GRFW’s summer program is about way more than just rocking out!
Our mission is to empower our campers & gender-expansive youth to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance. In a weeklong summer session run by adult community volunteers, campers gain meaningful life skills of collaboration, problem solving, and positive self-expression in a creative, supportive environment.
During our summer program, campers meet and form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), compose original songs and perform live to hundreds of family, friends, and community members at a local rock venue – all in one week’s time! Throughout each session, GRFW also provides daily workshops geared towards building self-esteem and encouraging self-expression and opportunities to participate in social justice.
GRFW is for girls, trans, non-binary, gender-expansive, and/or gender non-conforming youth ages 8-17. There is no musical experience necessary and we will provide all instruments for campers who attend.
If you are between the ages of 14-17 and have attended a Girls Rock Camp before or want to learn the “behind the scenes” aspects of the music business, check out ourfor an amazing leadership opportunity and a waived camp fee!
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.
The Camp Fee is sliding scale from $0-$350. We believe that finances shouldn’t be a barrier to campers who wish to participate, so we provide need-based financial aid. Every year we provide financial assistance to approximately 50% of our campers.
The Hill School of Fort Worth
4817 Odessa Avenue
Please DO NOT contact the Hill School directly with questions about camp.
The Monday-Friday portion of summer camp runs from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. The showcase takes place on Saturday afternoon and runs approximately one and a half hours. Campers are required to be at GRFW all hours and all days, including Saturday.
The GRFW Summer Camp application process has TWO STEPS for NEW CAMPERS. Both MUST be completed before your application will be considered.
***Notifications will not immediately be sent out. All acceptance emails will be sent by May 2nd.***
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.
If our spaces are full, you will be placed on a waiting list. While we cannot guarantee that spaces will become available, we will alert you to any developments in your camper’s application status.
Yes! We are proud to partner with local businesses in providing lunch each day, however, campers are welcome to bring their own lunches if they have specific needs & dietary restrictions.
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 on a first come, first served basis. Once instruments have been assigned at camp, campers cannot switch.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions here or use the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page with any further questions! Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on events, application, and future sessions.
SAMPLE CAMP SCHEDULE
Lunch and Live Performance
Band Practice & Workshops
Branding & Marketing
Women in Rock History
Body Image/Stage Presence
Standing up to Injustice
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 2020 summer camp is:
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.
Ages 8 to 17
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.
We have instructors for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and vocals
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 [email protected] if you have questions about special circumstances regarding this policy.
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 campers, 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.
Girls Rock Fort Worth was created to amplify the voices of marginalized populations. 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.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.
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!
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.
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.
Because GRFW functions largely as a venue for traditionally under-represented groups to mentor each other, we prioritize participation of women and gender expansive folks in roles that work directly with our youth. We have so many ways for you to be involved from working at camp to helping out with special events. There is a place for everyone at GRFW. We offer full & part time, year round & seasonal, and musically experienced & “never touched an instrument a day in my life” positions. We are also working to make volunteering at camp more accessible by offering stipends to volunteers.
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 lunch prep, promoting GRFW to the community, and other “behind the scenes” ways.