Rock and Roll Camp for Girls Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Camp_for_Girls

Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls
FormationSummer 2001, Portland Oregon
PurposeTo empower girls through music
Brazil, Canada, Europe, UAE, US, Argentina
Over 60 camps world wide

The Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls is both the original Rock n Roll Camp for Girls non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon, United States, and the common name associated with the Girls Rock Camp movement of youth organizations for girls inspired by the original camp in Portland. The camp in Portland gives girls ages 8–18 the opportunity to learn rock instruments, form bands, write songs, and perform. The mostly volunteer and female staff strives to inspire self-esteem and mutual support among diverse campers within this rock band framework. The first camp was held in August 2001.[1][2]

The camp grew out of founder Misty McElroy's 2000 project as a women's studies major at Portland State University.[3]

Inspired by the work from the original Portland project, there are now Girls Rock Camps all over the globe. The mission of the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls has become a DIY global movement that seeks to empower girls through music. Girls Rock Camps now take place in more than 40 American cities including New York (Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls), Austin, Texas (Girls Rock Austin), Charlotte, North Carolina (Girls Rock CLT), Atlanta, Georgia (Girls Rock Camp ATL), Las Vegas, Nevada (Girls Rock, Las Vegas), Washington, DC, (Girls Rock, DC), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Girls Rock! Philly), Seattle, Washington (Rain City Rock Camp), Indianapolis, Indiana (Girls Rock! Indianapolis), Los Angeles, California (Rock n Roll Camp for Girls, Los Angeles), Athens, Ohio (Athens Girls Rock Camp), and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls, OKC) and globally in places like Dubai (Rock Camp for Girls, UAE), Germany (Ruby Tuesday Berlin), Brazil (Girls Rock Camp Brasil), Canada (many, see below table for locations), Sweden (Popkollo), Finland (Girls Rock! Finland) and Australia (Girls Rock! Australia). Each camp is independently run, but organizers exchange ideas and share approaches by way of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance.[4]

Camps around the globe[edit]

The Rock n Roll Camp for Girls mission is expanding as people become inspired to start chapters in their hometowns all over the world. Each camp is put together by the community it represents, and because of this many camps offer different versions of similar programming.

Canada United States Europe Australasia South America United Arab Emirates
Mississauga Jacksonville, Florida Berlin (Ruby Tuesday) Canberra Brazil Dubai
Montreal New York, New York (Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls) Paris Brisbane Buenos Aires, Argentina (Chicas Amplificadas)
Peterborough Austin, Texas (Girls Rock Austin) Sweden (Popkollo) Melbourne
Saskatoon Los Angeles, California Iceland (Stelpur Rokka!) Wollongong
Toronto Boston, Massachusetts Helsinki, Finland (Rock Donna and Girls Rock! Finland) Sydney
Victoria Seattle, Washington Lower Austria, Austria (Pink Noise Girls Rock Camp) Auckland, Aotearoa
Vancouver Portland, Oregon Munich, Germany Wellington, Aotearoa
Dawson City Boise, Idaho Stavanger, Norway (Loud!)
Whitehorse Vermont www.girlsrockvermont.org
St. John's, Newfoundland Rhode Island
Rochester, New York
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Girls Rock! Philly)
Roanoake, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia (Girls Rock RVA)
Washington, DC
Athens, Ohio
Columbia, Missouri (Como Girls Rock Camp)
Columbus, Ohio (Girlz Rhythm and Rock Camp)
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Madison, Wisconsin
Twin Cities, Minnesota (Girls Rock n Roll Retreat)
Chicago, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Warren, Ohio (Girlz Voices)
Oakland, California (Bay Area Girls Rock Camp)
Anchorage, Alaska
Las Vegas, Nevada
Santa Barbara, California (Girls Rock SB)
Orange County, California
Denver, Colorado
Omaha, Nebraska
Athens, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia
Columbia, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Orlando, Florida (Rock n Roll Camp for Girls Central Florida)
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Charleston, West Virginia (Rock Camp for Girls Appalachia)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Southern Girls Rock Camp)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls OKC)
Seattle, Washington (Rain City Rock N Roll Camp for Girls)
Bellingham, Washington (Bellingham Girls Rock Camp)
South East Los Angeles, California (Chicas Rockeras)

Girls rock camp alliance[edit]

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA) is an alliance of music camps who share the same mission of empowerment through music. The purpose of the GRCA is to create a physical and a virtual space for camps to share ideas and resources, as well as a space for organizers of camps to meet in person and gain inspiration from each other. The GRCA holds one conference a year where organizers from individual camps gather to skill build, resource share, build community, and talk about different camp philosophies as well as movement building.[5]

Girls rock camp in culture and media[edit]

In 2006, the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls was the subject of Stacy Lynn Singer's dissertation at Georgia State University, entitled I'm Not Loud Enough to be Heard, Rock n Roll Camp for Girls, and Feminist Quests for Equity, Community, and Cultural Production.[6] In 2008, Girls Rock! was released. It is a documentary that follows the stories of three young girls through their week at the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon.[7] Also in 2008, a book was written by the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls to encourage girls to play music, which featured illustrations by Graphic Artist Nicole Georges. This book contained a short history of women in rock music, and featured contributions from former volunteers of camps such as Nicole Georges, STS, Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia/Sleater Kinney) and members of The Gossip.[8] In 2012, the documentary Hit So Hard (about drummer Patty Schemel from the band Hole) featured a portion about the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls.

Other programs[edit]

Many Girls Rock Camps offer programs other than a summer camp, but with the same ideology. Programs that are offered by some Girls Rock Camps include but are not limited to: Ladies Rock Camps, after school programs, and special events. Ladies Rock Camp (or in some places Womens Rock Camp) is usually a 2-3 day program where adult women are exposed to similar workshops and musical instrument instruction that girls receive during summer camp. After school programs differ depending on the location, but range from totally music driven programming to community and school focused programs. Many Girls Rock Camps offer special events during the year ranging from movie nights to concerts.[9]

Queer Rock Camp in Olympia, Washington, is a week long summer camp program for queer youth ages 12–21 that was inspired by the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls program. Like Girls Rock Camps, they seek to empower queer youth through music, creativity, expression, and workshops that aim to foster those goals.

See also[edit]

  • Girls Rock!, a documentary film about the Rock and Roll Camp for Girls


  1. ^ "History". GirlsRockCamp.org.
  2. ^ "Rocking Out, No Boys Allowed". New York Times. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ Lamberson, Carolyn (March 6, 2005). "Girls rock! A Portland program puts young musicians in the spotlight of rock 'n' roll" (PDF). The Register-Guard. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2007.
  4. ^ "Girls Rock Camp Alliance". Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. ^ "The GRCA Conference". girlsrockcampalliance.org. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ Singer, Stacy Lynn (July 2006). "I'm Not Loud Enough to be Heard, Rock n Roll Camp for Girls, and Feminist Quests for Equity, Community, and Cultural Production". GSU Scholarworks. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Girls Rock! The Movie". www.girlsrockmovie.com. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ Georges, Nicole (2008). Rock n Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and Rock Out!.
  9. ^ "What is Girls Rock Camp". Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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