Growing Camp means Growing Gear

Have you heard the news? Yes, it’s true our camper registration forms for our second year of camp (July 21st- July 25) have launched! (Find them here!)

We’ve  kicked it into high gear to make this year’s camp the best it can be. We are looking to grow camp from our 17 campers of last year, to 40 campers this year. And growing the number of campers we have this year means we have to grow our gear! 

Last year our amazing campers formed 5 bands, and it was only through the outpouring of generosity from our community that we had enough guitars, basses, keyboards and drum kits to help each of our fledgling artists preform their original songs for the first time. While some of the gear was donated to our organization other items were loaned out from working musicians for the week of camp.


Campers rocked out with a variety of gear loaned or donated from the Columbia musician community- like this crazy cool Mortal Kombat themed drum kit!

Hosting 40 campers means that this year we get to form 10 bands! So what do we need this year to help 40 campers rock all week long?

This year we will need:

10 keyboards
10 drum sets
10 electric guitars
10 bass guitars (preferably small scale for younger bands)
10 guitar amps
10 bass amps
We also want to make vocals easier in each room. To do so we will need:
10 mics
10 powered speakers with at least 2 inputs 
We need your help again this year to rock! Dust off that guitar that’s been sitting in the corner, grab that extra microphone and loan them to Girls Rock this summer. Email us at (addressed to Molly L) or find us at an upcoming event and let us know what gear you want to donate or loan to GRC.
Last year we had so many GRC friends and allies help loan, donate and move gear throughout the week, so many people pitched in, it proves that it takes a village to rock! Let us know how you want to help this year!
Let’s rock together this year.
Until then, rock on.  Love, Girls Rock. 
Camp consoler, Diana rocking out the Mortal Kombat kit during assembly at 2013's camp.

Camp consoler, Diana rocking out the Mortal Kombat kit during assembly at 2013’s camp.


A Look at 2014 So Far…

This year the GRC team has been working non-stop to make 2014’s camp even better then last year’s. It’ll be a hard task, but we are ready to do it!

Getting ready for camp doesn’t mean waiting patiently until July. We’ve been out and about getting Columbia excited about another inspiring year of Girls Rock goodness. Here’s the highlight reel of where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to so far in 2014.

January found us getting back to our Riot Grrl roots with a screening of The Punk Singer at the Nickelodeon Theater. Members of Haus Werk and Those Lavender Whales (forming Haus Whales for the night) opened the evening exploring the story of Bikini Kill singer, Kathleen Hanna, and the Riot Grrl movement. Following the documentary, a panel of musicians and scholars led a rousing discussion with the audience. The night was another great opportunity to connect with the community and further GRC’s educational mission.

Hauswhales rocked some Bikini Kill tunes for the crowd, and the panel made up of  past GRC counselors, teachers and musicians.

Top: Haus Whales rocking some Bikini Kill tunes for the crowd.  Bottom: Panel made up of past GRC counselors, teachers and musicians. Right: a killer poster for the screening of The Punk Singer, the Kathleen Hanna Story.

With the start of spring Girls Rock got the chance to march in the annual Mardi Gras Parade as part of the Mardi Gras Queen’s court. Volunteers, musicians, past campers and parents got to reconnect and march the parade route with the rest of the community.

Campers and Volunteers made signs and banners to celebrate Girls Rock in the Mardi Gras Parade!

Campers and Volunteers made signs and banners to celebrate Girls Rock in the Mardi Gras Parade!


A great day to march with campers and friends at Mardi Gras!

A great day to march with campers and friends at Mardi Gras!

Friend and longtime supporter of GRC, Jasper Magazine, welcomed GRC as a beneficiary of their latest magazine release celebrating Women’s History month. Girls Rock organized talented female musicians to perform that night and debuted our brand new photo booth!

Ladies who rock at the Jasper release party- from left to right; Jade Blocker, Prairie Willows, Beth Dickerson,  and Stefanie Santana

Ladies who rock at the Jasper release party- from left to right: Jade Blocker, The Prairie Willows, Beth Dickerson, and Stefanie Santana


GRC organizers rocking out in the photo both! Join us in the booth

GRC organizers rocking out in the photo both! Join us in the booth this spring to take your best rock photo!









While we were busy in town this spring, three of our dedicated volunteers and organizers made the trek up to Philadelphia to join other Girls Rock Camp representatives at the annual Girls Rock Camp Alliance Conference. The organizers had the opportunity to learn from other camp organizers, musicians and volunteers from across the country. We cannot wait to take the learning that we gained from the conference and put it to good use during camp this July.

Girls Rock Columbia is now an official member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance!

Girls Rock Columbia is now an official member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance!

We brought what we learned back to Colatown to help put on our very first Gear Drive and fundraiser show held (and helped!) by the good folks at Hunter Gatherer. The crowd came out to see great performances by Buried Beds and My Brother My Sister. We hosted our very first live auction event that night, auctioning off incredible items like swag from Columbi-Yeah, prints from The Half and Half and a dance party from the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul. We had a blast raising funds for camp while raising awareness for our programs!

Camp organizer, Mollie leading the auction and pepping up the crowd.

Camp organizer, Mollie, leading the auction and pepping up the crowd.

Girls Rock was pleased to be invited to participate in the opening home bout of the Richland County Regulators this past weekend. Girls Rock representatives were on hand to meet with interested parents, community members and youngsters to find out more about camp and how they can get involved. The Regulators named GRC their official charity of the night.

We’ve been busy all spring prepping for camp, bringing in new volunteers, and learning from each other and our other ally camps and partners. July is coming up fast and there is so much more to do, but we are here to roll up our sleeves and  get to work, come see us when we are out and about, and always, feel free to lend us a hand and join our team!

Until then, rock on. Love, Girls Rock Columbia.


Soda City Market on Main St

swagGirls Rock Columbia will be out at the Soda City Market on Main St. downtown this Saturday. The market times are 9am to 1pm – so come and see us! We’ve screen printed shirts, totes and patches – and we’ll also have our buttons out there too!

screentank 1


We are so close to solidifying our location and date for the camp this summer. That’s why we are starting our fundraising efforts now! We hope you’ll come out to the market and talk to us about the camp and what we want for our amazing city. Plus, we had a lot of fun making the stuff for you to buy.

We’ve also got Kristin at the GRCA Conference this weekend networking with women who run camps all over the country. We’re excited for her to come back with information from other camps so we can take our planning to the next level!

hustle team screen print 2

Girls Rock Columbia!

Hi! We are a group of women in Columbia, SC working together to organize a summer camp for girls to come and learn to play rock music together.

Our mission statement:

Girls Rock Columbia is a one-week long day camp that exists to foster a community of girls ages 8-18 through music, performance, and various workshops. The program encourages an environment that cultivates self-confidence, challenges gender stereotypes, promotes positive female relationships, creativity, and leadership.  The ultimate goal of Girls Rock Columbia is to empower everyone involved; both campers and volunteers, to take the sense of community learned from within the organization and carry that throughout the city they call home.

Girls Rock Columbia is in the process of becoming a part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, a coalition of Girls Rock Camp organizers across the country where over 10,000 girls have been inspired, challenged, and mentored in rock camps. That number is constantly growing. Many prominent women musicians have shown their support for GRCA by volunteering as instructors and coaches at their local rock camp chapters.

The overwhelmingly positive response girls rock camps have received (including features in the New York Times, LA Times, and a documentary) and the rapid rate that the camps continue to spread across the world indicate that this truly a global movement for cultural change. While each camp tailors programming and services to best fit the needs of its community, the basic mission is the same: to empower girls through music education. In one week of camp, girls are guided by mentors in music instruction as they learn an instrument, form a band, write a song, and play a show. Additionally, campers are led in a wide array of workshops, including songwriting, recording, self defense, zine-making, and media literacy.

Girls Rock Columbia will take place late summer of 2013 in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.

For more information about the Girls Rock Columbia, including interviews, how to become a sponsoring organization, or information on the camp later this summer, please contact sign up for email updates.