GRFW PROGRAMS

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.

2022

GIRLS ROCK SUMMER CAMP


Girls Rock Will Be Back in 2022!

2021 Camp Update: After serious thought and discussion, the Board has made the difficult decision to cancel our Mini Camp that was planned for July.

We recognize that a lot of our team & volunteers are still facing physical, financial and emotional repercussions from this last year. We also know that a lot of your campers are overextended when it comes to engaging virtually. With all of this in mind, we feel it’s best to step back and consider other ways of connecting and creating together. We will be brainstorming ideas over the next couple of months and will update you once we have plans in place.

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.

On TBA, campers will have the opportunity to form a band, learn how to create a song using a digital platform, attend workshops geared towards radical self-love and creative expression, and share their original song at our Virtual After Party on TBA.

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WHEN DO 2022 CAMP APPLICATIONS OPEN?

TBA

WHO CAN ATTEND GRFW SUMMER CAMP?

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.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

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.

CAMP FEE

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.

CAMP LOCATION & DAILY SCHEDULE

ONLINE!

Your health and safety are important to us so we will be holding camp virtually this year! More specific details about which programs we will be using will be available closer to 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.

HOW TO APPLY FOR GIRLS ROCK CAMP

The GRFW Summer Camp application process has TWO STEPS for NEW CAMPERS. Both MUST be completed before your application will be considered. 

  1. The summer camp application (and OPTIONAL financial assistance application).  Click on APPLY NOW button above to start the application. Please do not close your browser until you see the “Application Submitted Successfully” page.
  2.  An Express Yourself Piece prepared by NEW campers. Returning campers will not need to submit an EYP this year.
IMPORTANT DATES
  • April: Camper Applications Open
  • May 15th: Camper Applications Close
  • May 17th – MAY 31st: Camper Notification Emails Go Out***
  • June 15th: Tuition Payment Due
  • JUNE 27th: Optional “Open House” for Campers and Families (Time TBA)
  • July 15th-18th: MINI-CAMP WEEK
  • JULY 24th: VIRTUAL AFTER PARTY (Time TBA)

***Notifications will not immediately be sent out. All acceptance emails will be sent by May 31st.*** 

CAMPER SELECTION & WAITING LIST

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.

INSTRUMENT INSTRUCTION

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.

FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT ATTENDING GRFW SUMMER CAMP?

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

Morning Assembly

Morning Workshop/Elective

Intrument Instruction

Lunch and Live Performance

Afternoon Workshops

Band Practice & Workshops

Closing Assembly

Dismissal

SAMPLE WORKSHOP/ELECTIVES

Songwriting

Techie 101

Recording

Music Theory

DJing

Music Videos

Branding & Marketing

Women in Rock History

Screen-Printing

Body Image/Stage Presence

Team Building

Self-Defense

Standing up to Injustice

Podcasting

FAQ

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 2020 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.

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

MY CAMPER DOESN'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 [email protected] if you have questions about special circumstances regarding this policy.

CAN MY CAMPER BE IN A BAND WITH HER FRIENDS?

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.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY 'GIRLS' ROCK?

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.

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!

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 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.

CAN MEN VOLUNTEER?

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.

Empowering  Girls Thru Music Education Since 2016