Summer 2019 Junior Sculling Program

The Cambridge Boat Club will be hosting a Summer Junior Learn2Scull program again in 2019. The Program is designed to introduce high school boys and girls to the fundamentals and joys of sculling. Emphasis will be placed on 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.

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 will 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 sessions of morning classes and four, two-week sessions of afternoon classes:

Session 1: June 24 – July 5: AM and PM classes

Session 2: July 8 – July 19: AM and PM classes

Session 3: July 22 – August 2: AM and PM classes

Session 4: August 5 – August 16: AM and PM classes

Morning Classes will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Afternoon Classes from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

There will be no make-up for the July 4th 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).

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

Applicants may apply for any combination of Sessions and Classes; 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.

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 $300. 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.


Click here for Registration, Junior Membership, CBC Waiver and Swim Test forms.

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.