Volunteers are the backbone of Girls Rock! DC.

They help run the show, literally!

It takes dozens, even hundreds, of helpful people to make our summer camp successful. If you’re 19 or older and would like to volunteer at our summer camp, adult camp, after school program, or throughout the year please email volunteer@girlsrockdc.org so we can determine if your interest, availability, and skills match Girls Rock! DC’s needs.

“I am so passionate about this camp. It was my first year volunteering but it changed my life so much that I plan to come back every year!”

2017 Youth Camp Volunteer

Check out all the ways you can get involved

Band coach

Band coaches serve as mentors for our campers! Being a band coach can include participating in games and skits, offering advice, and helping throughout the day. While campers are in their band practices, coaches provide guidance to help them work as a collaborative creative team: setting up, tuning, songwriting, learning how to play together, figuring out stage moves, etc. Band coaches may also be called upon to mediate band disputes and help their band become performance-ready. Little to no musical experience? You should still apply! You’ll be paired with a multi-instrumentalist.

Band coaches commit to attending at least afternoons every day of camp, plus the showcase, and some set-up and tear-down. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.

Camp counselor

Camp counselors serve as mentors for assigned groups of youth! Being a counselor includes participating in games and skits, ensuring campers’ safety, accompanying them between classrooms, and offering advice and help throughout the day. While campers are in their band practices, counselors provide guidance to help them work as a collaborative creative team: setting up, tuning, songwriting, learning how to play together, figuring out stage moves, etc. Counselors may also be called upon to mediate band disputes, as well as note specific positive behaviors for later recognition.

Little to no musical experience? You should still apply! You’ll be paired with a multi-instrumentalist. Coach-counselors commit to a full session of camp, plus the showcase, and some set-up and tear-down.

You should be willing to work with youth in this role. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.

Instrument instructor

Instrument instructors and band coaches teach campers to rock! Our campers will possess a varying range of skill levels — some have been playing for years, many have never touched a musical instrument in their lives. Instructors and band coaches help campers learn electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit, keyboards, vocals, and turntables. Instructors are responsible for working with each other to plan lessons, teaching, and creating a supportive learning environment for the campers. Classes will likely involve a combination of team-teaching a group of 5-10 campers and solo teaching in smaller groups. Instrument instructors commit to at least mornings every day of camp, plus the showcase.

Experience with your instrument is important for this role. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.

Workshop leader

In addition to learning how to play their instruments and working in their bands, campers enjoy workshops throughout camp. Topics may include: self-defense, basic music theory and songwriting, media literacy, team-building, conflict resolution, “image vs. identity,” history of women and trans folx in music, music business, gear technology, and making band art (silkscreening, photography, etc.). We need people with expertise in these areas to help develop and teach a one-hour workshop to three groups of campers divided by age, with approximately 18 youth per session. We also need folx to help adapt curriculum for different age groups. Workshops are often taught by co- and/or team-teaching.

Workshop leaders commit to planning their lessons and presenting at camp. No musical experience is necessary for this role. You should be willing to work with youth in this role. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.

Childcare providers

You’re never too young to rock! Childcare providers look after the young children of volunteers and/or campers onsite during the camp week. They keep kids safe, entertained, and happy while their adults are busy with camp activities.

No musical experience is necessary for this role. You should be willing to work with youth in this role.

Licensed nurses

Licensed nurses are on-site during the camp week, just in case!

No musical experience is necessary for this role. You should be willing to work with youth in this role.

Roadie

Roadies are vital! We need folx to help set up, break down, and move equipment throughout the week. Responsibilities include setting up the camp site, reconfiguring rooms for band practice every day, and helping with load-in/out on showcase days. Roadies should be able to be at camp through the whole session if possible, plus set-up and tear-down the days before and after camp. We also need head roadies, who can coordinate and organize people and equipment.

You should be able to lift equipment for this position. No musical experience is necessary for this role. You don’t need to interact with youth in this role.

Showcase production assistant

During the day of our showcase, showcase production assistants help with all aspects of putting on a show: setting up instruments and décor, working merch and info tables, selling tickets, folding programs, offering hearing protection to attendees, and making sure folx and enjoy the show. This is a showcase-only role.

No musical experience is necessary for this role. You might interact with youth a little bit.

Receptionist

Our receptionist is the first person our campers, their adults, and volunteers see each day. From the front desk, the receptionist assists with the check-in and out of campers, monitors visitors, coordinates in-camp communication, gives directions, answers questions, files camp paperwork, organizes our daily attendance sheet, and sells merch.

The receptionist role is a full-session commitment. No musical experience is necessary for this role. You don’t need to interact with youth in this role.

Food coordinator

Fuel the movement! Before camp, food coordinators solicit food donations from area restaurants. During camp, they organize helpers in assembling and distributing camper lunches, organizing camper snacks, and putting out donated food and coffee for the volunteers.

The food coordinators are on-site for all of camp, and will work before and after to coordinate and tear down in the kitchen. Having access to a vehicle is a plus but not a requirement. No musical experience is necessary for this role.

Food team

Under the guidance of the food coordinator, the food team picks up food donations, prepares food for snacks and lunch, helps with kitchen clean-up, and goes on supply runs.

No musical experience is necessary for this role.

Girls Rock! DC is committed to making volunteering accessible to everyone.

That means we offer a stipend for camp-week volunteers, after school program volunteers, workshop leaders, and lunchtime bands.

Girls Rock! DC isn’t just for one week a year.

We are working hard 365 days a year. We are a volunteer-fueled non-profit that thrives on the skills and talents of our excellent community. To learn more about year-round volunteers opportunities email volunteer@girlsrock.org.

“I’ve been involved with Girls Rock! DC since 2011, and it’s the best thing I do! At Girls Rock! DC, the youth learn chords and beats and friendship and their own power.  As an adult, you can watch all of this form, and help it happen. How many other opportunities does one get to really make a difference for area youth while they create some of the best music ever?”

OlyaYear-round GR!DC Volunteer

Volunteering FAQ

I don’t play an instrument. Can I still help?

Yes! No musical experience is necessary for most of our volunteer positions! Musical requirements are noted on each position description.

I work/have kids at home/can’t commit to a full week. Can I still help?

Yes! Time commitments for each position are indicated. We also offer childcare on-site for volunteers and campers alike. And we offer a stipend for volunteers, so if taking time off would result in losing income, you can recoup a little of those losses.

I love what you do, but I don’t want to work with youth. Can I still help?

Yes! Lots of roles don’t involve interaction with our campers. Youth interaction is noted on each position description. (Or, get involved with our camp for adults, We Rock! Camp or volunteer on a year-round committee.

I have a special skill/play an instrument not taught at camp/know important things to share with campers. How can I use that?

Teach one of our workshops! Workshop instructors cover a wide range of topics that campers might not learn in instrument instruction or band practice. We’re open to almost anything, so go ahead and send us your suggestion! Simply email volunteer@girlsrockdc.org.

Is there is a background check?

You Betcha. As camp and much of our programming support minors, volunteer training and a background check are required for ALL volunteers who will be interacting with youth campers.

Do I have to interview?

If you are volunteering with Girls Rock! DC for the first time, we require an in-person interview. Returning volunteers have the option to check in by phone.

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.