Crew: Learn to Row (Level 1 & Level 2)

TYPE OF CAMP: Sports Camps
WEEKS: Week 3 (7/06/20–7/10/20), Week 4 (7/13/20–7/17/20), Week 5 (7/20/20–7/24/20), Week 6 (7/27/20–8/01/20), Week 7 (8/03/20–8/07/20), Week 8 (8/10/20–8/14/20)

New Summer Rowing Programs for 2020!

We are excited to welcome our own BB&N Varsity Coaches to our Rowing Camp Programs 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

Learn to Row Summer Programs (Level 1 & 2)

The Learn to Row Level 1 Program is designed for those athletes with no prior rowing experience looking to try out the sport of rowing at the beginner level. The Learn to Row Level 2 Program is designed for athletes who have completed either a learntorow beginner program or a season of rowing. The Level 2 program is especially designed for rowers who know the basics but are still developing their rowing skills.

BB&N has a 12-person rowing barge with a safe, stable platform that is ideal for instruction. Once the athletes learn the basics from the staff, they will spend the rest of the week fine-tuning their skills in both 8s and 4s. This program will provide personalized attention from current BB&N rowing coaches and will provide a maximum of 10:1 athlete to coach ratio. These options are ideal for those looking to potentially row on their high school team in the future, or for those simply just looking to have some fun out on the river trying something new. Drinks and a snack will be provided each day.

*This is a morning program only, though we also offer an afternoon “Rowers Join Classic Camp” to make a full day of camp. See below for details.

Registration is limited for these specialized programs. 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, unless they join our “Rowers Join Classic Camp” program option for a full day of camp
  • As this is only a morning program that ends at 11:30am, BB&N is only responsible for your camper during the times specified for this camp and not after practice is completed at 11:30am. Families are required to arrange for pick up of campers at 11:30am. Campers are not permitted to stay on campus after the completion of their camp without supervision.
  • Drop off and pick up is at the BB&N Upper School Athletic Center (80 Gerry’s Landing Road)


Each session for Learn to Row Level 1 is a 2-week commitment with 1 half day practice/lessons each day.

  • Session 1 (July 6th-July 17th) M-F 8:15am-11:30pm
  • Session 2 (July 20th- Aug 1st) M-F 8:15am-11:30pm

Each session for Learn to Row Level 2 is a 1-week commitment with 1 half day practice/lessons each day, however it is strongly recommended to sign up for both sessions to gain the most out of the program.

  • Session 1 (Aug 3rd-Aug 7th) M-F 8:15am-11:30pm
  • Session 2 (Aug 10th-Aug 14th) M-F 8:15am-11:30pm

New: Special Option only available to our Learn to Row Level 1 & 2 Campers

Rowers Join Classic Camp in the afternoons: As we realize a half day program can be a challenge for family logistics, we are offering an opportunity for these rowers to also register for an afternoon program tailored ONLY for them! Complementing the same Rowing Session schedule noted above Rowers can spend the second half of the day in our Classic Camp. Grades 6-7 will be placed in our Senior Camp while Grades 8-9 will be placed in our Buddy Program created just for them. Price is an additional $310 for each 1-week session noted above.

Grades 6-7

Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri: Rowers will be placed in a Senior Camp Group and participate in all activities

Wednesdays: The Senior Camp will be off-campus on Wednesdays, therefore our Rowers will be placed in our Buddy Program for the day. Rowers will be assigned to be a Big Buddy to a Little Buddy in the Kiddie Camp (PreK-K) or similar. Big Buddys will be managed by the group they are placed in, as well as by our Program Lead for our Buddy/LIT Program. Assuming a good fit, Big Buddies will continue to be assigned to the same Little Buddy, if possible. IF, the Senior Campers happen to go off-site in the afternoon (the exception rather than the rule), Rowers will have a choice to be a Big Buddy or go on the trip with the Senior Campers.

Grades 8-9

Rowers will be placed in our Buddy Program for each afternoon of the camp weeks (Mon-Fri). Rowers will be assigned to be a Big Buddy to a Little Buddy in the Kiddie Camp (PreK-K) or similar. Big Buddys will be managed by the group they are placed in as well as by our Program Lead for our Buddy/LIT Program. Assuming a good fit, Big Buddies will continue to be assigned to the same Little Buddy each day and each week, if possible. IF, there is an off-site trip that is available with our Teen Camp in the afternoon (the exception rather than the rule), Rowers will have a choice to be a Big Buddy or go on the trip with the Senior Campers.

Our Instructors

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 Academy Campers should wear appropriate sport specific attire. Campers train regardless of weather, please plan accordingly. All Sports Academy 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). Crew attire is generally tighter, body hugging sports-wear to minimize interference with the equipment.

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