Camp is open to girls and transgender youth from 8 to 16 years old. 17-18 year olds are encouraged to apply for our Teen Internship program. See our website for details. Camp will take place at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester (220 Winton Road) from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. All participants in the camp will perform with their band at the showcase on Saturday, August 4.
Application TimelineMay 25 -- Camper applications closeJune 3 -- Camper acceptance packets emailedJune 30 -- Camper forms and tuition dueJuly 30 -- FIRST DAY OF CAMP!!!August 4 -- Camper Showcase
— Camp Info —Girls Rock! Rochester’s summer camp is a week long program that uses music as a vehicle for personal growth and positive change. During the week campers take instrument lessons, create DIY media, write original songs in a band with other campers under the guidance of a band coach, and participate in daily workshops and assemblies.Workshops cover a wide variety of topics from songwriting to recording to self-defense.
Our goal is for camp to be a place where all of our campers can bring their whole selves and contribute their own unique talents and experiences. We want all of our campers to celebrate themselves and have a meaningful and inspirational week at camp!
Camp activities begin at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM each day. Instruments will be provided to all campers and no musical experience is required!
— Camper Selection / Notification —We have limited space available for camp this summer, so please submit your application by the deadline on May 25. It is very important that campers attend the full week of camp and the showcase so they can participate in the entire program. If your child is unable to attend the full week, we ask that you consider applying again in the future to make room for other campers who are able to fully participate.
It is imperative to our mission and vision that we ensure our programs are accessible to and inclusive of youth and families of all backgrounds regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geographic location, ability, and experience. In an effort to create a camper population that reflects the diversity of the Rochester community, Girls Rock! Rochester does not select campers strictly on a first come, first serve basis.
Please be aware that we make every effort to welcome back returning campers, but we cannot guarantee spots for returning campers. Please contact us with any questions about the application process.
— Sliding Scale Tuition —The camp "tuition" varies year-to-year depending on results of our fundraising events. As an organization that is 100% donations-funded, we attempt to keep our recommended fee low and offer a sliding scale to our applicants. The 2018 the recommended camp fee is $300 per attendee.
We ask applicants to commit to paying what they can. Those who can contribute more than the $300 help provide those who require financial assistance with the opportunity to attend our program.
We seek to support each child who wants to participate in Girls Rock Camp. We also recognize that not all members of our community have equal access to financial resources. One way we can acknowledge these economic differences and provide access to our programs for all campers is by providing sliding scale tuition.
With our sliding scale tuition, each family is able to determine how much they are able to contribute to our program. We do not want tuition costs to deter anyone from applying to camp.