Sparks BU Rowing Camp

Sparks BU Rowing Camp

Sparks is a group of former collegiate rowing coaches committed to the science of experiential education. We provide unique college counseling for student-athletes who want to flourish and we run camps with special attention to experiential design. 

Built with the Boston University lightweight women's coaching staff, Sparks Rowing Camp at BU is designed to lead students deeper into their relationship with rowing in the context of the Charles River and Boston University. 

Head lightweight women's coach Malcolm Doldron writes, “Rowing on the Charles River is an experience unlike any other.  It's a highly visible training environment that demands your best effort daily. I want campers to walk away not just with better technical and tactical skill set, but an understanding of how much can be accomplished when they take ownership of their training and development with in the sport.“

The BU Experience

The Charles River - one of the holy grounds for rowing in America. Crews abound on this water. Campers are coached by the Boston University staff supported by senior collegiate coaches from other institutions and Olympians. The boathouse at BU is one of the more recently updated ones on the Charles. As such, this camp allows student athletes from across the US to experience the Charles at its best while staying on campus at Boston University. 

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. Sparks is trialing a system whereby rowers take home a six week training program based off their work at camp. 

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. At BU, we integrate a coxing camp into our rowing camp.

You can 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. The curriculum is currently in its third revision over eight years; alumni include junior national team coxswains and an extremely high number of collegiate 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 coaching staff - typically made up of two coaches with national team or Olympic coxing experience. 

(The BU 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

Our rowing camps provides a setting where junior athletes can mix with others from across the country, and in some cases - the world. Our coaching staff is made up senior college coaches, Olympians - and at times, internationally recognized coaches from abroad who come to the US specifically to work camp. 

Our aim is empower students who are seeking orientation to the sport. Rowing is an extremely late development sport insofar as collegiate athletics, and the average age of collegiate athletes in starting the sport at 16. 

BU provides a gorgeous Division I setting on the Charles River.

Each of our staff has made rowing the focus of their lives, and each has enjoyed and been successful at it. They all also understand 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.

If you have questions, we're happy to speak further. 

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Sparks BU Rowing Camp

Malcolm Doldron

Coxswain Coach, US Jr. Nat. Development Team
Head Coach LWT Women’s Rowing, Boston University

Prior to assuming the head coaching slot for BU’s LW women’s program, Malcolm served as the women’s assistant coach at Columbia University for four years while also working as the coxswain coach for the US women’s junior national team development camp. Prior to that, Malcolm coached at Princeton University for two years. A former coxswain himself, he coached junior rowing from 1999-2005 in DC. Born in New York, raised in DC, but now living in Boston, he has not yet claimed allegiance to the Yankees or Red Sox.

Kevin Macdermott

Former USA Junior National Team Coach
Head Coach Men’s Rowing, Trinity College

In Kevin’s first year leading Trinity’s men’s program, the team won the men’s team title at the ECAC Rowing Championship and the New England Rowing Championships. In the 2010-2011 season, the team finished 2nd in both the New England Championships and in the ECAC National Invitational Regatta. Before coming to Trinity, he worked for four years as assistant coach of men’s rowing at his alma mater, Wesleyan University. Kevin also served as head coach for the Junior Men’s National Team in 2011. MacDermott also serves as senior associate director of the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Craftsbury, Vt. He has been a head coach at the Center since 2004 and first began coaching at CSC in 2002.

Sparks BU Rowing Camp

  • Who: Designed for juniors, 14-18; open to all.
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • When: June 26-30, 2018
  • Cost:  $1,295 for overnight campers
  • Where:  Boston University; Campers will be housed on campus and use BU rowing facilities.
  • Air Travel:  Those flying to camp are advised to use Logan (BOS) and arrive three hours prior to camp staff. Campers are expected to take a taxi or Uber to BU.
  • Payment/Refunds:  Payments may be made in full at RegattaCentral.com 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.
  • Supervision:  The staff lives amongst the student athletes, and has oversight 24 hours a day. Unhealthy substances and/or behaviors are strictly prohibited.
  • 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 are in 10th grade or later, possess athletic backgrounds, focus, and the comport to engage intensively with their own staff and schedule.

Sparks BU Rowing Camp

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June 26 - 28
Men Women Coxswains LTR
OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN

 

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Sparks BU 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
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Sparks BU Rowing Camp

Camp forms will be availalbe at least 6 weeks prior to the start of camp.