Form a band. Write an original song. Rock out together.

This year, youth ages 8-18, all music levels, cis and trans girls, nonbinary and other gender expansive youth rocked out!

Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp is a week-long music education program we’ve organized since 2008! This year, camp was all online!

During camp week, campers learned all about music from local DC musicians, participated in fun activities and workshops from Block Printing to Protest Percussion, experienced private exclusive concerts with DC bands and DJs like Clear Channel and DJ Geena Marie, collaborated with their very own band to write an original song, and shared their music in a live online showcase!

What did we get up to at Girls Rock! DC Online Summer Camp?

We had workshops, activities, concerts, and more! In workshops on abolition, food sovereignty, empowerment, body image, and entrepreneurship, campers discussed what unity, freedom, justice, and community meant to them. They envisioned new ways to make their communities safer, created zines about what freedom feels like, and shared how they want the world to see themselves and their identities. One camper said she “Loved camp and can’t wait to come back next year!” Check out a few awesome highlights from camp:

Then, on Saturday, we had our big show! In addition to some special messages from our Board of Directors, we livestreamed all of the bands’ original songs and art in an online concert for family, friends, and music lovers everywhere! Said one camper: “I’m proud of how our band worked together to come up with our name and the kind of sound we want to have.” You can still watch the stream on our Facebook page! 

Girls Rock! DC camp culminates in spectacular rock outs of epic proportions!

Each camper joined a band, practiced daily with Soundtrap, and in just one week, presented their songs at our end-of-camp showcase. Want to bop around to our camper tunes? You can listen to our camper songs on our Soundcloud!

Camp makes an impact:

Before camp, 72% of campers said they were confident in their abilities. After camp, 100% said they were! Additionally, 90% of campers said they like who they are after attending camp, up from 61% beforehand. 100% of campers said they learned something new at camp.

Campers leave with more confidence:

After camp, 100% said that they care about their community and believe they can make a difference compared to 72% before and 100% of campers said they believe they are good team members after attending camp, compared with only 72% before. 100% of campers said they want to attend camp again!

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Girls Rock! DC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, body type, physical ability, gender expression, or other individual identities in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer policies and activities. All Camp activities will promote and maintain the personal and emotional safety of all campers and staff. We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, sexism, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.