Appalachian Trail




  • Students will learn the Appalachian Trail and about the flora and fauna associated with the mid-Atlantic Region.

  • Students will participate in a service project (or two) along the trail.

  • Student will learn about leave-no-trace principals while backpacking.

  • Students will learn proper hiking, camping, outdoor cooking and safety procedures.

  • Students will learn about Civil War history.



This Agora will have three facets:

  1. The students will have an opportunity to hike a 45-60 mile portion of the Appalachian Trail from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia north through Maryland and into Pennsylvania.  We will hike and camp and cook for ourselves for 5 days while on the trail.  
  2. We will volunteer on a service project while we are on the trail.  This will give us an opportunity to give back to the local community while we enjoy the surroundings.
  3. We will research and learn more about the Civil War while we visit Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg and Antietam.  

While preparing for this Agora, students will be required to participate in a number of local training hikes so we are prepared for the trip in May.

Chris Deakins is in his 8th year at St. Benedict.  During his time at SBPS he has served as the elementary school athletic director, a middle school PE teacher and has worked with the development office.  Mr. Deakins is very excited about the opportunities involved with this Agora.  He is an avid outdoorsmen and looks forward to sharing that passion with students.  His degree from college is in History and looks forward to visiting the battlefields again.

Tresa Mueller has been the Counselor at St. Benedict since 2009. She has accompanied students on trips to Washington D.C. and China. She serves as the student council moderator, counselor, and scheduler. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in History and Art history. She loves the outdoors and spent last summer hiking Yosemite National Park.