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Rowing teams enjoy savings at Camp Bob Cooper's Spring Crew Training

Crew teams train on Lake Marion in Summerton

CHARLESTON – This season’s Spring Crew Training will host more than 1,200 high school and college rowers at Clemson’s R.M. Cooper Leadership Center, otherwise known as Camp Bob Cooper, on Lake Marion near Summerton. The 25+ teams from all over the country choose Camp Bob Cooper not only for South Carolina’s mild climate but also for the savings.

“Crew teams save money, and that’s a plus in today’s economy,” said Beau Mongold, crew coordinator for Camp Bob Cooper. “They don’t have to pay separate fees for hotels, boat rentals, and gas to and from the docks. Food, lodging and recreation are available on site for as little as $30 per person per day.”

They also save time. Crew Training’s motto is “Eat, Sleep, Row.” Because lodging, meals and recreation are only yards away from the docks, time normally spent traveling to and from a launch site is spent on the water. “We don’t have to put athletes in a van to go looking for food or water,” said Bill Stekl, member of the Amherst Crew.

“It’s right on the water. You come out of the cabin, the sun’s rising over the lake, and it’s so beautiful,” said Larry Muri, Manhattan Crew coach.

“We have warm weather, a rustic yet beautiful setting, a complete range of modern amenities and a program that fosters community living and a team-building environment,” said Mongold.

Other amenities for day and evening activities include classrooms; a computer lab; a large gymnasium; lighted recreational areas for basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, softball, Frisbee and football; as well as adventure programming with a climbing tower, high ropes and adventure courses designed for team-bonding and confidence-building. Many of the teams take day trips to nearby Charleston for sightseeing and entertainment.

Operated by Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute, Camp Bob Cooper also hosts rental groups, year-round environmental education classes and more.

For more information about Spring Crew Training, contact George “Beau” Mongold at (803) 460-3233 or gmongol@clemson.edu, or visit online at www.clemson.edu/yli.