Summer Rock Camp!
Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Rock 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.
What is camp?
Monday to Friday: Campers form bands. In their bands, they will write at least 1 original song collaboratively. Bands 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 perform their original songs at a showcase and then spend the next day at the recording studio.
Where is camp?
Teen Session & Youth Session of Rock Camp will take place at HORATIO B. HACKETT ELEMENTARY located at 2161 East York St., 19125.
The school is a couple blocks from the York-Dauphin Station and from the Berks Station on the Market-Frankford Line. It is 1 mile from exit 23 on I-95.
Please note: Hackett Elementary is ADA accessible. There is a ramp into the main building and an elevator onto the 2nd floor. Camp will be held on the 1st and 2nd floors of the school. GRP will work to accommodate camper needs to the best of our ability. As an organization, we will continue to work towards securing ADA accessible spaces for our programs and events.
For more details about individual camps, scroll down!
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.
General registration will begin March 27th.
Returning Campers: Submit your registration and application fee before April 18th and you will be guaranteed acceptance to summer camp! Once we process your application, we’ll send you an acceptance letter.
Returning applicants who apply after April 18th will be considered first-come first-served alongside new applicants, but won’t need to submit express yourself piece or have a phone call with GRP staff.
Returning Campers Application Process:
Complete application: TEEN or YOUTH Submit $10 application fee either by paypal or by mail. —–> To pay by PAYPAL, click here. —–> To pay by MAIL, send check or money order to: Girls Rock Philly 1428 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19122
All tuition and forms will be due by June 18th .
General registration for all campers begins March 27th, 2017 After we prioritize our returning campers, we’ll know how many spots are available for new campers. New campers submit application, application fee and express yourself piece to be considered on a first-come first-served basis, depending on spots available (as well as age and instrument preferences). Once we receive your full application, GRP staff will schedule a quick phone call with all new applicants.
New Campers Application Process:
Complete application: TEEN or YOUTH Pay $10 application fee either by paypal or by mail. —–> To pay by PAYPAL, click here. —–> To pay by MAIL, send check or money order to: Girls Rock Philly 1428 Germantown Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19122
Submit Express Yourself Piece: 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: Include the piece with your application or Email it to email@example.com. The subject line should be: “first and last name Express Yourself.” Phone Call with GRP Staff: Once we receive your full application, GRP staff will schedule a quick phone call with all new applicants. 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!
All tuition and forms will be due by June 18, 2018.
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!
Application Fee: The application fee for both returning and new campers is $10. This fee also helps to cover the costs of processing the many applications that we receive. If this application fee poses a problem, please contact GRP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're inviting teen campers who attend the first session of camp this summer to become paid interns during the youth session of rock camp! (July 16-22) Interns will have the chance to focus their learning on peer mentorship and facilitation skills with additional music responsibilities. Jobs may include: assembly team, workshop facilitation, band manager, roadie... Overall, this internship is a very exciting opportunity to develop important leadership, musical, and professional skills!
GRP is looking for up to 4 campers to be interns, chosen based on their application. We will prioritize applications from teens 15 to 18 years old, but welcome all campers attending session 1 of rock camp to apply!
Teen Rock Camp is open to girls, trans and gender variant youth ages 13 - 19.
July 9 to July 13, 2018
9AM to 5:00PM
(extended day from 8 - 9 AM and 5:00-5:30PM).
Teen Camp Showcase is taking place at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St) on Saturday, July 14 from 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Teen Camper Mixtape Recording Session will take place at UArts Merriam Theater Building (250 S. Broad St.) on Sunday, July 15 from 9am to 3pm.
Youth Rock Camp is open to girls, trans and gender variant youth ages 9 - 12.
July 16 to July 20, 2018
9AM to 4:30PM
(extended day from 8 - 9 am and 4:00 - 5:00 pm)
Youth Rock Showcase is taking place at the Rotunda (4014 Walnut St) on Saturday July 21 from 11:30am to 2:00pm.
Youth Camper Mixtape Recording Session will take place at UArts Merriam Theater Building (250 S. Broad St.) on Sunday, July 22 from 9am to 3pm.
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 girls, women, trans, and gender variant to apply for mentorship/leadership camp week positions. Non-mentorship 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. We acknowledge that gender is an ongoing and important issue and are always open to further discussion surrounding this topic.
Email us at camp(at)girlsrockphilly.org. If you need a paper application, please call 215.776.5246.