Summer Camps

Learn to row this summer with OAR!

OAR summer rowing camps give middle and high school students a fun experience on the water as they develop rowing skills and confidence. New rowers will see Olympia from a different perspective as well as the abundant wildlife in Budd Inlet. At the same time, they will meet new friends and learn more about a new sport.

The 2021 camps will focus on rowing in single sculls. Not only are single sculls appropriate for social distancing, they also provide immediate feedback to the rower in a way that team boats cannot. Rowers start out in training singles that are stable and provide a comfortable platform as they develop balance and basic skills.

The camps are taught in small groups with a low coach to rower ratio. A coach in a safety motor boat goes out with each group of rowers.

New rowers

Both high school and middle school (rising 7th/8th grade) camps will be offered for new rowers in two-week sessions, beginning after school is out.

Summer is a great time to learn to row. It’s fun to be out on the water in the sunshine while making new friends and learning new skills. A no stress, supportive environment makes learning fun for those new to sports while students experienced in other sports will enjoy the relatively quick process of learning the basic rowing stroke.

Coaches teach rowers basic skills, including maneuvering the boat and using the full rowing stroke. OAR’s learn to scull curriculum ensures that each rower is guided through the needed skills sequentially. Basic skills are built during the first week. Rowers spend the additional time improving their skill execution while getting stronger and more physically fit.

Middle school (rising 7th/8th grades)

Middle school camps are designed with the emphasis on fun in a social setting appropriate for their age group. Games and fun activities reinforce skill development. Rowers will explore the Budd Inlet area as they get comfortable venturing farther from the boathouse safely. These camps are a great way for kids to try rowing and see if it is a good fit for them.

High School

Similar to the middle school camps, high school camps focus on skill development, with a good helping of fun. Games and competitions focus on developing competence and confidence in rowing skills. As they become confident in moving the boat, rowers will develop physical endurance while exploring Budd Inlet and seeing Olympia from a different perspective.

New rowers will get a taste of competition so they have a better idea of what the school year rowing program is like. There will be opportunities to meet experienced high school rowers as well. These summer camps are a great way for kids to try rowing and learn more about the school year competitive program.

Dates, times and other details

New rower sessions run from Monday through Thursday for two weeks in a row. Session dates are listed below. Sessions for new rowers cost $225 for each two-week session. Level 2 sessions cost $175 each.

2021 Summer Sculling Camp Dates and Practice Schedule:

Open to high school students who are NEW to Rowing, “Level 1”. 

  • HS Camp NEW :        May 24 – June 3,  Mon-Thurs     3:30 – 5:30 pm
  • HS Camp NEW :        June 28 – July 8,  Mon-Thurs        9:30 – 11:30 am
  • HS Camp NEW :        July 12 – July 22,  Mon-Thurs        9:30 – 11:30 am
  • HS Camp NEW :        July 26 – August 5, Mon-Thurs    12noon – 2 pm
  • HS Camp NEW :        August 9 – August 19, Mon-Thurs    9:30 – 11:30 am

Open to middle school students (rising 7th/8th grade) who are NEW to Rowing, “Level 1”. 

  • MS Camp NEW :        June 7 – June 17,  Mon-Thurs    3:30 – 5:30 pm
  • MS Camp NEW :        June 28 – July 8,  Mon-Thurs        12 – 2 pm
  • MS Camp NEW :        July 12 – July 22,  Mon-Thurs        12 – 2 pm
  • MS Camp NEW :        July 26 – August 5,  Mon-Thurs    9:30 – 11:30 am
  • MS Camp NEW :        August 9 – August 19, Mon-Thurs    12 – 2 pm

Open to MS & HS rowers who completed at least one prior summer camp, “Level 2” 

For anyone who has completed 1 NEW rower camp, but has not enrolled in the school year program. A rower may enroll in consecutive Level 2 Camps.

These camps will include MS & HS rowers, though they will be grouped by age.

  • MS & HS Camp Level 2 :    June 28 – July 8,  Mon-Thurs        2:30 – 4:30 pm
  • MS & HS Camp Level 2 :     July 12 – 22,  Mon-Thurs        2:30 – 4:30 pm
  • MS & HS Camp Level 2:     July 26 – August 5,  Mon-Thurs    2:30 – 4:30 pm
  • MS & HS Camp Level 2:     August 9 – August 19, Mon-Thurs    2:30 – 4:30 pm

For more information including how to sign up, see the OAR_Youth_Summer_Camps_GUIDE. Sign ups can be done at RegattaCentral.

Returning rowers:

Summer camps will also be offered for those who have participated in past camps and/or in the regular school year rowing program. Focus will be on rowing in single sculls.

Interested? Watch this space for more information or contact Program Coordinator Gretchen Van Dusen, oargirlsteam@gmail.com, 360-951-8423.