Crew: Advanced

TYPE OF CAMP: Sports Camps
GRADES: 9-12
WEEKS: Week 5 (7/15/24–7/19/24), Week 6 (7/22/24-7/26/24), Week 7 (7/29/24–8/02/24), Week 8 (8/05/24–8/09/24)

Advanced Summer Rowing Program

We are excited to welcome our own BB&N Varsity Coaches to our Summer Rowing Camp at BB&N this year. With the leadership of Adam, John, and Stephanie we are providing our campers with the expertise of National, World, and Olympic Champions along with more than 50 years of experience as educators and coaches to create an entirely new rowing experience this summer.

As one of only two high school programs with our own boathouse on the river, BB&N offers a unique experience to junior rowers. A smaller boathouse means more personalized attention from the staff, and a less chaotic launching and docking situation than other locations on the river. With the BB&N Upper School Campus right across the street, the location could not be better! The boathouse is located right on the river walk/bike path, and is less than a mile from the Harvard Square T stop, making transportation to and from practices very easy.

BB&N Rowing is now offering three different summer program options for students interested in furthering their knowledge in the sport.

  • Learn to Row Level 1 Program for incoming 6th-9th graders with no experience necessary.
  • Learn to Row Level 2 Program for incoming 6th-9th graders who have completed a learn to row program OR a season on a rowing team
  • Advanced Program for incoming 9th-12th graders that have at least one season of rowing experience

Please note the split schedule for Advance Rowers. Each session is a 1 week commitment with 2 practices a day.

  • Session 1 -Week 5 (July 15th – July 19th) M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)
  • Session 2 -Week 6 (July 22nd – July 26th)  M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)
  • Session 3 -Week 7 ( July 29th – August 2nd) M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)
  • Session 4 -Week 8 (August 5th – August 9th) M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)

This program will run Monday through Friday double sessions each day from 6:30am-8:30am, then 1pm-3pm.

The program is designed to both improve rowing technique as well as overall fitness over the course of each session. To gain the most out of our advanced rowing program, our experienced coaches suggest signing up for more than a 1 week session. With a maximum of 10:1 athlete to coach ratio, the coaching staff will be able to provide personal instruction to each athlete on a regular basis. There will be no boat selections or boat priorities, each camper that participates will be able to train and improve without the pressures of a selection process. The camp will use state of the art equipment, rowing in both 8s and 4s, with coaches following close by in chase boats. Practices will consist of a mix of technical drill work, long distance rowing, and some high intensity work on the water, while also discussing proper nutrition, weight lifting, and video review off the water. Coxswains are encouraged to participate in the program as well, learning to navigate the Charles River is hugely beneficial, and the coaching staff is fully prepared to directly work with the coxswains on steering techniques, as well as overall practice and race management.

Special Notes

Registration is limited for this specialized program. Please register early.

  • All athletes must submit proof of a swim test before the first day of camp. This form will be available online at time of registration.
  • Due to the timing of this camp, lunch is not provided to our Crew Camp participants.
  • Due to the unique set up of this “split schedule”, BB&N is only responsible for your camper during the times specified for this camp and not in between practices. To that end, families are required to make arrangements for campers in between practices as campers are not permitted to stay on campus in between practices without supervision.
  • Drop off and pick up is at the BB&N Upper School Athletic Center (80 Gerry’s Landing Road)


This is a 1 week commitment with split practices daily

  • Session 1 -Week 5 (July 18th – July 22nd) M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)
  • Session 2 -Week 6 (July 25th – July 29th)  M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)
  • Session 3 -Week 7 ( August 1st – August 5th) M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)
  • Session 4 -Week 8 (August 8th – August 12th) M-F 6:30-8:30 am AND 1:00-3:00 pm (1 week commitment)

Stephanie Guilmet - Rowing Coordinator

Stephanie Guilmet is in her third year teaching and coaching at BB&N. She began rowing competitively at Skidmore College, earning 4 varsity letters and captaining the squad her senior year. From there, she spent 12 years teaching science, running a dormitory, and leading the rowing program at Blair Academy, a boarding school in New Jersey. At Blair, Coach Guilmet led the program to many appearances at the USRowing Youth National Championships, including winning the bronze medal in the 2013 women’s four, and silver medal in the 2008 men’s four. Now at BB&N, she teaches Biology and Chemistry at the Upper School, manages the day-to-day aspects of the BB&N boathouse, and coaches with the rowing program in both the fall and spring seasons.

Adam Holland - Head Varsity Boys Rowing Coach

Currently in his 14th year coaching at BB&N, Head Coach Adam Holland grew up in Philadelphia, one of this country’s rowing hotspots. He began rowing his sophomore year in high school because he thought he should at least try it. Although he was also an all-league cross-country runner and wrestler, he quickly realized that rowing was the sport at which he would have the most success, and determined to pursue it collegiately. He rowed four years for Harvard, where he was in the 1F and a 3-time member of Varsity crews that were 1992 and 1994 Eastern Sprints medalists as well as 1992 National champions. In the summer of 1993, he won a bronze medal in the 4+ at the World University Games, and immediately after college, began training full time for the US National Team, of which he was a seven-time member, winning silver at the World Championships in the 4+ in 1994 and bronze in the pair in 1997, the first medal for the US men in the pair since the 1976 Olympics. Holland was also the stroke of the pair on the 1996 Olympic team. He retired from International competition in 2004. Holland’s coaching career began at Harvard in 1997, when then-head coach Harry Parker asked him to coach the freshman crews. He went on to be Parker’s assistant the following year, and has been coaching in one way or another ever since. He began coaching at BB&N in the fall of 2005, coaching the girls’ crew, and moved to the boys’ side of the boathouse in the fall of 2006. Holland is also an assistant varsity wrestling coach at BB&N. As a long-time student of human performance, his favorite thing about coaching is the opportunity to help motivate individuals become better, and ultimately to reach their potential. Outside of coaching at BB&N, Holland is a lawyer, whose training and writing focuses on intellectual property and public policy. He currently works as a Project Manager at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is married to 1992 Olympic silver medalist Carol Feeney (Women’s 4-), with whom he has two daughters.

John Cotter - Head Varsity Girls Rowing Coach

John a native of Buffalo NY started rowing in high school as a sophomore as a member of West Side RC, and continued to row in college at the University of Washington, in Seattle. He started coaching in 2003 and it will be his 5th year at BB&N as the girls varsity head coach. He still continues to compete at the masters level in both sculling and sweep during the summer and fall. Coach Cotter also coaches with the MIT Club Rowing Program throughout the year. A recent resident of Cambridge, he enjoys the easy walk to the boathouse.


What to Bring

Sports  Campers should wear appropriate sport specific attire. Campers train regardless of weather, please plan accordingly. All Sports Campers should also bring: water bottle, sunblock, bathing suit (possible slip and slide), change of clothes, and sneakers (possible workout in the weight room).

CREW Campers should ALSO bring: tshirt, shorts, socks (a must for rowing! as you put your feet in the stationary foot holders of the boat and socks are needed for sanitary and comfort purposes, hat (optional).

Questions About Camp?