Central PA Rowing Association Summer Camps

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Youth Learn to Row

CPRA offers opportunities for youth ages 12-18 years to learn about the sport of rowing. Most youth participants are local (Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour, Lycoming counties), however everyone is welcome! If you would like make the drive, we would love to have you! 

 The summer program will consist of a two-week Learn-To-Row (LTR) class for those who are new to rowing. This program introduces the fundamentals of rowing in a co-ed setting for youth. Graduates of the Youth LTR program can continue with the experienced rowing program, for an additional 5-weeks culminating in the Philadelphia Youth Regatta.

It's the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to try a new sport or looking for a fun way to stay in shape this summer. Rowing is a great low-impact, aerobic workout. It strengthens skills like coordination, mental acuity, endurance, and reaction speed.

Program Goals are:

  • To expose youth (12 -18 years) to the sport of rowing
  • To build rowing, racing, and teamwork skills of young rowers with previous experience
  • To prepare participants to compete at a regatta.


Beginners will experience sculling (each hand has one oar) in eight-person shells called octuples. This is a one of a kind experience with an experienced youth and collegiate rowing coach. The session begins with on-the-land instruction regarding the rowing stroke, equipment, and commands. The majority of the time will be spent on-the-water in which new rowers are fully engaged in learning the technique and execution of the rowing stroke, rowing commands, boat handling, and the intricacies of crew dynamics. Participants in the session are expected to complete the entire two weeks and can choose to continue in the Experienced Rowing Program following LTR. 

Youth Experianced

CPRA offers opportunities for youth ages 12-18 years to learn about the sport of rowing. Most youth participants are local (Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Columbia, Montour, Lycoming counties), however everyone is welcome! If you would like make the drive, we would love to have you!

The summer youth program will consist of a seven-week rowing program for youth with previous rowing experience who will be preparing for competition at a regatta. 

For those youth who have already experienced rowing or graduates of the Youth Learn-to-Row, this program will refine your skills and culminate in participation in either a sprint race (summer) and/or a head race (fall) regatta. 

Expectations:

  • Participants will gain coxswain experience.
  • The coach is responsible for decisions on who will compete at regattas and in what boats or seats
  • In order to be eligible to compete at the regatta, participants must attend all practices
  • CPRA will cover expenses of attending regatta (entrance fee, equipment, transportation of equipment)
  • Rowers will be responsible for racing uniforms and personal travel expenses (food, travel expenses)

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Meet Hilary

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Hilary Gehman spent 15 years coaching rowing at the collegiate level, working first in a club program, then assistant coach for two separate DI programs, before seven years as the Staley head coach of women’s rowing at Cornell University. She has been a college counselor with Sparks since 2015. An accomplished athlete, Hilary is also a two-time rowing Olympian and six-time National Team member.


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