Congratulations to the 2013 ACA New England Award Recipients!


Distinguished Service Award: Jean McMullan, Director Consultant, Alford Lake Camp (ACA Accredited), Hope, ME presented by Sarah Seaward, Director, Stewardship Committee

 Jean McMullan and SarahSarah Seaward, Director of Camp Nashoba North (ACA Accredited) and member of the Stewardship Committee presented Jean McMullan with ACA New England’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, at the Banquet and Annual Meeting that culminated this year’s Conference. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor given by ACA New England. It is awarded to an individual who has given outstanding leadership and service to ACA New England for at least 10 years. It is easily recognized that no other award would do justice to the magnitude of this nominee’s contributions. This volunteer has devoted time above and beyond the normal volunteer commitment. 

Jean was honored for her service to the camping movement regionally, nationally and globally. Excerpted highlight’s of Sarah’s speech show what an inspiration she has been to thousands. Dick Chamberlain, former ACA president commented that Jean “practices what she preaches” and was constantly working on child development and writing articles for publications. She embodied a larger form of camping and had a profound belief in the camping movement. Jean was part of an elite group of visionaries and was known for her powerful and impactful statements, ‘What helps one camp helps all camps. What hurts one camp, hurts all camps. As President of ACA National Jean was able to engage people who were at an impasse. As Dick Chamberlain also said, “Jean could make 2 + 2 equal 5 and make people better.” …Many of you may not know that Jean was paramount with the Globalization of the Camp Movement. She initiated one of the first camper exchanges between the Soviet Union and private camps, with 12 campers placed in 3 Maine camps in the summer of 1988. That same summer, American campers were hosted in camps in the USSR…. When asked what words best represent Jean…. I heard: Visionary, Inspirational, Passionate, Mentor, Friend, Collaborator, Eclectic, Humorous, Story Teller, Galvanizing, Creative, Musician, Advocate, Wise, Open, Professional, Adventurer. Peg Smith our National ACA CEO said it wonderfully; ‘Jean has created a galaxy of camp champions in her lifetime. She is the supernova that has become thousands of times brighter as a result of her influence on so many.’ ”

Jason SilbermanMeritorious Service Award: Jason Silberman, Owner Director, Camp Matoaka (ACA Accredited), Smithfield, Maine

Milisa Galazzi, Director of Brewster Day Camp (ACA Accredited) and member of the Stewardship Committee presented Jason Silberman with ACA New England’s Meritorious Service Award. This award is for meritorious service to ACA New England and the organized camp community. This individual has made outstanding contributions to ACA New England in a multitude of areas. This award should be given to a current or retired ACA member who has been involved in ACA NE for a minimum of 5 years.

We include a few of Misa’s remarks as she presented Jason’s award prior to the Friday afternoon keynote: “Jason Silberman is one of those people who walks into a room and ignites it with his energy, humor, and can do attitude. I sit with Jason on the Board of  Directors of ACA New England and I can tell you that his passion and ability to make things happen is like none other!

One of his colleagues who works closely with him on Camp Champions, our organization's annual fund raiser for camp scholarships, says this:  "Jason is extremely insightful and intelligent. Working with him you can instantly tell he is sincere and passionate about children and their needs."

Community Honor Awards: This award is given for outstanding contributions to organized camping or to ACA New England. It should be presented to individuals, groups or organizations that may or may not be members of ACA in order to recognize their support of quality camp experiences.

Ed Metzendorf, Managing Director of Bunk1, was on hand before Friday’s keynote to receive the Community Honor Award. “Bunk1 has been on the forefront of technology for camps since 1999. They have everything from photo galleries, online registration, one way emailing, camp care packages, staffing services to scheduling programs and more. Bunk1 supports the camp industry in many ways. For ACA New England that has meant being a lead sponsor for Camp Champions. For all they do—they are receiving the Community Honor Award.”


Nancy Norenberg & Dane Tullock from REI
were unable to join us to receive their Community Honor Award. “Both have been instrumental in ACA New England’s receiving of grant funds from REI. In order to apply for funds, an organization has to be recommended by local store employees. Nancy has been a store manager for 21 years. Dane has been an outreach specialist for 8 years. Both Nancy and Dane promote camp in many ways and for this they are receiving the Community Honor Award.

Leadership Awards:

This award is given to an ACA member for dedicated service to ACA New England. It is given to an individual whose volunteer activities are considerable and deserve recognition.

Liz Young, on behalf of our Stewardship Committee, presented three Leadership Awards at the Conference Banquet. Here we share excerpts from her remarks. ”The three members we are honoring tonight certainly meet this criteria. All have a longstanding commitment to camp and have generously shared their time and talents and special expertise with ACA New England...Thank you Ed, Greg, and Amanda for all you have done and continue to do for ACA New England.”


(Left to Right: Liz Young, Stewardship Committee; Greg Jutkiewicz, Concord Academy; Amanda Zoellner, Mass Audubon; Ed Pletman, Camp Ramah; Nat Saltonstall, President of the ACA New England Board)

Ed Pletman, Director of Finance and Operations, Camp Ramah (ACA Accredited), Palmer, MA

“Ed’s most recent committee service was to chair the Campership Task force. He led the task force through its initial pilot year and then through its first full year of allocating the funds raised by the first Camp Champions event. It was a monumental task that Ed undertook and with his committee created and implemented a system that will carry us forward as we continue to raise campership dollars.”


Greg Jutkiewicz, Director, Concord Academy Day Camp (ACA Accredited, Concord, MA

“I have heard more than one person say that he is the most active volunteer that ACA New England has. Greg’s most visible role is right here in Manchester. He has chaired the Conference Committee for the last 3 year, Co-Chaired the New Camp Director’s workshop, DJed the Friday night Viva Manchvegas event for the last three years, and MCed our Annual Banquet. He has worked diligently to make this conference the best that it can be by making some new and innovative changes and holding true to some of the tried and true.”

Amanda Zoellner, Administrative Manager, Wildwood (ACA Accredited), Rindge, NH

“Amanda makes others want to volunteer. She is always there to share her knowledge or help find an answer. You will find her volunteering to lead sessions and to find the correct person to lead other sessions. She has been a part of many committees. Among the committees she has served on are The Conference Steering Committee and the New Membership Initiative Task Force. Amanda serves as a standards visitor, serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary.”


Appreciation Awards:

This award is presented for outstanding involvement in ACA New England activities. It should be awarded to an individual who has been involved for less than three years in ACA New England activities. It should encourage and reward our newer participants for becoming active in our activities and volunteer service.

Katie Lampley, Director of The Brimmer & May Day Camp (ACA Accredited), Chestnut Hill, MA  

In presenting this 2013 Appreciation Award to Katie, Greg Jutkiewicz commented, “Katie developed a love of camping in her summers at Camp Caribbean while growing up in the US Virgin Islands. For some reason she decided to trade the sand for snow to pursue a degree in business and worked in consulting for several years before making the right choice to return to the camping world. She has spent the last 10 years developing and running summer programs at Bentley University and Brimmer and May. Katie serves ACA as a Visitor as well as a member of both the Professional Development and Membership Committees.”


Joanna Lenahan, Outdoor Program Manager overseeing 6 ACA Accredited Camps, Girl Scouts of Eastern MA

In presenting this 2013 Appreciation Award, Greg Jutkiewicz offered these words: Joanna Lenahan has been a Girl Scout for 26 years and came to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to recruit and retain urban girls to Girl Scouting.  Joanna also serves as the secretary of the Massachusetts Camping Association.   For the past several years she has been the face of the vendor hall here at the conference, working with all of our vendors’ logistics, problem solving, as well as vendor recruitment.  For all of her hard work ACA has not only officially made her the Chair of the Vendor Hall, but would also like to honor her with this Appreciation Award!”


Keith Garbart, Director of Winding Trails Summer Day Camp (ACA Accredited), Farmington CT

In presenting this 2013 Appreciation Award to Keith, Greg Jutkiewicz remarked, “Keith served on the Emerging Camp Professionals committee for three years before joining the new Professional Development Committee.  For the past four years he has helped welcome first time conference goers, at the Newcomers Welcome Session.  Keith chairs the Connecticut New Camp Directors Workshop a partnership between ACA New England and the CT Camping Association, where has served on the board of directors for 5 years, and is currently the President.  Keith has been elected as a new member of the ACA New England Board”