Crystal Lake Park District’s Sam Thompson Receives National Service Award from the American Camp Association

Thu March 1, 2018

The Crystal Lake Park District is pleased to announce that Sandra (Sam) Thompson, Recreation Supervisor, is the recipient of the American Camp Association (ACA) National Service Award. The National Service Award is designed to recognize continued and increasing service beyond the field/affiliate office level. Sam received the award at the 2018 ACA National Conference in Orlando, Florida on February 23, 2018.

Since 1986, Sam has been a Recreation Supervisor for the Crystal Lake Park District. Her passion is providing a quality, inclusive camp experience for children and counselors. Countless children and staff have been impacted by Sam’s dedication and commitment to her career.

Sam has been involved in a wide variety of professional organizations. She is an American Camp Association standards visitor and instructor. She is also a Teams course facilitator and medic first aid instructor. In addition to authoring or co-authoring several articles for the Illinois Park and Recreation Magazine, Sam has spoken at local, state and national conferences. She has been one of ACA's subject matter experts since 2007.