Girls Rock Dallas is a rock camp for girls ages 8-17 empowering them through music education. Want to learn how to rock? This is the place.
What is Girls Rock Camp?
Girls Rock Dallas 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 Dallas for the camp’s showcase. The girls will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of life-skill and technical workshops.
Who may Apply for Camp?
Girls Rock Dallas 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 Dallas 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. Please visit our website www.girlsrockdallas.org for more information.
Camp Cost/Financial Assistance
$350/ Full Camp Cost. Girls Rock Dallas is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations made are tax deductible. Camp Payment, however, is not a donation, and therefore is not tax deductible.
We believe that any girl who would like to go to camp should be able to, so reduced camp cost is available for campers from low- and moderate-income households. It is our goal to make camp accessible to all girls, because we believe that all girls can benefit from the program. We also value a diverse camper population, reflecting the greater city and world we live in. You may apply for financial assistance by filling out the financial assistance form. Applying for financial assistance will neither increase nor decrease your chances of being accepted to camp.
NOTE: Please do not send your camp payment in with application. You will be notified via email or phone of camp acceptance. If your child is accepted, tuition will be due no later than June 1, 2017. If you need to setup a payment plan, please let us know and we will make arrangements.
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 2017 summer camp is:
30 days before first day of camp: Full refund
15 day before first day of camp: %50 refund
1st day of camp or during camp: No refund
We appreciate your understanding of this policy in our efforts to create the best camp experience for all campers.
How to Apply for Girls Rock Camp
There are two steps in applying to summer camp. Both must be completed before GRD will process your application.
1. The summer camp application (and OPTIONAL financial assistance application)
2. 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 GRD to process your application.
Campers are currently admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are 60 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 GRD or an affiliate camp. Intern applications available soon!
Girls Rock Dallas does not provide 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.
Podcast/Radio: Learn how to create high quality audio and video podcasts.
Sample Summer Schedule
9:00-9:30am Morning Assembly
9:30-10:30am Morning Workshops/Electives
10:30-12:00pm Instrument Instruction
12:00-1:00pm Lunch & Live Performance
1:00-2:45pm Afternoon Workshop
2:45-4:30pm Band Practice & Snack
4:30-5:00pm Afternoon Assembly
Afternoon Electives include:
– Women in Rock History
– Body Image/Stage Presence
– Team Building
– Standing up to Injustice