Summer Camps

Youth Novice Summer Camps

Many new youth rowers (novices) begin learning to row during our Youth Novice Summer Camps in July and August. These camps are offered to high school and middle school students. Learning to row in a single-person scull is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a socially distanced setting.

The camp guides below give you a sense of the goals for each camp.

Please review the OAR COVID-19 page to learn more about our safety protocols.

Contact Gretchen Van Dusen at oargirlsteam@gmail.com to receive program updates when they become available.

2020 Camp Update

The goals of the OAR middle and high school summer sculling camps are to develop sculling skills, provide fun experiences on the water, and build confidence and foster a love for the sport. Sculling involves rowing with two oars and will be done in boats with one rower (single). Coaches work with rowers to help them learn sculling skills and feel comfortable and confident in a fun environment. These camps will be taught in small classes with a low coach-to-rower ratio.

Summer programs for YOUTH NEW TO ROWING

We are working on our summer 2020 plans for new athletes. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols we are continuing to develop how we will instruct new athletes.

High School Novice Sculling Camps for NEW high school rowers entering 9th-12th grades

We hope to post these camps soon for late July and August.

Olympia Area Rowing offers one-week sculling camps for novice (beginner) high school rowers and for returning middle school rowers. Have fun on the water in one-person boats as you learn to scull! Sculling is rowing with two oars.  Coaches will work with rowers to help them learn sculling skills and feel comfortable and confident in a fun, no-stress environment. These camps will be taught in small classes with a small coach-to-rower ratio.

For dates and more information, see   Novice High School Sculling Guide (not yet updated for COVID-19)


Middle School Novice Sculling Camps for NEW middle school rowers entering 7th and 8th grades.

We hope to post information soon for camps in July and August.

The goals of the OAR middle school summer sculling camps are to introduce sculling skills to middle school athletes, provide fun experiences on the water, and help develop confidence and a love for the sport.  Sculling involves rowing with two oars and will be done in boats with one rower (single). This camp gives rising 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to try sculling in boats appropriate for their physical development and in a social setting appropriate for their age group.  Coaches will work with rowers to help them learn sculling skills and feel comfortable and confident in a fun, no-stress environment. These camps will be taught in small classes with a small coach-to-rower ratio.

This year’s middle school summer camps are a week-long and scheduled in July, and August. Please click the link below for dates and the middle school guide:

OAR Middle School Novice Summer Camps 2020 (not yet updated for COVID-19)

Middle School Registration – Summer 2020 (see Camps & Clinics) (not yet updated for COVID-19)

If you find that your questions have not been answered by the information provided in the program guides, please contact OAR Junior Program Coordinator, Gretchen Van Dusen, at oargirlsteam@gmail.com or 360 951 8423.