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What’s new for 2011 so far…

For two years we’ve run the Wild Goose Rowing Camp and built what we think is a really good camp that takes the time to teach proper rowing techniques and give rowers a chance to row in boats they normally wouldn’t.

This winter Wild Goose Rowing became a part of The Chesapeake Camps, and will be known from here on out as “Chesapeake Crew Camps”. There has been a Chesapeake Crew Camp for girls for a number of years, and we’re excited to team up and run some great camps in the coming summers.

The boys camp will run just the same as the Goose camps did, and even better in many ways. We’re lining up some great new coaches for our staff this summer, and have some other things planned that we’ll talk about as the summer creeps up.

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College counseling…..

One night during the week we have an admissions counselor that will sit down with the campers to talk about the college admissions process. They’ll talk about how to navigate the process and what they should be doing depending on their year in school.  College admissions are getting more and more competitive, and, it seems, more and more complex and confusing.  So, whether they’re freshmen or seniors we’ll have some good advice for them during the week.

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The plan for camp…..

A pair out for a row on the Chester River

For this summer’s camp, one of the things that we mention on the website is that experienced rowers are going to spend time in small boats.  We’ve noticed that most camps out there row mostly 8′s, and we’d like to do something different.  Rowing in a pair (where each rower has one oar) forces the rowers to be very technical.  They can’t just hammer on the oar like they sometimes can in an 8.

Rowing in small boats gives a rower a greater feel for the boat.  The small adjustments they make are noticeable immediately, and when they get back into a bigger boat they will feel much more comfortable.

Also, the more you row different boats, the better and more experienced you’ll be.  The more skills you have, the more you’ll be able to contribute to your teams.

We’ll probably spend some time in 8′s at camp, depending on the weather and the drills that we want to work on, but we think we can get a lot of great work done in the pairs.

We won’t put guys who have never rowed before in a tippy boat.  We’ll put them in a more stable boat so that they can learn to row the right way.

Space is still available!!

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First session camp staff

Hugh McAdam will be joining us this year as a coach for the first session of camp, July 5-9.  Hugh is a 2008 graduate of Washington College, where he was captain and MVP.  In his senior year he was part of the lightweight four that made the finals at the Dad Vails, finishing 4th, the highest finish for Washington College in over a decade.

Hugh has continued to compete since graduating.  He has rowed for Undine in Philadelphia, and is climbing the ladder of ranked lightweights in the United States on his quest for a spot on the US National Team.

He is currently an assistant coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY.

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Camp alumni news

Congratulations to Kyle Benk, who attended camp in 2009.  He was the 6 seat in the 2nd 8 for Washington College that won the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships on April 24 in York, PA.  Kyle had never rowed before coming to camp last summer, and was part of a great freshman team at Washington College this year.

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