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Ohio Recognition Awards

In 1997, the American Camping Association, Ohio Section Board established a means of paying tribute to those who make an extraordinary contribution to the advancement of the camp movement in the State of Ohio and who have played an important role in creating today's ACA Ohio Section. All recognition awards are presented at our January Ohio Camping Conference (OCC). It is not a requirement that each award be presented annually.

There are four (4) recognition awards: The Oak Leaf Appreciation Award, the Friends of Camping Award, Program Excellence Award and the Buckeye Award.

The Nominating Committee of the ACA Ohio Section Board administers the Award Program. Annually, the membership will be given the opportunity to nominate individuals or organizations for awards and the Nominating Committee will determine the award winners. All nominations are due to the Vice President by December 15th.

Buckeye Award

The Buckeye Award is the highest honor presented to a member of the American Camp Association Ohio Section. To qualify, a candidate must:

  • Be known for his/her outstanding service in the field. It should be easily recognized that no other award would do justice to the magnitude of the contribution of this nominee.
  • Have an affiliation with the American Camp Association for at least ten (10) years and with the Ohio Section for at least five (5) years.
  • Have high moral character, personal integrity and exemplify a spirit of devoted service to the field.
  • Be an active participant in National and Section ACA programs
2007Larry Maxwell
2005Bill Lyder
2004Dennis "Denny" Elliott
2000Ted Witt
1999Aileen Blyth and William "Bill" Tighe
1998Myra Jamison

Program Excellence Award

The Program Excellence Award is designed to honor programs that:

  • Develop effective, creative responses to the needs of people and/or societal problems using the camp environment and encourage continued development of such ideas
  • Stimulate the exchange of creative ideas
  • Present to the public examples of positive contributions camp has made on the well being of individuals and society.

To be eligible for nomination, a program must have been in operation for at least one year (planning and development time does not count) and be part of an accredited camp.

Nominations will be judged on creativity and imaginative planning; relevance to the needs of participants; involvement of the target participants in the planning or implementation; adaptability and potential for replication; cooperative efforts with other organizations, agencies, or camps; and the ability of the program to meet stated objectives.

2007 Operation Military Kids (OH National Guard & State 4-H)
and Royal Family Kids Camps (offered at Camp Wanake)
1998YMCA Camp Kern "Teen Extreme"

Friends of Camping Award

The Friends of Camping Award is presented to an individual, group or organization that has made significant contributions to camping through related fields. Membership in the American Camp Association is not a requirement. Contributions or relationships can be administrative, legislative, professional, or specific participation in Section development.

2007Schmidt Copeland Parker Stevens, Inc.
2000Christ Child Society of Cleveland
1999ACA National Risk Management Team
1998Markel Insurance

Oak Leaf Appreciation Award

The Oak Leaf Appreciation Award is presented to an ACA Ohio Section member who has demonstrated service or special contribution to the overall philosophy of the American Camp Association movement and the Ohio Section.

2007Anne Weinberg and Stuart Weinberg
2006Rich Garbinsky
1998Bill Lyder