Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club Summer Camps

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Try an Olympic Sport and make friends on the water!

We are pleased to present the 2024 CJRC Summer Camps, open to boys and girls (ages 12-15) in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Each of the six one-week sessions run from Monday to Saturday, offering expert teaching of the rowing stroke, icebreakers, camp bonding, handling and caring for excellent equipment, and fun activities on the water. Each session culminates with a race day on Saturday. Parents are invited to watch the campers participate in the friendly competition on Saturday! Afterwards, our summer coaching staff will hold an information session regarding further opportunities to pursue and explore rowing for those who are interested.

Weeks available include:
  • Week 1 - June 17-22
  • Week 2 - June 24 - June 29
  • Week 3 - July 8 -13 
  • Week 4 - July 15-20 
  • Week 5 - July 22-27 
  • Week 6 - July 29 - Aug 3
  • Join us for multiple weeks for continued progression!

  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Monday-Saturday (Weeks 1- 4)
  • 9:00 - 11:00 AM, Monday - Saturday (Weeks 5 & 6)

(Enter B&B Riverboats into your GPS. Once at the B&B Riverboats, continue to follow the road. Continue onto the gravel driveway. This is the entrance to the Licking River Boathouse.)

  • $240 per week (Due in full on the first day of camp -- cash or check made out to CJRC.)

Why Rowing?

  • Rowing offers one of the best full-body workouts of any sport, building both strength and endurance, furthermore, it is a low-impact sport, which makes it ideal for long-term enjoyment and injury prevention.
  • Rowing is often referred to as the “ultimate team sport,” because it requires multiple athletes to move in unison and contribute equally--there are few sports that allow you to connect with your peers to the same extent you will with your boatmates.
  • Races are hosted at beautiful venues all over the country and the world, and there is no better place to spend your time than out on the water.
  • Rowing offers the opportunity to learn valuable life skills such as: teamwork, time management, responsibility, accountability, long-term goal attainment, and perseverance, all in an environment that is fun and collaborative.
  • Rowing provides one of the best opportunities to continue one’s athletic aspirations into college--many elite universities offer scholarships and recruiting opportunities for successful rowers.
  • Rowing has many avid enthusiasts and alumni in desirable employment sectors such as medicine, law, finance, tech, engineering, etc., and provides rowers a common ground with those people as well as their peers interested in those fields.

Why Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club?

  • CJRC has an outstanding competitive reputation at both the regional and national level. Our club hosts the Midwest Regional Championship regatta and has a long history of success at the race. Furthermore, our club qualifies boats for the National Championships every year and has won numerous medals over the last two decades. There are very few sports or clubs in the Cincinnati area that can offer the opportunity to compete at the national stage, and CJRC offers this to dozens of athletes every year.
  • CJRC employs elite coaches with impressive backgrounds both as rowers and coaches. The club also has excellent up-to-date equipment and infrastructure and is constantly improving in these areas.
  • CJRC welcomes and supports athletes of all levels of talent and experience. The team has no try-outs or cuts and provides meaningful racing and practice experience to every athlete at the club--whether those athlete’s goals include winning championships, getting recruited to college, and representing America in international rowing, or making friends and being active with a group of great people. As long as you are committed to being a responsible teammate and a good person, this club is a place for you to meet any of those goals.
  • CJRC offers high school students opportunities to travel all over the country for races, which can be meaningful and formative experiences, allowing teammates to mature and bond as they step away from home together in pursuit of a common goal.
  • CJRC rowers tend to do very well socially and academically, as the team fosters collaboration and academic achievement among its members.
  • Over the years, our athletes have been recruited to and rowed at elite rowing and academic universities such as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Pennsylvania, Cornell, Stanford, Duke, MIT, Virginia, Texas, Washington and more.

Why Now?

  • In recent years, youth rowing has become more popular than ever, allowing more opportunities to engage with people from different schools and share a common experience.
  • Unlike other sports, most athletes in the United States do not begin their rowing careers until high school, which allows rowers the opportunity to start fresh, at the same level as their peers and fellow competitors. These camps provide an opportunity for athletes to get early exposure to a sport that they can realistically pursue at highly competitive levels if they choose.
  • Especially now, after so much time indoors due to the pandemic, it is refreshing to get outside and to meet new people in a safe environment.
  • Campers can experience a unique Olympic Sport firsthand, and connect to the amazing athletes that represent America (The United States Women have won three consecutive gold medals in the flagship event, the 8+).
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