TAPG Awards: Mark Ames Scholarship & Heart of Adventure Therapy

Heart of Adventure Therapy Award
The Heart of Adventure Therapy Award is given yearly to either an organization or an individual who embodies the heart of adventure therapy! The purpose of the award is to honor an individual, organization or program that provides exemplary adventure therapy services. This individual or organization should exhibit the mission and vision of the Association for Experiential Education, and should also employ TAPG’s Best Practices. TAPG members will nominate agencies they feel are deserving of the award and TAPG Leadership Council members will vote on this award. Nominations will be solicited in January each year from the Leadership Council.

Heart of Adventure Therapy Award Winners
2015 Adventure Works 
2014 Red Top Meadows


Mark Ames Scholarship
TAPG awards the Mark Ames Memorial Scholarship to provide an opportunity to attend TAPG's Pre-Conference workshop to an individual who otherwise could not afford to attend. 


In addition, many TAPG members have been presented with national AEE awards. Please take a look at the list, and if you do not see someone's name there that should be, consider nominating someone for this year!

Michael Stratton Practitioner of the Year Award
2015 Kim Stacksteder

2014 Tony Alvarez
2008 Gary Stauffer
2007 Denise Mitten
2005 Jim Schoel

2000 Lee Gillis

Outstanding Experiential Teacher
1998 Mike Gass
1997 Christian Bisson 

Servant Leader
2014 Christine Norton
2012 Anita Tucker
2011 Terry Williams

2008 Sandy Newes, Dennis Call
2007 Bobbi Beale
2005 Scott Bandoroff
2004 Christian Itin

Organizational Member of the Year
2014 Camp Mary Orton

2008 Santa Fe Mountain Center
2006 Georgia College and State University
2005 Omni Youth Services
2003 The University of New Hampshire Outdoor Education Program
1997 Project Adventure

Karl Rohnke Creativity Award
2015 Gary Stauffer

2011 Maurie Lung
2010 Kim Wasserburger

Distinguished Researcher Award
2015 Denise Mitten

2012 H. "Lee" Gillis
2011 Mike Gass
2010 Keith Russell