Orientation Essentials

Outdoor Education Information

The Outdoor Education (OE) program encompasses a wide variety of programs both indoors and outdoors. In order to keep students comfortable, safe, and warm, it is important that students arrive at school fully prepared for the rigours and demands of learning in a wilderness environment.

Outdoor Education Gear

List of 5 items.

  • Layered Clothing

    The best approach to dressing for the outdoors is a system that allows the student to add and remove layers of clothing as the temperature changes. The three main layers are the following:

    Wicking Layer: This layer stays directly against the skin and wicks away moisture from the skin. For example: polypro underwear, quick dry nylon pants. Note: avoid cotton as it keeps moisture next to the skin.

    Insulation Layer: Suggested clothing includes a wool sweater or fleece jacket.

    Wind Layer: Wind-proof layer that protects student from wind and rain, for example: rain coat, Gore Tex jacket, or ski jacket in the winter.
  • Seasonal Differences

    Each season has different demands and challenges. Below is a list of clothing required for each:

    Spring / FallWinter 
    Wicking LayerPolypro underwear
    Non-cotton long sleeve shirt
    Quick dry shorts and pants
    Under Armour
    Polypro underwear
    Non-cotton long sleeve shirt
    Under Armour

    Insulation Layer     

    Wool or fleece sweater
    Fleece pants
    Fleece or down vest
    Wool or fleece sweater
    Fleece pants
    Fleece or down vest 
    Outer LayerRaincoat and rain pants
    Gore Tex or other windproof/
    water resistant jacket and ski pants

    Hiking boots
    Sturdy shoes x2 (old pair for water use)
    Wool and/or polypro socks
    winter boots (-40ºC rating with removable liner)
    wool and/or polypro socks

    Head, Face, Fingersball cap gloves sunglasses
    sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) toque
    gloves/mitts with waterproof shell and removable liner
    toque scarf/neck balaclava

    Please note that all students must have a sleeping bag rated to -20ºC. An insulated sleeping pad and a 30 litre Sealine dry bag are strongly recommended.
  • OE Bag

    Students are expected to arrive with a small “OE Backpack” that will contain the following items: 1 litre BPA free water bottle, sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), sunglasses, whistle, sun hat, extra layer of clothing, pen.
  • Unique OE Program Requirements

    Grade 10 Environmental Leadership
    (available to Grade 10 students and new Grade 11)
    The following gear is required. (We recommend that students first try to borrow from family, friends, or students who have completed this program in the past)

    Whitewater canoeing and river rescue: wet suit, wet shoes (closed-toed and in good condition)

    Grade 11/12 Leadership in Outdoor Recreation
    (available to Grade 12 and qualified Grade 11 students)
    The following gear is required. (We recommend that students first try to borrow from family, friends or students who have completed this program in the past)

    Winter Camping : -20ºC rated sleeping bag, Therm-A-Rest or sleeping pad, boots with removable liners rated to -40ºC
  • Finding the Gear

    School Stores has many of the items needed for orientation programs and outdoor education classes, as well as Wildrock Outfitters located in Peterborough, Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) in Toronto and other major cities, and other similar retail outlets:

    • Wildrock Outfitters
      Toll free: 1.888.WILDROC (945.3762)
      Telephone: 705.745.9133
    • Mountain Equipment Co-op
      Toll Free (in North America): 1.888.847.0770
      Telephone: 604.876.6221 (International calls)
    • Canadian Tire 
      Telephone: 705.745.1388 (Chemong Road Store, Peterborough)
      Telephone: 705.742.0406 (Lansdowne Street West Store, Peterborough)
    • Mark's
      Telephone: 705.748.9570 (Lansdowne Street West Store, Peterborough)

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

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