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Summer Rowing Camps

General Camp Info

The Quaker Camp is designed for both the experienced and novice high school rower (ages 13-18) looking to significantly improve their rowing ability. Instruction and coaching will be geared to the experience level and talents of each camper. The camp includes two daily practices on the water as well as active seminars on erg training, race preparation and body circuits. Rowers and coxswains alike are video-taped, to review and evaluate their personal form and technique. The staff will also lead discussions on the college admissions process, nutrition, training and life as a student-athlete. Camp is geared toward beginner, intermediate, and advanced rowers and coxswains.

Campers will stay in one of the high rise dorms on the Drexel University campus. We transport all campers to historic boathouse row, to practice out of Bachelors Boathouse, home of the Drexel Dragon Rowing program. Our campers will get to experience life as a college student on the Drexel campus as well as row out of iconic boathouse row in Philadelphia.

Camp Highlights:

  • On-the-water training 3-4 hours per day
  • Coordinated ergometer technique/training
  • Concentrated video analysis of your stroke with a personalized video review coach
  • Seminars on nutrition, injury prevention, training to be a competitive athlete, and being recruited by college coaches
  • Evening leisure activities
  • Row on Historic Boathouse Row!
  • Race Day Thursday – Come down to watch your child race as you watch them from the banks of the Schuylkill River
  • Quaker Camp T-shirt and Water Bottle
  • Exploring University City Colleges!
  • Exploring historic boathouses on boathouse row
  • Working with top collegiate coaches from Philadelphia and around the country!


Overnight Campers using the Airport Shuttle

Quaker Rowing Camp will run a shuttle for overnight campers from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on Sunday afternoon. This shuttle will run once from the airport to the dormitories at 1:00pm. Those wishing to use the shuttle need to arrange flight plans so that arrival at the airport is at least 30 minutes before shuttle departure. Campers who arrive early can arrange separate transportation via cab/train. Check-in for the overnight campers begins at 1:00pm. There is no early check-in. There will be a return shuttle on Thursday that arrives at the airport at 11:30am.

Overnight Campers Traveling by Car

All campers traveling by car to the Quaker Rowing camp should arrive on campus sometime between 1:00 - 3:00pm on Sunday for registration. The camp will be hosted in one of dormitories on Drexel’s campus. Final dormitory directions will be sent out in our pre camp email in early July. Pick up for the camp will be at Bachelor Barge Club, #6 Kelly Drive, at 11am on Thursday. Watch racing from the banks of the Schuylkill River, pre race meeting will be at 9am on that Thursday AM. (Look for directions in our forms section.)

Day Campers Traveling by Car

Day camper registration for the Quaker Rowing Camp will be held between 2:00-3:00pm the Sunday of each camp week. Registration is held at one of the dormitories on Drexel’s Campus. Final dormitory directions will be sent out in our pre camp email in early July. Pick up on Sunday for the camp will be at the assigned Drexel dorm at 7:30pm. All pick up and drop off from Monday – Thursday will be at Bachelor Barge Club, #6 Kelly Drive, (drop off by 8:30am, pick up by 5pm) with the final pickup on Thursday at 11am. Bachelor Barge Boathouse, home of the Drexel Dragons, #6 Kelly Drive on boathouse row. The best place to park is headed north on Kelly Drive along boathouse row or at the lot at the corner of Sedgley & Kelly Drive. You can then walk to boathouse #6. (Look for directions in our forms section.) Watch racing from the banks of the Schuylkill River, pre race meeting will be at 9am on that Thursday AM. (Look for directions in our forms section.)

Daily Camp Schedule


1-3:00 pm Overnight campers arrive at dormitory on Drexel campus.
2-3:00 pm Day Campers arrive at dormitory on Drexel campus.
3:30-5:30 pm On Land Training/Erg Technique/Rowing ID
6-7:00 pm Catered Dinner for all campers at Bachelors Barge Boathouse
7-7:30 pm Group Meeting to discuss Camp Guidelines and Itinerary Review
7:30pm Day Campers picked up at Drexel Dormitory.


8:30 am Overnight & Day Campers arrive at Drexel boathouse. Bachelor Barge boathouse
9-11:00 am Morning practice.
11:30 am Lunch on campus at Drexel dining commons or catered in dorms.
12:30-1:30 pm Group Activity
1:30-2:30 pm Coach Lectures: (including topics on cross training, nutrition, rigging, and college).
2:30-4:30 pm Afternoon practice.
5:00 pm Day campers get picked up and overnight campers are driven back to dorms.
5:30-6:30 pm Dinner on campus catered in dorm or in dining commons.
6:30-7:30 pm Group activities in dorms.
7:30-9:30 pm Evening activities


8:30am Overnight & Day Campers arrive at Bachelor Barge boathouse.
9-10:00am Parents are invited to view racing at Bachelor's Barge Boathouse, #6 Kelly Drive. Group photo & camp wrap up.
11:00am Airport shuttle depart boathouse for Philadelphia International Airport


On the water needs:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or visor
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Rowing shorts of your choice or a unisuit. Form fitting clothing is best for novices.
  • Light, breathable t-shirts or tank tops. (Enough to wear 2 every day!)
  • Running sneakers
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Socks… lots of them!
  • Small bag to bring change of clothes to boathouse

In the dormitory needs:

  • Sheets that will accommodate a twin size bed
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Pillow and pillowcase
  • Fans… Who needs them. WE HAVE AIR CONDITIONING!!!!!
  • Toiletries (soaps, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Shower towel

Special Activities:

These are a few options that may be included in your week with Quaker Rowing Camp

  • Movie Nights
  • Special Campus Tour of Drexel and UPenn
  • Center City Tour including Liberty Bell and ice cream
  • Bowling
  • Movies in the park
  • Possible Phillies Game

Summer Camp Policies


Enrollment is limited to 10 coxswains and 72 rowers per session. Priority is given on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp registration will be secured when payment is received in full. Down payments will be accepted until April 15th. Then payments will be due in full. There will be a short wait-list created in case of cancellations.


All requests for cancellation must be made via e-mail at quakerrowcamp@gmail.com. All monies paid, with exception of a $200 administrative fee, will be refunded provided the notice of cancellation is received one month prior to the start of camp. No refunds will be provided less than one month prior to the start of camp.

Overnight Camper Accommodations at Drexel University Campus

We have made the decision to move housing to the Drexel University campus based on a new age rule at UPenn Housing. We would not have been able to take anyone under the age of 15 at camp if we were to stay with UPenn Housing. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Summer Forms

*Overnight registration – 1-3pm on Sunday of camp week @ assigned dorm on campus
*Day camp registration – 2-3pm on Sunday of camp week @ assigned dorm on campus

Overnight campers should bring a check for $300 made out to the Quaker Rowing Camp.
(This is for a key deposit and Lost ID and will be returned the last day of camp if the key or ID is not lost.) Overnight Campers should also bring signed Guest Housing Agreement to check-in.

Move in Directions for Overnight Campers:
*Registration runs from 1-3pm on Sunday of each week

*If you need a ride from the airport or train station please arrive no later than 5pm. As well contact Camp Director @ quakerrowcamp@gmail.com to let us know what time you are arriving.

**If you need to reach Mike Lane Director for any reason during camp please call the camp phone (215) 429-6624

Move in info & directions:

Download: Move in Directions [TBA]
Download: Directions to Boathouse
Download: Guest Housing Agreement
Download: Drexel University Map

Summer Camp Registration

Session 1:
July 16th - 20th

DAY - $675


Session 2:
July 23rd - 27th

DAY - $675