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Rowing Camp

Participants learn the fundamentals of sweep rowing (one oar) or sculling (two oars), based on experience and enrollment numbers. Sessions are held on the eastern shore of Orchard Lake at St. Mary’s Prep. Participants begin with a swim test, a thorough review of safety protocols, handling and maintaining equipment, lots of experience learning how to row and steer a 60-foot rowing shell as a team and end with an introduction to racing. Experienced rowers will gain experience sculling and racing in smaller boats. Camp fees cover the cost of the following equipment: rowing shells, oars, and coaches’ safety launches.  

Camp Details

(entering grades 7-12 in the Fall of 2024)

General Information
This camp is exclusively offered to current Cranbrook Schools students and is open to novice, intermediate, and advanced rowers. No experience necessary.

Rowers are constantly supervised on and off the water. Risk of capsizing is minimal, but participants should be comfortable with the water and must participate in the pre-camp swim test. Although the oars and boats are flotation devices, the safety launch is also equipped with personal flotation devices for each rower. The coach is a certified lifeguard. 

Campers bring each day: Athletic shorts, socks, and shoes, a sweatshirt and sunglasses if desired, a water bottle, and apply sunscreen before arrival.

Swim Test: There will be a swim test on the first day of each session.

COVID-19 Update
At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with Oakland Country Health Division and the American Camp Association. Proof of vaccination or initial testing will be required. Additional testing for unvaccinated campers will be required if attending non-consecutive sessions. Indoor mask-wearing will be determined closer to camp. 

Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition
    • $310 per session
  • Fees
    • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week if a cancellation request is received in writing prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days.
    • Rush Enrollment Fee: $10 per session within 21 days of session start date
    • Late Payment Fee: 10% of balance 21 days prior to session start date
  • Tuition Includes
    • Snacks
  • Options Available:
    • Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.

Dates, Times & Locations



8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

St. Mary's Preparatory - Wotta Building

Meet Your Coach!

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  • Kevin VanHouten

    Kevin Van Houten, CK Head Rowing Coach, has coached at Cranbrook for over ten years and has coached at the collegiate and high school levels for over thirty years. He also coached several of St. Mary’s rowing camps. Coach KvH brings experience working with beginning rowers as well as national champions and an Olympian in sweep and sculling.