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Summer Programs

Colorado Junior Crew offers camps and programs for middle- and high school-age kids throughout the summer at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir.  Whether a participant is new to the sport or experienced and looking for sweep, sculling, or more in-depth instruction, CJC has a program for everyone.

NEW FOR SUMMER 2021:  Boulder Parks and Recreation have instituted a new fee structure for Summer 2021 (May 28 - Sept 6).  "Fees will be collected for each person entering Boulder Reservoir including runners, walkers and cyclists."  CJC athletes participating over the summer must pay the access fee.  The reservoir access fee is not included in the CJC program fee.  You may read more about the entry fees here:

Effective June 7, 2021, all CJC staff and athletes must be fully vaccinated* to row.   Proof of vaccination must be sent to CJC prior the first day of practice.  Certain medical exemptions will be considered at the discretion of CJC Safety Officer, provided a doctor's note is given.   Unvaccinated person will row in singles, remain masked on land if not social distanced, and will not travel with team. Please note that unvaccinated athletes may be subject to additional restrictions if local COVID-19 rates increase, or if there is an update to local or CDC guidelines.


* fully vaccinated = two weeks after final COVID-19 vaccination dose



Learn-to-Row Summer Camp

The summer is a great time for kids to try the addicting sport of rowing - the weather is warm and the water is calm, creating ideal conditions for those new to the sport.  Colorado Junior Crew's Learn-to-Row (LTR) Summer Camp is designed for kids who love the water and want to try a new sport.  The   entry-level sessions introduce kids (age 13-18) to sweep rowing as well as rowing safety, both on and off the water, in a fun environment. Upon completion of the program, participants and their parents will have a great idea of what's involved in rowing at a Junior level and can decide if they would like to give CJC's 2021 Fall Session a try or continue in during the summer with CJC's Skills Development Summer program.

Two courses comprise the LTR program:

Learn to Row Scull.   This is an introductory course to learn how to scull (row with two oars in both hands.). Training will take place in a four person sculling shell called a "coxed quad."  The class size is limited to 5/session.

Learn to Row Sweeps.  This course is designed to teach the basic skill sets for rowing sweep boats (one oar with two hands).  Training will take place in a four person sweep boat called a "coxed quad".   The class size is limited to 5/session

Athletes can enroll in one or both Learn to Row courses and in no particular order.

Athletes wishing to repeat LTR Scull or LTR Sweep must complete both LTR courses and will taken from a waitlist.

Each LTR  (Learn to Row Scull and Learn to Row Sweeps) program is offered each week from 7:00 - 9:30 AM at the Boulder Reservoir.    No participant-provided special equipment is required.  CJC will require a minimum number of participants in order for the courses to be conducted.  


2021 Learn-to-Row Schedule 7:00 - 9:30 AM

Session Dates # Mtgs Fees
1 June 1-3 3 $190
2 June 7 - 10 4 $250
3 June 14 - 17 4 $250
4 June 21 - 24 4 $250
5 June 28 - July 1 4 $250
6 July 6-8 3 $190
7 July 12 - 15 4 $250
8 July 18 - 22 4 $250
9 July 26 - 29 4 $250
10 Aug 2 - 5 4 $250

Skills Development

CJC's 2020 Summer Skills Development program is designed for experienced rowers of all skill levels seeking to improve their rowing abilities in a positive, supportive and fun format.

Single Sculling 101.  This course aims to empower athletes by teaching the basic fundamentals of rowing a single scull.  The  course will teach the essentials of the "Captain's Test" which is a requirement for rowing independently and/or racing in a single sculling event.  Athletes must have successfully completed the LTR courses or participated in 2021 CJC Spring Season.  The class size is limited to 4/session.

Captains Test Requirements:
Get boat in and out of rack with hitting anything
Demonstrate boat prep and ability to fix minor repair issues
Carry boat by yourself with full control
Correct launching/ docking procedures on the water and the dock. Must be able to do standing shove and from both sides of the dock.
Boat maneuevers- spinning in both directions/ backing with full slide/"empty stroke steering"/ docking- stern first
Steering- must be able to steer course "blind" for 2'
Rowing skills: 10 consecutive square blade rowing
Demonstrate post row procedure- clean the boat, fix minor repairs issues, strapping down the boat
Flip test- be able to get back into the shell
Emergency Evacuation procedure- What are the steps and why?


Pairs 101.   This small course is similar to SCULLING 101 in that it inspires growth and confidence in athletes by teaching the essential skill set of THE most challenging sweep boat:  the pair (two rowers each with one oar).  The class is limited to six participants.

Both Single Sculling 101 and Pairs 101 will be offered each week from 7:00 - 9:30 AM at the Boulder Reservoir.    CJC will require a minimum number of participants in order for the courses to be conducted.  

Since space is limited, a wait list will be available  on a first come, first serve basis.

2021 Summer Skills Development 7:00 - 9:30 AM

Session Dates # Mtgs Fees
1 June 1-3 3 $190
2 June 7 - 10 4 $250
3 June 14 - 17 4 $250
4 June 21 - 24 4 $250
5 June 28 - July 1 4 $250
6 July 6-8 3 $190
7 July 12 - 15 4 $250
8 July 19 - 22 4 $250
9 July 26 - 29 4 $250
10 Aug 2 - 5 4 $250

Summer Racing Squad


This program is designed for athletes who have a high level of dedication and commitment to rowing.  Athletes must the desire to elevate their rowing skills in order to get faster on the water.  Performance can only be improved by consistent attendance and "giving it their all" at practices, while at the same time having fun and enjoying the squad camaraderie!


Pre-approval from Coach Vee is required before registering for this course.

Participants are expected to follow all federal, state, and local public health mandates and guidelines.

Program structure, times, and dates are subject to change.


If you'd like to learn more about rowing and CJC, but you're not ready to sign up just yet, the best next step is to see us in action at our home at the Boulder Reservoir. Check the club calendar on the home page to see if we will be on the water in the near future at a time that fits your schedule*. If our schedules work and you'd like to visit, please send an email to with the date(s) that you would like to visit as well as your contact information. We'll get back to you shortly to confirm your visit. Advance notice is important as practice time on the water is at the discretion of mother nature and we may have to cancel and reschedule.

You are also invited to ride on one of the coaches' launches when you visit a practice to get a close-up view of how things work during practice. Space is limited and you will need to reserve your spot in advance. If you are interested in riding along, please be sure and mention it in your email inquiry.

At any point in the process you can email  with any questions you might have.


* During the winter we go inside for conditioning and to train on rowing machines. You're welcome to come watch us there as well - but sadly,  you're unlikely to see any boats or oars.



If you're ready to start and have completed a registration form for the season or program you're interested in, here's some additional information to help you get started!

  1. Dress appropriately for the weather. Layering is best since you will warm up quickly while working out, but you can quickly chill down while sitting in the boat if you aren't rowing. It is important to wear shorts or pants that are "clingy" like spandex or some other athletic material. Shorts that are baggy, have pockets, or hang away from your legs can get caught in the oar handle or the seat tracks when you are rowing - and this can lead to nothing good... trust us! You can wear sweats or baggy pants to practice over your rowing legwear if you would like.

  2. You'll need to wear socks which you'll be wearing while you are in the boat. Your shoes will be left on the dock (securely) while you are rowing - your feet will be in shoes attached to footstretchers (no - this isn't a torture device) which are secured to the boat. It's helpful to have shoes that can be quickly slipped off and on while you're on the dock as things can get hectic moving the boat into and out of the water. Also, it can get muddy around a dock, so leave the new kicks at home and wear something that you don't mind getting dirty.

  3. Bring a water bottle (soft plastic, not hard plastic or metal), inexpensive sunglasses that you won't be terribly disappointed about if you lose them overboard, a hat, and sunscreen. While on the water, you can leave your car keys, cell phone, etc. in the CJC shed. You should also bring shoes that you can run in. If the water is too rough for rowing the coaches may substitute running or another activity for which athletic shoes would be helpful.

  4. NEW for 2020:  Bring a face covering.  Mandatory to enter Boulder Reservoir and to participate in CJC activities.


  • During the season, practice is usually from 4-6:00 pm (after school at Boulder Reservoir (fall & spring) or dry land (winter). Summer schedules are announced separately but typically meet Monday through Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 am at the Reservoir (see for updates);

  • Plan to arrive at the Boulder Reservoir gate at least 15 minutes before the start time of your session. After registering you should have received a confirmation email that includes instructions about entering the Rez. If you have not received this email instruction or have misplaced it, contact Coach Lisa at the phone number below or send an email to

  • There are very limited options for changing clothes privately at the reservoir. For this reason it is best that you arrive dressed for practice if at all possible.

  • Parents are always welcome to stay and watch the practice or return after practice to pick up their rower. Depending on the time of year, parents will be able to meet their rower at the CJC shed or wait for rowers outside the main Reservoir gate (coaches will let parents know via email). There may be a new parent orientation/tour of “how it all works” at the start of each season.

  • Since we draw students from throughout BVSD, Jeffco and SVVSD there are often opportunities for carpools to practice as well as home after practice. CJC does not coordinate carpools but we will do our best to help everyone connect with others.

Thank you for being part of Colorado Junior Crew. We look forward to your participation for many years to come!