Boundary Waters Canoe Trip

General Information & Registration
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip is open to all newly graduated 12th graders.

Dates: July 18- July 25, 2020

Cost: The cost of the trip is $1000*, which includes: transportation from WCC, all food/equipment while in the BWCA and camping. There may be a couple fast food meals beyond that cost, as well as personal clothing and minimal outdoor gear for which participants will be responsible (packing list will be provided). * Scholarship applications are available. Please CLICK HERE for application.

Registration: To secure your spot, register online at Campsite at with a $400 deposit by Wednesday, July 1st.  BWCA groups are limited to 9 people. Participation will be limited to the first 7 students to sign up and additional participants will be added to a waiting list/2nd Group depending on number of registrants.

Payment Deadline: Final Balance is due July 15th. Deposit of $400 due at the time of registration. Remaining $600 to be paid on July 15th.  If additional payment plan is needed, please contact Laura Janckila, Director of Operations, 952-473-8877, ext 215. 

Trip Itinerary
Day 1, Saturday July 18: We will meet at Wayzata Community Church (mid-morning) and will drive to Sawbill Canoe Outfitters (located near Tofte, MN).  Sawbill Canoe Outfitters will provide all gear/equipment, food and canoes for trip.  The Group will enter the BWCA from Sawbill Lake (mid-afternoon).  Andy Arola will be the group leader.  Andy spent 3 summers working at Tuscarora Canoe Outfitters and has taken many trips to the BWCA.

Day 2 – 6, July 19 – July 23:  Discover the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on a canoe adventure paddling the Long Island/Winchell loop.  

Day 7 – July 24: Group will leave the BWCA through Sawbill Lake and will spend the final night at Sawbill Lake Campground as a wrap-up for the trip.

Day 8 – July 25:  Group will pack up and make the drive back to WCC (return will be mid-afternoon)

Participant Meetings
We will have two participant meetings, which are mandatory for each student participant and at least one parent/guardian. We consider these meetings to be part of the trip.

  • Meeting #1: Thursday, June 25, 7:00 p.m., Zoom – We will review the trip details, hand out important paperwork and information, including a list of necessary and recommended personal clothing and gear.
  • Meeting #2: Sunday, July 12, 6:00 p.m., Andy & Jamie Arola house – This final meeting is just a week before our departure. We’ll cover any last-minute details and enjoy dinner together. (May need to be limited to trip participants due to COVID-19 restrictions).


What is the Senior BWCA Trip?
The BWCA Trip is an outward-bound style experience with a focus on faith development and personal exploration for graduating high school seniors. Every challenge during this adventure in the Boundary Waters is an example of how our faith journey intersects with daily life. While being challenged physically, mentally and spiritually, the trip will give you the opportunity to grow in all of these ways. The trip will be a voyage of personal discovery, a great time to bond with your fellow classmates, and an exploration of some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see.

A note to Parents…
The High School Program at Wayzata Community Church places a priority on the experiences in faith and personal development that each student has the opportunity to enjoy.  We developed the BWCA trip for the oldest students in the program, because we see this type of challenge as a uniquely beneficial experience as students are growing in their independence and responsibility, and as they prepare to move out into the world beyond high school.

The trip offers special challenges and opportunities to each participant, allowing for growth through physical adventures. We find that it is within these exciting and new challenges that deep and profound emotional and spiritual growth can take place.

Our hope is that each student is challenged in their own individual way, and that throughout the experience they strengthen the bonds they have between themselves and God, and the peers and adults they embark on this adventure with.

We thank you for the opportunity it is to lead your young person on this trip. We work very hard to make this experience a safe and rewarding trip. If you have any questions or concerns, we welcome the opportunity to address them. Please do not hesitate to call us.

In faith,
Andy Arola (320-420-6826) and Katherine Poindexter (612-310-1118)
Trip Leaders

Contact / Location

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Address: 125 Wayzata Boulevard East
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-473-8877

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