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

Girls Rock! DC’s Summer Camp is a week-long in-person music education program for young folks ages 8 to 18 in the DC area.

2022 Summer Camp

We’re holding TWO sessions of in-person Summer Camp this year: July 11-15 and August 1-5. Camp is 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturday. Each session is unique, and campers can attend one or both sessions.

During camp week, you’ll learn all about music from local DC musicians, participate in fun activities and workshops, experience private exclusive concerts with DC bands, collaborate with your very own band to write an original song, and share your music in a live concert!

Summer Camp is open to all young folks in DC, Maryland, and Virginia ages 8-18. We center girls, non-binary, and gender expansive youth, especially Black and brown young people in DC.

Summer Camp tuition is $0-540 per session, available on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

Applications will open in the Spring!

WHAT HAPPENS AT CAMP?

At camp you’ll receive an electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, drum kit, or microphone to learn and practice. Monday through Friday, you’ll join us in-person from 9am to 4pm for fun activities:

  • Morning Assembly: Assembly brings all campers together to get psyched for the day! 
  • Morning Workshop: Morning workshops focus on music and movement to get our creativity flowing!
  • Instrument Lesson: Campers receive tailored small group instruction from a local DC musician on electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, vocals, or drums. Instrument lessons focus on building technical skills, confidence, and music appreciation.
  • Lunchtime Concert: Private concerts give campers a unique performance and allow them to chat one-on-one with musicians about their art. 
  • Band Practice: Campers meet with four of their peers to form a band and write original music together, supported by their personal Band Coach. Band practices emphasize collaboration, leadership, and creative expression.
  • Afternoon Workshop: Afternoon workshops focus on connecting our music to issues of justice and community.
  • Afternoon Assembly: At the end of the day, we check in on what we’ve learned and celebrate our achievements!

Then, on Saturday, we have our big show! We livestream all of the bands’ original songs at a DC concert venue for family, friends, and music lovers everywhere. Ask anyone who has witnessed this event and they will tell you they’ve never been the same since.

ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

When is camp?

We’re holding TWO sessions of in-person Summer Camp this year: July 11-15 and August 1-5. Camp is 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturday. Each session is unique, and campers can attend one or both sessions.

Where is Summer Camp?

A camp location will be announced when applications open!

Can I go to both sessions?

Definitely! Both sessions of camp will follow the same structure, but will have different themes, workshops, and activities. 

How much does camp cost?

Summer Camp tuition is $0-540 per session, available on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

What is the registration process?

Applications will open soon!

Girls Rock! DC does not accept campers on a first-come first-served basis: instead, we select campers based on a number of factors. We try to evenly accept campers from across the age range (8-18) and skill level (from no musical experience to advanced). We also seek to accept a group of young people that represent the diversity of the DC metro area. We center girls, non-binary, and gender expansive youth, especially Black and brown young people in DC.

This online application page is for campers and families comfortable completing these forms in English. If you need help completing the application, please email us at info@girlsrockdc.org.

I‘m concerned about my camper’s age, will they have fun at camp?

We’ve designed our Summer Camp program to be easy to navigate and engage in for even young campers. 

Camp activities are tailored to our three camper age groups: Verse (8-10 years), Bridge (11-12 years), and Chorus (13-18 years). Camper bands are divided by these three groups, so that campers receive the support and guidance they need.

Is Girls Rock! DC Summer Camp just for girls?

Nope! Summer Camp is open to all young folks in DC, Maryland, and Virginia ages 8-18. We center girls, non-binary, and gender expansive youth, especially Black and brown young people in DC. This means that our programming is explicitly feminist and anti-racist and we focus on uplifting Black and brown young folks and people of non-dominant genders.

Will campers learn how to play an instrument?

Yes! Girls Rock! DC will provide an electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, electric drum kit, or microphone to use during camp. 

Each day of camp, campers receive tailored small group instruction from a local DC musician. Instrument lessons focus on building technical skills, confidence, and music appreciation.

Do campers only learn about rock music?

We are called “rock camp”, but we welcome campers interested in all musical genres! Campers are encouraged to explore different styles and genres and express themselves through music.

Do campers need to have musical experience?

Nope! We welcome campers of all experience levels, from “not musically inclined” to “sings in the shower” to “plays in the school band” to “composes original rock operas”. The only requirement is a love of music!

Is Summer Camp COVID-compliant?

Yes! We’re taking every precaution to make this a safe and healthy camp. The following protocols must be followed by all participants and volunteers. Anyone found not following these rules may be removed from the program.

  • All participants and volunteers over age 12 must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination before camp begins.
  • All participants and volunteers will wear masks at all times while indoors, except when they are actively eating or drinking, or if they are a vocalist who is performing.
  • Temperatures are checked upon entering the venue at each session. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will not be permitted to enter.
  • Rooms are sanitized and cleaned by the venue before and after each session. You are responsible for keeping your own equipment and self safe and clean.
  • If you feel sick, do not come. If you have new symptoms that aren’t related to an existing medical condition (including any of the following: fever over 100.4, intense shivering or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, muscle or body aches, unusual headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), email us at info@girlsrockdc.org to let us know that you will be absent and do not come to the session.

What happens to camp if COVID gets worse?

Your safety is our top concern, and Summer Camp will be cancelled if any of the following occur:

  • The District of Columbia institutes new quarantine or stay at home orders;
  • District of Columbia Public School close and cease in-person learning;
  • The host venue further restricts the number of people per room or closes entirely; or
  • Other federal or local guidance is issued that restricts activities.

In the event that camp is cancelled, we will let you know what happens next. We will attempt, but cannot guarantee, a shift to online instruction and activities.

If camp is cancelled before your session begins, you will be issued a full refund. If camp is cancelled after the session begins, no refunds will be issued.

How do we apply?

Applications are open soon!

How can adults get involved?

Volunteer! Summer Camp is driven by local instructors, musicians, and other rad folks. Visit girlsrockdc.org/volunteer to learn about the available volunteer roles!

I have another question!

Email us at info@girlsrockdc.org and we’ll be happy to find you an answer!

Camp makes an impact:

Before camp in 2020, 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 in 2020, 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!

What did we get up to at Girls Rock! DC Online Summer Camp in 2020?

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! 

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.