What is the courage award?
We have been privileged to meet 1000’s of children who show us every day their fortitude through personal strength, conviction and generosity.
Their everyday acts to support friends, family and their community are inspiring. Camp Emerson is built on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s philosophy on respecting children and giving them a safe and nurturing place to grow and to be a kid.
We wanted to establish a formal way to cheer and encourage these outstanding children. So in 2017 Camp Emerson established the 1st Courage Award. The winner receives free 2 weeks tuition and transportation to attend Camp Emerson’s overnight camp. Camp Emerson’s owners, Sue Lein & Kevin McDonough, want to reward these individuals for their selfless acts and to give them the opportunity to focus on their personal exploration, have fun and to connect with like-minded peers.
How is the winner chosen?
The Courage Award recipient is chosen by the Owners & Camp Directors of Camp Emerson, Sue Lein & Kevin McDonough, along with the previous recipients. Applications are welcomed from October 1 – January 15. The announcement is made January 31.
We are looking for demonstrations of personal courage that impact beyond themselves. Frequently, these will be individuals who act quietly without wanting recognition because they felt their behavior was the right thing to do and they had to do it. Children between the ages of 7 and 15 - first time campers only.