SPRING ROCK RETREAT
WHAT IS ROCK RETREAT?
Spring Rock Retreat is for youth ages 8 to 17. In these 3 half-days, participants will work on creative projects including songwriting, playing acoustic instruments, and expressive arts. a day-camp for girls, ages 8 to 17.
SUMMER ROCK CAMP
DATES AND APPLICATION COMING SOON!
WHAT IS ROCK CAMP?
Bellingham Girls Rock Camp is a day-camp for girls and gender non-conforming youth, ages 8 to 17. In one week, Rock Campers get a crash course in writing songs, playing an instrument, collaborating with a band, and live stage performance.
BGRC welcomes campers that are queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming.
Campers do not need to have any prior music experience, and instruments will be provided. Please note that Bellingham Girls Rock Camp does not accept liability for personal instruments.
We offer a sliding-scale tuition rate to ensure ALL rockstars can attend camp. The suggested cost to attend camp is $350.
We offer Full and Partial Financial Aid to keep camp open to everyone; inclusion and accessibility are so important to our camp culture. Please consider donating to our Rock Star program!
Rock Camp is 9:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:30am on Saturday until the Showcase Performance from 5-7pm. Doors open to family and the community at 4:30pm.
Camper drop-off is 9-9:20am and Camper pick-up is 5:00-5:30pm.
Early camper drop-off and late camper pick-up are available by request only.
Early drop-off starts at 8:30am and late pick-up is until 6:00pm.
Participants choose one instrument to focus on for the week–drums, bass, guitar, vocals, keyboards. All instruction takes place in small group lessons and is led by experienced and enthusiastic musicians. Although we do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences, some campers will not get their first choice of instrument.
On the first day, each camper forms her band in a way that is fun, not scary. The bands have band practice every day. During band practice, band members work together to write a song and practice playing as an ensemble. Band coaches help bands with the writing process, facilitate the rehearsals, and answer questions as necessary. Band counselors help guide campers and smooth out any bumps along the way.
At Rock Camp, we offer a series of workshops focused on self-empowerment and anti-racism/anti-oppression. Past workshops have included A History of Women Who Rock, DIY Media & Zine Creation, Media Literacy & Body Image, Screen Printing, Character & Persona, Hip Hop & Intersectionality, and Do-It-Yourself Audio Recording.
One or two visiting artists/bands play a live set, then they stick around to take questions from the campers.
At the end of the camp week, campers’ bands perform their original songs at the Final Showcase concert for friends, families, and fans.
Transportation will be provided to the Showcase; each camper band will ride in style to the gig in a limo!