Girls Rock Fort Worth currently offers a one-week Summer day camp for girls, ages 8-17. We have many dreams and goals to expand our programming in the future in order to further our mission of empowering the youth in our community.
Summer Camp 2018
Girls Rock Fort Worth provides a week-long summer day camp to girls, ages 8-17. Qualified volunteers will instruct campers in guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals. The campers will form bands and learn how to write original songs together to perform live at a music venue in Fort Worth for the camp’s showcase. The girls will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of life-skill and technical workshops.
Camp is Monday through Friday from 9-5 with the showcase on Saturday. Campers must attend each day of camp AND the showcase.
WHO MAY APPLY FOR CAMP?
Girls Rock Fort Worth welcomes campers who self-identify as female, trans or gender non-conforming. No musical experience is necessary, just an interest in learning. Girls must be between the ages of 8-17 at the time of camp in order to apply.
Girls Rock Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admission policies, financial aid, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.
HOW TO APPLY FOR GIRLS ROCK CAMP
There are two steps in applying to summer camp. Both must be completed before GRFW will process your application.
- The summer camp application (and OPTIONAL financial assistance application)
- An Express Yourself Piece prepared by NEW campers. Returning campers will not need to submit an EYP this year.
Express Yourself Piece
Express Yourself! Camper enrollment is not based on the quality of this creative piece. Rather, we use the EYP to get to know the camper a little better and to find out more about her interest in coming to Summer Camp. EYPs may not be returned to you, so send us something we can keep! You may send a hard copy of your piece to our P.O. Box or email us a copy. Please have the applicant write a brief letter about herself (parents/guardians should not write this letter on behalf of the applicant). Applicants may also tell us why they want to attend rock camp through a drawing, painting, song, video, etc.
Note: The EYP is a part of your application and must be received for GRFW to process your application.
Campers are currently admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 40 slots available. Upon receipt of your emailed or mailed registration form we will send you a notice via email confirming your reservation number and containing payment instructions.
Intern positions are available for campers ages 14-17 who have attended 2 or more sessions of Summer Camp, either at GRFW or an affiliate camp.
Girls Rock Fort Worth provides lunch for campers. Each camper needs to bring a labeled sack lunch (we cannot provide refrigeration for lunches). However, if you are eligible for free lunch at school, and would like free lunch at camp, please check the box on the financial aid application and we will do our best to make arrangements for lunch to be provided. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided to all campers.
During camp, campers will study one instrument for the week. We have volunteer instructors teaching guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals. On the application, campers will be asked to pick their top 3 choices, and cannot change those choices after sending the application in. Instruments are assigned based on availability as well as camper requests. Once instruments have been assigned at camp, campers cannot switch.
Campers new to camp or ages 8-11 will attend our new morning workshop program, Rebel Girls! Returning campers ages 11-17 will have the choice to get in-depth and work the entire week on one topic of their choosing.
Electives include (*subject to change):
- Songwriting: In-depth exploration on how to write a song, using poetic, melodic and harmonic methods.
- Techie 101: Learn how to work your own amps, distortion and looping pedals, as well as other aspects of live sound.
- Recording: Learn the ropes to recording on different technological interfaces like Garage band and recording booths.
- Girls Rock Music Theory: Explore the musical techniques of different genres like punk, blues, classic rock and hip-hop.
- DJing: Learn from a local DJ the basics of DJ skills.
- Music Videos: Learn how to plan, stage and execute a music video.
- Personal Branding & Marketing: Learn tips & tricks to “put yourself out there” in any field. You’ll discover your unique attributes and how to use them to succeed in both your personal and professional life
- Podcasting: Learn how to create high quality audio recordings and actually create a podcast episode
SAMPLE SUMMER SCHEDULE:
- 9:00am Morning Assembly
- 10:00am Morning Workshops/Electives
- 10:30-NOON Instrument Instruction
- NOON Lunch & Live Performance
- 1:00-2:45pm Afternoon Workshop
- 2:45-4:30pm Band Practice & Workshops
- 4:30pm Closing Assembly
- 5:00pm Dismissal
AFTERNOON ELECTIVES INCLUDE:
- Women in Rock History
- Body Image/Stage Presence
- Team Building
- Standing up to Injustice
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE FOR GIRLS ROCK FORT WORTH?
Ages 8 to 17
WHAT LEVEL OF MUSICIAN IS ACCEPTED AT ROCK CAMP? WHAT IF MY CAMPER DOESN’T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH MUSIC?
Musicians of all levels are welcome at rock camp! We teach beginners, novices, virtuosos and everything in between. Campers do not need to bring or own an instrument.
WHAT INSTRUMENTS DO YOU TEACH?
We have instructors for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and vocals.
HOW MUCH IS CAMP?
Tuition is $350. However, we believe that finances shouldn’t be a barrier to campers who wish to participate, so we provide need-based financial aid and scholarships. Every year we provide financial assistance to approximately 50% of our campers.
MY CAMPER IS REALLY BUSY AND CAN ONLY ATTEND CAMP PART OF THE TIME. THEY DON’T REALLY HAVE TO BE THERE THE FULL WEEK AND THE SHOWCASE, RIGHT?
Actually, they do! Because our program schedule is designed so that campers build on skills they learn each day, it is essential that they attend camp for the full day, every day during the camp week. Missed time at camp translates to missed instruction and band practice time, and since campers rely on their band mates to help compose their song, an absent camper will have less creative input and ultimately get less out of the camp experience. Similarly, bands will be extremely disappointed should their members be late to/miss the showcase. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about special circumstances regarding this policy.
MY PROSPECTIVE CAMPER WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND CAMP WITH HER FRIEND(S) THIS SUMMER. CAN THEY BE IN A BAND TOGETHER?
A big part of the camp experience is learning to make new friends and collaborate with people whose perspectives and experiences may be different from your own. For many girls, this is a rare chance to socialize outside of their schools. We believe that working in bands with new friends fosters important social skills and crucial learning opportunities for campers. Additionally, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment to all campers, and to that end strongly encourage everyone at camp (youth and adults alike) to engage with new friends as much as possible. Please note that our band formation process occurs at camp with all campers present, so pre-forming bands is not possible and contrary to our emphasis on inclusion.
WHY A ROCK CAMP JUST FOR GIRLS?
Girls Rock Fort Worth was created because representations of girls and women in both the music industry and popular culture have always been the exception rather than the rule. We believe that visibility is crucial to providing opportunities for youth to envision themselves taking part in important leadership roles.
Because gender representation is a complex issue that involves more than just girls versus boys, we welcome gender fluid, non-binary, and trans youth to our programs, as these groups have also been traditionally under-represented. We’re working towards a world where communities that have not been traditionally visible are able to not only gain access to these creative resources, but thrive using them.
DO YOU TEACH ANYTHING BESIDES ROCK MUSIC AT YOUR CAMP?
Absolutely! Those who come to Girls Rock Fort Worth are encouraged to explore all types of music that interest them, and we foster an environment where all campers’ musical tastes are respected and included. Sometimes, campers create totally new genres!
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
We understand that plans may change for some of our campers and their families. We may have a waiting list for our camp and will greatly appreciate that you let us know of your change of plans as soon as possible.
Our cancellation policy for the 2018 summer camp is:
30 days before first day of camp: Full refund
15 days before first day of camp: %50 refund
1 Week before camp starts: No refund
Absolutely no refunds will be issued after the start of the camp session.
If GRFW has not received the completed agreed upon tuition fee by the due date indicated in your Acceptance email, this will be considered a cancellation.
We appreciate your understanding of this policy in our efforts to create the best camp experience for all campers. If you choose to donate your tuition fee, you will be given a tax receipt.
HOW DID GIRLS ROCK FORT WORTH BEGIN?
Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls was founded in 2001 in Portland, Oregon. It has since expanded all over the world. The Girls Rock Camp Alliance was formed in 2007 as a tool for networking and support. A conference is held yearly for member camps to share experiences and exchange ideas to help and inspire each other.
Sarah Reagan, the Founder/Executive Director of GRFW, first discovered and fell in love with the Rock Camp program while visiting Austin. A seed was planted to make Girls Rock happen in Fort Worth. She volunteered as a workshop presenter at Girls Rock Dallas in 2015 and drove away from that experience determined to make this dream a reality.
In the Fall of 2015, the Organizing Team began working on the first camp. GRFW began collaborating with Girls Rock Dallas in early 2016 in order to share resources and skills. The first camp was held in Fort Worth on July 25-29 with an End-of-Camp Showcase at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge on July 30.
HOW CAN I HELP OR SUPPORT GIRLS ROCK FOR WORTH?
You can donate your time, gently used/functioning instruments and gear, or money to help support our mission. All financial and in-kind donations are tax deductible. A tax receipt is given upon request.
I WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT GIRLS ROCK FORT WORTH! WHAT CAN I DO?
Because GRFW functions largely as a venue for traditionally under-represented groups to mentor each other, we prioritize participation of women, gender fluid/non-binary, and trans folks in roles that work directly with our youth. We welcome male allies who want to help further our mission, and ask that they support GRFW in roles including help with camp set up and break down, food donations and prep, promoting GRFW to the community, and other non-direct ways.