Upper River Boat Club's Summer Development Camp
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Racing: Independence Day Regatta, USRowing Club National Regatta.
- Every athlete will be given the opportunity to race multiple times at each regatta.
Who can apply: Any boy with one full year of competitive rowing experience, including some sculling experience born in 1999 or later. The most important attribute is a willingness to work hard, commitment to every practice and the races, and a sincere desire to get better. We do have erg score guidelines but they are guidelines only. Height, weight, and experience will all be taken into account as well. We are generally looking for U-19 heavyweight high school boys under 6:50 or lightweights under 7:00; U-17 (born in 2001 or later) boys should be at least 7:15 or better.
- Included in the cost is 11 practices / week, all racing expenses for IDR and Club Nationals, transportation to and from Club Nationals, lodging at Club Nationals, a URBC racing tank and trou, additional URBC gear.
Housing: Limited housing is available for out-of-town athletes through homestays with local athletes. If you are interested in housing, contact the Director.
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Director of Experiential Education
Dave Payne heads Sparks' experiential education division - namely, rowing camps across the US and in Europe and New Zealand. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Education and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at San Diego and is a former collegiate athlete and high school rowing head coach. He has worked at Sparks since 2011; Dave's passion is synthesizing athletic environments that encourage holistic growth.