Summer 2023 Junior Learn to Scull

The Cambridge Boat Club will be hosting a Summer Junior Learn2Scull program again in 2023. 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.

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 three, two-week blocks of morning classes and three, two-week blocks of afternoon classes (total of 6 sessions):

Session 1: June 26 — July 7: 10-12am and 3:30-5:30pm

Session 2: July 10 – July 21: 10-12am and 3:30-5:30pm

Session 3: July 24 – August 4: 10-12am and 3:30-5:30pm

Morning sessions (10 AM-12 Noon) are intended for beginners with little or no sculling experience, and afternoons (3:30-5:30PM) are intended for rowers who have either completed one session of Learn to Scull, or are otherwise already comfortable sculling in a single. If possible, please apply for the session that best suits the applicant's experience level. And we discourage applying for both the morning and afternoon classes in the same session.

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 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.

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 10 minutes with his/her application. Or demonstrate that they have participated in a high school rowing program that includes such a requirement.

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 $400. 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, follow this link:

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

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.