Thanks for being interested in Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Rock 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!
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!!
Session ONE: Teens
Monday, July 11 – Sunday, July 17
Session TWO: Youth
Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24
More information soon about our teen internship program plus expanded volunteer opportunities for teen campers!
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 held at TBA
Session 2 showcase will be held at TBA
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.
WHO MAY APPLY FOR CAMP
Girls Rock Philly’s girls rock camps are open to girls* 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.
*Note: GRP believes in gender self-determination and our camp is open to all girls and trans youth. See our non-discrimination policy below.
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!
If a camper’s first and second choice instruments are full, they will be placed on a waiting list until a spot opens up in either their first or second choice. So be sure to pick two different instruments for first and second choice.
You cannot change your selection after you send in your application and you cannot change the instrument you’re assigned before or during the camp session.
TUITION AND FEES
Application Fee: $25 non-refundable application fee. Fee may be waived; please see the application for more information.
Tuition: Our sliding scale for our 2015 summer camps is $50-$450.
A sliding scale allows you to decide what amount works best for your budget. The below chart is a suggested guideline created by matching annual household income with a suggested tuition payment. You will receive an invoice with your camper’s acceptance packet.
Annual Household Income = Suggested Tuition
less than $20,000 = other 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 +
If you need to apply for a full scholarship, you’ll have an opportunity to do so on the application. Please consider your family income, resources, and dependents in the household when determining your tuition amount. This process is honor-based and confidential. We do not require any supporting documentation for consideration, so we expect you to be honest in your assessment and statement of financial need.
Girls Rock Philly operates with very limited resources, and we rely heavily on donations and support from the community to sustain our programs, so we ask those who can afford to pay any amount to do so.
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 part 1 of your application.
Completed applications includes:
- Application form
- Express Yourself piece (new campers only)
- $25 non-refundable application fee OR fee waiver
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
***APPLICATIONS OPEN FEB 29th!***
Download the 2016 camper application on 2/29/16
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.