Summer Launch Programs

Summer Launch Program at Champlain College

Summer in Vermont. There's nothing like it.

While Vermont is famous for its winter activities, we all know the real fun is in the summer! Beautiful weather and a bounty of outdoor activities help make Vermont the perfect summer destination.

Join us this summer and take the opportunity to hang out with future Champlain College classmates. We are offering four outstanding opportunities to bond with the Champlain community and to have a rewarding experience that you'll always remember. Check out the programs below, and be sure to register for one (or all!) of the Champlain Summer Launch Programs.

Registration for Summer Launch opens May 1.

Questions? Email Lisa Mazzariello.

Outdoor Adventure ProgramOutdoor Adventure Program for Summer Launch

Thursday, July 6–Saturday, July 8

Price: $200

A small group of first-year students will spend three days on a backcountry retreat at a wilderness lodge, building friendships with fellow adventure-minded classmates. Activities include a beginner’s hike, games and exciting opportunities for getting connected. You’ll develop bonds and create friendships that will last well beyond your four years at Champlain. Our Outdoor Adventure Program is an excellent way to kick start your Champlain College Experience. Dare to join us?

First Generation ConnectionFirst Generation Connection

Wednesday, July 12–Friday, July 14

Price: Free!

If you’re the first person in your family to go to college, you may have a lot of questions. The First Generation Launch Program provides an opportunity to have your questions answered, meet some new classmates and explore your new school. We’ll explore the city, discovering Burlington’s hot spots and the waterfront. You’ll eat delicious food in the IDX Dining Hall and sleep in one of Champlain’s Victorian-era mansion residence halls. More than anything, you’ll build a support system of classmates, current students, faculty and staff that will last throughout your time at Champlain.

Women’s Empowerment—Lets Set Sail!Women’s Empowerment—Lets Set Sail!

Wednesday, July 19–Friday, July 21

Price: $200

Join a group of other female-identifying incoming students for this fun and exciting Summer Launch program!  You’ll have the opportunity to experience the wonders of Burlington, develop essential leadership skills and make connections with other students—all while learning to sail on beautiful Lake Champlain!  No experience is necessary for this hands-on experience where we’ll learn the skills of sailing (such as effective communication and teamwork) and how they relate to other parts of your life as a Champlain College student and beyond.  

Leadership ExperienceLeadership Experience for Summer Launch

Wednesday, July 26–Friday, July 28

Price: $200

Would you like to get involved, make friends and find out about Champlain’s leadership opportunities before you even arrive on campus in August? Then the Champlain College Leadership Experience Summer Launch Program might be for you. You’ll meet like-minded members of the College community while learning different leadership styles. You’ll also get to work on team-building skills at a local ropes course, and explore all that Burlington has to offer. By the end of this weekend, you’ll have made some new friends and have a great understanding of how to get involved at Champlain.

Champlain Ultimate Transition ExperienceChamplain Ultimate Transition Experience

Wednesday, August 2–Friday, August 4

Price: $200

This program will allow you to experience all aspects of college life. While you spend three days living the complete residential, academic and social experience of college, you’ll explore all of the resources available on campus and in the community. Participate in activities both on and off campus that will help you create social connections to build on when you return in the fall. To register for the Ultimate Transition Experience, please call or email Skip Harris 802-651-5961, or Luke Lewis 802-651-5959,

"Participating in Summer Launch before starting college gave me the chance to meet my future roommate and create friendships with my peers!  I would recommend Summer Launch at Champlain to every incoming student because there is nothing better than arriving on campus for your first day of college and seeing familiar faces!" - Megan Milano '19 

"Summer Launch at Champlain was a great experience because I got to make friendships with other students from my class before I got to Champlain. I met my roommate for my first year at the summer launch program that I did! I would recommend that every incoming student do a summer launch program before they get to Champlain." — Ethan Farmer '16