POWER 10 Camp is a rowing camp for breast cancer survivors to create community, gain support and to empower women to reclaim their bodies after diagnosis.
In the sport of rowing, when in the middle of a race and it seems too hard to continue, crews will call a “Power 10” (10 hard strokes) to pick the boat up and move forward. This “Power 10” is an unspoken commitment from all the athletes in the boat to the race, to their coaches, to their teammates, and most importantly, to themselves.
Power 10 Camp is a four-day rowing camp that will help survivors make that commitment to themselves to keep pushing even when it feels like it’s impossible to continue. Located in Northern Michigan this camp is for patients and survivors of breast cancer and is hosted by Recovery on Water (ROW), the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club and Fountain Point Resort.
Power 10 Camp serves women of all ages and in all stages of breast cancer treatment and recovery.
WHEN: TBD, 2019
WHERE: Fountain Point Resort, 990 S Lake Leelanau Dr, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
In 2018 Camp was run by Recovery on Water staff and coaches with the help of volunteer coxswains from near and far. We offered three tracks for patients and survivors of breast cancer- meeting the needs and interests of anyone who signed up.
· Learn to Row: for those who have never rowed on the water before
· Novice: for those who have less than one year rowing experience on the water
· Masters: for those who have 1+ year of rowing experience
Each of these groups may have various boats, meeting various interests- all dependent on the number of rowers we have to work with.
We expect that the 2019 Power10 Camp will look similar in structure but will take athlete and coach feedback into consideration to make it even better.
Location, Housing and Food
The 2018 camp was based out of the Fountain Point Resort on the Leelanau Peninsula, near Traverse City in Northern Michigan. Founded in 1889, Fountain Point is Michigan’s oldest family-style summer resort and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Fountain Point sits on the shore of Lake Leelanau, which provides over 20 miles of protected water perfect for both technical and physical training rows. It is one of the nation’s most beautiful rowing sites.
The 2018 Power 10 Camp used the resort’s original hotel building, which includes large public gathering spaces and a kitchen. Breakfast and lunch were provided Island Thyme Catering, though dinner was left to our athletes to plan on their own, allowing everyone the opportunity to explore many of Leelanau and Traverse City’s restaurants and wineries.
Below you'll find the general itinerary for the 2018 Power10 Camp, which is likely how we would structure it moving forward.
- Arrive in the early afternoon to unpack and settle in (check in by 2 pm)
- Afternoon rowing session on the water for Novices and Masters, on land for Learn to Row
- “Welcome to Camp” BBQ for all campers to meet and greet coaches, volunteers, and each other
Friday & Saturday:
- Two rowing sessions on the water: Morning and afternoon
- Morning rowing session on the water
- Lunch & head home
With additional time between rowing sessions, we will work to make sure there are additional activities that will act to enrich each camper's experience as it relates to the camp mission. In 2018 we offered optional introductory seminars and activities including yoga, meditation, nutrition, how to grow a ROW in your city session, and more.
The cost of camp in 2019 will be determined by a number of factors including but not limited to location, meals, number of athletes attending, and corporate sponsorships, all of which we are currently working to confirm. Recovery on Water does not view Power10 Camp as a fundraising venture and works hard to keep cost as low as possible so as to ensure its accessibility to any patient or survivor of breast cancer, regardless of background.
A scholarship fund for a limited number of ROW members was generously donated by an anonymous donor for the 2018 Power10 Camp.
Though we currently do not have funds to support additional scholarships, we are working to raise funds for those who may need financial support in the future.
If you have questions about scholarship or financial assistance, please contact our Executive Director, Jenn Junk.
What to Expect
What to expect
The weekend spent at Power10 Camp will center around the sport of rowing and learning to row or learning how to row better, but it will also be about coming together as a community of women who have a shared negative experience to have a shared POSITIVE experience. Rowing is the vehicle for getting fit, fighting back, and taking control of your body once again.
With that in mind, we want you to know what to expect when it comes to the rowing so that you can indeed have a positive experience.
Rowing can be a technically, physically, and mentally demanding sport, requiring as much or more of the mind than it does of the body. The nature of it allows those who participate to push themselves to their limits in every way imaginable. Those who have been to and broken through their limits know that this can be a very uncomfortable space to occupy.
If you are new to the sport and unsure what you’re even doing signing up for this camp, you are already out of your comfort zone, but you are not alone. Rowing is not a sport anyone just “plays” on the playground when they were a kid. It’s unfamiliar to most and has to be sought out to participate in.
Everyone at camp this weekend has been or currently is exactly where you are, most likely feeling exactly the same way you do. This weekend will be humbling, challenging, and fun.
Rowing is often regarded as the pinnacle of team sports and teamwork. For a boat to move at its best, everyone in that boat must be working together in lockstep.
Learn to Row (LTR) Track expectations
The goal for those who have never rowed before is to gain a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the sport and a familiarity with the technique of the stroke. We will spend some amount of time on the indoor rowing machines (ergometers or “ergs” for short) getting familiar with the stroke so we can enjoy time on the water doing the same.
Our goal will be to build up to taking consecutive strokes and getting the boat moving as a unit. This will require some amount of fitness as we will be on the water six times over the course of four days. The majority of that water time will be spent learning and practicing the rowing stroke which itself may not be terribly taxing, but the accumulation of practices in that short amount of time can certainly be exhausting.
As well, you can expect that you may have blisters over the course of the weekend. You are welcome to bring gloves (cycling or workout gloves are best) but that may not prevent the blisters from happening. We definitely recommend bringing athletic tape, band-aides, hydrogen peroxide, etc. to clean and manage any blisters that develop. Certainly not the most ideal, but it is an inevitable part of the sport. Eventually, it becomes a badge of honor and a testament to how hard you work, but in the mean time they can be a real pain in the…hand.
Novice Track expectations
The Novice track is for those who have some previous rowing experience, but want to focus on improving their fundamental rowing abilities. Similar to the LTR track, the Novice track will focus predominantly on the technical aspects of the sport, but will also include some workout pieces as well. More so than the LTR track, the Novice track participants will need some level of fitness, but by no means do they need to be elite endurance athletes.
Masters Track expectations
The Masters track will cater to more advanced rowers who have had several years of rowing experience and are looking to hone the skills necessary to make a boat go fast. This track will have a healthy mix of both technique and competitiveness.