association and the field of camping.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor afforded to members by the American Camping Association. This year's winners are Jean and Andrew McMullan. The McMullans, individually and together, have been contributing members of our association, sometimes taking different paths, but always working together for the good of all.

Andy has served the ACA New England Section as conference exhibits chair, advisor on investments and endowment funds, and as chair of the search committee for the New England executive director. Andy has been an advocate for a sound financial basis for ACA and has strived toward that goal for many years. He was instrumental in the evolution of the ACA Board of Trustees into the American Camping Foundation and served as the foundation's chair until this past March.

Outside ACA Andy was, for 36 years, president and chairman of the Hanold Company and a professional French horn player with the Hartford Symphony and the Portland, Maine Symphony. He served Alford Lake Camp as a financial advisor as well. Today, Andy is the founder and conductor of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Vero Beach and Stuart, Florida.

Service and leadership have been in the forefront of Jean McMullan's career in ACA. She is a past ACA national president and currently serves the association as a member of the American Camping Foundation in her capacity as national "I Believe" chair. She has served New England as leadership chair, vice president, president, regional chair and chaired six section conferences. Before becoming national president, Jean also served as national vice president of field services and was the national leadership certification chair. Jean was the dean at four camp directors institutes and an organizer for the very successful conference, "Dialogues on Responsibility," in 1974.

From 1962 through 1992, Jean was director of Alford Lake Camp near Camden, Maine. On January 1, 1993, she assumed the advisory director's role as she turned over the direct management to Mark and Sue McMullan.

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 the social sciences."

Innovator, educator, practitioner are all terms that describe Karl Rohnke, one of this year's Hedley S. Dimock award winners. Karl was one of the four founding staff members of Project Adventure in 1971, and has been the company's president and president of its board of directors for the past nine years. He has participated in many ACA section meetings as a resource person and has helped breathe vitality into camp programs by introducing the Project Adventure concept.

In addition to an already busy schedule with Project Adventure, Karl has publications that many ACA members use in their operations. Among these are Cowstails and Cobras, Cowstails and Cobras II, Silver Bullets, and Forget Me Knots. In 1992 Karl published Slightly Skewed Vignettes - Confessions of an Incorrigible Kid, an autobiographical series of short stories with an adventure twist.

Peter H. Fritts, another recipient of a 1993 Hedley S. Dimock award, has served ACA through the ACA Endowment Development Program. Head of the Real Estate Practice Group for Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon, a firm of 195 lawyers in Chicago, Peter's sense of community service is widely encompassing. He currently serves as vice chair of the Lake Forest, Illinois school board, is on the Lake Forest Symphony Board, and serves the Duncan YMCA in Chicago.

Recruited to serve on the ACA Board of Trustees (now the American Camping Foundation) by Tom Curtin in 1978, Peter became chair of the endowment committee in 1987 and set up practices and worked with trustees to set up a sound financial base. Though his involvement as chair of the ACA Endowment Development Program ended in 1992, he remains a friend of the association for all times.

Lifetime Service Award

This award goes to Joseph Kruger. In 1930 Joe Kruger began serving the camp community through his involvement in ACA. From 1929 to 1983 Joe was the owner/director of Camp Mah-Kee-Nac in Lenox, Massachusetts; currently he is co-owner of Mohawk Day Camp in New York.

Joe is a member of the American Camping Foundation Board of Directors and currently is the chair of the ACF Endowment Campaign. Previously, Joe worked with the major gift committee to raise funds for the renovation of our national office. He served as chair of the ACA Board of Trustees (now the American Camping Foundation) for three years.

In his home ACA New York Section, Joe has served as president, vice president/PIC, and chair of a capital campaign to raise more than a million dollars for the section. He is currently focusing on the Not-For-Profit Camp Council and helping to fund camps and campers in this area. Joe has also served on national conference steering committees and served as chair of the PIC program at the 1982 ACA National Conference in New York. In addition, Joe has served on the board of the New Jersey YMHA camps since 1948 and was chair of the Jewish Welfare Board National Camp Committee.

Joe is honored for his dedication, enthusiasm, involvement, vision and leadership. He is an example of energy and commitment as a teacher, leader and educator of unequalled skid.

Special Recognition Awards

The Special Recognition Award is given by the American Camping Association to honor groups, organizations or individuals for their efforts to promote camp. The award is for efforts that have significance on a national level.

Ed Andrews has contributed both on a national level and in the ACA New England Section. A former ACA national staff member (1968-78) and a member of the ACA National Standards Board, Ed's recent years in ACA have centered around the standards program in New England as an instructor trainer, a visitor and committee member. Ed has been particularly active as the part-time executive secretary of the Maine Camping Association and is the director of co-op education at the University of Maine. His service on the national standards board has been long and dedicated.

Jeanne Otto founded the Association of Camp Nurses and conducted the first study of actual camp nurse practices in camps, now published as Profile of the Camp Nurse in New England. Through Jeanne's effort, the Association of Camp Nurses has become a membership organization, publishing a newsletter and educating camp nurses. She is a retired assistant professor of nursing at Northeastern University; she serves ACA as a member of the ACA New England Section Standards Committee and a standards visitor and instructor. Jeanne's contribution to camping programs is an outstanding example of a need being met by those best able to do so.

Marion E. Doctor, LCSW, is a new member of ACA and an innovator of camping programs for burned children. A concern for the burn injured children in her care undergoing long-term rehabilitation led her to the outdoor environment for therapy. The use of a camp experience to provide normal activities while receiving rehabilitation services and the opportunity to socialize with burned injured peers appeared to be a vehicle for helping these children. The camping program, held at Cheley Camps in Colorado, has been the model for the development of similar programs in Maryland, California, Arizona, Illinois and Belgium.

As a young man, Frederick T. Miller made a commitment to camping while on staff at Camp Pioneer in Bradford Woods, Indiana. That commitment grew and his membership in ACA, begun in 1963, has in the last few years culminated in service to the association. Fred is the president of The Chatham Group, a consulting firm in Chatham, Massachusetts.

Fred is a current member of the board of directors of the American Camping Foundation. In his early days in ACA, Fred was a campcraft instructor and a standards visitor. More recently he served as a consultant to the ACA Executive Search Committee and a committee to look into the organizational structure and operations of ACA. Fred also chaired the committee to establish fund raising guidelines.

Ernest F. Schmidt Memorial Endowment Award

The Ernest F. Schmidt Memorial Endowment was established by his friends and family to honor him and to provide an annual scholarship for a Boy Scout professional to attend an educational event sponsored by the American Camping Association. This year's recipient, Terrence H. Dunn, is program director of Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America. He oversees management of four camp properties, two summer resident camps serving 3,500 campers, one summer-long day camp, and 20 short-term day camps. In addition, council-related program activities include leadership training, advancement, and a student intern program.

Mid-america Regional Award

The ACA Regional Award is given to recognize continued and increasing service beyond the section level. It is awarded to a current ACA member who may have received a section award and continues to give service to the region.

This year's recipient, Marcy Brower, CCD, is a 39-year member of ACA. Among Marcy's ACA contributions, she is recognized for her work with the ACA Illinois Section as program and education chair, a founding member of the Camping Unlimited Committee from 1969-73, and her contributions to the Midwest Training Center, George Williams College from 1970-1980. Currently Marcy serves as the chair of the ACA National Certification Board, having served on the board since 1989. She is also chair of the 1993 Mid-West Camping Conference. A dedicated educator, Marcy is co-director and owner of Circle M Day Camp, Inc.

Honor Awards

The American Camping Association presents Honor Awards to recognize leadership and meritorious service.

Linda Grier, CCD, wears and has worn many hats in ACA, both on the section and national levels. From 1976 to 1980 she served as executive secretary of die ACA Chesapeake Section. Since 1980 she has served as president, secretary, newsletter editor, "I Believe " chair, standards visitor, CCD mentor and ambassador trainer for the ACA Virginias Section.

In addition to her section service, Linda has been a regional chair and served on the national board, is currently on the Camping Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, and is designated as a faculty member-in-training for the Camp Directors Institute program. A 23-year member of ACA, Linda has for the past 12 years served as camp director at Camp Friendship in Palmyra, Virginia.

Katheryn W. Heidrich, CCD, Ph.D., has set a full plate of involvement. She serves as ACA Illinois Section president, member of the ACA National Board, and president of CenterPoint Management, Inc. In addition, since 1992 she has served as the chair of the ACA Strategic Planning Committee.

Katie is a consultant to many organizations on the recruitment, use and training of volunteers. Her expertise has been used in board retreats, marketing and board development seminars, and management studies. Katie's long history of service to ACA has been one of dedication and hard work.

Eleanor P. Eells Award

Eleanor P. Eells was a leader and inspiration within the camp movement throughout her life. Among her many accomplishments, she helped found the Fund for Advancement of Camping and served as its director through its formative years. The way she worked in our field helping individuals and camps in many ways to start new programs was among her greatest contributions.

The Awards for Program Excellence are designed to motivate staff to develop effective creative response to the needs of people through camping; encourage die development of creative responses to societal problems through camping; stimulate the exchange of creative ideas with others; promote, in and out of camping, the positive contribution camping makes to the well-being of individuals and society; and give recognition and honor to those whose programs exemplify these objectives.

The 1993 recipients of the Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence are:

The Developmental Disabilities Review Course at Camp C.A.M.P. (Children's Association for Maximum Potential), San Antonio, Texas; Chris P. Johnson, M.ed., M.D., founder and volunteer executive director.

Survival in Exile - Tibetan-Jewish Cultural Exchange at Camp Tawanga, San Francisco, California; Ken Kramarz, executive director.

J. Wendell Howe Golden Quill and Golden Lens awards were also given out at the ACA National Conference. See page 17 for a review of award recipients.
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Date:May 1, 1993
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