Teen Expeditions

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Thanks to everyone for making our 2020 summer possible and memorable in new, safe ways. Stay tuned for plans for 2021!

Adventurous teenagers ages 13-16 are invited to join us for overnight expeditions on Lake Champlain. All our expeditions combine exercise and teamwork; paddling, rowing, or sailing; camping and wilderness skills; and explorations into lake ecology, culture, and history.

Participants will work with staff to develop maritime and team-building skills. All expeditions will travel on water by day and camp outside every night.

Our trip leaders are trained in trip leading, wilderness skills, and first aid. All expeditions have two trip leaders to ensure safety and a truly unforgettable experience.

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Teen Expeditions in 2020

We currently offer two different overnight multi-day expeditions:

July 5-July 19:

FULL – Sign up for the waitlist!

A truly unique experience, Champlain Discovery is a combination of day camp and on-water expedition. Ten participants first spend three weeks in a day camp at the Museum building their own kayak with boat builders before embarking on a 10-day Lake Champlain voyage of discovery from Whitehall, NY to Burlington, VT.

Five teens row as part of the rowing expedition

July 23-July 30:

FULL – Sign up for the waitlist!

Participants in Expedition Champlain quickly become expert rowers with fellow crew members as they row together in our traditional wooden pilot gigs (32’ rowing boats) on Lake Champlain for an eight-day expedition, exploring the wonders of Lake Champlain during the day and camping each night.

Requirements & How to Apply

All applicants to teen expeditions must be 13 to 16 years old and have an interest in (or previous experience with) outdoor overnight trips.

We ask that all expedition participants should be prepared for a truly outdoor experience over the course of multiple days. Our expeditions take place rain or shine – in the event of high winds or lightning, groups will stay on shore. Each day we will work as a team as we travel by water (kayaking, sailing, or rowing) and every night we will camp outside. Participants will live outside for the entirety of the expedition, sleeping in tents, preparing meals, and exploring.

You should be prepared to pitch in and work with your fellow expedition-mates to set up camp, cook, clean up, break down camp, and rally each other along the way. We practice low-impact camping and there is little to no running water or bathroom access along the way.

We ask that all participants come prepared for this unique experience, very active days, and the great outdoors. Expeditions are a once-in-a-lifetime experience where 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.

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How to Apply

When you are ready to apply, simply use the Apply button on this page or any expedition page to start your application. All applications must include a Statement of Interest written by the prospective teen expedition participant about why they are interested in their expedition of choice.

Applications generally take 15-25 minutes to complete. Make sure you have all the following information ready to complete your application:

  • Prospective participant’s information
  • A Statement of Interest written by the prospective participant
  • Parent/Guardian information
  • Emergency contact
  • Prospective participant’s medical information
  • Financial aid information (optional)

This essential information is kept private and will not ever be shared.

June 22, 2020 Update: All expeditions are currently full. Interested participants can sign up for the waitlist using the link below.

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