Greg Jukiewicz’s commitment to providing meaningful experiences for children during the summer is longstanding, as is his dedication in furthering the careers of his fellow camp professionals. This summer will be Jutkiewicz’s 11th as director of Concord Academy Summer Camp, his 17th directing a summer day camp, and his 23rd working at a camp. Over those years, he has been a staple presence at the American Camp Association–New England (ACA–NE) annual conference, where this spring he was honored with the Peter Kerns Award for the Advancement of Professional Development.
This award is given to an individual, group, or organization that has shown extraordinary commitment to the development of camp professionals. Jutkiewicz was honored as an “invaluable volunteer” for ACA–NE, for which he spent three years as conference chair, two years as logistics coordinator, and the past three years on the conference committee. During two years on the emerging camp professionals committee, he helped to create a conference track for camp employees getting started in the field. For seven years, Jutkiewicz has also served as faculty for the New Camp Directors Workshop, engaging actively as both teacher and mentor for new camp directors.
Presenting the award, Betsy Kelder, a member of the ACA–NE board of directors and camp director at Belmont Day School, lauded Jutkiewicz’s “passion for educating and developing all of us as camp professionals.” She noted that many in the audience credited him with shepherding their own careers.
Following the presentation of awards, Bob Rojee, director of auxiliary programs at Fay School and a member of the ACA–NE program committee for this year’s conference, contacted CA to describe the impact Jutkiewicz has had in the day camp industry. “He has educated, inspired and motivated many camp professionals,” Rojee said. “Through his efforts and leadership, many families at CA and around New England have been impacted by Greg.”
Jutkiewicz has previously received ACA–NE’s Appreciation Award in 2011 and Leadership Award in 2013. As families enroll their children in Concord Academy Summer Camp for another summer animated by a love for learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by a covenant of common trust, we at CA are proud that such a dedicated and generous professional is directing our program.