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Summer Camps

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Join us this summer for fun, outdoor adventures on the shores of Lake Champlain. Each summer, we offer a variety of camps for adventurous youth in grades 2 through 12 packed with hands-on activities, learning from the lake, exploring history and archaeology, and more.

Health & Safety

We are all looking forward to safe camps in 2022! Our team makes every effort to ensure a safe, positive, and enriching experience for all campers. We focus on safety and accident prevention and our staff are trained and certified in CPR/First Aid to promptly respond in the unlikely event that an incident occurs. To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that all camp families review and agree to our Camps & Expeditions Participation Policies and Waiver of Liability when you register for camp. Please review our policies before you register for a camp or expedition at the Museum and give your consent.

Campers and camp 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 and/or indoor settings of the Museum’s camps, full vaccination of your child/camper 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.

Pay-What-You-Can Tuition

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

When you register for a camp, in the final payment section, you will again see what the standard tuition rate is for your selected camp. 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 camps available to all. No matter what you pay, you will be registered for your camp.

Cancellations & Refunds

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

Find Your Camp & Register!

Scroll down to browse our camps available for 2022. Click or tap on a camp name to view details and the daily schedule. When you are ready, click the “Register Now” button for that camp to start your registration. If you wish to register for multiple camps or register more than one child, you must complete a registration form for each. If the camp you would like to register for is full, please choose the appropriate waitlist below and register there to reserve a spot.

If you have any questions, contact us at camps@lcmm.org

The One and Only Fish Camp – Session A
June 13–June 17 – Grades 2–4
$350 Standard Suggested Tuition

Is your little one looking for a week of fish-tastic fun? This camp will give them a chance to dive into all things fishy! Campers will spend the week learning about fish, visiting a variety of fishing locations, and getting hooked on fishing. Activities include practicing casting, building our own fishing rod with supplies we forage in the forest, visiting the local fish hatchery, and checking out a variety of different fishing locations. This camp is always a fan favorite and we can’t wait to dive in!

We’re sorry! This camp is currently full. Please sign up for Session B or reserve a spot on our Waitlist in case space opens up.

Note: Sessions A and B of Fish Camp are duplicate experiences of the same camp. They are not a series or continuation, we just made more available due to popular demand! Campers can register for both, but it will be the same camp experience.

The One and Only Fish Camp Daily Schedule:

  • Early Drop Off: 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM*
  • Regular Drop Off: 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Camp: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Regular Pick Up: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
  • Late Pick Up: 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM*

*Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up advance notice required – please indicate in your registration if you need either of these options or contact us by email at least a week prior to camp.

Champlain Discovery Kayak Building Camp
June 20–July 8 – Ages 13–17
$2,500 Standard Suggested Tuition (includes kayak!)

Learn wood working and boat building this summer and build your very own kayak! Over the course of three weeks (Mondays-Fridays), we will build our very own fleet of expedition-ready sea kayaks. Working alongside our expert boat builders, you will learn important techniques, become the master of essential woodworking tools, and understand what is needed to keep a wooden boat afloat. And, of course, you get to keep the kayak!

Want to know more about the kayak? We will be building Chesapeake Light Craft Chesapeake 17 LTs. These kayaks can be used in our teen kayaking expedition, Champlain Discovery. Separate registration is required for the expedition.

Kayak Building Camp Daily Schedule:

  • Regular Drop Off: 8:45 AM–9:00 AM
  • Camp: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Regular Pick Up: 4:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Please note: this camp runs for three weeks.

Heavy Metal Mania!
June 20–June 24 – Grades 5–7
$350 Standard Suggested Tuition

Do you ever wonder “how was this made?” Do you want to be the person who made it? During this week-long sampler, campers will learn to pound iron, melt bronze, and shape copper, carrying on the traditions of this ancient craft. This camp is a great chance to work with your hands and make your own objects and art out of metal. In between metal projects, campers will keep cool swimming in the lake.

We’re sorry! This camp is currently full. Please reserve a spot on our Waitlist in case space opens up.

Heavy Metal Mania Daily Camp Schedule:

  • Early drop-off: 8:45 AM–9:15 AM*
  • Regular drop-off: 9:15 AM–9:30 AM
  • Camp: 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
  • Regular pick-up: 3:30 PM–3:45 PM
  • Late pick-up: 3:45 PM–4:00 PM*

*Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up advance notice required – please indicate in your registration if you need either of these options or contact us by email at least a week prior to camp.

Underwater Archaeology Camp – Session A
June 27–July 1 – Grades 5–7
$350 Standard Suggested Tuition
Two children sit on the deck of a wooden boat with their backs to the camera. Both children are wearing snorkels and are looking at a clipboard with paper.

Did you know some of our region’s history lies hidden beneath the waters of Lake Champlain? Dive into the underwater archaeology of Lake Champlain! Campers will explore shipwrecks and learn skills used by underwater archaeologists to uncover clues about them and learn how to preserve shipwrecks and sunken artifacts for future generations. On land and in the water, help us uncover, decipher, and preserve the past. Activities will include underwater sketching, introduction to snorkeling, and exploring with our underwater drone!

Note: Sessions A and B of Archaeology Camp are duplicate experiences of the same camp. They are not a series or continuation, we just made more available! Campers can register for both, but it will be the same camp experience.

Underwater Archaeology Daily Camp Schedule:

  • Early drop-off: 8:45 AM–9:15 AM*
  • Regular drop-off: 9:15 AM–9:30 AM
  • Camp: 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
  • Regular pick-up: 3:30 PM–3:45 PM
  • Late pick-up: 3:45 PM–4:00 PM*

*Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up advance notice required – please indicate in your registration if you need either of these options or contact us by email at least a week prior to camp.

The One and Only Fish Camp – Session B
August 8–August 12 – Grades 2-4
$350 Standard Suggested Tuition
A boy wearing a dark blue baseball cap is facing the camera and holding a large fish that is wider than his shoulders

Is your little one looking for a week of fish-tastic fun? This camp will give them a chance to dive into all things fishy! Campers will spend the week learning about fish, visiting a variety of fishing locations, and getting hooked on fishing. Activities include practicing casting, building our own fishing rod with supplies we forage in the forest, visiting the local fish hatchery, and checking out a variety of different fishing locations. This camp is always a fan favorite and we can’t wait to dive in!

Note: Sessions A and B of Fish Camp are duplicate experiences of the same camp. They are not a series or continuation, we just made more available due to popular demand! Campers may register for both, but it will be the same camp experience.

The One and Only Fish Camp Daily Schedule:

  • Early Drop Off: 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM*
  • Regular Drop Off: 9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Camp: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Regular Pick Up: 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM
  • Late Pick Up: 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM*

*Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up advance notice required – please indicate in your registration if you need either of these options or contact us by email at least a week prior to camp.

Underwater Archaeology Camp – Session B
August 15–August 19 – Grades 5–7
$350 Standard Suggested Tuition
Two children sit on the deck of a wooden boat with their backs to the camera. Both children are wearing snorkels and are looking at a clipboard with paper.

Did you know some of our region’s history lies hidden beneath the waters of Lake Champlain? Dive into the underwater archaeology of Lake Champlain! Campers will explore shipwrecks and learn skills used by underwater archaeologists to uncover clues about them and learn how to preserve shipwrecks and sunken artifacts for future generations. On land and in the water, help us uncover, decipher, and preserve the past. Activities will include underwater sketching, introduction to snorkeling, and exploring with our underwater drone!

Note: Sessions A and B of Archaeology Camp are duplicate experiences of the same camp. They are not a series or continuation, we just made more available! Campers may register for both, but it will be the same camp experience.

Underwater Archaeology Daily Camp Schedule:

  • Early drop-off: 8:45 AM–9:15 AM*
  • Regular drop-off: 9:15 AM–9:30 AM
  • Camp: 9:30 AM–3:30 PM
  • Regular pick-up: 3:30 PM–3:45 PM
  • Late pick-up: 3:45 PM–4:00 PM*

*Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up advance notice required – please indicate in your registration if you need either of these options or contact us by email at least a week prior to camp.

Camps Waitlist
Waitlist for all camps except Kayak Building

This waitlist will allow you to reserve a spot for The One and Only Fish Camp (Sessions A and B), Underwater Archaeology (Sessions A and B), and Heavy Metal Mania. If you would like to reserve a spot for our Kayak Building Camp, please use the other provided waitlist form. Only fill out this form if you have tried to register for one of the above camps and found that camp to be full. This form does not guarantee your child a spot in the full camp, but will allow us to reach out and offer them a spot should one open up.

Kayak Building Waitlist
Waitlist for Kayak Building Camp only

This waitlist will allow you to reserve a spot for the Kayak Building Camp only. If you would like to reserve a spot in any other camp please use the other provided waitlist form. Only fill out this form if you have tried to register for Kayak Building and found the camp to be full. This form does not guarantee your child a spot in the full camp, but will allow us to reach out and offer them a spot should one open up.