Camp Lincoln Legacy Award for Mr. Heineman

By Michael Wilford Summer provides the opportunity for teachers to seek summer jobs.  For John Heineman, he has spent three decades dedicating his summers to Camp Lincoln.  Located in Hubert, Minnesota, Camp Lincoln celebrated its 100th year anniversary this summer.  During the celebration the camp gave out awards to 20 individuals who had the greatest

By Michael Wilford

Summer provides the opportunity for teachers to seek summer jobs.  For John Heineman, he has spent three decades dedicating his summers to Camp Lincoln.  Located in Hubert, Minnesota, Camp Lincoln celebrated its 100th year anniversary this summer.  During the celebration the camp gave out awards to 20 individuals who had the greatest influence and impact on the camp.  Administrator John Heineman was recognized for his service and was selected for one of the prestigious and rare awards.

He was first introduced to this organization when he was a consular at a 4/H camp in Nebraska. A friend there had told him about Camp Lincoln. At first he thought it would just be a job he could do during college, but he ended up loving it.  Thirty years later, he still makes the summer journey north.  An “Archery” sign hangs in Heineman’s office from the camp.  He was an archery instructor at the camp and enjoys the activity of archery.

Heineman said, “It was a amazing to see old campers and staff and to talk and laugh about the past 30 years.”  When asked why he stayed for thirty years he replied, “It was a wonderful place to learn how to teach and break down essential skills and to help campers find themselves.”  Heineman is no stranger to recognition for his efforts:  he was named Nebraska Teacher of the Year in 2000.

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