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BSRA Youth Summer Camps

Ages 12-16

COVID-19 Developments:

The BSRA is committed to providing fun and safe rowing opportunities to the youth of Western New York. We will continue to monitor the situation with regards to our Summer Rowing programs. As we near the Summer Rowing season, more information about if/when/how our Youth Summer Camps will proceed. 


If you are interested in Youth Learn-to-Row, Modified Sculling or a combination, please complete the form and we will place you on our waitlist.

If Summer Rowing Proceeds If Summer Rowing is Cancelled
We will contact you about specifics and payment will be due by the Friday 5p before your session begins. We will notify you that the program is cancelled

Photos courtesy of Tessa Pszonak, SEM '17



Rowing is the ultimate team sport! It teaches you about communication, leadership and character. Rowers will learn about time management and dedication so they can have respect for themselves, their teammates, coaches and family. Rowing is a sport that you can do for the rest of your life, it will challenge you physically and mentally. It's an excellent aerobic and anaerobic workout without the risk of many injuries so participants of all ages are welcome! On top of all of this, rowing brings people together for life-long friendships.

During this summer camp, participants will become rowers. They will learn the lingo, how to get in and out of a boat, how to use an oar, how to carry boats and oars, and work with a large team and what it means to be a teammate. This camp is for ages 12-16 years old, athletes of all sizes welcome, no experience necessary. Registrants should bring water in a reusable bottle, sunscreen, a packed lunch and extra weather appropriate clothing. $250/session. If you sign up for the 2nd and/or 3rd sessions, you will receive a $50 discount to each session. Need-based scholarships available. 

Please read the descriptions of the programs below, in order to pick the appropriate option for the athlete.

Learn to Row

Youth Learn-to-Row is our standard introductory rowing program:

  • Row in large boats - 8 rowers
  • Stable boats to learn the basics
  • Learn how to sweep (1 oar/rower)
  • Work together in a team environment 

Modified Sculling

This program is a step beyond LTR. It is recommended a new rower starts with LTR, but is not required to.

  • Row in small boats (usually 1-2 people)
  • Requires better balance than LTR
  • Learn how to scull (2 oars/rower)
  • Work on challenges individually/with a partner

Session 1:

July 6th-17th, Monday- Friday, 9am-2pm

LTR ONLY rowing summer camp


Session 2:

July 20th - July 31st, Monday-Friday, 9am-2p

LTR AND modified sculling summer camp

*Session 4:

August 17th-28th, Monday-Friday, 9am-2p

LTR AND modified sculling summer camp

*this 4th session would be scheduled if session 1 is cancelled due to COVID-19 reopening restrictions 

Session 3:

Aug. 3rd-14th, Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm

LTR AND modified sculling summer camp

The last Friday of each session will be a team race followed by pizza and water. Potluck items welcome too. 

Ready to register?

If you require financial assistance, please fill out the Scholarship form below and return to BSRA before the first day of camp. Please do not fill out the registration form if you have submitted for financial assistance. 

Click the icon below to join our waitlist

Youth Summer Camps

Summer Waitlist

For kids 11-16

We are now an Independent Health, Health and Wellness vendor!


Registrants are welcome to use their Health Extras MasterCard to pay for Rowing Program Dues. Please contact Mairead Manke , to complete transaction.

We are now a Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness vendor!


Use your BCBS card at the check out

Please email if the total amount due is over the card limit.


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