Champlain Discovery

Teens in kayaks for a circle on the water

As of today, we currently plan to run all Teen Expeditions as scheduled and we look forward to seeing adventurous teens on the lake this summer.

Your health and safety is our priority. Our expeditions are all limited in size and spend all of their time outdoors. Our staff this spring and summer will be following guidelines from the CDC and State of Vermont to ensure our equipment and gear are clean and safe.

We have updated our policy to allow for full refunds in the case of any cancellations or changes caused by COVID-19. Additionally, we are implementing a “pay-what-you-can” tuition deposit program for all families upon your acceptance into a program. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Nick Patch at NickP@lcmm.org  

A kayak boat building and overnight teen expedition combination


2020 Expedition Dates: June 17-July 19
Standard Tuition: $2950
Member Tuition: $2900
Financial Aid: Available
(Tuition includes cost of kayak materials)


About Champlain Discovery

Champlain Discovery offers participants a combination of a hands-on boat building day camp followed by a 10-day wilderness expedition. This unique combination of activities sets the stage for a truly life-changing experience for all participants.

Champlain Discovery starts with a three-week daytime camp as you build your very own custom 17’ kayak under the guidance of expert boat builders. Each day, in addition to working on our kayaks, we will take time to learn wilderness skills, navigation, paddling skills, and more.

Once kayaks are complete, we load them and our gear onto the museum’s boat trailer to be dropped off in Whitehall, NY for a 10-day overnight adventure. Along with your fellow kayakers, we will paddle from Whitehall to Burlington, VT. Each day we will stop along the way to explore, learn about the lake, and cook and camp each evening.

Combining woodworking and boat building, kayaking, wilderness skills, and learning from the lake, this expedition truly lets you do the impossible: build your own kayak and take it on an adventure on Lake Champlain.

Participants should be prepared to pitch in and work with their fellow expedition-mates to set up camp, cook, clean up, break down camp, and support each other along the way.

The Champlain Discovery experience is focused on building a positive, collaborative team

We practice low-impact camping and there is little to no running water or bathrooms along the way.

And, of course, you get to keep the kayak!


2020 Expedition Dates: June 17-July 19
Standard Tuition: $2950
Member Tuition: $2900
Financial Aid: Available
(Tuition includes cost of kayak materials)

Need transit to the museum for the first three weeks? Ask about our Route 7 pick-up/drop-off shuttle between South Burlington and the Museum.


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