Lake Adventure Camps

Lake Adventure Fish Summer Camp

Make this summer special with unique adventures and experiences at the Museum!



About Lake Adventure Camps

Our week-long Lake Adventure Camps at the museum let kids entering grades 2 through 12 have a true adventure on the shores of Lake Champlain based on their unique interests. With a different summer camp each week, and options for different age groups, there is something for everyone. From underwater robots to blacksmithing, fishing to boating, or even an 18th century adventure, our summer is packed full of fun and learning.

  • Daily Schedule:
    All summer camps run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Shuttles are available to transport campers from Burlington, Shelburne, Vergennes and Middlebury to the museum campus and back – more information about the shuttle routes is below.
  • Early Drop-Off & Late Pick Up:
    All summer camps have an Early Drop-Off and Late Pick Up option for an additional charge of $40 each or $80 for both. Early Drop-Off is between 8:00 am and 9:30 am at the museum. Late Pick Up is between 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm. You can sign up for these options in the Camp Registration Form.
  • Camp Registration Cost:
    All summer camps cost $325 per week for standard registration and $295 for Museum Members. You may register for more than one camp using our online registration system. One registration form per child; if you are registering multiple children you will need to use the form multiple times. Scholarships are available to families who need help paying for camps.

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2020 Camps & Registration

Schedule table for 2020 camps

The schedule for 2020 Lake Adventure Camps is noted in the table above and listed in chronological order with descriptions below. When you are ready to register for summer camp, use any of the Register Now buttons to access our camp registration form.

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Young girl with a fish caught at camp

June 22-26, 2020:
THE ONE AND ONLY FISH CAMP

Ages: Entering Grades 2-4

A week-long adventure all about our local fish friends! Campers will learn about fish anatomy and cool adaptions that have happened over time, use seine nets, cast a fly rod, and more. We’ll get up close to real fish with underwater cameras and make new friends. This summer camp is also being offered the week of August 10-14.

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Camp teens and teacher in a boat

June 22-26, 2020:
BOATING SKILLS

Ages: Entering Grades 8-12

Kick off your summer on the water with this hands-on boating skills sampler! Participants will explore and practice different boating techniques including rowing, paddling, sailing, and handling small engines. In addition to practicing real-life scenarios, we’ll also go over Vermont Boating Laws and Regulations to make sure everyone is ready for a great and safe summer on the water. This summer camp and class provides all the training and knowledge needed to pass the Vermont Boater Safety Course.

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Campers learn 18th century skills

June 29-July 2, 2020:
18th CENTURY ADVENTURE

Ages: Entering Grades 5-7

Travel back in time to the 18th century and celebrate the founding of the United States of America! Campers will explore what it was like to be a sailor, soldier, and resident by Lake Champlain in our newly formed country in the 1700s. Over the course of the short week, we will learn hands-on skill from this era like how to row, tie useful knots, navigate the land and water, sew up materials, work with metals in the forge, make fire with flint and steel, cook up historical recipes over an open fire, and march like colonial soldiers. Families are invited to join us in the afternoon of Thursday, July 2 for a festive Independence Day picnic prepared by campers based on everything they have learned over the week.

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Boy hammering on an anvil

July 6-10, 2020:
HEAVY METAL MANIA

Ages: Entering Grades 5-7

Back by popular demand – become a metal master in the forge, learn how to work red hot metal and hit hard! A week-long sampler, campers will learn how to pound iron, melt bronze, and shape sheet copper, carrying on the traditions of this ancient craft. This summer camp is a great chance to work with your hands and create your own metal crafts. In between metal projects, campers will keep cool swimming in the lake and playing games.

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What about camps over the weeks of July 13-24?
Our amazing camp staff are busy working at several partnership camps with local partners including Vergennes Elementary Summer Fusion, Mount Abe Expanded Learning Program, and the Flynn Center for Performing Arts.

Two boys work on robots at day camp

July 27-31, 2020:
BUILD YOUR OWN UNDERWATER ROBOT

Ages: Entering Grades 5-7

A week-long summer camp for makers and adventurers to build their own custom underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and explore the depths of Lake Champlain! Over the course of the week, campers will learn how to assemble, solder, and wire their very own SeaPearch ROV and then learn how to navigate it underwater in the lake. These custom robots will let us experience what it’s like to be an underwater archaeologist or biologist, learning how they can be used to study shipwrecks and aquatic life up close. This camp is also being offered the week of August 3-7.

Note: there is an additional $189 charge for this camp to cover the cost of materials

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Two boys work on robots at camp

August 3-7, 2020:
BUILD YOUR OWN UNDERWATER ROBOT

Ages: Entering Grades 5-7

A week-long camp for makers and adventurers to build their own custom underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and explore the depths of Lake Champlain! Over the course of the week, campers will learn how to assemble, solder, and wire their very own SeaPearch ROV and then learn how to navigate it underwater in the lake. These custom robots will let us experience what it’s like to be an underwater archaeologist or biologist, learning how they can be used to study shipwrecks and aquatic life up close. This camp is also being offered the week of July 27-31.

Note: there is an additional $189 charge for this camp to cover the cost of materials

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Young girl with a fish caught at camp

August 10-14, 2020:
THE ONE AND ONLY FISH CAMP

Ages: Entering Grades 2-4

A week-long adventure all about our local fish friends! Campers will learn about fish anatomy and cool adaptions that have happened over time, as well as how to use seine nets, cast a fly rod, and more. We’ll get up close to real fish with underwater cameras and make new friends. This camp is also being offered the week of June 22-26.

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Free Shuttle

We currently offer a free day camp shuttle service to the Museum with stops in Burlington, Shelburne, Middlebury, and Vergennes. Please indicate in your registration if you plan on using the shuttle.

Burlington/Shelburne Shuttle Route

MORNING:

  • 8:30 am: Departs from Hannaford’s on Shelburne Road in South Burlington
  • 8:50 am: Departs from Shelburne Supermarket
  • 9:30 am: Arrives at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

AFTERNOON:

  • 3:30 pm: Departs Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
  • 4:05 pm: Arrives at Shelburne Supermarket
  • 4:30 pm: Arrives at Hannaford’s on Shelburne Road in South Burlington

Middlebury/Vergennes Shuttle Route

MORNING:

  • 8:50 am: Departs from the Bridge School parking lot in Middlebury
  • 9:10 am: Departs from Vergennes Park and Ride (Rt 7 and 22A) in Vergennes
  • 9:30 am: Arrives at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

AFTERNOON:

  • 3:30 pm: Departs Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
  • 3:50 pm: Arrives at Vergennes Park and Ride in Vergennes
  • 4:10 pm: Arrives at the Bridge School in Middlebury

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