To four Blaine high school girls, Camp Kirby on Samish Island wasn’t just about fun, it was about building community and reaching back to their younger counterparts.
The four seniors – Julia Moquin, Haley White, Tina Swearinger and Jordan Oldham – organized a “Camporee” or a three-day camp for nearly 40 youth last month. The girls had been planning the project for awhile and were able to use it to fulfill their mandatory senior project requirements.
“It was cool just to see the kids having fun,” says Moquin, adding that without her involvement in Campfire, she would not have developed strong leadership skills, nor would she have completed as much community service. On average, the four girls complete over 40 hours of community service a year.
They have also volunteered at a number of events including the annual Bellingham Bay Marathon, as well as Comcast Cares Day.
“I feel community service is important because it warms my heart knowing that I’m selflessly helping someone else,” says Haley White. “The individual is bettered by their actions, the community is bettered because of the impact of their actions, it’s a win-win situation. No matter what the reason is, it's always nice to see someone doing something for their community.”
All four girls have been friends since the third grade year, she concluded.
Moquin, Swearinger, and Oldham’s involvement in Campfire U.S.A. dates back to their fifth grade year; White has been a member since first grade.
All four girls are working towards their WOHELO (Work, Health, and Love) medallion which the organization claims is equivalent to the Boy Scouts’ Eagle Scout.
Running the camp helped bring them one step closer to achieving their goal.
After high school, White plans to look into marine biology, Oldham is interested in nursing, Moquin wants to go to school in Los Angeles and Swearinger hopes to become a teacher.