I believe my defining moment occurred last summer, when I was part of a camp program where all of the participants completed a 5 week canoe trip on the Missinaibi River. This experience had a great impact on my life in many ways. For one I was faced with many challenges which I had to overcome on my own. Some challenges were physically demanding like the 5 km Portage referred to as Hell’s Gate. Others were more simple, like going without technology for 35 days. I believe this helped me to better benefit from this experience because there were no distractions of technology. Overcoming these challenges on my own helped me to grow as an individual. I was also placed with 11 other people, most of whom I did not know. Being able to share this experience with these people helped me to form lifelong friendships. Completing this trip also gave me a large sense of accomplishment. After I was able to essentially live in the wild for 35 days I felt as if I could do anything. Overall this program built on many skills and characteristics to help to define who I am today.