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Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2021- Now Available!

You’ve never rowed, but you’d love to try it. You have been rowing year round and can not get enough. Sign up for our summer day camps. All sessions are ideal for those looking for a low-impact, cardiovascular team sport. You will have fun learning the basics of the sport, improving your overall fitness level and meeting other teenagers from all over the Chicago area!

The Chicago Rowing Foundation offers a complete rowing program for teens entering 6th-11th grades, regardless of previous experience. You will learn the essentials of sweep rowing (one oar per person) with training on land on rowing machines and in a boat on the Chicago River and our new location on the Des Plaines River. The camp's focus is on basic rowing skills and terms, with an emphasis on learning how to row as a crew of eight. 

Camp is led by the CRF coaching staff, directed by Coach Maida Wallin, and held from the WMS Boathouse located at 3400 N. Rockwell St (Chicago location) and Coach Emily Caflisch at 9951 S. Madison Street (West location).

All coaches are current or former collegiate athletes, including national champions and former national team members.

Please note that summer camps are not for rowers who have completed any seasons with the CRF high school team. For summer programming for experienced high school rowers, please visit our High School Page. If you are in high school but have never rowed before, summer camp is perfect for you!

Sweep rowing is a team sport that requires prolonged physical exertion and highly coordinated physical endurance.  Sweep rowing may not be appropriate for all rowers.  CRF reserves the right to determine whether sweep rowing is a match for each CRF applicant.

CRF has an adaptive program for teens and adults with physical and intellecutal disabilities. For information, contact Maida Wallin at

Summer Camp - Chicago Location 2021

Session 1 Session 2
Age: Ages 11-17 (Entering 6th through 11th grade) Ages 11-17 (Entering 6th through 11th grade)
Dates: July 6-16, 2021 July 26- August 5, 2021
No Practice Saturday or Sunday No Practice Saturday or Sunday
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $525 $525
Location: 3400 N. Rockwell, Chicago, IL 60618 3400 N. Rockwell, Chicago, IL 60618

Summer Camp - Western Suburbs Location 2021 CANCELED

Western Suburbs
Ages 11-17 (Entering 6th through 11th grade)
August 9 - 13, 2021
No Practice Saturday or Sunday
10 am - 1:00 pm
$250 (40 Rower Maximum)
9951 S. Madison Street, Lemont, IL 60439