Sparks Penn Rowing Camp

Penn Rowing Camp on a Sparks Platform

Built off years of experience in coordination with the UPenn coaching staff, Penn Rowing Camp provides students with a concretely greater awareness of their rowing and themselves while also enabling campers to experience the University of Pennsylvania over five days.

Head Women’s Coach Wesley Ng writes, “Rowing will change your life. That is our passionate belief at the University of Pennsylvania. The pursuit of national-caliber boat speed requires training that emphasizing skill development, personal growth, team cohesion, and an exciting level of discipline. At Penn we know this is a life changing experience and when combined with an Ivy League educational environment the possibilities for fundamentally changing your future are right in front of you, even over 5 days. We’re excited to be able to open a door for motivated young rowers to experience that first moment of what an Ivy League rowing experience can change within you. “

The Penn Student-Athlete Experience

Camp at Penn provides a detailed picture of the demands and privileges of being a student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania. Campers live in the Penn dorms, row out of the Penn boathouse, and are coached by the Penn staff. Though one can only improve so much technically in five days, it is an inspirational and educational experience for many young rowing athletes to picture where their rowing career might take them.

The Sparks Rowing Camp Experience

The format of our camps at BU, Penn, and Columbia are designed to allow a diverse array of staff to share principles of their relationship with the sport with campers. As such, the true substance of each camp varies with the camp staff - but not based upon schedule or format. 

Successful participants desire to learn more about their relationship with rowing, understand their own potential for long-term growth, and have fun. Campers who get the most out of camp arrive at camp with intention, proactively seek new information (sometimes from specific coaches), and are open to the unexpected.

A number of activities at camp - such as one on one meetings with coaches and goal setting - are designed to raise awareness of specific aspects of campers’ relationship with rowing and coxing while maintaining a positive, fun environment.

Campers also undergo evaluation at camp in order to inform their relationship with it and inform their future approach to it. 

Finally, athletes who want to get involved in rowing or coxing are invited to join our Learn to Row program. LTR campers enjoy the same benefits listed above, as well as a coach dedicated to teaching them the basics of our sport.

A Coxswain Development Camp

We are beyond passionate about working with coxswains and maintain an annually evaluated, extremely experienced coxswain coaching staff for our camps.

We see many students who are thirsty for guidance but are unsure how to develop as coxswains or go through the recruiting cycle. There’s a real need in our community for coxswain education; therefore, we created the first coxswain-specific development camp and interlaced it with our rowing camp. We urge you to watch the film we made about our curriculum, designed by US Olympic coxswain Marcus McElhenney and US Junior team coxswain coach Laura Simon among other elite coxswains.

Coxswains will cox, spend time with a four-point system of one-on-one technical evaluations with our coxing staff, and attend small group seminars to discuss tapes, calls, steering, drills, and recruiting as they relate to their specific level with their own dedicated coaching staff - made up of one or two coaches with national team or Olympic coxing experience also certified in our curriculum. 

(The Penn integrated coxswain camp differs from our coxswains only camps in that it does have many training components just for coxswains, but the water time is specifically geared toward intensive boat coaching first. The coxswains only camps on the other hand is exclusively about coxing.)

Rowing Camp that Produces Fun and Results

There is a disconnect in the number of American junior athletes who are able to push collegiate recruiting standards higher given disparities in access, training, and available knowledge. We aim to address this need at camp.

This camp is ideal for students who want to obtain a better idea of what being a student-athlete at Penn entails – particularly if they’re years away from actually making the college decision and need to start to get an idea of what they’re looking for. The ideal is for camp to further empower athletes to recognize their love for the sport and believe in their ability to achieve great things as a result of their commitment to rowing.

Each of our staff has made rowing the focus of their lives, has enjoyed and been successful at it, and understands how important it is to pass the torch. We see our rowing camp as a place where campers can find their place in rowing and be challenged to grow as athletes and as individuals.

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Sparks Penn Rowing Camp

Wesley Ng

Head Coach, Penn Women’s Rowing

Coach Ng has been named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division III Coach of the Year, the ECAC Coach of the Year, the Joy of Sculling Collegiate Coach of the Year, and the USRowing Fan’s Choice Collegiate Coach of the Year. He was hired at Penn in 2015 after serving as the head women’s coach at Trinity college for nine years. “Wesley set the bar for what Penn needs in its next head coach,” said Penn’s Director of Athletics, M. Grace Calhoun, at the time of Ng’s hiring. “He has a winning head coaching record, a proven ability to develop student-athletes, positive character traits, and experience as both an Ivy League student-athlete and coach. During the interview process, I also was impressed with how Wes thinks outside the box with his training methods and the use of technology. Wes is a rising star and a very sought-after coach, and we are lucky to have him lead our program.”

Vera Terlouw

Coxswain, Dutch Development Program

Vera Terlouw is a Dutch native and national team hopeful. She hails from one of the most successful countries in our sport. Her coxing experience includes Henley and much of the European circuit with Dutch development and elite level crews. She was attracted to Sparks given her interest in coxing education whereby she has coached coxswains and developed coxswain selection procedures for multiple clubs in Holland. She is an engineer by training and is interested in fluid dynamics. We’re excited to bring an international perspective into a game that can suffer from local bias.

Anderson Bourell

Rowing Specific Yoga and Holistic Health Instructor

The subject of a NYTimes piece on Mike Piazza, Anderson’s title is a little crazy, but it’s true. After prep school in Boston, baseball, and acting (he appeared in Fight Club) in his youth he choose to concentrate in holistic health – i.e. stretching, breathing, yoga, and nutrition – for rowing athletes. He is a known member of the community, attended Harvard training camps with Harry Parker for 10 years and has also been party to multiple New England prep schools’ efforts of the same nature. He has worked in the UK with junior athletes and with a variety of national teams. Anderson is not a typical rowing person in his concentration on holistic health or his approach, but he maintains a following that only lucky coaches enjoy.

Peter Wiersum

Men’s Olympic Coxswain, Dutch National Team

Peter and the Dutch 8+ won bronze in the 2015 World Championships, ahead of the US Men and in a qualifying slot for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. This will be Peter’s third Olympiad after ’08 in Beijing and ’12 in London. Peter coaches juniors and coxswains in the Netherlands, (and for whatever reason found it beneficial to translate some of Marcus McElhenney’s work for Dutch coxswains!). He is a coxswain with a level of racing experience that less than five coxswains on the planet have enjoyed.

Katie Lane

Assistant Women's UPenn Coach

Lane recently came to Boathouse Row to join the Women’s Rowing coaching staff at the University of Pennsylvania in August 2017 after spending three years at Fordham University. During her stint with the Rams working under Head Coach Ted Bonanno, she recruited the largest and fastest recruiting classes in program history and helped lead the Rams to their best team performance at the Atlantic 10 Championships (third place in 2016). She was promoted to Associate Head Coach in July 2017. Prior to Fordham, Lane was Head Coach of men’s rowing at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Under her direction, crews have earned medals at the Head of the Charles Regatta, Dad Vail Regatta, USRowing Club Nationals and championship titles at the New England Rowing Championships. Additionally, Lane graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in 2012 and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and a M.S. from Fordham University.


Kumari Lewis

Assistant Women's Coach at UPenn

Kumari is in her first year as the assistant women's coach at UPenn. Before joining Penn, Kumari was the head Varsity Girl's coach at Harriton High School just outside of Philadelphia. During the summer she has worked with the Junior National Team and the Yale Bulldogs Camp. Prior to coaching, Kumari learned to row at the Peddie School in New Jersey and went on to row for Bucknell University and the Vesper U23 team. 


Sparks Penn Rowing Camp

  • Who:  A coed camp for high school rowers and coxswains ages 15-19
  • Duration:  5 days
  • When: 
    • July 17-21, 2018
    • July 24-28, 2018
    • July 31- August 4, 2018
  • Cost:  $1,295 for overnight campers
  • Where:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - students will be housed in Harnwell Hall at the University of Pennsylvania and row out of UPenn's boathouse (The Madeira Shell House) on boathouse row. Shuttles will run between Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and camp on the first and last day of camp.
  • Day Campers:  Please see the Registration tab for day camper discount.
  • Registration:  See our Registration tab.
  • Questions:  Email camp@sparksconsult.com
  • Supervision:  The staff lives amongst the student athletes, and has oversight 24 hours a day. Unhealthy substances and/or behaviors are strictly prohibited.
  • Payment/Refunds:  Payments may be made in full through our registration portal by using the table on the registration tab. Refunds minus a $500 deposit are available until a month before camp.
  • Camp Forms:  Legally binding agreements are signed via e-mail at time of registration. All other camp documents are be made available 6 weeks prior to camp on the camp forms tab.
  • Staffing:  Coaches are not guaranteed; some are active national team athletes or coaches and must prioritize that schedule. To find out about a particular coach, shoot us an e-mail.
  • Learn To Row:  A very small number of LTR slots are designed for pure novice crossover athletes who possess athletic backgrounds, focus, and the comport to engage intensively with their own staff and schedule.

Sparks Penn Rowing Camp

**Overnight campers are welcome until the Wednesday prior to the camp week, at which point we can only accept day campers.

Get Ready for Camp! Click below to Register.

Daycamper? Ask us for the coupon code! 
Daycampers may be 14.

Men & Women: 15-19 - one season of experience or more.
Coxswains: 15-19 - one season of experience or more.
LTR: 15-19 - Learn To Row/Cox - No Rowing Experience Required

 



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Jul 24 2018 - Jul 28 2018

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Jul 31 2018 - Aug 04 2018

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Sparks Penn Rowing Camp

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
10:00AM - 1 PM Travel to Camp
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7AM - 11:15AM Breakfast / Row
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7AM - 11:15AM Breakfast / Assessment
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7AM - 11:15AM Breakfast / Row
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7AM - 10:30AM Breakfast / Regatta

 

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coach / Student Meetings

 

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coach / Student Meetings

 

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Coach / Student Meetings
12:00 - 1:00PM Lunch 12:00 - 1:00PM Lunch 12:00 - 1:00PM Lunch
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10:30AM - 11:00AM Meet Parents / Snack
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11:00 AM - 2:00PM Check-In
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1:15PM - 2:15PM Private Coaching
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1:15PM - 2:15PM Private Coaching
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1:15PM - 2:15PM Private Coaching

 

11:00AM - 11:30AM Concluding Presentation

 

2:00PM - 5:30PM Orientation / Assessment

 

2:30PM - 5:30PM Rowing
2:30PM - 5:30PM Rowing 2:30PM - 5:30PM Rowing

 

11:30AM - 12:00PM Individual Feedback Collection

 

5:45PM - 6:30PM Dinner

 

5:45PM - 6:30PM Dinner

 

5:45PM - 6:30PM Dinner

 

5:45PM - 6:30PM Dinner
12:00PM - 12:30PM Depart Camp

 

7:00PM - 8:00PM Ice Cream Social & Conversations

 

7:00PM - 7:45PM Conversation

 

7:00PM - 7:45PM Conversation

 

7:00PM - 7:45PM Conversation
12:30PM Last Airport Run
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Sparks Penn Rowing Camp

Camp forms are made available on your dashboard six weeks in advance of camp.