Join us in celebrating the doers of our Association at the Annual Membership Meeting!
Friday, March 20, 2020 | Naperville, IL | Learn more here!
Membership not required to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Congratulations & Appreciation for the 2020 ACA Illinois Award Recipients!
Emerging Professional Award
Awarded to professionals with 10 or less years of professional level experience within the field of camp that contribute to the advancement of the field of camp through service to the American Camp Association, Illinois and the camp community.
Presented to members of the community that contribute significant time and service to the American Camp Association, Illinois that advances the field of camp and/or access to the community.
Special Recognition Award for Advancing the Field of Camp
Presented to an individual within or outside of the direct field of camping, but whose service and support furthers the mission and goals of the American Camp Association, Illinois and the field of camp.
Distinguished Service Award
This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated deep commitment of service towards the American Camp Association, Illinois and the field of camp over several years and/or long term projects.
I am so excited to share with you that we have a new staff member joining the American Camp Association, Illinois (ACA Illinois). We welcome Allie Boyaris as our new Membership and Program Services Specialist. Allie’s work will include helping to develop and support our Professional Development programs including the Mid States Camp Conference and the Women in Camp Summit and support the Accreditation program. Allie has already been acclimated to all things DFI Title XX Camping Services Program. We are over the moon to have Allie join this small, but mighty team!
Membership & Program Services Director
From the Executive Director
Dear Members & Friends of ACA Illinois,
Summer is typically a time for new staff at your camps. Welcoming and training new staff is exciting as you discover all the gifts & talents they will be bringing. Like most of you, ACA Illinois is also welcoming a new staff member this summer! Meet Stacy Harper, our new Associate Director for ACA Illinois. Stacy will be introducing herself below but I wanted to share a little bit more about Stacy, her role on our team and a sample of her many skill sets.
Many of you know Stacy as an active volunteer and leader of various Mid States Camp Conference projects, including serving as the founding creative force behind Camp Mid States, Mid States’ youth serving day camp. This past year, Stacy led the Registration Team, as well as, served as our tech table pro during the conference. Stacy has also been an editor for our Mid States publications.
In Stacy’s new role, Stacy will be directing the DFI Title XX billing and documentation processes, co-leading the operations arm of Mid States with our co-worker, Kim and working closely with our financial reporting and systems at the Association. Additionally, Stacy will support our Accreditation & professional development programs, fundraising efforts and more. Stacy comes to us with a toolbox full of useful skill sets including innovative problem solving, attention to detail, great customer service and a deep and rich camp directing background. I am eager to see the positive impact Stacy will have on our community and the great work she will accomplish during her time here at ACA Illinois.
Please help me in welcoming Stacy to our team by dropping a welcoming comment on our Facebook page!
I wish you all the best for a safe and successful summer!
Colette M Marquardt
Dear Friends of ACA Illinois,
As many of you are transitioning into staff training or camper sessions, we are transitioning here within the office as well. Gordie's last day as a staff member is June 24th and he is eagerly awaiting joining you as a member and volunteer. With several camp visits already lined up, Gordie will still be out and about changing lives this very summer.
I am so pleased to announce our new staff member, Kim Steiner has joined our team. You can learn more about Kim by reading below. I look forward to seeing the great things Kim will be do here in ACA Illinois with her varied background and skill sets.
Carlise, Kim and I are so thrilled to be working with you and wish you the very best and safest summer possible!