Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip Included

Dear Parents,

Growing up and throughout my life, I have been drawn to the outdoors.  My dad took all of us camping and fishing and hiking from the time we were able to walk.  The love of the outdoors has stuck with me and I try to instill that with my own children.  I have hiked hundreds of miles on the Appalachian Trail including 60 miles two years ago with AGORA.  I have spent countless hours on various rivers and streams and lakes. 

So, in an effort to impart that knowledge and continue the tradition that my dad started with me, I am offering a new Outdoor Adventure Club to the 8th grade class at St. Ben’s.  I am planning to incorporate a canoe trip, a backpacking trip and an extended trip to the Boundary Waters in June. 

Detailed below is a projected itinerary for the club and trips.  All dates are subject to change (except the Boundary Waters trip). 

March 20 – Inaugural Meeting

April 17 – Club Meeting

·       Outdoor Safety

·       Camping Safety

·       Tents and Shelters

May 8 – Club Meeting

·       Fire Building

·       Outdoor Cooking

May 10 – Backpack Trip to Kettle Moraine State Forest

·       Depart early Friday morning (no school due to professional development)

·       Spend the day hiking

·       Camp at a shelter in the forest

·       Hike out in the morning

·       Return to St. Ben’s by mid-afternoon

May 18 – Canoe Trip to Turkey Run State Park

·       Depart early Saturday morning

·       Spend the day canoeing

·       Camp at a local campground

·       Return to St. Ben’s by early afternoon

May 22 – Club Meeting

·       Survivial Skills

5/29 – Club Meeting

·       Boundary Waters trip prep

·       Packing list

6/5 – Parent Meeting

·       Boundary Waters trip info

·       Itinerary

6/13 – 6/18 – Boundary Waters Trip

·       Depart early Thursday (6/13) morning

·       Arrive back to St. Ben’s late on 6/18

Cost Estimates –  $1400.00

Cost includes –

·       All meetings

  • Materials

  • Presenters

  • Kettle Moraine Backpack Trip

  • Meals

  • Transportation

  • Park Entrance

  • Camp Reservation

  • Turkey Run Canoe Trip

  • Meals

  • Transportation

  • Camping

  • Canoeing

  • Boundary Waters Canoe and Camp Trip

  • Fully Outfitted 4 night trip

  • Fully guided

  • Meals

  • Lodging on 6/13 – Local Ely, MN hotel

  • Transportation

We are looking forward to a memorable spring and summer and hope you will consider joining us.  We are only able to take the first six 8th graders who register as the Boundary Waters and Kettle Moraine have limited numbers for groups.  Another St. Benedict staff member will be joining us on all overnight trips.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Thank you!

Chris Deakins


(773) 463-6797 x1102