I bet if we asked you what one of your biggest learnings from doing wilderness trips was, it would be to not give up, even when it’s hard.
In essence, perseverance.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines perseverance as “the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.” Now, if ever there was a definition that summed up what a wilderness experience can be like, that is it. Am I right?!
There are many factors that can make tripping a lesson in perseverance. At base level, you’re living for several days in the great (and sometimes not-so-great) outdoors, which includes all the pests that come along with it. Being at the mercy of whatever bug season you’re in the midst of, can be one of the trickiest parts to endure. But with the help of bug suits, bug spray and a healthy dose of mind-over-matter; you persevered.
Then there’s the weather. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were guaranteed pure sunny skies and a nice cool breeze at your back? But that’s not always the reality. Tackling rain, heat and humidity while hiking and/or canoeing is expected and can make the trip that much more demanding. But being prepared with the right gear to keep you dry, staying hydrated through the physical elements of trip, and working together with your cabin mates; you persevered.
Being isolated from the regular world can also be a bit unnerving. You can go days without seeing anyone other than your group. Coupled with dark nights, and that nagging fear about what animals are out in the woods, it can be a challenge to keep your cool. But with reminders from your counsellors that you’re all there together, and the knowledge that trying new things isn’t always easy; you persevered.
Many of you say that you never thought you could accomplish what you did on trip, but despite the difficulties, some failures along the way, and even some opposition, you continued to make the effort to achieve your goal.
And for that, we’re proud of you.