Little receives leadership award

March 21, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Jen Little, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been chosen as the first award winner of the Jack Weiner Young Leadership Award. The recipient of the award receives an all-expense paid trip to the American Camping Association (ACA) Conference held in Colorado.

Little, a native of Verona, was nominated by a friend who she met while working on her undergraduate degree in Stevens Point. While at UW-Stevens Point, Little received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in camping and sociology.

"They wanted to give the award to someone who knew Jack," Little said. "He was a mentor to me as well as thousands who were involved in camping. Jack believed that it was important to have young people attend the conference, but with the costly registration and lodging fee it was almost impossible for any student to attend."

While at the conference, Little was able to attend a variety of camp workshops on leadership and marketing.

"I was also able to do a lot of networking. Hopefully it will help me to find a job after I graduate," Little said.

Little has been a camp counselor at Camp Eagle Ridge in Mellon for the past six years. This coming summer she will be the assistant director of the summer camp.

"The camp is great. The camp directors are the owners so if something was ever needed they could make a decision on it right away," Little said.

While at UW-Stevens Point, Little started an organization on campus for people involved in summer camps. She was the vice president and recruiter for the organization. WI Camps Student Organization - UW Stevens Point is the only college organization in the nation that is directly associated with the ACA.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to Jen about camping feel free to email her at littlej@uwplatt.edu.

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