Summer 2021 Junior Learn to Scull

The Cambridge Boat Club will be hosting a Summer Junior Learn2Scull program again in 2021. The Program is designed to introduce high school boys and girls to the fundamentals and joys of sculling. Emphasis will be placed on health protection, water-safety, proper boat handling, the development of a smooth and efficient stroke, the elements of good physical conditioning and teamwork. This is a non-competitive program for both experienced rowers and true novices and is open to the children of both CBC members and non-members.

Because of the continuing pandemic, strict Covid-19 protocols will be enforced. Masks will be worn at all times while on the premises of the Cambridge Boat Club. A daily confirmation of health status will be required of all participants. Equipment will be cleaned between sessions.

Students will begin sculling in stable, learn-to-row shells and will be encouraged to move up in boat class as their skills develop. Some classes may be conducted in double or quadruple sculls to work on team rowing.

All students will take a ‘flip’ test before they are allowed on the water. They will intentionally flip a single scull about 30 feet from the dock, get onto it, and swim the boat back to the dock.

Focusing on skill development and boat handling, students will increase their daily mileage until, at the end of the session, they will have the opportunity to row over the Head of the Charles race course.

Those with previous sculling experience will be given drills and time to work on improving their boat moving ability.


There will be four, two-week blocks of morning classes and four, two-week blocks of afternoon classes (total of 8 sessions):

Block 1: June 28 – July 9 10-12 noon or 3-5pm

Block 2: July 12 – July 23: 10-12 noon or 3-5pm

Block 3: July 26 – August 6: 10-12 noon or 3-5pm

Block 4: August 9 – August 20: 10-12 noon or 3-5pm

There will be no make-up for the July 5th classes (which will be cancelled due to the unsafe conditions that prevail on the Charles River on that date) or for any classes cancelled because of weather (primarily thunderstorms and lightning and high winds).

All classes will be focused on sculling in singles or doubles and will be limited to 8 rowers with one coach supervising four boats.

Applicants may apply for up to 2 Sessions, e.g., Session 1, AM classes only; Session 2, PM classes only; etc.

CBC reserves the right to modify the focus of the classes depending upon the capabilities and characteristics of the applicants; e.g., if several novices apply, we may be able to offer a learn-to-row class; if several experienced rowers apply we may be able to offer a regatta focused racing class.

Eligibility and Acceptance

Applicants must be at least 14 years old and not older than 19 years, or in their last year of high school.

Applicants must provide a Red Cross or equivalent certification of the ability to swim 100 yards and float for 5 minutes with his/her application.

Applicants (or their parents/guardians if under 18) must sign a USRowing Waiver. To sign USRowing Waiver on-line, go to From menu select Member Services/Benefits/Individual Membership/Basic Membership. Use Cambridge Boat Club Access Code PQ7AG (not required if applicant was a member of a 2020/21 high school Crew and signed the USRowing Waiver there – show Registration Number, below). Be sure to write down the US Rowing Member ID number — you will need it for registration.

Acceptance will depend on multiple factors including the number, capabilities and experience of the applicants and the timelines of the receipt of an application.


The fee for each Session/Class is $350. For applicants that are not children of CBC Members or are not already Junior Members of CBC, an additional fee of $50 is required for a CBC Junior Membership. The fee is payable in full with the application. The Session/Class fee (but not the Junior Membership fee) is fully refundable if the application is cancelled two weeks before the start of the requested session.


To register, go to:

As part of registration, you will need to complete and submit the following documents: CBC Membership Application, CBC Waiver, Swim Test Form. These forms can be uploaded in the registration link above.

Those accepted will be notified as soon as processed but no later than June 15th. If the Session requested is filled, we will offer an alternative Session. Funds will be returned in full to those whose applications are not accepted.