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Orientation Essentials

Packing List

What to Bring to School

Boarding student rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, set of drawers and hanging closet space. Bed linens, a pillow and laundry bags are also supplied for each boarding student, though you may want to bring an extra set. Please remember that space is limited.

Day student rooms are furnished with a locker including a lockable cupboard and space to hang clothing.

 The following is a list of suggested items that may help your teenager prepare and pack for school.

Necessary Items (All students)

  • Sleeping bag (-10ºC for all students, -20ºC for students taking grade 12 Outdoor Education)
  • Sleeping mat for camping
  • Alarm clock (separate from your phone)
  • Standard Dress and Formal Dress uniforms and dress shoes
  • Casual clothes (jeans, casual pants, t-shirts, sweaters, shorts, casual shoes, sandals, etc.)
  • Windbreaker/jacket
  • Raincoat and rainpants
  • Winter jacket and snow pants
  • Winter outerwear – mitts, toque, winter boots
  • Clothing suitable for Outdoor Education classes – includes hiking boots, a hat for the sun, and loose comfortable clothing that can be layered in cold weather and can get dirty (see more below)
  • Bathing suit
  • Pajamas/bathrobe
  • Underwear, socks
  • Athletic wear (depending on individual sports interests)
  • Indoor non-marking sneakers/athletic shoes (for gym use)
  • There are occasional events, such as the Semi Formal for which students may wish to bring ‘dressier’ clothes (dress, jacket, dress pants)
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Airtight food container for snacks in residence (e.g. Rubbermaid bins)
  • Personal safe or lock box
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Hangers
  • Hand sanitizer (1)

Optional Items

  • Personal bedding, including pillow and duvet with removable, washable covers (all beds are "Twin Extra Long" - 38" x 80")
  • Decorations for the room (posters, plants, photos). Students may decorate the walls with posters/pictures that are appropriate and consistent with the school's values
  • Sticky Tack (please note that thumbtacks are not permitted)
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry soap (for students who wish to do their own laundry, residences have coin-operated washers and dryers available to them)
  • An extension cord (which must be inspected and CSA-approved for safety purposes – one power bar per student)
  • Travel power adapter that converts to Type A or B plugs (120v)
  • Small fridges (must be CSA-approved and ENERGY STAR rated) 

Items Not Permitted

  • Televisions, monitors, gaming systems
  • Halogen lamps, or desk lamps that may prove to be a fire hazard
  • Cooking equipment and appliances (kettles, toasters, immersion heaters and microwaves). The common room in every residence has a microwave and kettle for student use
  • Candles/incense (open flames are not permitted in any room due to fire code/safety regulations)
  • Furniture

Outdoor Gear

List of 4 items.

  • Layered Clothing

    With a focus on being ‘Outdoors Every Day,’ students will need to be prepared to attend classes and programs throughout all seasons. 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. Please ensure that students come prepared with layered clothing for the spring, fall and winter seasons. 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 or fleece jacket/sweater.

    Wind Layer: Wind-proof layer that protects the student from wind and rain, for example, rain coat, Gore-Tex jacket, or ski jacket in the winter. Please note that all students must have a sleeping bag rated to -10ºC, an insulated sleeping pad and a 30-litre dry bag. Please see below for specific outdoor education class requirements.
  • 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
    Polypro underwear
    Non-cotton long sleeve shirt

    Insulation LayerWool or fleece sweater
    Fleece pants
    Fleece or down vest
    Wool or fleece sweater
    Fleece pants
    Fleece or down vest 
    Outer LayerRaincoat and rain pants
    Insulated (-40ºC) 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
    Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
    Gloves/mitts with waterproof shell and removable liner
    Scarf/neck balaclava
  • Outdoor Education Students

    Students who are taking an outdoor education (OE) course 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, an extra layer of clothing and a pen. OE students will also require a sleeping bag (rated to -10ºC), a sleeping pad and a 30-litre dry bag.

    The following outlines the required gear by grade. We recommend that students first try to borrow from family, friends, or students who have completed this program in the past before purchasing new items:

    Grade 10 Environmental Leadership
    (available to Grade 10 students and new Grade 11)
    Required Gear for 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)
    Required Gear for Winter Camping: -20ºC rated sleeping bag, an insulated 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 Company (MEC) in Toronto, Ottawa and other major cities, and other similar retail outlets:

    • Wildrock Outfitters
      Toll-free: 1.888.WILDROC (945.3762)
      Telephone: 705.745.9133
    • Mountain Equipment Company
      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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