Prep Crew Camp 2024

Prep Crew Camp
Learn to Row
For boys and girls entering 6th-9th grades

Learn to row from the Prep's nationally ranked program coaches and rowers in a fun environment at the Prep's boathouse! This camp will teach how to row in boats on the Schuylkill River and include a race on the last day. Transportation is provided from Prep U.
The Prep Crew Camp is a “Learn to Row” program that introduces the Olympic sport of rowing to boys and girls entering 6th thru 9th grades. The goal is to provide opportunities for students interested in learning about rowing in a non-competitive environment. The sessions teach individuals the mechanics of how to row with one oar (sweep rowing) which can also be applied to two oared rowing (sculling).The program is designed to give each camper time to develop and improve rowing skills in a relaxed atmosphere. The students will gain an appreciation for the technical aspects of the sport, as well as the teamwork involved in moving eight-oared rowing shells. The Prep Crew staff draws on a wealth of experience that includes coaching at the high school, club, college and international levels.
Schedule & Transportation
The Prep Crew Camp is a day-camp only with practices scheduled between 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. each afternoon. Daily drop-off is 2 p.m. and pickup is 5 p.m. The session dates are as follows:

You can pick from a 1-week session, 2-week session or the full 3- weeks:
Week 1: July 8-12
Week 2: July 15-19
Week 3: July 22-26

Campers involved in the St. Joseph’s Prep Summer School Program will have bus transportation provided to the Boathouse as part of their program fees. Campers who are not part of the summer school must provide their own transportation. There will be no after-camp bus service.
Daily pickup is 5 p.m. at the Gillin Boathouse.
One Week Session: $350
Two Week Session: $700
Three Week Session: $900
Director & Coaches
John Fife ’98 – Head Coach, St. Joseph's Prep Crew

Coach Fife has a wide breadth of experience and success as rower and coach. His previous coaching experience includes: Head Coach Georgetown University Men’s Lightweight Crew, Freshman Coach of University Pennsylvania Lightweight Crew, and Head Coach of the Jr. Men’s Penn Club Rowing Association in Philadelphia. He also served as the Head Coach for 7 years at Jesuit College Prep of Dallas. Coach Fife was an oarsman at the Prep where he won 2 national championships in the varsity 8. He coached the Prep's Varsity 8 to a National Championship in June 2021 and was honored with 2022 Coach of the Year.

Coach to Camper ratio will be 10:1. These coaches include current Prep rowing coaches, Prep Crew alumni and current rowers.

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