Volunteering at Summer Camp
We have a variety of musical and non-musical volunteer positions available for people interested in working with Girls Rock Philly. Positions include instrument instructor, band manager and band coach, roadie, workshop leader, kitchen team, counselor, receptionist, and more. We will prioritize women, trans and gender non-conforming people for our mentorship positions. Other volunteer positions are open to people of all genders.
- Apply to volunteer at our Teen Camp here.
- Apply to volunteer at our Youth Camp here.Specific Forms:
- If you’re only available on the weekends, please sign up for our Showcase Crew here.
- If you want to be a lunchtime performer, please read more here.
- If you want to lead a workshop at camp, please read more here.
More info about camp: When + Where
Session 1: Teens 13-19: July 10 – 16, 2017 at El Centro de Estudiantes.
Session 2: Youth 9-12: July 24 – 30, 2017 at Hackett Elementary.
You can read more about summer camp here.
Volunteer Training, Gatherings & Orientations
Sunday, June 11
Girls Rock Philly is committed to providing important training and resources to all camp volunteers. Our day-long training will cover most camp logistics as well as give you an opportunity to attend workshops on varied topics related to rock camp and its curriculum. At the training, counselors will receive your counselor groups, and instrument instructors will receive their class lists.
Teen camp: Sunday, July 9
Youth camp: Sunday, July 23
The orientation happens the day before each camp session as a way to reconnect with the people you’ll be working with as well as familiarize yourself with the camp location. Both orientations will be held at the camp site.
NEW! Volunteer Gatherings
2017 dates TBA
We will have two potluck gatherings before camp for People of Color and Trans and Gender non-conforming volunteers (dates TBA). Are you interested? Please let us know on your application. If you want to help coordinate these gatherings, please email our Community Organizing Director, Andrea at andrea(at)girlsrockphilly.org.
Volunteer Job Descriptions
♥ Music Specific Mentorship Positions ♥
INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTOR(Mornings Monday-Friday) Our campers possess a varying range of skill levels – some have been playing for years while many have never touched a musical instrument in their lives. Instructors are responsible for working with other teachers to plan classes and create a supportive learning environment for the campers. Instrument instruction takes place every morning of camp, and classes usually involve a solo teacher in smaller groups (3‐4 students) with some opportunities for larger team‐teaching.
BAND COACH(Afternoons Monday-Friday, Showcase Saturday, Recording Sunday) On the first day of camp, the campers form bands, and each band is assigned a band coach. Band Coaches oversee band practice each afternoon of camp, and is the contact for the band during the Saturday showcase. The coach provides help and guidance with all aspects of working as a group: setting up, tuning, songwriting, learning how to play together, working together constructively, figuring out band names, etc. Band Coaches may also help out with additional instrument instruction if needed.
HEAD ROADIE(All day, Monday-Friday) Coordinate the roadies and track and organize the movement of gear throughout the week of camp! Roadies are vital! We need folks 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, helping with load-in/out on showcase days, etc. (music experience required)
♥ Non-music Mentorship Positions ♥
COUNSELOR(All-day, Monday-Friday) Counselors serve as mentors for assigned groups of girls, which involves checking in with them every morning, making sure the campers are where they need to be at all times, and offering advice and help throughout the day. The most important parts of the job are ensuring the campers’ safety and giving them support and encouragement.
WORKSHOP LEADER(2-4 hours commitment, typically 1 day only) We offer a range of workshops throughout the week, from self-defense and songwriting to silk screening and media literacy. We’re also open to new ideas about workshops that we haven’t offered before. Workshop leaders are responsible for developing a 60 to 90 minute session on their topic and teaching it 2-4 times to a group of 15-25 campers.
BAND MANAGER(Afternoons, Monday – Friday, Showcase Saturday, Recording Sunday) Band Managers serve in a team with the Band Coaches for individual bands. Because the most important parts of the job are ensuring the campers’ safety and giving them support and encouragement, non-musicians are welcome in this job. Band managers help with getting equipment that might be needed in the band room, getting snacks, being a positive and supportive person in the band room during band practice.
CAMP NURSE(1 nurse needed on campus at all time, can be split among several volunteers) The camp nurse or designated first aid volunteer is responsible for responding to any injury or illness events that arise, from basic first aid to assisting in the event of a medical emergency. Any cuts, bumps or bruises, etc. should be reported to the camp nurse. The nurse reviews the camper’s health history before camp begins and makes note of any significant health issues or allergies that campers may have.
TEAM FEELINGS(1 needed on campus at all times, can be split among several volunteers) Team Feelings is made up of social workers, therapists and counselors. They are available to all camp staff and volunteers as someone to run tricky situations by, to report something worrisome you witnessed or overheard a camper doing or saying, either to another camper or about a situation in her home life, and as a general support when you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, confused, excited, etc. Team Feelings is also there to help out with group/band dynamics, if something isn’t clicking, or to help resolve a conflict between campers if one arises.
ASSEMBLY TEAM(9-9:30, 4:00-5:00, Monday – Friday) At morning and afternoon assembly, we have announcements, skits on various themes relevant to camp, ice-breakers, the morning scream, camp song, possibly some stretching. In the mornings, we will introduce daily themes, and review group agreements. In the afternoon, we will return to the theme with closing activities.
KITCHEN COORDINATOR(preferably all day availability, but if needed can be split up into shifts on Monday – Friday) Coordinate the kitchen team and track and organize food throughout the week of camp! Kitchen helpers need to lift, move and serve boxes of drinks and snacks at camp. You set up and clean up breakfast and/or lunch each day. You keep counters clean and tidy in addition to serving food. Kitchen team members will occasionally be asked to drive to pick up local lunch donations. Feeding people at camp is fun and makes everyone happy. Be a food fairy; it’s fun!
PHOTOGRAPHER(flexible time commitment)Do you have experience shooting live events and bands? Take band portraits and capture the magic of rock camp!
HEAD COUNSELOR(flexible time commitment)Coordinate the counselor crew and be of assistance to them throughout the week. Keep them updated with important information. For folks with experience as a camp counselor and managing groups of adults.
♥ Other Volunteer Positions ♥
RECEPTIONIST(8:30-9:15 AM and 4:15-5:15 PM Monday- Friday, can be split up) From the front desk, the receptionist assists with the check-in and out of campers every day, monitors visitors, gives directions, answers questions, and sells showcase tickets & merch. Volunteers that work reception are responsible for checking in campers as they arrive at camp. An attendance sheet with the campers name alphabetically listed is provided. Oftentimes parents or guardians have questions that can be fielded at the reception desk. (no music experience required)
ROADIE CREW(flexible time commitment) Roadies are vital! We need folks 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, helping with load-in/out on showcase days, etc. Also, we always have last-minute stuff that comes up, and we need a few folks to be available for runs to Kinko’s or the hardware store, fill in if another volunteer can’t make their shift, and generally lend a hand as necessary. (no music experience required)
CHILDCARE TEAM(flexible time commitment) Help make it possible for campers and volunteers with kids to participate in summer camp! Childcare providers spend shifts throughout the day with young children on-site at camp. Previous childcare experience preferable. (no music experience required)
KITCHEN TEAM(shifts on Monday – Friday, can be split up by day) Kitchen helpers need to lift, move and serve boxes of drinks and snacks at camp. You set up and clean up breakfast and/or lunch each day. You keep counters clean and tidy in addition to serving food. Kitchen team members will occasionally be asked to drive to pick up local lunch donations. Feeding people at camp is fun and makes everyone happy. Be a food fairy; it’s fun! (no music experience required)
♥ Weekend Positions ♥
SHOWCASE CREW(Saturday, typically 10:30-230) Showcases are exciting days for our community to come together, see camper bands perform original songs, and celebrate. They are also important days for getting new folks interested in Girls Rock Philly and raising funds to support our ongoing work. Sign up for our 2017 Showcase Crew if you’re only available to volunteer at our weekend showcases. Here is a list of some of the jobs at the showcase: Roadies, Merch sellers, Stage Manager, Welcomers and Door crew, Videographer, Photographer(s) and Camper Wranglers. We ask that all Band Coaches attend the Showcase. (no music experience required, except for Stage Manager) Sign up here.
RECORDING SUPPORT(Sunday 2-3 hour shifts all day) Help make the campers limited time in the recording studio as efficient and fun as possible. Support the band coaches or fill in if they aren’t around.