Orientation Essentials
Grade 12
A long-standing tradition at Lakefield College School, and one that students often cite as one of their most memorable experiences, is the Algonquin Expedition.

Algonquin Expedition

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  • Information

    A long-standing tradition at Lakefield College School, and one that students often cite as one of their most memorable experiences, is the Algonquin Expedition. The expedition is a three-night, four-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park. It is a chance for students to work in small groups, meet new students and form new friendships and lasting memories. Preparation for returning students began in May with the selection of student canoe groups; new students will be assigned groups during registration.

    All students participating in the Algonquin Expedition must submit the Algonquin Expedition Consent form (which is available on the online eRegistration system). Students failing to do so will be ineligible to participate.

    All student groups will be led by experienced, trained faculty/staff who will paddle and camp with them.

    Students must have all clothing and gear for the expedition when they arrive for registration.

    If you have any questions, please contact Peter Andras.
  • Packing List

    Camping Gear
    • Sleeping bag -10°C rating
    • Insulated sleeping pad (optional)
    • Flashlight or headlamp and batteries
    • 30L dry bag
    • 1L water bottle (Nalgene or equivalent)
    • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, etc.)
    • Sunscreen
    • Optional items: lip balm, small pocket knife or multitool, sunglasses

    Upper Body
    • T-shirt x 2
    • Polypro / Polyester long sleeve underwear
    • Wool / Fleece sweater x 2
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    Lower Body
    • Shorts
    • Bathing suit
    • Polypro / Polyester long underwear
    • Underwear x 4
    • Quick dry pants
    • Waterproof rain pants
    • No jeans!
    • Fleece / wool mittens
    • Toque
    • Ball cap
    • Hiking boots / shoes to get wet
    • Shoes for in camp
    • 3 pairs of wool / fleece socks
    • No flip flops or Crocs!

    Note: All personal clothing/ items must fit into your 30L dry bag

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  • Medications / Epi Pens

    If you are required to carry an Epi Pen, you must bring two (2) Epi Pens as preparation for your safety.  Without, you are not eligible to participate.

    Any student requiring personal medication for seasonal allergies or conditions such as asthma, must ensure they are adequately prepared for the duration of the expedition.

Leadership Conference

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    Following the Algonquin Expedition, the Grade 12 Orientation transitions to the Fall Leadership Conference. The theme for the conference is Values-Based Leadership as the school’s mission statement and core values are at the forefront of everything experienced. Confident, values- centered, ethical leadership from our grad students is essential for a healthy community.

    During the Fall Leadership Conference, students work collaboratively to define what will make their year a success and the steps and involvement needed to achieve their vision. Working together, our grads continue developing their leadership skills and traits necessary for positive role modelling and working through challenges that may arise during the year. This focused time together also enables grad students to understand their formal and informal leadership roles and how these roles impact our community positively.
    With an emphasis on relationships and the importance of being part of something greater than any one individual, the conference ends with the graduating class having created their own “Guiding Principles.” While they reflect the LCS core values, they are very much the signature of each grad year’s uniqueness. These guiding principles serve as a gauge for the grad class to self- reflect and assess their progress as our community leaders. Grad leadership continues during the year and scaffolds onto the platform created during the Fall Leadership Conference.

Orientation Schedule

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  • Tuesday, September 5

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.     Registration
    1:00 - 5:30 p.m.Expedition Preparation
    5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Dinner in the Grove
    7:30 p.m.

    Day students to be picked up
    Residential house meetings
  • Wednesday, September 6

    7:30 a.m.     Day student to be on campus to meet with trip groups
    8:00 a.m.Leave for Algonquin Park
  • Thursday, September 7

    All Day     Algonquin Expedition
  • Friday, September 8

    All Day     Algonquin Expedition
  • Saturday, September 9

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.     Return from Algonquin Expedition
    4:00 - 6:30 p.m.     Dinner in the Dining Hall
  • Sunday, September 10

    9:45 a.m.All Grade 12s on campus
    10:00 a.m.     Leadership Conference (clean casual dress)
    4:00 p.m.

    Day students to be picked up
    Boarding students to run afternoon/evening house programming
  • Monday, September 11

    8:20 a.m.Day student bus arrives on campus
    8:30 a.m.                   Assembly for all students in Theatre (clean casuals)
    9:00 a.m.Leadership Conference
    11:00 p.m.  Day students to be picked up at LCS
  • Tuesday, September 12

    8:20 a.m.Day student bus arrives
    8:30 a.m.                  
    All students on campus (classroom dress)
    Chapel for all students
    Introductory classes (Periods A-D)
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch in dining hall
    1:00 p.m.Leadership Conference
    4:30 p.m.School Photo (Number One Dress)
    6:45 p.m.

    Grad Dinner
    Grad Chapel
    9:30 p.m.Day students to be picked up
  • Wednesday, September 13

    8:20 a.m.     Day student bus arrives on campus
    8:30 a.m.Chapel for all students in classroom dress
    Introductory classes (E-H)
    Lunch in dining hall
    Afternoon Activities     

    Cocurricular fair
    School safety procedures
    Grad Meetings for SIC Heads of House, Paper House Captains and other Grads organizing community spirit events
    4:00 p.m.Fun activities led by Grads
    5:00 p.m.Day student bus departs
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Female House Uniform Fitting (School Stores)
    5:30 p.m.Residential house dinners in the Dining Hall
    6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Male House Uniform Fitting (School Stores)
  • Thursday, September 14

    8:20 a.m.Day student bus arrives
    8:30 a.m.Chapel for all students (classroom dress)
    Introductory classes (Periods A-D)
    Lunch in dining hall
    Afternoon Activities     

    Grad meeting for SIC Heads of House, Paper House Captains
    and other grads organizing community spirit events
    Meeting with advisors
    Cocurricular sign-up
    Grade 11/12 day student meeting
    3:45 p.m.

    Clubs and Ensembles
    Open Waterfront / Fitness Centre / Gym
    Swim Test for those who missed
    5:30 p.m.All school BBQ at Waterfront
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.House mixers
    8:15 p.m.Day student bus departs
  • Friday, September 15

    8:20 a.m.Day student bus arrives
    8:30 a.m.Chapel for all students (classroom dress)
    Introductory classes (Periods E-H)
    Lunch in dining hall
    1:00 p.m.     
    Grad Leadership Conference
    4:00 p.m.Cocurriculars
    6:30 - 8:00 p.m.     Paper House Spirit Event - all students welcome
    8:15 p.m.Day student bus departs
  • Saturday, September 16

    9:20 a.m.Day student bus arrives
    9:30 a.m.Full school community Terry Fox Run and Celebration
    11:30 a.m.     Lunch in Dining Hall Courtyard
    1:00 p.m.                  Cocurriculars
    3:15 p.m.Day student bus departs

Important Notes

  • All students must be in proper classroom dress on Tuesday, September 12 for the first day of classes.
  • All students need indoor athletic shoes (indoor court shoe or running shoes are fine) for Orientation programming as these shoes must be worn for events in the gym.

School Information

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

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