Virtual Rock Camp
August 16 - August 21, 2021
Virtual Rock Camp is a day-camp for girls, trans and gender expansive youth, ages 8 to 17. Over the course of one week, Rock Campers get an online crash course in writing songs, playing an instrument, collaborating with a band, and anti-racism/oppression.
BGRC welcomes campers that are girls, trans, and gender expansive/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.
Campers will need access to Wifi and Zoom via a device such as a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. We have some devices available for campers to borrow for the duration of camp.
BGRC is committed to equity and access, and our Virtual Rock Camp schedule is designed to include activities in diverse formats, from fully offline activities to real time instrument lessons and assemblies. We will do our best to support individual technology needs.
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!
Virtual Rock Camp is a week-long crash course in being a rockstar. Camp starts on Monday, August 16th at 9:30 AM and ends each day at 5:30 PM, with off-screen breaks throughout the day (Monday-Friday). Camp ends on Saturday, August 21st with the showcase performance from 4 to 5 PM and will be broadcast live on local radio station, 94.9 KZAX. There will be an optional in-person activity for campers on Saturday from Noon to 2 PM. Location TBD.
Campers will get to borrow an instrument for the week of camp! Camper families come to Rock Camp headquarters to pick up either a guitar, bass, or keyboard. Everything you need will be provided -- strap, pick, tuner, cable, amp, and stand. Campers will be given a short demo on how to use their gear.
At Rock Camp, we offer a series of workshops focused on music, self-empowerment and social justice/anti-racism. Workshops will presented by guest teaching artists via Zoom. Supplemental workshop materials will be provided online via the Mighty Network.
Every camper will receive a care package that includes a stickers, buttons, and other fun camp swag! Campers will be given materials for off-line activities to complete during the week. We have craft kits available to borrow that include glue, scissors, markers, and anything else campers might need to explore their creativity!
POWER UP PACK!
Participants choose one instrument to focus on -- bass, guitar, drum machine, vocals or keyboard. Campers will receive small group lessons on their instrument live via Zoom. All lessons are led by experienced and enthusiastic musicians. We will do our best to match you with your first choice, but to form bands we need a certain ratio of instruments. Not everyone will get their first choice of instrument, but every instrument is awesome!
These virtual meetings will be led by volunteers who share the identities of campers. Caucusing creates a safe environment to explore our identities and experiences with people who share those identities. VRC will host caucuses for campers to talk about their identities as: People of Color, Trans + Gender Expansive, and Poor + Working Class.
We are proud to partner with Guitar Gabby & The TxLips! "TxLips Band, LLC. is a dynamic group of women whose mission is to challenge the boundaries set for women in the music industry as well as to inspire girls and women worldwide to be an unstoppable force in the music industry. This international touring collective has contributed to pushing the status quo of what the world says women can do. They continue to pursue their callings and are determined to motivate people everywhere by being themselves."
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At the end of the camp week, campers present their original songs and creations at the Virtual Saturday Showcase for friends, families, and fans. The Virtual Showcase will be Saturday, August 21st via Zoom and broadcast live on local radio station KZAX. There will be a raffle with rad items donated from community businesses!