Rowing Camp for High School Students

Ready Set Row Summer Development Camp

Development Team Rowing Camp SUMMER 2019

"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 and in 2018 that’s exactly what we did! Club Nationals 2018 saw four boats make the Grand Final: U198+ 5th, Intermediate 4+ 6th, Lightweight 4+ 4th, and Intermediate 8+ 3rd!

Ready to join us in 2019? Looking for young women (14-20) who are ready to DO THE WORK to be the best YOU that you can be - on the water and off. Registration starts in January 2019 and the entire roster will be finalized by late May 2019. The earlier you apply, the better.

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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 7-10 hours per week 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.


Our team

We are seeking junior female rowers (age 14-20) 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.

If you are looking to be recruited in college or seeking a collegiate rowing scholarship then join us at one of our camps or programs.

We have an absolute blast! Please check out our Video Series from the RSR Dev Row Team 2016-2018 below and at our RSR YouTube channel.



2018 Development Team

2016 Development Team

2017 Development 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 14-20 as of December 31, 2019 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, sub- 7:45 for 17-18 year olds and sub- 7:30 for collegiate rowers seeking a RSR RA (Rigging Assistant) position (aged out of U19). 

Coxswains must submit a digital recording.

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. Acceptances and registration will begin in February 2019 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 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. 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 Cincinnati, OH.  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 can help arrange a shuttle pickup from the Boston Airport (BOS). 

RSR will fly the athletes (parents do not have to arrange transportation to the regatta from Brooks School) on Sunday July 7th out of the Manchester airport. Athletes will only be allowed to check two bags. Athletes will be able to arrange for a large UPS ground box to be shipped home if necessary ($50-80 depending on distance) that the coaches will take care after returning from the regatta. Athletes will need to PayPal or cover the cost of the shipping prior to the regatta departure.

The racing is tentatively scheduled to start on July 9th at 8am with the U17 and U19 events. Grand Finals for those events are Thursday July 11th. Intermediate level events including Women’s Lightweight events tentatively start at 8am Friday July 12 and Finals are mid-day Sunday July 14th. You can find the USRowing information packet for the regatta HERE.

All athletes and coaches will stay at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cincinnati Milford (301 Old Bank Rd. Milford, OH) 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. All athletes will be flown to Cincinnati for the regatta, but athletes are responsible for purchasing their ticket home from Cincinnati. RSR will provide an airport shuttle starting at 3pm the afternoon of July 14th to the Cincinnati Airport.

Though USRowing has not finalized the regatta schedule - their tentative schedule is HERE. There is no way for us to tell you what day and time and boat your daughter will be racing in until we are in selection at camp but all junior (18 years old and younger) will race a junior event (U17 or U19) and all athletes, if available, will race an Intermediate event. Because of the variability of the racing, it’s best to purchase your daughter a flight home on Sunday after 4pm July 14th - on a ticket that has the option to be changed. This will allow your daughter to leave earlier if she is done racing and wishes to do so. NOTE - Southwest which does not incur a change fee, flies out of Cincinnati.

NOTE - the family RSR Dinner where we invite parents and friends to join us in celebrating the girls will be Thursday July 11 or Friday July 12. We are currently working with the restaurant to make sure they can accommodate us and will notify you on the date and time shortly.

When: June 14, 2019 - July 14, 2019. We train at Brooks June 14-July 7 when we depart for Club Nationals from the Manchester (MHT) airport. All athletes will depart from USRowing Club Nationals. You will either check out with the RSR Coach to a pre-determined Guardian at the course or take a RSR shuttle to the Cincinnati Airport after 3pm the afternoon of July 14. There WILL NOT be transport back to Brooks School.

Athletes need to be ready to practice by 3pm June 14, 2019 at Brooks School. We will do two BOS airport runs around 10am and 1pm June 14th. The registration platform where you pay your deposit asks for your flight information so be sure to fill out your CampDoc registration as soon as you can. If you are not able to make the two airport shuttles, you will need to schedule your own shuttle.

Cost: $5,500 includes all coaching and equipment, room & board, competition fees and travel costs associated with the competition including airfare from MHT to CIN, 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 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 12 and depart July 14th will the rest of the team and will receive the discounted rate of $4,500. 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 and to be part of the RSR Development Team. 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 laundry card. 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.