BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Five local teens, Elsa Bell (16), Campbell Dixon (17), Amelia Hartman-Warr (17), Ella Wagner (17) and Kira Yun (17), have recently received Central Oregon CampfireThe Work Health Love Award, Camp Fire’s Highest Achievement for Youth, awarded by those who provide extensive service to their communities.
Work, health and love have been values that have been at the heart of Camp Fire since its founding in 1910. This prestigious award is an option for high school teens and provides opportunities for personal development, leadership and advocacy. Qualifying for the award takes hard work, dedication, motivation, creativity, determination and discipline.
The award is obtained by completing an intensive and highly individualized set of three service projects, requiring a minimum of 150 hours of volunteer work. Adolescents design their projects according to their interests, values and goals.
Two of the recipients, Amelia Hartman-Warr and Kira Yun, have teamed up on one of their projects in an effort to make Bend more trans friendly. The teens raised $ 600 to put menstrual product disposal bins in men’s restrooms at various businesses in downtown Bend.
“For transgender people in the community, the toilet can be a source of anxiety. We see the struggles our friends go through on a daily basis, navigating a binary society. We want to make life easier and more welcoming for those we love, as well as for those close to others, ”said Amelia and Kira.
Other projects completed by the recipients included fundraising over $ 350 for Central Oregon’s Grandma’s House and Bend Family Kitchen, speaking out against racism at this year’s World Muse conference, and the running a mentoring club for college youth.
An awards ceremony was held earlier this week in honor of the recipients. At the event, recipient Elsa Bell said: “My favorite part of the experience was learning a lot more about myself and having the encouragement to open up to new possibilities and exciting activities. “
The Work Health Love Award is an impressive and important addition to teenage resumes, job applications, and college. These five young women have demonstrated persistence, the ability to set and achieve meaningful goals, a strong work ethic, a commitment to community service and leadership.