Volunteers are the backbone of Girls Rock! DC.

They help run the show, literally!

It takes a hundred helpful people to make our summer camp successful. If you’re 19 or older and want to make a difference in the lives of DC’s raddest young folks, then we want you to be a volunteer at Girls Rock! DC’s Online Summer Camp, July 13-18, 2020.

We’re looking for volunteers who can share a variety of skills and experiences. Read more about the different volunteer roles you can play, and apply today!

“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

There are many roles that you can play at Summer Camp, and you’re not restricted to just one!

Band Coach

Band Coaches serve as mentors for our campers! They facilitate small groups of campers in collaborative songwriting, teambuilding, and music creation.

Musical experience preferred. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.

Camp Counselor

Camp Counselors facilitate campwide morning assembly and afternoon assembly. They participate in games and skits, orient campers.

No music experience required. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.


Performers are local DC bands or DJs who perform a 20-30 minute set (live or pre-recorded), just for campers.

Preference for artists who are women/trans/nonbinary and artists of color.

Workshop Facilitator

Workshop Facilitators lead a workshop for campers on a justice, music, or arts topic. Workshops are often taught by co- and/or team-teaching. Workshop Facilitators commit to planning their lessons and presenting at camp.

No musical experience is necessary for this role. Open to women/trans/nonbinary folx.

On-Demand Tech Support

On-Demand Tech Support volunteers provide on-demand technical support for campers and volunteers during camp week.

No music experience required! Open to all genders.

On-Demand Counselor

On-Demand Counselors provide on-demand emotional and mental health support for campers during camp week.

No musical experience is necessary for this role! Preference for women/trans/nonbinary folx.

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

That means we offer a stipend for camp-week all camp-week volunteers.

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 volunteer 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 when you apply. 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 have a special skill/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 band practice. We’re open to almost anything, so go ahead and pitch a workshop topic in your volunteer application.

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 video call interview. Returning volunteers have a shorter check-in call.

What technology do volunteers need to participate in Online Summer Camp?

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

  1. A computer or tablet that can connect to the internet during camp week July 13-18, plus during volunteer training sessions. (A mobile phone will not allow you to engage fully in camp.)
  2. An internet connection with a minimum bandwidth of 600kbps. Run a test of your connection speed here.
  3. An internet browser, such as Google Chrome or Firefox.

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

If you do not have access to either a device or wifi, please email info@girlsrockdc.org. We’re committed to making camp accessible to all, including volunteers.

Are volunteers offered a stipend?

All Girls Rock! DC volunteers, regardless of role, are offered a stipend for their contribution to camp. Learn more about our stipend offerings in the volunteer application.

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.