Nereid Boat Club’s summer camp program offers the perfect opportunity to experience the sport of rowing. Designed for newcomers to the sport, the two- or three-hour weeklong summer camps allow campers to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise while making new friends. Camp is open to students going into sixth through 12th grades.

“Our camp provides access to a sport that a lot of people don’t know much about,” says Zach Spitzer, head coach and director of Nereid Boat Club. “It’s a great opportunity to see if the sport is for you, or to experience rowing in a new way.”

The boat club is home to world-class coaches who provide an elite experience, even to beginners. Nereid combines lessons in safety and basic rowing skills with fun activities and games to keep the camp experience exciting. The last day of each weekly camp features a scrimmage between campers. 

“Our camp families love having the opportunity to see the progress their child has made and, in many cases, watch them compete in a sport that they may have just learned for the first time that week,” Spitzer says.

Camp directors are committed to fostering a team-like environment. “Rowing is the ultimate team sport, and many of our campers have formed lasting friendships from just one week of summer camp,” says Jessica Eiffert-Spitzer, head of athlete development and head varsity girls coach. “We see a transformation in all of our campers, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. It’s so exciting to see the kids gain so much confidence and conquer a sport they didn’t think they could do—it’s no surprise that so many of our campers step into that boat and never want to stop rowing.”

350 Riverside Ave., Rutherford