A Rowing Camp for High School Students

Calling all area high school students in the Great Lakes Bay Area or beyond – now is your chance to learn how to row with other high schoolers in a fun, week-long rowing camp!

New for 2017 is BCRC’s series of Draken Youth Rowing Camps. Students ages 14-19 are welcomed to attend. The camps will be hosted at Bay City Rowing Club in Bay City, Michigan, but students from across the state can participate.

Each camp will take students through new rower training with on-land and on-water experience. Attendees will progress in technique through hands-on practice and closely coached training sessions with a US Rowing Level 2 certified rowing instructor.

No particular athletic background is required, although students must be able to pass a basic swim test. Rowing is a low-impact sport which requires cardiovascular endurance, body control, and most importantly, teamwork. It is excellent fitness training for both the body and mind.

Tell your friends and sign up together!

2017 Draken Camps

Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 3:30pm. Students are welcome to attend more than one camp, especially if they enjoy rowing and wish to continue gaining experience with other high school students.

Each camp is nearly a full day of training, students will either need to bring a sack lunch or bring money ($10 recommended) for eating at our go-to sandwich shop, Wannigans Deli, located just across the river.

Students under the age of 18 will need parents to sign-up and sign consent paperwork for their children to attend the camp.

Draken Youth Camp #1 (July 3-7)


Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7

9:00am – 3:30pm

Draken Youth Camp #2 (July 10-14)


Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14

9:00am – 3:30pm

Draken Youth Camp #3 (July 17-21)


Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

9:00am – 3:30pm


Comfortable exercise clothes, socks and a water bottle are a must, as well as a sack lunch or money for lunch (~$10/day). If the weather is nice, we also recommend a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. If the weather is windy or colder, it helps to have an extra layer of clothing like a wind-breaker or light long-sleeve jacket. Optional items would include a change of clothes (sometimes you can get splashed with water) and extra shoes or flip-flops to keep in the boat while rowing. Electronics should be left in your car or in our secure locker rooms.

Since each day of camp goes through lunch, we will be taking a lunch break as a group and eating at a park just across the river. Students can either bring a sack lunch themselves, or bring some money to buy lunch at the pizza shop or Wannigans deli that is right next to the park.

No, we do not require membership by students or parents for a high schooler to participate in one of the Draken Youth Camps. However, once the class is completed you’ll be a proficient rower, so of course we’d love for you to continue your involvement by joining! We offer a special membership for high school students and also a discount for first-time members.

With rowing, there is no perfect place to start. Whether you consider yourself physically fit or not, we encourage you to try a one of the camps to learn the sport and see how you like it. Rowing will challenge you both mentally and physically, but you can scale your own physical effort according to your own limits. Be aware though – rowing is rewarding and can be highly addictive.

Our boats are filled on a first-come-first-served basis, so if you know you want to participate in one of the camps, we recommend signing up as soon as possible. This also helps us with planning and coordinating for each camp.

All Draken camps are held at our boathouse on Middle Ground island in Bay City (a map is available on our Contact page). These camps involve both indoor and outdoor training. We row on the Saginaw River, and we might travel a few miles north or south on the river while rowing. Any on-land or indoor practice will happen in, or close by, our boathouse.

Our boathouse has both a men’s and women’s locker room, and both have individual lockers that are available for temporary use at no charge. However, our boathouse is always locked while we are on the water, so many of our members leave their belonging on the seats in the locker rooms without any worry. If you’d like the use of a locker, make sure you ask when coming to your first class. You can also bring your own lock to use.

We understand you may have to miss a day, and that’s fine. It will be your responsibility to let your camp instructor, Beth, know as early as possible. We don’t recommend missing more that 1 day, as this could start to set you back with learning.

Canceling a day of camp is highly unlikely. We have the ability to practice both indoors and outdoors, so even if weather doesn’t allow for rowing on the river, your camp will still practice indoors at the boathouse on rowing machines. If a class must be canceled, your instructor will send an email (or call) as early as possible to let everyone know.

Meet the Coach

Beth is a certified US Rowing Level 2 coach. She enjoys teaching rowers – both beginners and experienced. Technique and fitness are the cornerstones of her coaching and she uses both to maximize a rower’s potential and efficiency on the water. “A dedication to fitness and technique can make anyone a good rower.” Beth is originally from Montana but has lived in many states and finally settled in Florida. She is looking forward to coaching at BCRC and enjoying the summer in Michigan with her sons, 15 and 13 (who are both rowers), and her dog Teddy.

Still Have Questions?

Submit a question through our Contact page form or email us at info@baycityrowing.org.

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