2020 Summer Camps

Special Note for the 2020 season:

Given the ongoing situation with COVID-19, fees for summer camps will be fully refundable if it becomes necessary to change the scheduled dates.

Berkeley High Crew’s week-long summer camps

Established in 2009, Berkeley High Crew’s summer rowing program offers local students, ages 11 and up, a chance to try this unique, growing sport with the Berkeley High School Crew coaches and current team members.

We will offer one session, with a Learn-To-Row camp for new rowers, and a Varsity camp for experienced Berkeley High rowers. If the situation with COVID-19 allows, and there is interest, another session will be offered the following week

Come out and try rowing with us, or explore Lake Merritt Rowing Club’s Summer Youth Rowing program. More information at the bottom of this page.

Learn-to-Row Camp (Noon – 3 pm)

Our Learn-to-Row camps are designed for new or inexperienced rowers, ages 11 and up. No experience required. Sign up for one or more camps.

Registering for Learn to Row Camp

  1. Complete the online registration via links below.
  2. Complete a swim test. Proof of swimming proficiency is required to participate in the camp. Print a swim test form. At a pool of your choice, ask a lifeguard to administer the swim test and sign the form. Bring the form to the first day of camp.

See the Forms page to download the Swim Test form.

Learn-to-Row Camp #3 – REGISTER

WHEN: August 3-7, 2020, 12-3 pm.

FEE: $275

LIMIT: 30 participants.

LOCATION: Jack London Aquatic Center (JLAC)

DETAILS: This camp provides a fun introduction to the sport of crew. Campers learn the basics from the Berkeley High coaches and also get to meet some of our current varsity student-athletes. This camp will focus on the development of basic rowing skills using rowing machines, our 16-person training barge, and 8-person racing shells.

Returning Varsity Rower Camp (8-11 am)

Varsity Camps are an opportunity for rowers and coxswains with at least one year of competitive rowing experience to continue developing their skills. They are a great time to work on both sweep and sculling technique and also include a strength and conditioning component.

Varsity Camp #3 - REGISTER

WHEN: August 3-7, 2020; 8 – 11 am @ JLAC

Student-athletes interested in racing with the Berkeley High team in the coming season are strongly encouraged to attend this camp.

FEE: $175.

LIMIT: 40 participants.


There are a certain number of ‘camperships’ available. Please email summercamps@berkeleyhighcrew.org for details or further information.

Interested in BHS Crew? Attend the webinar!

Webinars about participating in BHS Crew for 2020-21 are here.

In addition to Berkeley High Crew camps ….

Oakland Summer Youth Rowing

Summer Youth Rowing at Lake Merritt provides a great chance to get out on the water. Although run by BHS Crew coaches (and staffed by BHS Crew rowers and coxswains), this is a separate series of camps sponsored by Lake Merritt Rowing Club. These may be attended as an alternative or supplement to the BHS-run summer camps, and provide beginning rowers with the same basic skill set.

For information about Lake Merritt Rowing Club programs, see: http://lakemerrittrowingclub.org/home/