Wilmington Youth Rowing Association Summer Camp
- Wilmington, Delaware
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Rowing 101 is for high school teens who think they might like to row either in high school or college.
Coaches work closely with rowers on ergometers, in WYRA’s indoor rowing tanks, and on the water in our 60’ racing shells. This is a great opportunity to decide if crew is for you! Unfortunately the restaurant that used to provide us with lunches has closed, so campers will now need to bring a bag lunch. A cook-out and races on the Christina River are held the last day of camp.
ROW FOR IT!™ introduces the wonderful sport of rowing (crew) to area youth. Kids from center city Wilmington as well as the suburbs, southeastern PA and southern NJ learn first on ergometers (rowing machines), then on WYRA’s indoor rowing tanks, and then in 60’ racing shells on the Christina River. At the conclusion of the camp rowers race on the Christina and a cook-out is held for rowers, families and friends. Over 2000 youngsters have taken part in ROW FOR IT!™ over the past 20 years and many rowers come back year after year.
Our staff is made up of highly skilled rowing coaches assisted by mentors and assistant coaches who are WYRA competitive rowers. Each boat is accompanied at all times by a coach in a launch.
Christinia River Rangers
Explore the marshes at the DuPont Environmental Education Center in the morning, ride the River Taxi to the WYRA Boathouse at noon, and learn to row in the afternoon with WYRA coaches.
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Chris Deyoung has worked at Sparks since 2013. He has coached rowing on the high school and collegiate level at Rutgers and Michigan. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers and an M.Ed. from the University of Michigan. His program at Rutgers went to club status while Chris worked as the recruiting coordinator there, and he brings an understanding of the collegiate athletic club experience to Sparks.