I do not turn 13 until later in the summer – can I still attend?
Yes, as long as you will be 13 heading into the 2022-2023 school year and are prepared to handle the physical demands of the sport, you are more than welcome to attend camp. Rowers are expected to be able to lift approximately 30 pounds (their share of the boat weight) over their heads when transferring the boats in and out of the water at the beginning and end of each rowing session.
I am also interested in attending the USNA STEM camp – am I able to stay in the dorm between camps?
No, the USNA is unable to provide housing between camps. In the past, campers who have elected to do both have stayed with family/friends in the nearby area or in a hotel between camps.
Are you still holding camps for adult (age 19+) women?
Unfortunately, due to scheduling, we are not able to continue holding a summer Women’s Rowing Camp.
Are you holding a performance camp again this summer like in 2021?
No -- we added that option in 2021 due to camp capacity restrictions and needing to control the experience level for such a small group (when you only have 1 boat for a week of camp, it is critical that the rowers be of similar ability level)... now that we plan to be back at higher camp capacity with multiple boats each week, we are able to instead boat by experience level from that much larger pool of campers. So, please make sure to provide us with the most accurate rowing history possible (correct side, best 2k, etc.) for appropriate placement at camp.
How should I get to camp?
Campers may arrive by car, train, or plane. If traveling by train or air, we recommend the BWI Amtrak Station or BWI Airport, as they are closest to Annapolis. Complimentary curbside shuttle service is provided to campers from both BWI Amtrak and BWI Airport (learn more about this option in the FAQs below).
Check-in for campers and families arriving by car is held at the Navy-Marine Corps Football Stadium where parking is plentiful.
Do my parents need to come with me?
For arrival by car, we do not recommend that campers drive themselves to camp – instead, we request that campers be dropped off by a parent or guardian. It is then up to the parent/guardian if he/she would like to help get their camper settled in the dorm or if they wish to depart after check-in at the stadium (our expert team of counselors will greet campers at the dorm and help to settle any move-in issues that may arise). *At this time we are planning on parents being allowed to assist their camper at move-in, but it is possible this policy could change due to visitor restrictions.
For arrival by plane or train, we do offer a complimentary curbside shuttle service for families who choose to have their campers travel on their own but we are unable to participate in the airlines' and trains' unaccompanied minor program so campers must be able to get themselves independently outside of security on arrival day and check in on their own for Thursday departure. If you choose to have your camper travel independently, please make sure to research the age requirements of your airline or train company prior to making arrangements. Please see the next FAQ for more information on this shuttle service. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
How does the camp shuttle work?
For campers traveling on their own by air or train, we offer a complimentary curbside shuttle service with Sunday pick-ups and Thursday drop-offs at BWI Airport and BWI Amtrak Station. On Sunday arrival day, a camp staff member will meet the campers outside of security & baggage at the airport/train station and accompany them on the shuttle over to the Midshipmen dorm and help them find their rooms; check-in will take place on the camp shuttle for those campers. For Thursday check-out, a camp staff member will accompany campers on the shuttle to the airport and train, but will not escort campers in to the airport or train station. Campers must be able to get themselves independently to the Sunday pick-up point and check in on their own for their Thursday flight or train.
Full details regarding shuttle pick-up/drop-off times and locations, as well as recommended flight/train times, can be found on our check-in/out page.
When should I arrive in Annapolis?
Please refer to our check-in/out page for the most up-to-date times and details.
What happens if my flight is delayed and I miss the camp shuttle?
As flight delays are inevitable, we always recommend booking an early flight. It’s better to have a little extra time at the airport or train station than to stress over being late!
However, if your delays are significant, pending your eventual arrival and space, you may be able to get on the Boys’ Crew Camp shuttle that picks up after ours. If your flight is delayed later than that or if the Boys’ Camp shuttle has no room, we will coordinate a pickup from the airport for you by one of our camp staff. Please note that we will only do this for *delayed* flights -- if you choose a flight that arrives later than 1:30pm or a train arriving later than 2:00pm, it is up to the camper and their family to arrange for alternate transportation to camp.
When is check-out?
Please refer to our check-in/out page for full details and timing.
I’m traveling with a member of the Boys’ Camp – are we able to check in and out at the same time?
Our camp check-ins and check-outs are staggered: the Boys’ Camp check-in on Sunday is at 4pm (with a 3:30 pm pick-up from BWI Airport and 3:45 pm pick-up from BWI Amtrak) and their check-out on Thursday is at 10:30am (with a 10:30 am shuttle to the airport and train station). Our camp check-in is at 2pm on Sunday (with a 2pm pick-up from BWI Airport and a 2:30pm pick-up from BWI Amtrak) and our check-out on Thursday is at 12:30pm (with a 12:45pm shuttle to the airport and train station).
So, if you are traveling with one of our boys’ campers, you should plan on an early enough arrival on Sunday and a late enough departure Thursday to accommodate the Girls’ Camp schedule as outlined above. If traveling by air or train, the boy camper will need to wait at the airport or train station for the Boys’ Camp shuttle as there is no early check-in option available on Sunday.
My parents have a military ID – do I still need to go to the football stadium for check-in?
Yes, you will need to officially check in with camp staff at the stadium to receive your room assignment and to drop off your medical form if you have not submitted it previously. Campers are required to travel onto the Yard in our camp shuttle, but parents with military ID may choose to follow the bus in their own vehicle. Please understand that parking by Bancroft Hall may be very limited, and we cannot guarantee parent parking.
Where can I request the camp shuttle?
If you need to add or edit a request for our camp shuttle after applying, please use our Transportation Form to enter your flight/train details.
Do I need to have a physical prior to camp?
Yes, the Naval Academy Athletic Association requires campers to provide a complete and valid physical examination form that was completed within one year of the start of camp. This would be a form from your doctor, much like the one you would submit to your school. If your doctor or school does not have a specific form, you can substitute this with a letter from your doctor, stating you are in good physical health and able to participate in a rigorous athletic camp. Please include any allergies and/or daily medications.
We do not have a specific camp form we provide, so please follow the above guidelines and work with your child's doctor to secure an appropriate form or note.
How should I submit my proof of physical?
If you wish to submit the form in advance of camp, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also have the option of submitting it in person at camp check-in.
*Please note: we must have a copy of the physical/letter by no later than camp check-in. If you choose to submit your medical form in advance of camp via email or mail, you will be emailed confirmation of its receipt by camp staff.
I have a food allergy – can I still attend?
Yes, however, please understand the dining hall is unable to make special dietary accommodations for individual campers. All campers eat in King Hall where food is cooked in peanut oil and peanut butter is on every table. A gluten-free menu is not available for campers.
In the past, we have had campers with food allergies still choose to attend – they rely on the food that they can eat in the dining hall and supplement with additional dry food that they have brought with them to camp.
If you have an allergy of concern, we advise you to please contact Camp Director Heather Schlosberg (email@example.com) prior to submitting your camp payment to make sure that the camp is the right fit for you.
I prefer a special diet (e.g. vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free)... will special meals be available to me?
As the Naval Academy is not a traditional college, we do not have a traditional college dining hall set-up. Meals are served family style (rather than buffet) and most meals include a meat. Special vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free meals will not be available so campers must be able to properly nourish themselves with the meals offered and any dry supplemental food they choose to bring. As our camp days and workout sessions are long and proper nutrition is critical, if you have a dietary concern, we do ask that you review our dining page carefully and reach out to us to discuss your situation prior to completing an application.
I have medication that needs to be refrigerated: will I have access to a refrigerator during the week?
Yes, if requested in advance. Please contact us by email if you will require this.
What is your policy on camp medicine administration?
If your daughter takes regular medication, please note that camp staff may supervise a camper taking the medicine but cannot actually administer the medicine or take possession of it. Campers must be able to self-medicate responsibly to attend camp.
What kind of boats will we row?
Our camp is a sweep camp and we boat in 8+s. Depending on numbers, there is a chance that we may row 4+s. We do not offer sculling experience at our camp, but scullers are very much welcome to work with us as a sweep rowers for the week!
What do you offer for coxswain training?
Our coxswains receive feedback alongside their rower counterparts throughout each water session, and meet with their assigned coach before and after sessions for additional feedback and communication. Our goal is to develop our coxswains' independence and leadership skills throughout the week.
I have only rowed/coxed at camps/clinics before... can I attend camp?
Yes, however we will only be able to accept applicants with less than a full formal season of rowing/coxing in our last two weeks of camp (June 19-23 and June 26-30).
I've never rowed at all... can I attend camp?
Yes! We accept complete novices to the sport in our June 19-23 and June 26-30 weeks of camp.
The first week of camp has a minimum experience requirement -- is that a more advanced level camp?
No, it is the exact same camp as the later two weeks. However, due to it being so early in the summer when many schools are still in session, we have had trouble in some years filling an entire learn-to-row boat so we have decided to only offer learn-to-row in our last two weeks. The camp curriculum is the exact same for the experienced group between the three weeks.
What should I bring?
Please refer to our comprehensive packing list.
Am I allowed to have my cell phone?
Yes, however cell phones are only to be kept and used in the camper’s room and are not allowed out at formal camp activities (meals, rowing sessions, seminars, etc.), as we wish to have our campers fully present and engaged while they are with us at camp. The camp reserves the right to confiscate cell phones from campers who do not follow this policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What safety guidelines will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at camp?
As 2022 will mark a return to our residential overnight camps, all campers and camp staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The camper's second COVID-19 vaccine dose must be at least two weeks prior to the start of their camp, and no more than one year. If it has been more than one year since the second dose, a booster will be required for participation. Additional policies and requirements will be shared as we get closer to camp as we continue to monitor state, local, and Navy health guidelines in our efforts to ensure a safe and rewarding Navy Rowing Camp experience.
How do I sign up?
Go to our APPLY page and fill out an application. We strongly urge parents and campers to fill the application out together so that we can obtain the most accurate information possible – the application asks for standard biographical information, along with athletic testing data (e.g. erg times).
After completing the application, please submit your camp fee within 48 hours to secure your requested spot. The payment page provides a link to complete the payment via secure online payment.
Please note that your spot in camp is not confirmed until we receive both an application and successful payment.
Do you offer a day camp?
No. We have found that an integral part of the camp’s experience lies in the bonding opportunities presented by living in the Midshipmen dorm for the week and therefore do not offer a day camp option.
May I attend more than one camp?
Yes! Our schedule is the same each week, but in most cases, you will be placed with a different coach each week and have the opportunity to hear a new voice and get new feedback on your rowing stroke. The more you attend, the more you get out of it!
Do you offer discounts?
NCAA rules prohibit free/reduced camp admission for prospect-aged individuals.
Additionally, and unfortunately, Navy Sports Camps do not offer military discounts due to the large volume of campers from military families.
Do campers typically come alone or with friends/teammates?
It’s about 50/50. We know many younger campers are often nervous to come to camp without a friend or teammate, but please know that at least half of our campers typically come alone but leave with strong new friendships due to the structure of our boatings and rooming assignments.