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

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

We’re holding TWO sessions of Summer Camp this year: July 12-17 and August 9-14. 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 virtual 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 $0-350 per session, available on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

Applications are open March 27 – May 27, 2021.

WHAT HAPPENS AT CAMP?

Before camp begins, we give you an instrument and other camp goodies! Girls Rock! DC will lend you an electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, electric drum kit, or microphone to use during camp. Camp is ALL ONLINE, so you’ll learn to play your instrument at home and join us online for camp.

Monday through Friday, you’ll join us online from 9am to 4pm for fun activities:

  • 9:00-9:30: Morning Assembly: Assembly brings all campers together to get psyched for the day! 
  • 9:45-10:30: Morning Workshop: Morning workshops focus on music and movement to get our creativity flowing!
  • 10:45-11:45: 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.
  • 12:00-12:30: Lunchtime Concert: Private concerts give campers a unique performance and allow them to chat one-on-one with musicians about their art. 
  • 1:00-2:00: 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.
  • 2:15-3:00: Afternoon Workshop: Afternoon workshops focus on connecting our music to issues of justice and community.
  • 3:15-4:00: 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 and art in an online concert 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. Even when we’re sharing our music online, it’s still AMAZING.

ANSWERS TO ALL YOUR QUESTIONS

When is camp?

We’re holding TWO sessions of Summer Camp this year: July 12-17 and August 9-14. Camp is 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturday. Each session is unique, and campers can attend one or both sessions.

Can I go to both sessions?

Definitely! Both sessions of camp (July 12-17 and August 9-14) will follow the same structure, but will have different themes, workshops, and activities. 

Participants who join both sessions get to keep their instrument in between, and will receive special resources and opportunities in between the sessions.

How much does camp cost?

Summer Camp tuition is $0-350 per session, available on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

What is the registration process?

To register for camp, fill out an application online at girlsrockdc.org/apply.  Applications are open March 27 – May 27, 2021.

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.

In the application, there is a required “Why I want to come to camp” piece for us to get to know the campers, at least a little. This is where campers can share what this experience will mean to them!

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.

What technology do campers need?

To be able to participate in camp, campers will need:

  1. Their instrument! We will lend all campers an instrument, or they can use their own.
  2. An email address. Campers will receive emails from Girls Rock! DC, and they will be able to access the Summer Camp website using their email address. Make sure that the address used is one they can access every day. 
  3. A computer or tablet that can connect to the internet that the camper can use from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturday during camp. (A mobile phone will not allow campers to engage fully in the program.)
  4. An internet connection with a minimum bandwidth of 600kbps. Run a test of your connection speed here.
  5. An internet browser, such as Google Chrome or Firefox.
  6. Access to Zoom and Soundtrap. Both of these programs are free to use and don’t require you to download a separate application (unless you want to).

All camp activities will be browser-based (meaning campers won’t have to download other programs or apps). Campers will receive passwords and unique logins to access camp materials and sessions.

If you do not have access to either a device or wifi, let us know on your application. We’re committed to making camp accessible to all.

What online safety precautions are being taken?

All camp activities will be conducted in a browser, meaning campers won’t have to download other programs or apps. The websites and online tools used for camp comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).

Campers will receive passwords and unique logins to access camp materials and sessions. No one aside from campers, counselors, and guardians will be able to access these materials.

Trained camp counselors will be present in all live sessions to ensure camper safety, and they will monitor material that is shared by campers on the camp webpages.

All campers and counselors will sign a safety and security agreement before beginning camp that outlines prohibited activities related to data use, social media, and technology use.

Campers will have access to on-demand tech support during camp should they encounter an issue. They’ll also have access to on-demand counselors, whenever they need to talk to someone.

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. Guardians may want to help young campers get set up and logged into the camp webpages, but once there, young campers should be able to engage in all sessions independently and with ease.

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.

Don’t worry about older campers getting bored: our collaborative music-making program, Soundtrap, is easy to begin using and has literally thousands of options for older campers to experiment with and explore. 

And if you run into an issue, we have on-demand tech support and counselors (that both guardians and campers can access) who are ready to help out when you need it during camp.

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! Before camp begins, we give you an instrument! Girls Rock! DC will lend you an electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, electric drum kit, or microphone to use during camp. Camp is ALL ONLINE, so you’ll learn to play your instrument at home and join us online for 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!

How do we apply?

To apply to camp, click here!

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 and apply today!

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.