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First annual Harbor DeWaard scholarship awarded



BIG SKY – Jayden Jacobson, an ascending fourth grader at Big Sky’s Ophir School, was awarded this month the first annual Harbor Kingston DeWaard Camp Moonlight Community Service Award.

The award provided Jacobson a full scholarship this summer to Camp Moonlight, which runs July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6 for children ages 4-13.

The award’s namesake is six-year-old Harbor DeWaard who died in January. DeWaard was a past Camp Moonlight attendee, and a volunteer at the Big Sky Community Food Bank.

“Harbor DeWaard was a shining light in Big Sky – a little boy who valued community service and helping others,” according to the award description on the Camp Moonlight website. “An adventurous soul, Harbor loved exploring the bottom of rivers, the top of Lone Peak and everything in between … [he] was one of the brightest stars to shine at Camp Moonlight.”

Jacobson wrote about her commitment to community service, including organizing a cleanup of the West Fork of the Gallatin River with her second grade class and Jeremy Harder’s fourth grade class.

Harder is also the Camp Moonlight director and said, “Our motto is, ‘Good things happen outdoors.’”

Jacobson and the other 130 campers this summer will experience archery; fishing; horseback riding; art; Native American activities like drumming and storytelling; and a team-building adventure course, among other activities. – T.A.

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