Rock Camp is GRP’s largest program and takes place every summer. There are all different kinds of roles with various responsibilities and time commitments. There are many roles that do no require music experience! So read on to find out more about rock camp, volunteering and then sign up!
Volunteers must be 19 at the time of camp to participate. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2016. Volunteers are contacted on a rolling basis.
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About Summer Rock Camp
Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Camp, is a week-long program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, visiting artists, band practice, a showcase and a day in the recording studio. Campers have instrument instruction every day in groups of 3-5 organized by skill level and age. On Day 1, campers form bands with whom they then will write at least 1 original song collaboratively, assisted by band coaches and adult mentors. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to improvisation to healthy relationships. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase and then spend the next day recording their song in a professional studio.
In 2016, we are running two sessions of rock camp!! The first session will be for teens (13 to 18) and the second session will be for youth (9 to 12).
Session ONE: Teens 13-18
Monday, July 11 – Sunday, July 17
Session TWO: Youth 9-12
Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24
The camp day runs from 9am – 5:30pm each day, with a final showcase on Saturday and a studio recording day on Sunday. Campers should aim to be present every day at camp and available on both Saturday AND Sunday. The Sunday recording session will be a 45 minute time slot between 9 am and 6 pm.
NOTE: Campers should arrive by 8:45am as the camp day begins promptly at 9am. Girls Rock Philly provides up to an hour of before & after care from 8-9am and 5:30-6:30pm. Please let GRP know if you’re interested in extended day options by noting it on your application.
Both Session 1 and 2 will be held at Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus in South Philly.
Mastery Charter – Thomas Campus is located at 927 Johnston Street, 2 blocks south of Oregon Avenue. The building is wheelchair accessible. The closest subway stop is the Oregon Avenue station on the Broad Street Line. There are several bus lines that pass near the school as well.
Session 1 showcase will be at Union Transfer.
Session 2 showcase location will be announced shortly.
Recording for both Session 1 and Session 2 will be at Miner Street Studios – 1 block from Girls Rock headquarters in Fishtown. Campers will meet at GRP. More information about recording will be in acceptance packets.
NEW VOLUNTEER INFO SESSIONS
New volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend camp information sessions. If you cannot attend an information session, GRP’s Program Director will follow up with you about a phone interview.
Wednesday, March 16 – 6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 5 – 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 7 – 12 pm
All sessions are at GRP Headquarters, 1867 Frankford Avenue.
Girls Rock Philly is committed to providing important training and resources to all camp volunteers. The 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.
Volunteer training will take place on Saturday, June 11 at location TBA.
A make-up training is available and required for anyone who cannot attend the June 11 training.
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 (Mastery Charter – Thomas Campus).
SESSION 1: TEEN orientation will take place on Sunday, July 10 from 2 pm to 5 pm
SESSION 2: YOUTH orientation will take place on Sunday, July 17 from 2 pm to 5 pm
Both orientations will be held at the camp site: Mastery Charter – Thomas Campus, 927 Johnston Street in South Philly.
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, 4:45-5:30, 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 4:45-5:30 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)
SHOWCASE SUPPORT(Saturday 10:30-230) The Showcase is the big culminating public event of camp week. We need lots of hands to make it run smoothly. In addition to expressing interest pre-camp, a sign-up sheet will be posted during the camp week, so if you want to help, put your names on the list! Here is a list of some of the jobs at the showcase: Roadies, Merch sellers, Stage Hands, Welcomers/Ushers (as needed for venue), Videographer, Photographer(s) and Camper Wranglers. We ask that all Band Coaches attend the Showcase. (no music experience required)
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.