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Champlain Discovery

Champlain Discovery

This exciting co-educational program gives 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.

For boys and girls 13-16 years old
Dates: June 19 - July 22
Location: LCMM - Vergennes, Vermont
Cost: $2,950 Financial Aid is Available.

Download the Brochure: PDF

How to Register:

  1. Print or Email the 2017 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

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.

LCMM offers a free shuttle from Shelburne to the Maritime Museum during the boat building portion of the program.

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 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



Expedition Champlain
A Rowing / Wilderness Voyage of Discovery

Dates: July 29 - August 5

For Boys and Girls Ages:  13-16

Explore the wonders of Lake Champlain for seven days, rowing our six-oar 32’ rowing boats.  This trip will start at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and venture north towards Canada, camping and exploring along the way. Participants row as a team in our traditional wooden rowing gigs, learning maritime and wilderness camping skills and experiencing first-hand the cultural and natural world that makes Lake Champlain so special.

You will be living outdoors and rowing every day so come prepared for some hard-work, good fun and incredible teamwork.

Cost:  $1,000

Scholarships available on a first come-first serve basis

Contact Nick Patch at LCMM: 475-2022 x 113 or