Summer Camp

rock summer campApplications are currently closed for Summer Camp 2014!
Session 1: July 7-11, Showcase July 12

Session 2: July 21-25, Showcase July 27

Session 3: August 4-8, Showcase August 9
Click here for details or email [email protected] with any questions about Summer Camp.

We offer three sessions of our summer day camp each year for girls ages 8 to 17. Monday through Friday, campers participate in instrument instruction, workshops, and band practice, where they write original songs. The showcase performance is held at a local music venue that weekend. No musical experience is necessary! Girls of all skill levels can take lessons on guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals or learn about DJing, MCing, and beat producing.

Play rock, punk, hip-hop, country, pop, indie, lounge, blues, reggae, jazz, ska, metal, experimental, hardcore, R & B, screamo, alternative, classic, or any other musical genre you can think of!

Attend workshops like zine making, self-defense, songwriting, screen printing, positive self-image, and more!

Catch a live lunchtime band or DJ every day! Past performers have included the Gossip, the Donnas, the Decemberists, Peaches, and Kaia Wilson.

Our mission is to help girls build self-esteem through music creation, performance, and workshops. In a supportive community of peers and mentors, we provide positive role models, hands-on experience, and access to technical and creative resources. Classes, workshops, and events are designed to foster self-esteem and life skills development in every camper while having fun, creating music, and making friends.

Instructors, band managers, band coaches, and other mentors come from all over to volunteer at Summer Camp. Many are female musicians with years of experience in writing, performing, recording, and touring with their bands or as solo artists. Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls was founded in 2000 and held its first Summer Camp in 2001. Nearly 250 girls participated this past summer, and many campers go on to become interns, volunteers, and run many of the 40+ Girls Rock Camps worldwide — among other amazing things, of course!

Tuition is $400 plus a $10 per camper nonrefundable application fee. Financial aid is available upon request.

Summer Camp is Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with an end-of-session showcase on the following weekend. All campers should bring a lunch, but no instruments are necessary — we provide all the gear!

Thank you for a wonderful summer! Summer Camp 2013 would not have been possible without the support of our amazing community and friends:

SW Charter School and Waterfront Church, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland Community Media, Daisy Rock Guitars, The Gossip, BiAmp, Guitar Center, Vic Firth, D’Addario, Kill Rock Stars, Staples, Stumptown Coffee, Grand Central Bakery, Einstein Bros Bagels, Fred Meyer, New Seasons, Trader Joes, La Bonita, Hotlips Pizza, Enchanted Cupcakes, Brass Tacks Sandwiches, ChickPeaDX Falafel, Cascadia New Traditionals, Sweetpea Bakery, Synthrotek, Portland Children’s Museum, In Other Words, Bitch Media, Clinton Street Theater, C.A.B. Fayre, Equal Exchange, Bolt, Button Arcade, Light Fantastic, Land & Buy Olympia, The Funky Skunk, Cup of Stars, The Angry Unicorn, Chrysalis ReCreations, ¿Por Que No?, Lush, The Little Canoe, Sock Dreams, Turntable Books, Brunch Box, Ruby Jewel, Printed Matter, Sock It To Me!, 22 Pages Photography, Sarai Saehee Photography, Burgerville, Techne Sound, GirlStrength, Susan Matlock Jones & Associates, PSU Girls Rock Camp Capstone, Piefight!, Like A Villain, Summer Cannibals, The Ghost Ease, LKN & Lisa Schonberg, My Parade, Lloyd & Michael, JAWWZZ!!, Ashley Eriksson, Sad Horse, Sara Renberg, The Cabin Project, Deep Time, Palo Verde, Lucia F., Memory Boys, Genders, Alyson Bolles/Sound Travels, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls Board of Directors, all our volunteers, interns, and many more!