Camp Argo – Summer Camp

Requirements:

No prior rowing experience required.
Ages 11 to 16
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Frequency:

Week-long program in which participants will row everyday. The camp day runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

After-Care:

After Care program of games, activities, and time for individual pursuits such as reading is offered from 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Fees:

Regular week (5 days):
$460

After Care Program
Regular week (5 days):
$113

 

In this week-long program, participants ranging in age from 11 to 16 will learn the basic technical aspects of sweep rowing or sculling. They will be given both on-land training using rowing machines and on-water experience in crews of four or eight. They will learn basic rowing terms and the importance of crew rowing. More advanced rowers will be able to fine-tune their technique in both sweep rowing and sculling.

We emphasize this by incorporating fun games that require working together effectively. The Camp Argo experience builds self-confidence, develops skills and above all, new friendships.

Camp participants will be supervised by both an experienced athlete/coach in the boat and by a qualified coach in a well-equipped motorized coach boat.

After-care is supervised by the Head Counsellor, and if necessary to maintain ratios, assisted by one of the Junior Counsellors.

Canceling/Refunding
More than 1 week before Camp starts, a Refund Fee of $30 will apply. Expiry of this date is midnight of the seventh day prior to the start of the session, i.e., 00:01 AM on July 3 for July 10 camp.

Less than 1 week before Camp starts, a Refund Fee of $100 will apply. From 1 minute after midnight on the 6th day before the start to 00:01 AM on the day the camp starts.

There will be no refunds after the start of the session, that is after 00:01 AM on the day the camp starts, as we cannot fill your spot at that late date.

Reschedule
More than 1 week before start, No Charge to change dates. Expiry of this date is midnight of the seventh day prior to the start of the session, i.e., 00:01 AM on July 3 for July 10 camp.

 

Here’s what past Camp Argo participants and parents have to say…

Hello Argo Club,
My son has spent the past three weeks at Camp Argo. I honestly thought it would be a one week wonder for himbut he now loves rowing more than anything.

I would very much like to compliment the coaches this summer for their exceptional skill at teaching and inspiring young rowers. They are amazing role models and the Argonaut Club should be very proud to have them as ambassadors.

My son is now counting the minutes until he can join the Junior program at Argo!

With many thanks,
A parent, July 2017

What I like about Camp Argos is that it was an experience I will never forget! The parts that were key to my experience were the coaches and the program. The coaches were all super nice and wanted to help improve your rowing skills, also they were funny! The program was super awesome: every time I was in a row boat I always laughed, had fun, and learned a lot!
Jasmine, Age 13, Camp Argo graduate 2017

I really enjoyed Camp Argos because in five short days, I went from not knowing how to row, to having an improved understanding of the sport and proper technique. Although I learned, and did a lot of intense ergs, I still had lots of fun, and all of the counselors were fantastic.
Nadia, Age 13, Camp Argo graduate 2017

I enjoyed learning different strokes
Siena, Camp Argo graduate 2016

“My favorite part of camp was learning to scull and row in general. I liked these areas because I enjoyed learning different strokes. Also, I enjoyed sculling because it was fun and more balanced. “

I liked working in a team
Katerina, Camp Argo graduate 2016

“I liked working as a team with the other campers and trying out different boats.”

 

I liked learning to row and being a coxswain
Hayley, Camp Argo graduate 2016 – rower and coxswain

“I liked learning to row and being a coxswain. Learning rowing techniques and standing in the boat was really fun along with learning to steer.”

 

I really like this camp
Samual, Camp Argo graduate 2016

“I really like this camp! I think that learning was my favourite part about Camp Argo. Specifically, I liked sculling best because there is a smaller group of people and each of us use 2 oars instead of 1. Also, I liked the Thunderbird because it is where you do a power 10 and then when you are gliding, you push your oars down so they are higher in the air like wings.”

 

It was really cool!
Amy, Camp Argo graduate 2015

“I liked rowing in the eight the most. It was enjoyable to work in a team as you needed to make sure you were in time with everyone else. I also liked when we did the ‘Thunderbird’ in the eight. It was really cool!”

 

Some observations from Camp Argo 2015
Junior Counsellor

“There was one boy who was quite small for his age and very shy. There was also a group of friends who came to camp together and initially were somewhat rowdy. The shy boy quickly became friends with the other boys because of the respect he commanded in the boat. Although the friendship was not a very likely match, the group of boys saw that the shy boy was a more experienced rower than they were, and they respected that and learned from it. I thought that was a pretty cool thing to see, especially from teenage boys who can tend to stick with their own friends.”

Another story from the same Counsellor, from 2015:

“There was a girl I remembered who caught onto rowing quite quickly. She did not have a preference for which boat she was in, and always made the best out of who she was rowing with. If there were campers more experienced than her in the boat, she would learn from them. If the other campers in the boat were less experienced than she was, she would help them learn something. This was great to see as a counsellor. “