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AV Eagle Convocation Wilderness Program

WHAT?:  When groups of eagles come together in the wilderness the gathering is called a convocation.  We are calling for a convocation of AV Eagles to come together on a wilderness canoe trip on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota with students from AVHS and elsewhere.  Students can also earn an elective field science credit or a credit recovery credit in science.   View photos from the 2019 trips here: Zimmerman’s GroupLynch’s GroupGodfread’s GroupDolphy’s GroupGrande’s Group.  

WHO?:  Up to 36 AVHS students in grades 9 – 11.


  • Look at the photos above!!!   It was a really fun trip!  You will also learn many things while out in the wilderness about yourself and the world around you.
  • Opportunity to earn 1 elective field science credit (called Summer Science Institute).  


WHEN?:  Key Dates & Next Steps Reminder Sheet

  • The trip runs from  July 17 – 25 for summer 2023.  You will be going on a canoe trip after orientation at the base camp.  
  • Mandatory parent/student informational meeting on a date May 4 in the Community Room at AVHS from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Presentation
  • Group Team Development Friday, July 14 from 2-4 pm.  Meeting in the commons by the main entrance: Come ready to do stuff! 🙂
  • Gear drop Sunday, July 16 between 12 – 2 pm at the Main Entrance:  Drop off all of your gear except what you want to have available to you on the bus.   
  • Bus departs for camp:  July 17 at 6:00 am: Be there a few minutes early to grab your gear and load it into the bus.  Meet at the main entrance.
  • Bus returns to AVHS on July 25 around 7:00 pm. 


WHERE?:  Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island,  Lake of the Woods – www.laketrails.orgYes, it is way at to top of Minnesota!  You have to briefly travel to Canada to get there. View this video about Laketrails HERE  


COST?:  $650.00 for the 2023 trip. Reduced cost to $300.00 for the 2023 trip if you receive free & reduced lunch support available for up to 20 students. We have special donation support to help up to 5 students who cannot afford the reduced fee. If you cannot afford the reduced rate contact Ms. Grande through Schoology or in the main office. She will work with these 5 students to determine how much they can pay for the program. 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?:  Use this fillable registration form by March 31.   You must also pay for the trip in the My Payments Plus system by May 5. Search for "22-23 AVHS Field Trip - AV Eagle Convo - Laketrails Base Camp".  You can pay this fee in installments. 

FORMS:  All of these other forms can be turned in at the mandatory parent/student meeting on May 4 in the Community Room from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. 


WHAT DO I BRING?  “What to Bring List” from Laketrails.  

Note:  We will help you get what you don’t have from the list below.  Don’t worry about this!

  • Clothes for camping and clothes for base camp.  We will supply a camera and journal for classwork.
  • Sleeping bag, rain gear, hat, warm jacket, towel, swimsuit, personal hygiene items, flashlight (with batteries), water bottle.  

Tick Safety Protection document from Laketrails.