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Excellent coaching, ideal water, and a great atmosphere for learning have made Craftsbury a sought-after sculling destination for more than 40 years. Whether you want to improve your technical skills for competition, learn to scull for health and fitness, or simply have a fun, active vacation, Craftsbury has something for everyone.

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00am Morning water session. Campers scull in small groups with a coach for drills, feedback, and videotaping. 
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Video review session.
11:10am Dock demonstration: Aspects of the stroke cycle and performance topics. Sculling session with all coaches circulating for individual coaching and feedback.
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Relaxation time, electives are offered such as the visiting the Concept2 factory or points of local interest. 
3:00pm Afternoon classroom sessions offered. Topics include rigging, erg lessons, and all aspects of the stroke cycle.
4:30pm Afternoon free row. Coaches are available on the water.
7:00pm Dinner
8:15pm Evening programs include: rowing video presentations, training talks, guest speakers, a coaches round table discussion, yoga, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and campfires.

Feel free to email your specific questions about the program to us at sculling@craftsbury.com.

Week Long Programs (6 days/5 nights)

A complete exploration of the sport of sculling: technique, training, boatmanship, rigging and more. The program includes 14 scheduled on-water sessions, two video review sessions per camper, and a variety of land sessions such as core strengthening, yoga, rigging, ergometer training, and evening activities. Coached sessions and video reviews typically take place before lunch. In the afternoons, take advantage of a free row to work independently on what you're learning or grab a coach for more technical points. The afternoon row is also a great chance to try a demo single or a team boat, or stay on dry land and expedite your recovery with a massage or other programming options. Participate in a trip to Concept2 (the rowing oar and erg manufacturer), take a mountain bike ride, play volleyball, or visit other local points of interest. Thursdays midday we hold the Head of the Hosmer - Craftsbury's take on the traditional head racing format complete with post-event festivities and campfire (see recent results here). All week-long programs start at 3:30pm on Sundays and end by 10:30am on Friday.

Weekend Programs (3 days/2 nights)

The weekend program at Craftsbury provides an intensive overview of sculling technique. Weekends condense a lot of information into just three days and are great as a technical tune-up for experienced rowers while providing newcomers with an efficient, thorough introduction to the sport. The program has five scheduled coached sessions; one on Friday, two on Saturday, and two on Sunday before lunch. Video review sessions are planned two times through the course of the weekend along with afternoon classroom sessions covering a comprehensive overview of the stroke cycle, evening video presentations, and a yoga class. All weekend programs start at 3:30pm on Friday and end with lunch on Sunday.

Four-Day Programs

A short week? A long weekend? Whichever you decide, this program gives you a bit more of all you love about Craftsbury without a whole week away from your commitments. The four-day program includes eight scheduled on-water sessions, two video reviews, a yoga class, and a rigging talk. The schedule on day two and day three is like that of our weeklong program with two coached sessions before lunch and either an optional afternoon water session or classroom programming covering a comprehensive overview of the stroke cycle. Our autumn four-days also include the beauty of Vermont's dazzling autumn foliage. All four-day programs start at 3:30pm on the day of your arrival and end with lunch on the final day.

Special Programs

Yoga and Sculling - Each day will combine sculling sessions on Lake Hosmer with on-the-dock stretching and an extended indoor yoga class. This program is open to all abilities. Beginning scullers AND beginning yoga students are welcome. Note: The sculling component of this program is exactly the same as that of our other 6 day programs. No sculling time is sacrificed, we just add more yoga sessions. More info.

Foliage + Sculling - Vermont is renowned for its fall foliage. The Foliage + Sculling sessions combine our sculling camp with optional daily local field trips that will expand your appreciation of Craftsbury and Northeastern Vermont. More info.

Program Prices

Find our schedule and pricing on this page. Our all-inclusive program cost includes double occupancy room with shared bath and on-site laundry facilities, free wifi across campus, meals, coaching, optional field trips and the use of a sculling shell. Our fleet can accommodate most any rower, no matter what your size or ability level, from stable recreational models to racing shells - even some doubles. While we do our best to accommodate scullers of all ages, we ask that sculling campers ages younger than 15 be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. (Got a kid looking for more of a summer camp experience with a sculling component? Check out our sister organization Hosmer Point's programming.)

Interested in more gracious accommodations? We have a wide variety of upgrade options available including single rooms with shared baths, suites, hilltop cabins and lakeside cottages that can fit the whole family. Lodging information.