WHAT IS GIRLS ROCK CAMP?

Girls Rock Camp is an intensive one-week day camp offered to youth ages 11-18, where campers of all skill levels have the opportunity to learn guitar, bass, drums, vocals, or other instruments. Campers will also form a band, write an original song, and perform at the final Showcase for friends, family, and fans!

In addition to all this, campers will have the opportunity to meet other girls, female musicians and mentors, and participate in enrichment activities such as workshops on media literacy or screen-printing. GRR! welcomes campers that identify as female, trans, and gender-nonconforming.

Check out tons of pictures, videos, and blog entries by our Girls Rock Internship & Training (GRIT) and Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) program participants on our blog!

Girls Rock Camp 2018:

SESSION 1: July 16th-21st*, 2018 for campers ages 11-13 (in or entering middle school age, 6th-8th grade) at the Rhode Island Philharmonic in East Providence, capacity of 50

SESSION 2: August 13th-18th*, 2018 for campers ages 14-18 (in or entering high school age, 9th-12th grade) at JamStage in Pawtucket, capacity of 30

Needs-based financial aid is available for Girls Rock Camp.

Girls Rock Camp and GRIT/VIT** registration will open on Saturday, February 24th at 9am. There are three need-based scholarship tiers: full pay, partial scholarship, and full scholarship. Registration is first-come, first-served within each scholarship tier, and often fills up very fast. Full tuition is $395. Sign up for our mailing list to receive announcements about Girls Rock Camp 2018!

*Due to showcase scheduling issues, the showcase will now be held on the Saturday afternoon of camp weeks– the showcase is a required for camp participation, so please plan accordingly.

**A camper is eligible to become a GRIT when they are 15 or older and have attended Girls Rock Camp at least once, plus at least one other GRR! program (camp or afterschool programming equivalent). A camper is eligible to become a VIT once they have completed the GRIT program. Staff will reach out to eligible participants who will be required to fill out applications to participate in the GRIT or VIT programs. Both the GRIT and VIT program are free to attend.

LESSONS

Participants choose one instrument to focus on for the week–drums, bass, guitar, vocals, or keyboards. All instruction happens in small group lessons and is led by experienced and enthusiastic women musicians.

BAND PRACTICE

On the first day, everyone forms bands in a way that is fun, not scary. The bands have band practice every day. During band practice, band members work together to write a song, and practice playing as an ensemble. Band coaches help bands with the writing process, facilitate the rehearsals, and answer questions as necessary. Band counselors help guide campers and help with any bumps along the way.

WORKSHOPS

Throughout the weekend, workshops are held on a variety of interesting, helpful, and fun topics!  Some workshops we’ve had in the past include: Songwriting; Relational Aggression (Girl Bullying); The History of Women Who Rock; Screenprinting & Band Art; Image & Identity; Performance Anxiety & Body Confidence; Media Literacy; Self-Defense; and Zine-making.

LUNCHTIME PERFORMANCES

Each day, one to two visiting artist/bands play a live set, then they stick around to take questions from the group. Past performers have included: Roz Raskin & the Ricecakes; Becky Bass; Scarce; 5th Elament; Arch Cape; Malportado Kids; and more!

FINAL SHOWCASE

At the end of the camp week, camper bands perform their original songs at a showcase concert for friends, family, and fans.

A TYPICAL DAY AT GIRLS ROCK CAMP

9:00 Morning Assembly
9:45 Instrument Lessons
10:30 Band Art: silk screening shirts, posters and more
11:30 Instrument Lessons
12:15 Lunch performances by a local or touring musician/artist/band
1:15 Band practice
3:30 Media literacy workshop: seeing magazines, television images critically
4:30 Closing reflection