The Gunnery’s Summer Rowing Camp offers athletes in grades 7-12 a fun and positive environment to develop their rowing skills. Two one-week sessions will be offered in June and July for rowers of all skill levels. In addition to providing a safe, fun, and nurturing environment, our mission is threefold: introduce young athletes to the sport of rowing, help intermediate rowers improve their skills, and assist advanced rowers in refining their training and technique to improve performance. To achieve these goals, participants row two, two-hour sessions per day in both sweep, and sculling boats. Individualized video review, and instruction on the ergometer will also be used to teach and improve technique.
For nearly 70 years, Gunnery Rowing has been one of the top teams in New England. We have been New England champions and won the Head Of The Charles. In 2014 we won the National Scholastic Championship. Members of our squad have gone on to row for the Junior and Senior National Teams, and forge successful college careers at division I and III level colleges and universities. Over the past decade our athletes have rowed at the University of Washington, Brown University, Northeastern, Syracuse and Hobart William Smith, among many others.
In order to facilitate an effective learning environment, we will group rowers by skill level. Please click here to fill out the skill-level questionnaire. The thoughtful assessment of your ability will help us place you within a group of similarly skilled rowers and maximize the pace of your improvement.
Please note that the camp application, physical/immunization record, permission to treat, and patient record of disclosure must be completed. The exact physical/immunization form provided does not have to be used--the same physical/immunization record you provided to the camper's school is fine. The allergy forms and authorization for medication administration forms do not have to be filled out if they do not apply. However, if your child takes any prescription medication, the appropriate forms must be completed. Please note that any camper with prescription medication MUST have authorization from their physician for self-administration. All records must be current within the preceding 36 months.
Out of town athletes will room in a dormitory on campus and eat excellent meals prepared by our outstanding kitchen staff. Any health issues will be overseen by our on-staff First Aid Director, and if needed, the New Milford Hospital is a quick 15 minute drive away. A dorm parent will supervise boarding rowers and night time activities will be scheduled.
Things to bring everyday: rowing trow, but Spandex shorts may also be used. T-shirt/s, socks and sneakers. Water bottle - no hard plastic, or metal, as they may damage the boat. Hat and sunglasses. Bathing suit and towel. Dry change of clothes.
Lincoln Turner is the Head Boys’ Rowing coach at The Gunnery. Coach Turner rowed at Pomfret school and remains an avid rower today. He has been coaching for almost 20 years and founded the rowing program at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury. He built the team from the ground up and guided his crews to many successful seasons, as well as appearances in the New England Championship Regatta grand and petite finals. His rowers have gone on to row at Division I and III school around the country and on the Jr. National Team.
Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.