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Lake Adventure Camps

2016 Lake Adventure Camps

LCMM offers great summer camps for ages 6-17 at Burlington and Basin Harbor. LCMM Members receive first notice and a significant discount.

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"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

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


 

AGES 7-9

Messing About with Fish

Dates: June 20-24, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 7-9

Where do fish live? What do they eat?  Using snorkeling equipment and all sorts of nets and tackle, we’ll find out which fish swim where we swim.  We’ll have a look deep under the water with our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and solve fishy mysteries about where fish go when we can’t find them. Do you love fish and want to protect them—come learn how!

Weather and Climate

Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 7-9

What are whitecaps?  How do you measure wind? We’ll make waves and wind and learn all we can about what they look like and how they act.  Lots of games and movement will prove just how powerful all the different kinds of wind and waves can be.  And to test what we think, we’ll need to do some body surfing!

Messing About With Boats

Dates: July 18-22, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 7-9

Pretty little boats and big bad boats—we’ll try them all! Get on the water to try paddling and rowing while you learn about boat safety, boat-building, old boats and careers on boats. Come find out why boats float!  And of course we’ll need to practice what we learn by swimming and exploring in the lake.

Snorkeling Camp

Dates: July 11-15, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 7-9

Ever look into the water and wonder what lies beneath?  This is your chance to explore Lake Champlain up close and personal using mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and more.  Diving professionals will introduce students to the equipment and techniques to become a confident snorkeler.  We’ll put our skills to use checking out cool plants and animals.  Come ready for a week of watery fun.

Lake Adventure Camp

Dates: Aug 1-5, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Burlington
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 7-9

This camp combines the best of all our lake ecology, maritime heritage and adventure skills— for kids who love to be outdoors! We will explore the waterfront environment on bikes; explore shipwrecks with masks, snorkels and fins; and take an expedition down a river as original inhabitants of the Champlain Basin would have.  We’ll be on the go but have enough down-time for swimming, playing games and having fun on the waterfront each day.

 


AGES 10-12

 

SeaPerch ROV

Dates: June 20-24, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor, Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members) ROV may be purchased at the end of the camp for $170
Ages: 10-12

Built a Custom Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and Explore Lake Champlain! Using a SeaPerch ROV kit we will learn how to assemble, solder, wire, and fly an ROV. We will use our ROVs to explore the bottom of Lake Champlain and learn how nautical archeologists and scientists use ROVs to study shipwrecks and the aquatic life of the lake.

All Aboard!

Dates: June 27-July 1, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

Do you like being on the water?   Want to learn more about boats?  This camp is all about getting on the water, introducing campers to as many boat types as possible.  We’ll be learning basic boating safety and boat handling skills as we paddle in canoes, row in skiffs and sail in a Sharpie.  This is a hands-on foundation course in good seamanship.  Sign-on Mate! 

Snorkeling Camp

Dates: July 25-29, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

Ever look into the water and wonder what lies beneath?  This is your chance to explore Lake Champlain up close and personal using mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit and more.  Diving professionals will introduce students to the equipment and techniques to become a confident snorkeler.  We’ll put our skills to use checking out cool plants and animals.  Come ready for a week of watery fun.

Youth Blacksmithing
Heavy Metal Mania

Heavy Metal Mania

Dates: July 5-8, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

Back by popular demand!  An introduction to casting and copper-folding.  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.  We’ll cool off with some swimming and games.  * This program does not include using the blacksmithing forge due to safety considerations. Older students should check out Blacksmithing for Teens.

Eco-Sleuths

Young Naturalists

Dates: July 18-22, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

Using tips from the best naturalists out there, we’ll connect with wild places.  Our Vergennes campus is in the neighborhood of islands, cliffs, rivers and beaches that all have special plants, animals, fish and insects.  We’ll travel by whatever means necessary and use all our senses to see the natural world up close.  Do you like to spy on turtles?  Outsmart chipmunks? Swim with ducks? This one’s for you.

Lake Adventure Camp

Dates: Aug 8-12, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Burlington
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 10-12

This camp combines the best of all our lake ecology, maritime heritage and adventure skills— for kids who love to be outdoors! We will explore the waterfront environment on bikes; explore shipwrecks with masks, snorkels and fins; and take an expedition down a river as original inhabitants of the Champlain Basin would have.  We’ll be on the go but have enough down-time for swimming, playing games and having fun on the waterfront each day.

 


AGES 13-16

Boating Safety Course

Dates: June 20 – 24, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 13-16

Learning boating safety is so much more than studying and taking a test, it is the basics of good seamanship.  LCMM’s boating safety course is an intense overview of boating skills including paddling, rowing, sailing and powerboat operations.  We’ll learn everything from docking techniques to man overboard exercises.  Students can choose to take the online Boater Safety Course, resulting in VT Boating Safety Education Certification Card (add $29.50). 

Underwater Archaeology

Dates: July 5-8, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $400 ($370 LCMM Members)
Ages: 13-16

Want to learn more about what it takes to study shipwrecks?  This is an in-depth exploration into the world of underwater archaeology.  Students will work with real archaeologists from the Maritime Research Institute and explore the tools and techniques of the trade.   We’ll be working on real artifacts in the conservation lab, flying underwater robots and even getting an introduction to scuba diving*. 

Course price includes a $75 equipment fee.
*Scuba diving requires good physical condition.  Students with cardio, pulmonary or nervous system issues may be excluded from diving activities.  An instructor will contact you to review your student's health.

Video Production Camp

Dates: July 11-15, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 13-16

Video Production Camp is a hands-on educational fun summer camp experience. Filmmakers will be challenged to create a short film during their week of camp while experiencing and shooting rowing, snorkeling, exploring shipwrecks using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), blacksmithing, hiking, and much more. This week-long program gives you the opportunity to build your filmmaking skills and knowledge from any experience level using your own camera or phone as well as our collection of GoPro cameras, DSLR’s, and editing computers. Let the Maritime Museum take your productions to new depths!

Freshwater Science

Dates: July 25-29, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Basin Harbor; Shuttle from Burlington & Shelburne available
Price: $325 ($295 LCMM Members)
Ages: 13-16

Go on a research vessel, observe wildlife over and on the water, explore underwater habitat with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), use microscopes in our lab, and learn about endangered species in Lake Champlain.  Guided by professional scientists, this group will work in multiple freshwater science disciplines and contribute data to ongoing studies. Each day we will connect with the Lake and answer questions like, “What’s a seiche?”, “What are mycids?” and  “What made that fossil?”

Greensea ROV
ROV Tech: Lake Champlain Mission!

ROV Tech

Dates: August 1-5, 2016
Times: 9:30am - 3:30pm -- Early Drop Off/Late Pick Up available
Location: Burlington
Price: $350 ($320 LCMM Members)
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, VT who are software and technology experts in underwater robotics.

 

Blacksmithing For Teens

Dates: TBD
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

Champlain Discovery

Date: June 20 - July 23, 2016
Time & Location: Basin Harbor
Tuition: $2,950, sorry no Members discount.
Financial Aid is 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 2016 Application.
  2. Email to: Nick Patch; nickp@lcmm.org; or
    Or Mail to Nick Patch, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum,
    4472 Basin Harbor Rd
    Vergennes, VT 05491
  3. Questions? Email nickp@lcmm.org, or call (802) 475-2022, ext 113

 

 


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. Read More about this program.

 

 

 


 

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.