Saturday, 22 March 2014

My Defining Moment

                                                                 Summer 2013
My defining moment happened the past summer when I applied for a life guarding position at Haliburton Scout Reserve Camp. I got the Job and headed up in the end of June and was there until the end of August. This camp had such an impact on my life because I have made some lifelong memories and friendships that  will never be forgotten. I headed up there not knowing anyone or what's going to happen all summer I was more scared of being away from my family for a whole 2 months then anything. But only 2 days into being up there I completely forgot about my life back home and started to relax. Its so peaceful and stress free being away from technology and not having to worry about anything. Although I was up there and working I can say I was not up there working for the money, as it was not good. But I was up there for the experience of living on 5 thousand acres of forest rivers and lakes.

Honestly Haliburton is my happy place my second home and I wouldn't change any of that for a minute. It upsets me that I can`t spend more than 2 months up there out of the year,the other staff members are like my second family and I can't believe that I didn't know them last year, those friendships are going to last forever. Being up at camp has really affected me as a person, I find when I came home from camp I was a more of an independent, responsible and mature person.  I had many responsibilities this summer that I had to take care of on my own. I think that since i came home I`m a better person over all, the people, the surrounding and the work has affected me in many ways and I can't wait to be back there for another 2 months. The basic life skills and lessons I learned up there I will remember forever, and honestly I wouldn't change one bit of it.  This is why with no doubt about it Haliburton Scout Reserve has being a very important time in my life and I can honestly say i don`t know where my life would be if I didn't apply at that summer camp last year.


  1. Claire, your passion for camp was highly evident in your post. I'm glad that you get to have this experience and that you recognize how significant camp has been on shaping who you are to this point.

    1. Honestly it did. If I didn`t work at this camp I wouldn`t have gotten the part time job that I have now. I wouldn`t have met the people that I did. Those people where complete strangers to me in June but by the end of August I had felt like I`ve known them my whole life. Camp has had a huge impact on my life. Now that I have been up there once I can`t imagine my life if I did not apply to work there again.