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 studio recording their original songs. 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.
Who may apply to 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 here.
When and where is camp?
Camp is the first full week of August and has been held at venues around Philadelphia including: Girard College and University of the Arts.
The camp day runs from 9am – 5:30pm each day, with a final showcase on Saturday and a studio recording day on Sunday. NOTE: Campers should plan to 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.
How do you assign instruments?
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!
Application Fee: In order to apply to GRP’s Summer, you must submit a $25 non-refundable application fee with your application. (Fee may be waived; please see the application for more information)
Tuition: Tuition for Summer Camp, like all GRP programs, is sliding scale: $50-$450. We prefer to give our participants the space to decide what amount works best for their budget. Let us know if you have any questions! There are also opportunities for full scholarships.
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 full price to do so. That being said, we do realize that not everyone can afford our suggested fees, so we use a sliding scale that includes a range of tuition amounts. 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.
Email us at info(at)girlsrockphilly.org