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2003: J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe awards.

The J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Awards cognize those individuals who contribute their talents to Camping Magazine. The Golden Quill Award is presented to the authors of quality articles that promote a better understanding of the camp/ outdoor education/youth development field, including current practices, critical issues, and research. The Golden Lens Award recognizes good photography that depicts the camp experience.

J. Wendell Howe was one of the early leaders in the private/independent camp movement in ACA's western region. He, along with his wife, Ruth, directed a Community Chest camp, Camp Condor, near Taft, California, in the summers of 1943 and 1944. In 1945, they bought a camp at Lake Tahoe and named it Skylake Camp for Boys. The camp is now called Skylake Yosemite Camp, which until recently was owned and directed by John T. Howe, CCD, J. Wendell and Ruth's son. Their daughter, Marian Howe Andersen Herndon, CCD, also gained recognition in the camp field as owner and director of Skylake Ranch Camp in Ahwahnee, California.

Funds for the Golden Quill and Golden Lens awards come from a memorial established in J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe's name.

2004 J. Wendell and Ruth T. Howe Awards Guidelines

Golden Quill Award

All manuscripts published in the January/February 2003 through November/December 2003 issues of Camping Magazine are entered in the contest. Submit manuscripts according to regular Camping Magazine submission guidelines. (See contrib.htm.)

Golden Lens Award

All color and black-and-white photos and slides received by Camping Magazine in the 2003 calendar year are entered.

Photos should depict the camp experience and represent the best practices in the field. Photos that do not comply with ACA standards will not be considered. Please identify the photographer's name, camp name, and a contact address and phone number on each submission. Submit a letter stating that the camp or photographer has a model release on file for all identifiable subjects.


Manuscripts will be judged by the Camping Magazine Editorial Advisory Board. Photos will be judged by a panel of ACA national staff members.


Golden Quill and Golden Lens recipients receive a cash prize and a plaque. Award-winning articles and photos will be displayed at the 2004 ACA National Conference in San Francisco, California, and will be announced in Camping Magazine.


For more information, please contact the assistant editor at 765-342-8456, ext. 334, or e-mail
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Date:May 1, 2003
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