Teen Expeditions

That’s a wrap on 2022; we had a great summer of expeditions! If you’re interested in a 2023 expedition, subscribe to emails from the Museum. We announce all summer programs by email first!

Calling all teens ages 13–16 looking for a fun outdoor challenge this summer: Join us for an overnight expedition on Lake Champlain! For either one or two weeks, you will navigate your way on the lake with a team of peers and trip leaders. Each day you will travel on water by day and camp outside at night. Our expeditions challenge you to expand your comfort zones, and develop confidence and life skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

Health & Safety

We are all looking forward to safe expeditions in 2022! Our team makes every effort to ensure a safe, positive, and enriching experience for all campers. Our expedition leaders are trained in trip leading, wilderness skills, first aid, and safety and accident prevention to promptly respond in the unlikely event that an incident occurs. To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that all expedition families review and agree to our Camps & Expeditions Participation Policies and Waiver of Liability when you register for an expedition.

Expedition participants and their families, along with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum staff, are expected to follow all local, state, and national health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19. Due to the extended and repeat close contact of the Museum’s expeditions, full vaccination of your teen/expedition participant at the time of camp is required to protect the safety of everyone participating in these programs. Those with proof of a medical exemption may participate and wear a mask.

The Outdoor Expedition Experience

What’s it like on an expedition? It is a full-time outdoor experience that runs for multiple days. Our expeditions take place rain or shine. In the event of high winds or lightning groups will stay on shore, otherwise each day we will work as a team as we travel by water and camp outside each night. We practice low-impact camping and there is little to no running water or bathroom access along the way. We live outside for the entirety of the expedition, sleeping in tents, preparing meals, and exploring. Each expedition member has to pitch in and work with your crew to set up camp, cook, clean up, break down camp, and rally each other along the way.

We ask that all participants come prepared for this unique experience, our expeditions can be physically and mentally challenging but the rewards of overcoming those challenges together are worth it. Expeditions on Lake Champlain are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will bond with a group of friends, discover your own inner strength, and connect on a deeper level with the lake and the natural world. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at expeditions@lcmm.org.

Pay-What-You-Can Tuition

We fundamentally believe that cost should not be a barrier for any kid to have a wonderful summer on Lake Champlain. With that in mind, all expeditions at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum are Pay-What-You-Can. When reviewing expeditions below, you will see a Standard Suggested Tuition which is the full standard tuition for that trip, calculated by staff time, maintenance, safety equipment, and the gear and supplies we need.

When you register for an expedition, in the final payment section, you will again see what the standard tuition rate is for your selected trip. You will then be able to pay any amount towards tuition. Please pay what works best for your family and, if you can, help us make these experiences available to all. No matter what you pay, you will be registered for your expedition.

Cancellations & Refunds

We understand life changes and sometimes you have to cancel. If you cancel your expedition registration 14 or more days prior to the first day of your trip, you will receive a full refund of your total amount paid. To see our full cancellation and refund policy, please review our Expedition Participation Policies.

2022 Expeditions & Registration

Use the links below to browse our expeditions available for 2022. When you are ready to sign up, click or tap on the “Register Now” button on the expedition’s page to start your registration. If you wish to register for multiple expeditions or register more than one teen, you must complete a registration form for each. If you have any questions, contact us at expeditions@lcmm.org.

If the expedition you are trying to register for is full, you can sign up through our Expeditions Wait List to reserve a slot in case one opens up. This does not guarantee your teen a spot on an expedition, but will allow us to reach out and offer one should space open up.