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Lake Adventure Camps

Summer 2017 Lake Adventure Camps!
For kids entering grades 2-12!

"I really loved the way my daughter was so jazzed about what she'd done and learned. Every evening she'd share some cool fact or tell us to Google something ...because she wanted to share her experience with us. I learned a lot too." ---Parent of 2015 Shipwreck Discovery camper

LCMM’s Lake Adventure Camps offer a variety of week-long activities designed for kids entering grades 2-12, led by highly experienced program staff, using the fleet of watercraft, replica vessels, and teaching facilities at our 4-acre campus beside the lake. Our programs promote learning, exercise, confidence and teamwork through outdoor, interactive fun. Build a boat, go canoeing, work with metal, learn snorkeling, get in touch with nature, build a robot (ROV), connect to local ecology, or master boating skills.


 

Camps for Kids Entering Grades 2-4

The One and Only Fish Camp  June 26-30, 2017

For kids entering grades 2-4
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

Beginners and fishing pros alike can enjoy this weeklong fish-focused intensive! From learning how to make and use many different fish-catching tools, we will also delve into the mysterious behaviors and lifestyles of these critters with snorkels, underwater cameras, and the help of an ROV.

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Paddle and Splash: Snorkel Camp  July 10-14, 2017

For kids entering grades 2 to 4
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

This is it: your chance to explore Lake Champlain up close and personal! We'll provide the mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and the rest. Every day we'll paddle a canoe to another great snorkeling location, exploring from a person's perspective, and through the eyes of a fish. This camp will build your confidence in the water and on the water, as well as connect you to Lake Champlain like never before. So paddle, splash, and make some memories!

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Lake Adventure Camps  (see below)


Lake Adventure Camp combines the best of all our lake ecology, maritime heritage, and adventure skills for kids who want to try a little of everything. We will explore lakeshore environments, shipwrecks, forests, fields, and take an expedition down Otter Creek! We'll be on the go, but certainly won't forget the wacky camp fun!

Lake Adventure Camp- Get Lost!

Aug 7-11, 2017: Entering grades 2-4
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

Do you know where you are right now? Well, what if you didn't?  In our fast-paced world it's easy to find your way with a phone app, but can you read a map? How about a compass? This camp studies the ancient and always changing art of navigation. Learn age-old secrets of cartographers, new information from tech developers, and the difference between maps and charts as you find your way on land and lake.

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Lake Adventure Camp- Dig It: Hidden Histories 

Aug 14-18, 2017: Entering grades 2-4
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

So much of what we know about the past has come from things we discover in the present! Learn all about discovering artifacts, interpreting their stories, and preserving them in this weeklong archaeology extravaganza!

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Camps for Kids Entering Grades 5-7

Heavy Metal Mania   July 3-7, 2017

For kids entering grades 5 to 7
$325 plus $50 materials fee
9:30am to 3:30pm

Back again by popular demand!! An introduction to casting and folding copper. 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 cool stuff, and take it home. We’ll cool off with swimming and games.  (This program does not include using the blacksmithing forge due to safety considerations. Older students should check out our Blacksmithing for Teens workshop.)

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Build Your Own Adventure Robot!   July 10-14, 2017

For kids entering grades 5 to 7
$325 plus $170 materials fee
9:30am to 3:30pm

Build a custom Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to explore Lake Champlain! Learn how to assemble, solder, and wire a SeaPerch ROV and learn to fly it over the mysterious bottom of Lake Champlain. With your own creation, you will learn how useful an ROV can be by studying shipwrecks and aquatic life. Don't worry about getting too attached to SeaPerch, because at the end of the camp, you can take it home.

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Pedal and Splash: Bike & Snorkel Camp   July 17-21, 2017

For kids entering grades 5 to 7
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

This is it: your chance to explore Lake Champlain up close and personal! We'll provide the mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, and snorkeling gear, and you can bring your own bike and helmet! Explore by land as you bike each day to a new location on the lake, and cool down by strapping on a snorkel and diving in! Discover underwater secrets known only to the eyes of fish! Check out plants and animals and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Campers must be able to ride a bike and must wear a properly fitted helmet.

Don’t have a bike? Check with us. We have a few to loan.

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Young Naturalists  July 24-28, 2017

For kids entering grades 5 to 7
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

Come connect with wild places! Visit the neighborhoods of islands, cliffs, rivers, and beaches, and meet all the special plants, mammals, fish, and birds that call these places home. We'll travel by whatever means necessary (hovercraft?) and use all our senses to experience the natural world up close. Bring your curiosity, and be ready for anything!

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Lake Adventure Camps  (see below)


Lake Adventure Camp combines the best of all our lake ecology, maritime heritage, and adventure skills for kids who want to try a little of everything. We will explore lakeshore environments, shipwrecks, forests, fields, and take an expedition down Otter Creek! We'll be on the go, but certainly won't forget the wacky camp fun!

Lake Adventure Camp- Get Lost!

Aug 14-18, 2017: Entering grades 5-7
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

Do you know where you are right now? Well, what if you didn't?  In our fast-paced world it's easy to find your way with a phone app, but can you read a map? How about a compass? This camp studies the ancient and always changing art of navigation. Learn age-old secrets of cartographers, new information from tech developers, and the difference between maps and charts as you find your way on land and lake.

Register

Lake Adventure Camp- Dig It: Hidden Histories 

Aug 7-11, 2017: Entering grades 5-7
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

So much of what we know about the past has come from things we discover in the present! Learn all about discovering artifacts, interpreting their stories, and preserving them in this weeklong archaeology extravaganza!

Register

 

 

Camps for Kids Entering Grades 8-12

Beginner's Boating Skills   June 26-30, 2017

For kids entering grades 8 and up
$325 plus $29 license fee
9:30am to 3:30pm

There are tons of different ways to be on the water! This weeklong course is an exciting overview, featuring rowing, paddling, sailing, and small engines. Exploring everything from getting off the dock to what happens in a worst-case scenario, BBS is all about giving you the skills to handle the helm. You can even receive a VT Boater's Card to certify your knowledge. Get out on the lake this summer!

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Scuba! Snorkel! Shipwrecks!!!   July 3-7, 2017

For kids entering grades 8 and up
$400
9:30am to 3:30pm

Ever hung out on the bottom of a lake? Now's your chance! Learn how to breathe underwater as you discover and explore famous shipwrecks! You can learn about basic SCUBA skills (including what it stands for!), snorkeling like you mean it, and what kind of stuff is down on the bottom of Lake Champlain.

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Wooden Boat-Building  July 24-28, 2017

For kids entering grades 8 and up
$650
9:30am to 3:30pm

This camp will provide each camper the opportunity to build their own 15’ wooden canoe and learn to use it safely. We’ll learn about the sciences that go into boat-building and water quality, and have a great time doing it! These one of a kind boats will follow you home!

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Project: Plastic!  July 31- August 4, 2017

For kids entering grades 8 and up
$325
9:30am to 3:30pm

Did you know that there is plastic in Lake Champlain? Do you know where plastics come from or where they end up? This is your exclusive opportunity to help us find out! Participate in a land- and water-based study to collect data on microplastics in the Champlain basin. Get to know the lake and the people who depend on it, and help develop some theories on this prominent issue.

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ROV Tech July 31- August 4

For kids entering grades 8 and up
$350
9:30am to 3:30pm

Work together to equip a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with accessories needed to investigate a shipwreck over the course of a fun-filled week.  Launch the ROV in Lake Champlain on a deep-water mission that you help design. Also available: an archaeological survey without an ROV—using mask, snorkel and fins.  LCMM is proud to be partnering with Greensea Systems of Richmond, VT who are software and technology experts in underwater robotics.

Please email registration@lcmm.org to register.

 

 

I want to register my kid for a Lake Adventure Camp! What do I do now?

- Click here to purchase your camp. LCMM Member? Be sure to select that option when you buy your camp for 10% off your tuition! Not a Member? Click here and join today!

- Register for two or more Lake Adventure Camps and receive 10% off your camp tuition! (applied automatically at checkout)

- Purchase Early Drop-off or Late Pick-up if needed. Participants of any camp may be dropped off as early as 8am and picked up as late as 5pm. Supervision will be provided during this time of reading and games. Early Drop Off: $40/week, Late Pick-Up: $40/week

- Download, fill in, and email the PDF forms below to registration@lcmm.org

Registration Form
Parental Waiver
Snorkeling and Swimming Competency


- You may pay by check, (made to LCMM) Include appropriate member or multi-camp discounts, add on any early drop-off or late pickup charges, and mail with your forms to Elisa Nelson, LCMM, 4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, VT 05491

- If the camp you want to attend is full, please email registration@lcmm.org and we will be happy to place you on our waitlist.


- Questions? Please call Elisa at (802) 475-2022 x105 or email registration@lcmm.org

FREE Shuttle Service!!!

We offer a daily shuttle service to our Basin Harbor campus - we’ll do pick-ups in Burlington, Shelburne, and Middlebury.

* Shuttle Available from Burlington (also stopping in Shelburne) (limit 13)
Shuttle Departs Burlington: 8:30 am
Shuttle Arrives Burlington: 4:30 pm

* Shuttle Available from Middlebury (limit 6)
Shuttle departs Middlebury: 9:00 am
Shuttle arrives Middlebury: 4:15 pm

What You need to Know

- We will provide most special equipment required for the camp, including life jacket, wetsuit, snorkel, and SCUBA gear, if needed. Campers are welcome to bring their own gear if they have it.

- Campers should bring their own lunch, water, and snacks. Lunches must not require refrigeration.

- We are outdoors rain or shine - dress appropriately! Other items include a bathing suit, sunscreen, hat, water shoes, and warm layer. 

- We are happy to accommodate special medical needs - please let us know in advance.

- Staff are not responsible for campers’ digital devices - better to leave them at home and enjoy the outdoors!

Cancellations

Cancellation notice given at least 30 days prior to camp session will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. Cancellation notice given less than 30 days prior to camp session will not receive a refund.
Middle School and High School students: Want school credit?

Ask us about earning credit toward your Personalized Learning Plan for attending a Lake Adventure Camp - we’re happy to facilitate!
Scholarships

If your family needs financial support please contact us directly. We make every effort to grant requests. Please call Elisa at (802) 475-2022 x105 or email registration@lcmm.org
Support This Program

Interested in donating to our scholarship program for Lake Adventure Camps? Please call Elisa at (802) 475-2022 x105 or email registration@lcmm.org

Who Are We?

Your camper will be led by seasoned professional educators from multiple disciplines who collectively have decades of experience with young people. Campers will learn from LCMM’s archaeologists, blacksmiths, scientists, videographers, cartographers, historians, and boatbuilders. Our permanent staff is augmented by select counselors who are college students, recent graduates in the fields we study or experienced student mentors.

Group ratios are intentionally small to afford the highest possible safety, program impact, and fun. We assure you that your child is safe and is learning from some of the best educators anywhere.

Our qualifications span a wide range of professional and safety credentials: U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Professional Association of Diving Instructors, New York State Outdoor Guide license, and of course CPR and First Aid.

 





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