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New England Natives Awarded Maine Summer Camps Halsey Gulick Award

March 31, 2020

June 12, 2019 – Camp Walden | Denmark, Maine
Maine Summer Camps awards Halsey Gulick Award to Sue McMullan and Lisa Tripler

The Halsey Gulick Award was first presented in 1982 by the newly formed Main Youth Camping Association to recognize those people who have distinguished themselves by giving unselfishly of their time, energy, and resources to improve organized youth camping in Maine. Recipients are selected by their colleagues in camping for their record of public service to the camping movement in Maine.


Sue McMullan Left – Lisa Tripler Right

Sue McMullan‘s career has spanned over a half-century. Guiding and teaching and empowering girls and young women. Her first decade provided immediate evidence of a future camping professional of the highest caliber. Whether it was packing out trips, serving as a tent counselor, acting as a head of tennis, or head of program, this vibrant addition to Alford Lake Camp came to camp in 1970 and quickly became indispensable.

Sue’s commitment has also shared her legendary commitment to youth camping. From 1980-1982 she served on the Board of Directors of the American Camp Association, New England. She also served on the Board of Directors and as Education Committee Chair of Maine Summer Camps for many years. She was also a trustee at Waynflete School.

Collaborator and leader, with boundless commitment to and care for, the camper whose lives she has impacted. She will spend her 50th summer at Alford Lake Camp this season.

Lisa TriplerĀ has served on the Education, Marketing, and Membership Committee of Maine Summer Campers for years. She has provided length and steadfast service on the Board, served as Board Secretary, and was involved in numerous momentous organization decision, such as spinning off MSC and MYCA, and hiring an Executive Director. Lisa has owned Kamp Kohut for 27 years, a co-ed camp that melds the qualities of girls’ and boys’ camps that serves each camper with both enthusiasm and devotion.

A labor of love, a passion since childhood, an enduring commitment. When Lisa Tripler and her husband Dan Rapaport bought Kamp Kohut almost three decades ago, it was a new adventure. Today, every day, the adventure continues.

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