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Courage Awards

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.

 

Know someone worthy?

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.

 

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Last Year's Recipient

Camp Emerson’s 1st Courage Award was given to Mason Wicks-Lim.

Camp Emerson’s 1st Courage Award was given to Mason Wicks-Lim. Mason received the award for standing up for his right to participate in a program that rejected him because of his disability, his peanut & treenut allergies. At 10 years old, Mason wanted to join a local theater program and was told because he needed to have someone trained to handle his epinephrine should he need it, that they would not be accepting him. His friend came to his defense and said he should be included and she was kicked out in retaliation. Mason felt that it was important to fight not just for himself, but for all of the other children with food allergies and disabilities. This alone was a difficult and arduous journey through the legal system. What Mason learned in addition was that adults don’t always act kindly and that people who you thought were friends aren’t always friends, especially in a small town. Steadfastly, Mason and his family have fought every step of the way. They received a positive determination from the Dept of Justice which was vindicating but sadly, did not end the legal proceedings and backlash which has no indication of ending soon. Throughout it all, Mason Wicks-Lim has never spoken about the situation with anger. He has used his voice to tell crowds of children and adults about his story and encouraged them to be "unique carrots". Mason says, "Some carrots grow straight in easy, fertile soil. Other carrots must grow in rocky soil and therefore must find ways to grow around challenges, becoming both stronger and more unique in the process." Mason’s quiet and determined leadership made him our choice for the first Camp Emerson Courage Award. This summer at camp, Mason told us......

white quoteI had such a great time at Camp Emerson, I made so many new friends and loved every minute. Waterskiing was something I hadnt done before but SO glad I tried it!

 

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Mason Wicks-Lim

 

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As summer comes to an end I am reflecting back on the gratitude I feel for what you do.  The other day Mason and I were
talking about the best parts of Camp Emerson. He said "All of it. You can't really take Camp Emerson apart like that. It's a lot
of good things that become one great thing." Thanks to each and every one of you for being part of that great thing.

From Mason’s Mom, Ali Wicks-Lim

 

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Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for an act of bravery or kindness?