Girls rock camp is a music and arts based camp where girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform a concert at a live music venue.
Rock camps and like-minded programs exists in different parts of the world and can look a little bit different depending on where you are.
Girls Rock Camp Alliance member organizations each share a desire to achieve a reality where gender and culture do not decide whether a person can play music. Until we reach that goal, rock camp is a way to provide a space for girls, trans, and gender non-conforming youth where they can identify as musicians. At rock camp, we use methods to encourage the campers’ creativity, provide a variety of different musicians and mentors as role models, and a curriculum that is a broad introduction to the world of music.
Most girls rock organizations begin as a summer camp. Some organizations include year round after school and/or holiday programming, programming for interns, Ladies Rock Camp, hip hop/dj camps, overnight camps, and classes in DIY recording. All GRCA member organizations are encouraged to develop and structure programming that is relevant to its community and culture.
GRCA organizations value diversity and strive to be as inclusive as possible. GRCA organizations usually have a very low tuition, sliding scale and/or provide financial aid, and value female, trans, and gender non-conforming mentorship and leadership. Through our annual conference, we exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices on how to fulfill our missions, serve a diverse community, and fight different forms of oppression.