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Champlain Discovery

June 20 – July 23, 2016

This exciting co-educational program will give ten individuals, age 13–16, the opportunity to build a 17' sea kayak, then launch their newly built boats and embark on a 10-day paddling and camping exploration of Lake Champlain. Students own the kayak they build upon completion of the program.

CD participants build their kayaks
Building the kayaks.
Camping and kayaking on Lake Champlain
Camping at Button Bay
CD participants try out their kayak
Students take their kayaks home
at the end of the program!

Boat Building

The first three weeks will be a day-program* held at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. During this segment students will build their kayaks as well as learn kayaking and wilderness skills. Students also choose, and take part in, a variety of sports and group activities. Lunch and snacks are provided.

* Students are responsible for transportation during this part of the program. LCMM will help coordinate car-pooling where possible.

Kayaking and Camping

This 10-day kayaking adventure will launch from Whitehall, NY and head north on Lake Champlain, to Burlington, VT. Paddling and camping will be interspersed with visits to sites of historical and ecological significance. Champlain Discovery is a challenging program, offering an opportunity for great personal growth. We will be living outdoors for the 10-day trip, whatever the weather. We may paddle many miles in a day, with winds that may or may not cooperate. Everyone will share responsibility for cooking, cleaning, personal and group safety. Champlain Discovery strives to create a challenging and supportive environment.


Full tuition is $2,950 (LCMM Members $2,900), which includes all instruction, kayak materials, food and use of major camping equipment during the kayaking and camping portion of the program. LCMM offers scholarships for qualified students with financial need. Sorry no Members discount. Financial Aid is Available.

Shuttle Service from Shelburne

Champlain Discovery is based at our Basin Harbor site for three weeks. We are offering separate daily shuttle service to and from Shelburne for this program. Contact Nick Patch for details: (802) 475-2022 x113 or

June 20 July 23, 2016

How to Register:

  1. Print or Email the 2016 Application.
  2. Email to: Nick Patch;; or
    Or Mail to Nick Patch, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum,
    4472 Basin Harbor Rd
    Vergennes, VT 05491
  3. Questions? Contact Nick Patch:, or (802) 475-2022, ext 113



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