Robinson Crew is a competitive varsity sport that receives no funding from Robinson Secondary School. All funding comes from fees and fundraising. During the regular season, Robinson Crew can have 100 athletes participating, and an annual operating budget of over $150,000. The budget pays for boats, rowing machines, coaches, busing, and other costs.
The Robinson Crew Booster Club actively supports the Robinson Athletic Boosters with 100% Athletic Booster membership.
Commitment is a very important part of Crew at Robinson. Commitment is required to withstand the grueling physical demands of the sport, to raise the large amount of money needed to sustain the team, and to keep the second largest Robinson sport at the forefront. Robinson Crew exists not only because the athletes are committed to their sport, but also because the parents are committed to their rowers. Rower unit commitment is a hallmark of Robinson Crew.
All Crew families participate in fundraising and other Club activities throughout the year and in so doing establish a bond and share unique experiences, which is increasingly valuable between teens and parents today. Booster families participate with their rowers in fundraisers, workdays, and regatta support.
To ensure that everyone does their fair share of fundraising, Robinson Crew has established a service hour system. In order to compete, every rower must earn the required service hours (25 service hours for novices, 75 service hours for returning rowers). Service Hours can be earned by volunteering time at fundraising events or by purchasing scrip.
Failure to participate in a mandatory event results in a $100 fee (this may be waived at the discretion of the Board of Directors). Athletes are not allowed to participate in any crew activity until the fee is paid.
Rowers are required to participate in these mandatory fundraising events:
Tag Day - Every crew member must participate in the Crew Tag Day (door to door soliciting) held annually in February. Crew members do not receive service hours for participating but can receive service hours for activities associated with Tag Day (and for participating in additional Tag Days if offered)
Letter Writing Campaign - Mandatory this year for novices and experienced rowers as a service hour opportunity.