Campers experience the Naval Yard life while at camp: they are housed in the Midshipmen’s dormitory, Bancroft Hall, and eat all their meals from Sunday dinner to Thursday breakfast in King Hall, the Midshipmen’s dining facility. Rooms in Bancroft Hall are doubles, triples and quads complete with sink, shower, and lockable closets for valuables.
During the day, campers are under the guidance of experienced coaches and college-aged counselors. At night, counselors and coaches stay in the campers' dormitory, providing 24-hour supervision.
0830 Rowing Session I
1300 Seminar(s)/Campus Tour
1500 Rowing Session II
1900 Sunset Row/Seminar/Annapolis Harbor Trip*
2200 Lights Out
*One evening, the campers will head into the historic Annapolis Harbor just outside the Academy gate.
TO AID IN THE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
OF EACH INDIVIDUAL CAMPER
For our experienced campers, we look to slow things down and really focus on the details of the rowing stroke. Our coaches will help their campers move efficiently with the rowers around them, but their larger aim is to build upon each camper’s individual skills and make sure they are using their bodies (or, in the case of our coxswains, their voices) most effectively to help move the boat.
For our novice campers, we teach a very fundamental stroke that campers can take wherever they are going next and build upon successfully.
To attain these goals, we boat campers in eights according to ability and experience and maintain a low (10:1) athlete to coach ratio. For water practices, campers are kept with the same coach and boat of athletes for the week to allow a consistent platform for improvement. The boats are brought together as one group for land seminars covering a range of topics including – but not limited to – land/erg training, nutrition, mobility, strength training, coxing, and collegiate recruiting.
The camp concludes with a morning of racing, where friendly camp boat rivalries are settled (even our novices get out and race against our experienced crews!), and a brief graduation ceremony for both campers and their families.
TO FOSTER A LOVE OF ROWING
IN OUR CAMPERS
For our experienced campers, our expert staff of both coaches and counselors hope to deepen that love of the sport and keep our campers chasing after their next rowing/coxing goals.
For our novice campers, we charge ourselves with the bill of instilling that love and excitement for the sport – we hope to hear that the graduates of our novice program leave camp looking to return home and find a local program where they can continue to row throughout the school year.