Purpose & History: This award is named in honor and memory of Thelma Hurwitz, the “Queen of Camping”, a leader in the New York Section, and one of the founders of the Tri-State Camp Conference. A true visionary, Thelma along with Morry Stein and Ben Appelbaum conceived and ran the first Tri-State Camp Conference in 1983. Thelma was a glass ceiling breaker in many respects, establishing herself as a successful multi-camp female private resident camp director in the 1960’s. Thelma had many distinguishing characteristics that elevate her to the highest of acclaim in the camp industry such as her willingness to serve, to always be present, take charge if needed, and make everyone involved feel important along the way. As a result, Thelma was part of the very distinguished first class of the Legends in Camping.
This award named after Thelma serves as a celebration of those individuals who have taken a lasting leadership role in ACA NY and NJ from all fields of camping as well as recognizing exceptional work on behalf of the Tri-State Camp Conference, the ACA, NY and NJ Affiliate and the entire Camp profession.
Qualifications: This is the highest honor for a member of the ACA, NY and NJ Affiliate. Recipient(s) is a member of the ACA, NY and NJ Affiliate and must have done exceptional work on behalf of either the Tri-State Camp Conference, the ACA, NY and NJ Affiliate and/or the entire Camp profession for a period of at least ten years.
This award will be presented annually at the Tri-State CAMP Conference.
Meet the Past Recipients