GRCA was founded at the initiative of Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon in 2007. As the first girls rock camp, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls became a source of inspiration for other initiatives around the world. In the spirit of wanting to create a network for all these initiatives, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls invited organizers from the other girls rock camps in existence at the time to a conference in Portland. Seven camps were represented at the conference including 5 U.S. based camps: Willie Mae Rock Camp (New York, NY), Girls Rock Philly (Philadelphia, PA), Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (Oakland, CA), Southern Girls Rock Camp (Murfreesboro, TN), Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls (Portland, OR) and 2 European camps: Popkollo (Sweden) and Girls Rock! UK (London, UK).
These organizations mutually decided that we wanted to be a part of and develop this network that was named Girls Rock Camp Alliance. At the conference we created a mission statement and laid out the basic foundation on which the GRCA is based today. Our dream was to form an international network for girls rock camp organizers all over the world. The main focus of our work continues to be hosting a yearly meet-up where members of the alliance can share experiences and exchange ideas to help and inspire each other. Below is a timeline marking highlights in GRCA history.