Penn AC Gold

 Sabina Pierce

Penn AC Gold is a competitive and intensive summer rowing camp for junior athletes hosted by the historic Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association in Philadelphia, PA. We strive to educate and prepare our athletes to handle all aspects of rowing necessary to compete at the highest levels of rowing within a college-like environment that emphasizes fun, hard work, teamwork, and personal responsibility. We are committed to providing a truly unique, summer camp experience focused on several key areas that will help develop rowers into high-performing athletes ready for the next challenge in their rowing careers:

•Technique
•Strength and Conditioning
•Flexibility
•Mental Training and Race Preparation
•Proper Nutrition
•Coxing – Practice and Race Preparation
•Team Building – Leadership and Communication Skills

Campers will train 2-3 times per day, and race at both the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia, PA and the USRowing Summer National Championships. Our training will focus on developing athletes into better all-around rowers. We have a diverse and accomplished group of coaches from various junior and collegiate programs throughout the country that will not only focus on your athlete’s continued physical development, but also focus on teamwork, mental preparedness/focus, and rowing technique — all key elements in developing boat speed in a short period of time.

During past camps, our visiting athletes lived on campus at one of the most prestigious universities in the country—the University of Pennsylvania—where they experienced “college life” in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the USA. For visiting athletes, room and board, coaching, regatta travel expenses (housing and food), apparel, regatta entry fees, leadership seminars, outings, and facility costs are all included in the camp’s cost. In 2021, we were not able to house our athletes on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus because of COVID restrictions. Our hope is to be able to return to Penn this year, but, if the university once again restricts summer camp access to their dorms, we will provide alternate housing at either another university or a local hotel. Last year, our athletes stayed at the Residence Inn, Philadelphia, Bala Cynwd, and in the neighborhood of Manayunk.

More information about the Marriott in Bala Cynwyd can be found on the Marriott web site.

Coaching staff and chaperones will live in the dormitories/hotel with the athletes.

Local athletes opting out of room and board will receive a reduced rate.