What should I bring?
Please refer to our comprehensive “Packing List” on the Logistics page.
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.
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 shuttle service is provided to campers from both BWI Amtrak and BWI Airport.
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?
It is entirely up to you and your family whether or not your parents should join you for the check-in and move-in process. If traveling by air or train, we do offer a complimentary shuttle service for campers. A camp staff member will meet the campers at the airport/train station and accompany them on the shuttle over to the Midshipmen dorm and help them find their rooms.
We do not recommend that campers drive themselves to camp – instead, if traveling by car, we do 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).
When should I arrive in Annapolis?
Check-in for campers arriving by car will run from 2-3pm at the Navy-Marine Corps Football Stadium. Please allow enough time to arrive within that window. Please plan for potential delays as on Sunday afternoons, the Bay Bridge from the Eastern Shore and the NJ Turnpike can have quite a bit of traffic.
For campers planning to make use of our complimentary shuttle service from BWI Airport or Amtrak Station, flights should arrive no later than 1:30 pm and trains no later than 2:00 pm. Campers will be met at 2:00 pm in the Observation Gallery at the airport (between the B and C concourses) and at 2:30 pm at the Train Station, then transported to camp via a chartered bus. The Observation Gallery is located between concourses B and C and is next to the Subway sandwich shop, directly behind the American Airlines counter. This spot is outside of security, so campers should pick up their luggage and then head upstairs to the Observation Gallery.
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 at 3:30pm from the airport and 3:45pm from the train station. If you arrive later than that or if the Boys’ Camp shuttle has no room, you will need to be prepared to take a taxi/Uber/Lyft/car service to Gate 1 of the USNA. Taxi fares run between $30-40 and you will need to be in touch with one of our two camp directors to coordinate meeting a staff member at the gate. Contact information for our camp directors will be provided prior to the start of camp via email.
I’m traveling with a member of the Boys’ Camp – are we able to check in 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 12:45pm (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. Once checked in, all campers must ride over to the dorm in one of our camp shuttles, but parents with military ID are allowed to follow the camp shuttle onto the Yard. Please understand that parking may be very limited for personal vehicles.
I am also interested in attending the USNA STEM camp / Summer Seminar – am I able to stay in the dorm between camps?
Unfortunately, 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.
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 2019-2020 school year, you are more than welcome to attend camp.
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.
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 either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
Navy Rowing Camps
PO Box 201
Arnold, MD 21012
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 Director Heather Schlosberg.
I have a food allergy – can I still attend?
Our main dining hall, King Hall, does not cater to any specific diet at the Naval Academy as many food allergies or required special diets are disqualifications for naval service. As such, we are unable to provide special meal accommodations for those with food allergies or special dietary needs (vegetarians, gluten-free, etc.).
If you have an allergy of concern, please do not complete an application or submit a payment until you have received approval from one of our two camp directors. Please contact Camp Director Heather Schlosberg (email@example.com) to make sure that the camp is the right fit and that your camper will be able to eat safely and adequately for the duration of our camp.
I have medication that needs to be refrigerated; will I have access to a refrigerator during the week?
Yes, we keep a mini refrigerator in a counselor’s room available to campers with medical need.
What is your policy on medicine administration?
If your daughter takes regular medication, please contact Camp Director Heather Schlosberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to form a plan of administration for the duration of 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.
What do you offer for coxswain training?
Our coxswains receive feedback alongside their rower counterparts throughout each water session, as well as specialized curriculum through our two coxswain seminars. Coxswains are also provided a "Rite in the Rain" notebook and pencil at the start of camp 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.
How do I sign up?
Go to our registration 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, your camp fee must be submitted as soon as possible to secure your requested spot. The registration page provides a link to complete the payment via secure online payment as well as directions to mail a check 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?
We offer a sibling discount for families sending multiple daughters to our rowing camp (both or all daughters must be attending *our* Girls' Rowing Camp; we are unable to provide discounts for siblings attending the Boys' Crew Camp or another Navy Sports Camp). The first camper must pay in full, and each subsequent camper will be discounted at $50. If paying by credit card, please pay both campers' full registration fees and we will refund your credit card back the applicable funds. If paying by check, you may simply deduct the applicable amount from your check total.
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.