Thanks for being interested in Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Camps! Please read this page thoroughly – there is a lot of important information about camp and the application process. We can’t wait to rock out with you!
You’ll find the link to apply at the end of all of this important information!
∇ About Summer 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.
Monday to Friday: Campers form bands or DJ crews. In their bands, they will write at least 1 original song collaboratively. In their DJ crews, they will develop collaborative DJ sets. Both bands and DJs will be assisted by coaches and adult mentors. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to improvisation to self-defense.
Saturday and Sunday: Bands and DJs perform their original songs/sets at a showcase and then spend the next day at the recording studio.
Session ONE: Teens
Monday, July 11 – Sunday, July 17
Session TWO: Youth
Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24
The camp day runs from 9am – 4:30pm each day, with a final showcase on Saturday and a studio recording day on Sunday. Campers should 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 4:30-6 pm. 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 held at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden Street)!
Session 2 showcase will be held at Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street)!
Recording for both Session 1 and Session 2 will be at Miner Street Studios – 1 block from Girls Rock headquarters in Fishtown. More information about recording will be sent to campers before camp.
WHO MAY APPLY FOR CAMP
Girls Rock Philly’s girls rock camps are open to girls and trans* youth ages 9 through 18. No musical experience is necessary! You don’t have to live in Philadelphia to apply however rock camp is a day camp and we do not provide lodging or accommodations.
We aim to give every camper their first or second choice, however some years certain instruments are way more popular than others, which means we have to do a little extra work to make it all fit! We want to create a balanced and instrument-diverse camp! So… for example check out the bass — really! Do you like both drums and guitar? Well, bass is kind of like a mixture of the two. Totally awesome!
You cannot change your instrument preferences after you send in your application and you cannot change the instrument you’re assigned before or during the camp session.
TUITION AND COSTS
Tuition is sliding scale between $50-$450.
A sliding scale is a tool to ensure folks have equitable access to experiences like GRP’s Summer Camp, regardless of financial resources. We ask for your active participation in deciding your contribution. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their income for tuition. This way, the cost of camp is not pocket change for some folks and a big commitment for other folks. While GRP is a small organization, we make sliding scale a priority because we acknowledge that we live in a world of differing privileges and income disparities. We can also provide lunch for campers as well as tokens for transportation.
The below chart is a suggested guideline created by matching annual household income with a suggested tuition payment, assuming a household of 3-5 people.
Annual Household Income = Suggested Tuition
less than $20,000 = <$50 or full scholarship
$20,000 to $30,000 = $50 – $100
$30,000 to $50,000 = $100 – $200
$50,000 to $70,000 = $200 – $300
more than $70,000 = $400 +
You will receive an invoice with your camper’s acceptance packet.
If you have any questions about tuition, please contact us!
EXPRESS YOURSELF PIECE
*New in 2016 – returning campers do not need to put together an express yourself piece. New campers only!
Please let us know why you would like to be a part of Girls Rock Philly! You can choose how you’d like to express yourself. Here are some ideas: write a letter, draw a picture, make a collage, record or write a song or poem, etc. You don’t have to think about this like an essay for school – it should be fun! We cannot review your application until we receive this piece!
To submit your piece, you can:
- Upload the piece with your application
- Mail it to Girls Rock Philly, 1867 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125, OR
- Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line should be: “first and last name Express Yourself”
Complete camper applications are reviewed on a first come-come, first-served basis but selected to create a balanced camp population in relation to instrument choices, age and experience. We receive more applications than we have camper spots, so we will not be able to accept everyone who applies.
Upon receipt of your online application, GRP will notify you with an e-mail confirmation. This email does not guarantee a spot at rock camp just confirms that we have received your online application.
*Note: NEW CAMPERS – we cannot review your application without your express yourself piece!
February 29 – Applications open
March 28 – First round of notification letters
April 25- Second round of notification letters
June 1 – Final Application deadline
June 3 – Third round of notification letters
June 17 – Tuition and Forms due
∇ ∇ ∇ Teens (13-18) can APPLY HERE∇ ∇ ∇
∇ ∇ ∇ Youth (9-12) wait list HERE ∇ ∇ ∇
GRP’S NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Girls Rock Philly values diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity towards all individuals and does not condone discrimination towards any person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, size, or mental or physical ability. We are committed to providing a safe space for everyone; as well as educating staff, volunteers, and the community in order to create an inclusive environment that celebrates and honors the diversity of our members.
Girls Rock Philly welcomes both volunteers and campers who identify as female, transgender, and gender non-conforming to apply for on-site camp week positions. Off-site camp week positions, as well as positions outside of camp week, are open to individuals of any gender identity and expression. We invite and encourage our male-identified allies to find out how they can get involved. Girls Rock Philly honors the diversity of gender expression and supports self-identified female, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals to join us in our work. We acknowledge that gender is an ongoing and important issue and are always open to further discussion surrounding this topic.
Questions? Email us at camp(at)girlsrockphilly.org. If you need a paper application, please call 215.776.5246.