Have you dreamed of being in a band and performing for a room of adoring fans? Do you feel like you missed your chance to learn a musical instrument? We Rock! Camp is for you.

It’s all the fun of our summer youth camp, condensed into a long weekend for women and trans and nonbinary adults, ages 19 and up!

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Camp dates

October 6 –8, 2018

Camp is 9am -5pm Saturday and Sunday, and 9am-2pm Monday, with a rest before the showcase Monday night.

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SEED School of Washington

SEED is located at
4300 C St, SE

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Monday, October 8 | 7pm

U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW

We Rock! campers learn an instrument, form a band or DJ crew, collaborate to write an original musical expression, and perform for a live audience all in one weekend! You don’t need to have played or DJed before, and you don’t need your own instrument — half of the fun is trying something new as an adult.

We Rock! Camp is more than an opportunity for the campers. It’s an opportunity for youth as well.

Tuition for We Rock! campers tuition helps to support youth programming: $550 covers the full tuition cost for one youth camper to attend summer camp. Adult campers pay between $250 and $1,100 on a sliding scale, with payment plans available.

“Music has always been an important part of my life, but I had never played with anyone before. We Rock! Camp gave me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and try something scary and exciting. Camp is a chance to be creative and feel supported. I loved the other people in my band, friends I wouldn’t have met without camp. We had so much fun that we still play music together, two years later!”

Lindseyformer We Rock! camper

A Typical Day at We Rock! Camp

We gather for morning assembly, where we outline the day, sing the camp song, and give a morning scream! Then, we meet with our instructors to learn our instruments — guitar players will meet together, drummers will meet in a different room, and so on. We break for lunch and some education. That could mean learning about gear (like how to tell the difference between a guitar and bass amp, and why that matters) or having a discussion about the impact of trans musicians. In the afternoon, we meet with our bands and band coaches to write and practice our original songs. Then we head home and do it again the next day!

Learn Drums, Guitar, Bass Key, Vocals or DJ!

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We Rock! camp culminates in spectacular rock-outs of epic proportions!

Each camper performs in a band or DJ crew, assembled in just one weekend, at super-professional venues like Songbyrd or the Black Cat.

Ask anyone who has witnessed this event and they will tell you they’ve never been the same since. It is pure awesomeness to cheer on adults, some playing music for the very first time, as they take the stage with confidence and perform original songs.

Answers to all your questions

When is We Rock! Camp?

We Rock! Camp is held over a three-day holiday weekend. We meet 9:15 a.m–6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 9:15 a.m.–2 p.m. on Monday. Camper showcase is Monday evening. Campers must attend all of We Rock! Camp to participate.

How much does We Rock! Camp cost?

Adult campers pay between $250 and $1,100 on a sliding scale. Anything above $400 is a tax-deductible donation. $550 covers the full tuition of a youth camper at summer camp. Payment plans are available.

What will I learn at camp?

We offer instruction in electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals (singing and MC/rapping), and DJing (vinyl and digital).

Do I need my own instrument?

Nope! We will provide instruments for you. But you may bring your own guitar, bass, or keyboard if you prefer.

Do I need any experience? Do I need to be “good?”

Nope! Campers range from folks who have never touched an instrument before to people who just love to play. We’re here for a good time. By the time Monday rolls around, you’re going to sound great.

I have kids. Can they come to camp?

Childcare accommodations can be provided on-site.

I have dietary needs or restrictions. Is that OK?

Yes! Just let us know on your application.

I’m not really into rock music. Is this camp for me?

Yes! We welcome adults interested in all musical genres.

Liner Notes

We also strive to create a GR!DC community that reflects the diversity of our youth and the DC community. We strongly encourage people of color, people who are queer, gender non-binary, and/or trans, and any folks who come from traditionally oppressed experiences to apply to be We Rock! Camp campers and volunteers. Everyone deserves to rock!

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.