Summer Camp

Since 2013, Girls Rock Columbia (GRC) has offered a week-long rock and empowerment camp to girls and trans youth ages 8-17. During camp, campers learn an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform a live concert at a music venue.

But GRC is more than just a rock camp! Campers also participate in a variety of workshops that promote self-confidence, celebrate diversity, spark conversations about advocacy and social justice, develop art skills and cultivate new friendships. Workshop topics range from screen printing to rock photography to podcasting and self-defense. Camp is open to everyone regardless of musical ability.

Peer Mentor Program

Girls Rock Columbia introduced a Peer Mentor Program to camp in 2016. Peer Mentors have the chance to focus on leadership and facilitation skills during camp with additional musical and volunteer responsibilities. Teens who are interested in being a peer mentor must:

  • be 15-17 years old at the start of camp with 1+ years of GRC camp
  • be 13-14 with 2+ years of GRC camp experience
  • demonstrate responsibility, reliability, and dedication to the Girls Rock Columbia mission
  • attend a peer mentor training session (date and location TBA)
  • attend volunteer orientation (date and location TBA)

The Peer Mentor Program is optional; teens are welcome to attend Girls Rock Columbia as campers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I sign up?
    Registration for our July 2019 camp will open in March 2019. A registration link will be published on this page when it opens. Sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be notified when camp registration opens.
  2. How much does camp cost?
    Full camp tuition is $350.00 per camper for the entire week. We sincerely seek to support each child who wants to participate in Girls Rock Columbia and do not want camp fees to prevent any child from attending camp. To better serve a diverse economic population, we use an income-based sliding scale for tuition. Sliding scale enables folks to determine what best fits their budget. That said, know that your payment for GRC camp is subsidizing the cost in all its parts. We ask that you take into consideration both your financial needs and the financial needs of Girls Rock Columbia.
  3. What do campers get for that cost?
    This fee covers many expenses to provide an exceptional experience for the campers: including the camp and showcase facility rental, equipment acquisition, workshop supplies, daily snacks and many other costs that ensure a quality camp experience.
  4. Who gets accepted to camp?
    In an effort to create a diverse camp, we consider age, ability and camper interest to help form each of the bands at camp. Because of this, we do not accept campers on a first-come first-serve basis. If we have age brackets that fill up quicker than others, we will compile other applicants of that age on to a waiting list in an effort to include as many eager campers as possible.

Want to get involved? Become a volunteer or attend one of our community events.