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Lake Adventure Camps

Lake Adventure Camps & Opportunities 2015

Dear Parents and Campers,

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is proud to partner with Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront to announce its inaugural Lake Adventure Camps this 2015 Summer. Each program offers hands-on experiential adventures for young explorers to discover our region’s rich maritime heritage and environment. Participants will work with the Museum’s team of summer counselors, professional archaeologists, ecologists, divers, and mariners while learning new skills in and out of the water. Join us at Perkins Pier, schooner Lois McClure, on ROV expeditions, snorkeling archaeology, and lake ecology canoe ventures. Welcome aboard!

-- The LCMM Team

 


AGES 4-6 | AGES 7-9 | AGES 10-12 | AGES 13-16


 

 

 

 

AGES 4-6

 

Messing About in Boats
Messing About in Boats

Messing About in Boats - Half Day

Date: June 29-July 3 or July 20-24, 2015
Time: Burlington, Choose AM or PM Session: 9:00-11:30am or 1:00-3:30pm
Tuition: $160 ($140 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 4-6

Come ready for some fun with boats! We’ll explore what they’re made of, how they move, what they’re used for, why they float, how to build your own, and of course we’ll get on the water too. Plenty of hands-on activities to explore our favorite mode of transportation: boats!

 

 

Champ Chasers - Half Day

Date: June 22–26 or August 3–7, 2015
Time & Location: Burlington, Choose AM or PM Session: 9:00-11:30am or 1:00-3:30pm
Tuition: $160 ($140 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 4-6

Come ready to get muddy and wet as we explore the amazing natural world of Lake Champlain. You’ll see water insects that look like mini-monsters, plants that live underwater, and use nets to catch and release fish. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see Champ!

 


AGES 7-9

 

Slimy, Slippery and Scaly

Date: July 6-10 or July 20-24, 2015
Time & Location: 9:00am-3:30pm, Burlington.
Tuition: $325 ($295 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 7-9

There’ll be plenty of on-water time as we use our fleet of canoes to explore Lake Champlain. We’ll use snorkeling equipment, underwater robots, nets, and more, to get up close and personal with the lake’s creatures. Learn more about how water quality and new invading creatures are affecting our aquatic friends. Our days will be spent on, under and next to Lake Champlain.

Shipwreck Discovery
Shipwreck Discovery

Shipwreck Discovery

Date: July 13-17 or August 3-7, 2015
Time & Location: 9:00am-3:30pm, Burlington.
Tuition: $325 ($295 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 7-9

Join LCMM’s professional underwater archaeologists as we explore the lake’s shipwreck mysteries. We’ll teach you snorkeling so you can see a piece of history for yourself. We’ll use some awesome high tech underwater robots to go deeper and see some amazing shipwrecks!

Food, Fire and Shelter: Survivor Then & Now

Date: August 10-14, 2015
Time & Location: 9:30-4:00, Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $325 ($305 LCMM Members)
Ages: 7-9

Explore the basics of survival in our region during the wild colonial era. Learn about what technologies and resources they had at their disposal and how they compare with today. Learn about planting and scavenging and how to prepare a fire for cooking.

 


 

AGES 10-12

Eco-Sleuths
Eco-Sleuths

Eco-Sleuths

Date: July 13-17 or July 27-31, 2015
Time & Location: 9:00am-3:30pm, Burlington.
Tuition: $325 ($295 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 10-12

Roll up your sleeves and join some expert ecologists and mariners as we use our fleet of canoes and longboats to explore Lake Champlain. We’ll use snorkeling equipment, underwater robots, nets, and more, to get up close and personal with the lake’s creatures. Learn more about how water quality and new invading creatures are affecting our aquatic friends. Our days will be spent on, under and next to Lake Champlain.

Shipwreck Discovery

Date: June 22-26, 2015
Time & Location: 9:00am-3:30pm, Burlington.
Tuition: $325 ($295 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 10-12

Join LCMM’s professional underwater archaeologists as we explore the lake’s shipwreck mysteries. We’ll teach you snorkeling so you can see a piece of history for yourself. We’ll use some awesome high tech underwater robots to go deeper and see some amazing shipwrecks!

Youth Blacksmithing
Heavy Metal Mania

Heavy Metal Mania

Date: August 10-14, 2015
Time & Location: 9:30-4:00, Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $325 ($305 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

An introduction to smithing, casting and tin-knocking. Want to play with red hot metal and hit things really hard? This sampler gives a taste of the ancient arts of pounding iron, melting bronze and shaping sheet copper. Work with your hands, get dirty, make and take cool stuff.

 

 

Food, Fire, Shelter
Food, Fire and Shelter

Food, Fire and Shelter: Survivor Then & Now

Date: July 6-10, 2015
Time & Location: 9:30-4:00, Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $350 ($330 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

Explore the basics of survival in our region during the wild colonial era. Learn what technologies and resources they had at their disposal and how they compare with today. Learn about planting and scavenging and how to prepare a fire for cooking. The camp culminates in an overnight stay in a shelter you built, featuring a campfire, s’mores, storytelling and songs! Day Camp: M - W; Overnight: Thursday night.

 

Eco-Adventure Camp

Date: June 29-July 2, 2015
Time & Location: Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $300 ($285 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-16

Basin Harbor Club and LCMM team up to bring you four days of maritime fun. Plenty of on-water and in-water activities including snorkeling, paddling, and aquatic critter discoveries. Register for this camp through Basin Harbor Club: camp@basinharbor.com.

 


AGES 13-16

 

Greensea ROV
ROV Tech: Lake Champlain Mission!

ROV Tech

Date: July 27-31, 2015
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm, Burlington.
Tuition: $350 ($320 LCMM Members & Burlington Residents)
Ages: 13-16

Work together to equip a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with accessories and top-of-the-line navigation/guidance software over the course of a fun-filled week. Then launch it in Lake Champlain on a deep-water mission that you help design. LCMM is proud to be partnering with Greensea Systems of Richmond, Vermont, who are software and technology experts in underwater robotics.

 

Blacksmithing For Teens

Dates: July 11-12 or August 22-23, 2015
Location: Basin Harbor
Tuition: $165 ($148 LCMM Members)
Ages: 13-16

Teens ages 14-17 will learn management of a traditional blacksmiths forge and the techniques of shaping hot iron into useful or decorative items. No previous experience required.

 

 

Champlain Discovery participants with their new kayaks

Champlain Discovery

Date: June 22 – July 25, 2015
Time & Location: Basin Harbor
Tuition: $2,950. Financial Aid Available for this camp.
Ages: 13-16

This exciting co-educational program will give ten individuals 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. Watch the video & read more about Champlain Discovery NOTE: No online registration for this camp.
TO REGISTER:

  1. Print or Email the 2015 Application.
  2. Email to: Nick Patch; nickp@lcmm.org; or
  3. Mail to Nick Patch, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum,
    4472 Basin Harbor Rd
    Vergennes, VT 05491
  4. Questions? Email nickp@lcmm.org, or call (802) 475-2022, ext 113

 

Eco-Adventure Camp

Date: June 29-July 2, 2015
Time & Location: Basin Harbor. Shuttle service available from Burlington & Shelburne.
Tuition: $300 ($285 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-16

Basin Harbor Club and LCMM team up to bring you four days of maritime fun. Plenty of on-water and in-water activities including snorkeling, paddling, and aquatic critter discoveries. NOTE: No online registration for this camp. TO REGISTER: Contact Basin Harbor Club: camp@basinharbor.com.

 

 


Special Programming for Youth Groups

 

 

Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge - all ages

Date: You select.
Time & Location: Basin Harbor.
Tuition: Based upon length of program.
Ages: All ages.

Are you a fan of Indiana Jones? Want to learn how to clean iron using electricity? Interested in finding out more about the shipwrecks here on Lake Champlain?  Your Boy Scout Troop can earn their Archaeology Merit Badge right here at LCMM with Conservation Technician and Merit Badge Counselor Alex Lehning. Discover more about the history and archaeology of our region, discuss the various methods used by our nautical archeologists to explore underwater, learn about different treatment methods for artifacts, and even perform your own hands-on conservation project in our state-of-the-art Conservation Lab. Learn more about specific badge requirements.

Boy Scouts and adult leaders are invited to contact us at (802) 475-2022 or registration@lcmm.org for more information about scheduling a visit.

Scouts from Vermont Troop 624 visit LCMM's Conservation Laboratory to earn their Archaeology Merit Badge
Scouts from Vermont Troop 624 visit LCMM's Conservation Laboratory to earn their Archaeology Merit Badge.
See more photos and read about their visit in our Blog article "Troop 624 Visits LCMM".

 

On-Water Ecology

On-Water Ecology

Hop in our fleet of canoes and study the ecology of Lake Champlain. Collect plankton, net fish, test the water quality, and see some amazing wildlife.

 

 

 


 

Food, Fire and Shelter: Survivor Then & Now (Custom)

Food preparation, fire making and shelter construction: 1776 to today! The length and activities in this overnight program can be tailored to your troop.


 

Rowing to Revolution (Custom)

This multi-day overnight experience brings you closer to the American Revolution. We’ll row to important sites like Benedict Arnold’s last stand on Champlain, Mount Independence, and Forts Crown Point and Ticonderoga, camping along the way.

 


 

LCMM Staff

The professional staff and educators at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum are highly trained and experienced to deliver an experience that is safe and fun. If you have questions about any of the programs listed here, please don't hesitate to call us: (802) 475-2022.