Rowing Camp for High School Students

Ready Set Row Summer Development Camp

Development Team Rowing Camp SUMMER 2018

"I am building an army of courageous young leaders who seek challenge in spite of fear. And my personal goal is to change the life of each and every RSR Dev Team athlete." - RSR Head Coach Holly Austin (Harvard '01)

Our mission at RSR is to build strong, brave and resilient women through the sport of rowing.

RSR is built of strong women - coaches, mentors and guest speakers - who teach you how to build distress tolerance, how to manage stress and anxiety, and how to step forward bravely in the face of fear. You cannot learn these skills in a two hour lecture- the skills must be practiced daily and you will spend 60-90 minutes each day building your mental-game. As a successful Harvard athlete (three years in the V8+ for the Heavyweight squad) and standing only 5'7, no one can coach the mental-game like Coach Holly Austin. 

We are the only summer racing camp that prioritizes female leadership and mental-skill training and the results speak for themselves. Our athletes leave our program as faster rowers, but more importantly, with more confidence and courage.


How to Get a Rowing Scholarship

We are seeking junior female rowers (age 14-22) who are willing and motivated to work hard. We build up our athletes to make a team of strong, committed and resilient female leaders - an army of fighters. All of our athletes will race at the USRowing Club Nationals. If you are interested in pursuing any collegiate programs then you should join us. No other camp will give you the personal attention and mentoring that we commit to you.

We have an absolute blast! Please check out our Video Series from the RSR Dev Row Team 2016 and 2017 below.

2016 Development Row Team

2017 Development Row Team

If you would like information about next year's camp or any other RSR program, please CONTACT US. 


Rowing Camp Program Specifics

What: A safe, supportive environment for young women to pursue athletic excellence and personal growth through leadership, emotional management and resilience training. 

Summer Rowing Camps for High School Students

Who: All junior and early college- level female rowers age 14-22 as of December 31, 2018 and we suggest that you have at least one season's experience of sweep rowing or sculling. Erg time recommendations for a 2K: at least 8:10 for 14-16 year olds, 7:50 or faster for 17-18 year olds and 7:30 or faster for collegiate rowers seeking a RSR RA (Rigging Assistant) position (aged out of U19). 

Coxswains will be admitted later on in the spring when we have filled out the rowing roster. 

How: All interested athletes must fill out a Ready Set Row application. Coach Holly will personally call every applicant to talk about the program and her coaching philosophy. Registration will begin in February 2018 and will continue until all spaces are filled. Upon admission to the camp you will have a short window to officially register and pay the non-refundable deposit for the camp. Applications will be taken until May 20, 2018 or until all spots are filled. 

Where: All athletes will stay in the boarding facilities at Brooks School all within a short walk of the boathouse, gymnasium and dining facility. All coaches live in the dorms with the athletes. Rowing will be on Lake Cochichewick, walking distance from the dorms. Erging, indoor tank rowing, strength training, yoga and meditation will be held on campus. Racing will be at US Rowing Club Nationals in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Note - the dorms do not have central air conditioning. We recommend that you bring a fan or bring money to purchase a fan on the first day of camp. If you are flying to camp, we do an airport pickup early morning and late morning June 16 at the Boston Airport (BOS). 

All athletes and coaches will stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Mt. Laurel during the USRowing Club National Championship competition. Parents and friends are welcome to stay at the same hotel but must book and pay for their own reservation.

When: June 16, 2018 - July 15, 2018. We train at Brooks June 16-July 9 when we depart for Club Nationals. We return to Brooks late on July 15th and all returning athletes depart on July 16th. You can depart from USRowing Club Nationals if you have pre-arranged check out with the RSR Coaches and a Guardian or else all athletes will return by motor coach to Brooks School the evening of July 15th.

Athletes need to be ready to practice by 3pm June 16, 2018 at Brooks School. We will do two BOS airport runs around 9am and 1pm June 16th. Accepted athletes and their parent/guardian will be granted access to a logistics google doc to plan travel arrangements and look for carpools. Athletes can depart from Club Nationals after checking out with an approved guardian or a parent or return to Brooks on the team bus for a pickup at Brooks the evening of July 15th. 

Cost: $5,250 includes all coaching and equipment, room & board, competition fees and travel costs associated with the competition, RSR Team Uniform, T-shirt, RSR College Recruitment Manual and RSR Training Journal. We offer a few athletes financial assistance. If you would love to race with us but need financial support, please CONTACT US.

Junior Rigging Assistants (RAs) racing as Intermediate: This year we are reserving 4 rower spots for athletes who have aged out of the U19 category, who want to train this summer and race at Club Nationals in the Intermediate category, improve her mental fitness with our RSR curriculum, and get some work experience all at the same time. Athletes will train with the team and will have RA job responsibilities such as evening dorm check, equipment management and rigging (no experience necessary, we will teach you), camp errands and coach support. Athletes will race clubs like Vesper, PennAC and NYAC. Suggested erg time of sub 7:30. RAs are expected to arrive June 15 and depart July 16 and will receive the discounted rate of $4,250. Athletes will need to supply a resume and references. 


USRowing Championship membership required

Note - athletes must be USRowing Championship members to compete at USRowing Club Nationals. Please be sure your membership is up to date and you have the USRowing waiver on file with your Championship membership.

Athletes should bring spending money for snacks, souvenirs and a few scheduled town trips for supplies or snacks. Athletes can have supplies mailed to the school as well.

This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. Parents may request copies of background checks, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.