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2016 Courses and Workshops

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Lake Adventure Camps

Lake Adventure Camps: summer opportunities for youth ages 6-17.


Blacksmithing Opportunities

Metalworking Opportunities: Courses in blacksmithing, tin-knocking and bronze-casting. Information on LCMM's Blacksmithing Guild and our state-of-the-art teaching forges.


Rowing Opportunities: Special Rowing Events, Community Rowing, and Rowing for Racing.



Champlain Discovery (For Teens)

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.

Boat Building The first three weeks will be a day-program (students are responsible for transportation during this part of the 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.

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 11-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.

Read More about Champlain Discovery & watch the video!

CD participants try out their kayak

June 20 July 23, 2016

Cost 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. Email or Print & Mail the 2016 Application to Nick Patch:
LCMM, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, VT 05491


Art of Letterpress Printing Workshop, Morning Session

Date: October 8th, 2016
Morning Session: 9am-Noon, Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm
Instructor: Ronald Kermani 
Basin Harbor LCMM Campus
Tuition: $100 per session
Ages: 10 and up

Get Inky Like Johannes Gutenberg and Ben Franklin Did!
A three-hour, hands-on workshop on the art of letterpress printing.

Famous letterpress printers Johann Gutenberg and Ben Franklin made their indelible marks on the printing world (and also on civilization) and now you can too.

Learn basic letterpress printing skills at this unique, informative and entertaining three-hour workshop at the museum’s new letterpress printing studio.

Participants will set metal printing type by hand and learn the fundamentals and nuances of letterpress printing which has been the mainstay of written communication for more than 550 years.

Attendees will print a Colonial-era document (suitable for framing) on the museum’s vintage hand press.

This three-hour course will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, and again from 1-3 p.m.

Registration is limited to four persons per session, so register now for your personalized introduction to the art of letterpress printing.

Morning Session (9-Noon)

Eventbrite - Art of Letterpress Printing Workshop, Morning Session

Afternoon Session (1-3)

Eventbrite - Art of Letterpress Printing Workshop, Afternoon Session


Family Boat Building: Build the Six Hour Canoe or the Black Rock Skimmer

Date: August 26-28 workshops are available to book, please email or call Tammy at (802) 475-2022 ext 101
Instructors: Richard Butz and Don Dewees
Basin Harbor
Tuition: $300 plus cost of materials: $275 for Six-Hour Canoe; $350 for Black Rock Skimmer
Ages: Families

Black Rock Skimmer (left) and Six Hour Canoe (right)
Black Rock Skimmer (left) is intended for rowing so the
occupant sits facing toward the stern.  Because of its wider
beam it can be used by two adults, canoe-style. The
tombstone stern will even accept a small electric motor.
Completed weight in basic dress: 90 pounds.
The Six Hour Canoe (right) is intended for a single paddler
who sits facing forward kayak-style using a double paddle. It
may also be used by several children, like a canoe, with single
paddles each. Completed weight in basic dress: 45 pounds.
Click to enlarge photo.

Each 15’ boat offers great opportunities for parents and kids to work together. Engage in a project that builds self confidence with tools, and develops processes (not always common in modern classrooms). It can even help parents bond with their kids. The boats are built of marine plywood and are coated with epoxy for durability.  Construction is traditional, using dimensional lumber and bronze fastenings.  Both boats are seaworthy and stable but are intended for quiet waters. Floatation can be added, as is the case in the Six Hour Canoe pictured. And, a number of builders have added extended decks and bulkheads for storage when camp/cruising. Each can be easily car-topped.

During the three-day workshop participants lay out the lines, construct the parts, assemble the boats and sand them, ready for finishing when they get home.  All tools and supplies for construction are included (finishes are supplied by the participants) and patient instruction is guaranteed.


Course Registration
You are registered for a class when we receive your full payment. You can enroll online, or by calling 802-475-2022 between 9:00–4:30, M–F. We accept Master Card, Visa, check or money order.

Courses are offered at the LCMM's campus at Basin Harbor or at Perkins Pier in Burlington. Classroom space is available for slide presentations, lectures and discussions. Bring clothes suitable to your course and the weather. Foul weather gear and sun protection are a necessity for on-water activities. Work clothes are appropriate for shop activities. Parking is available at all sites. Bring a lunch and water bottle each day.

All courses are co-educational. The main requirement is a desire to learn. We keep our courses small so that there is plenty of one-on-one time with instructors. A basic knowledge of hand tools is helpful for boat building courses but is not essential. If you have specific questions about a course, please call 802-475-2022 or e-mail and we would be happy to connect you with the instructor.