“If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn’t change you”
I attended Outward Bound Canada at Algonquin Park with a group of fellow Loran Scholars. We participated in a 24-hour solo day, canoed, and portaged throughout the beautiful park, cooked delicious food, participated in different activities throughout our trip, played sports, and created unforgettable chants for our team 'TeamLIT'!
One of the most memorable days was our first one. Most of the team members faced a lot of difficulties canoeing. We were all beginners, it was raining heavily, and everyone was exhausted. We arrived at our camping spot late, but with the help of our amazing instructors we still managed to set up the tents and tarps, learn how to make knots and had the worst macaroni dish for dinner. Although it was dry and salty we managed to eat every bit of the macaroni. It was a challenging night. From this challenge, we learned how to be patient and finish what we start. We had a goal to reach. We all knew if we didn’t canoe the destination that was set by the team leaders would be forced to canoe in the dark, so we had to work as a team to achieve this goal, and at the end of the day we all celebrated together for achieving the goal we set. It was a great feeling! An unforgettable one. Our second day was amazing! The sun was shining bright and a beautiful rainbow from the horizon shined towards us during breakfast. The view was worth the challenges we faced on the first day. It showed us how hard work gets you great places. Places you’d never see if you give up too early.
From this experience, I learned how to be patient, work as a team player to survive, become a leader, take responsibilities of all my actions, and be honest. Those are skills I use in my everyday life as a university student. This Outward Bound Canada experience was so impactful to me because it taught me a lot about myself. It showed me that nothing is impossible to achieve. With motivation and hard work, you can get to wherever you want. It showed me that I am capable of doing more than what I thought is possible. This experience made me a stronger version of myself. Outward Bound Canada is a great program for those who are trying to discover themselves and become stronger physically and mentally. To every person that is considering participating in Outward Bound Canada, I encourage you to do so. From this experience, I’ve built lifelong friends and unforgettable memories.
To every person that is considering to participate in Outward Bound Canada, I encourage you to do so. From this experience, I’ve built lifetime friends and unforgettable memories. Trust the process. The Outward Bound Canada programs challenge an individual to show them their potentials and make this individual stronger. This experience was amazing! It’s an unforgettable experience."
Watch Bilal’s video of his Loran Scholars expedition.