Like so many people across Northern Ireland, taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award provided me with skills that I still use to this day.
It is hard to believe that my expedition group and I trekked close to 60km across the Scottish Highlands almost 15 years ago.
Those memories are still some of the best of my life and my school mates and I developed lifelong friendships through our expedition training and our trip across to Scotland.
I was never the most academic at school but I loved taking part in extra-curricular activities such as rugby and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Lurgan College.
We learned how to work as a team, navigate and how to support each other - not to mention pushing ourselves to the limit throughout the three-day expedition.
A favourite pastime of mine is walking in our beautiful Mourne Mountains but that's something I would never do if it wasn't for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
One of my best memories from our Scottish expedition was setting up camp on our second night by the side of a massive lake, totally closed off by the mountains of the Highlands. There wasn't another person for miles.
As we pitched our tents, not one of us said a word to each other because we were so tired from the past two days.
My friend Scott decided to start a fire to lift the mood and just like that we were all mates again - getting something to eat obviously helped!
For me, that's what the expedition was all about - looking after one another and leaning on each other for support.
Prince Philip's idea for an award to help young people develop skills for later life is now 65-years-old and millions of people - just like me - are thankful for the memories it gave us.