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Girls Rock! DC 2014 Summer Camp Information

Hello, and thanks for your interest in Girls Rock! DC. We’re now in our seventh year and tremendously excited about another amazing camp summer. This year we have made a few changes, which those of you who are coming back after one or more summers may notice as you go through the sheet. To explain them, we added a list of “frequently asked questions” (a FAQ) to talk through what’s new and why. We hope it answers many of your questions, but please let us know if you have others. We’re here to help!Si desea una solicitud en español, por favor escribe a campers@girlsrockdc.org o llama Michelle a 202-997-1447 por telefono.

What is Girls Rock! DC’s Misson?

What happens during Girls Rock! DC camp?

When is Girls Rock! DC 2014 Day Camp?

Where is camp held?

What about lunch?

What about instruments?

How much does camp cost?

Who may apply?

What are some important dates to consider?

What’s new in 2014?

Why have you gone to two weeks of camp?

So are you doubling the number of kids who can go to camp this year?

Why are you dividing the camp by ages this year?

My daughter is a very mature 11. Can she attend the older kids’ camp?

Will camp be very different this year than it was in previous years?

Will there be two showcases, as well?

Girls Rock! DC Nondiscrimination Policy

What is Girls Rock! DC’s mission?

Girls Rock! DC Mission: With a base in music education, Girls Rock! DC aims to create a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their self-confidence, build community, stand up and rock out!

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What happens during Girls Rock! DC camp?

Girls Rock! DC is a one-week day camp for girls ages 8-18, culminating in a performance showcase of campers’ music on Saturday. Starting this year, we will have two weeks of camp: the first week will be for girls ages 8-12 and the second week for girls ages 13-18. During each week, we offer small-group instrument instruction based on skill level (electric guitar, electric bass, drum kit, keyboard, DJ/turntables, vocals). Campers will form bands or DJ crews, be coached by musical mentors, and collaborate to write and perform an original song or DJ set. We also host guest artists, and offer workshops on gender and cultural identity, making your own band merchandise, songwriting, and other skills young women need to take over the world (of music!). We are excited to be offering several new workshops for returning campers this year.

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When is Girls Rock! DC 2014 Day Camp?

Session One ages 8-12 : July 7 – July 12
Session Two ages 13-18: July 14 – July 19
Both sessions will meet daily from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

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Where is camp held?

Both sessions will be held at
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
3600 Georgia Ave NW in Washington, DC.
The school is a short walk from the Petworth metro and near to bus lines: 60, 62, 63, 64, 70, 79, and H8.
Please do not contact E.L Haynes directly about the camp.

Showcases

Camper Band Showcases will be:
Session 1: Saturday July 13, Time and place TBA
Session 2: Saturday July 20: Time and place TBA

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How much does camp cost?

Application Fee: $10, nonrefundable (payable online via our website or checks payable to “Girls Rock! DC”).

Camp: Full tuition is $550. Financial aid packages are available. Head to the Girls Rock! DC Portal for more information.

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Who may apply?

Any D.C. Metro Area girl between the ages of 8 and 18 during the camp week may apply. No musical experience is necessary. Also, we are called “rock camp”, but we welcome girls interested in all musical genres, plus DJing!

Girls Rock! DC is open to all youths who identify as female, transgender, or gender non-conforming, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, size and/or ability.

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What about lunch?

Each camper will need to bring her own lunch each day, although GR!DC will provide small snacks. 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.

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What about instruments?

Instruments and one pair of earplugs will be provided during the camp week. If you have your own guitar, bass, or keyboard feel free to bring it, although GR!DC takes no liability for personal instruments.

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Who may apply?

Any DC Metro Area girl between the ages of 8 and18 during the camp week may apply. No musical experience is necessary. Also, we are called “rock camp”, but we welcome girls interested in all musical genres, plus DJing!

Girls Rock! DC is open to all youths who identify as female, transgender, or gender non-conforming, regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity, size and/or ability.

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Important dates to remember.

Final Application Deadline (incl. Financial Aid form, camper art piece & application fee): Thursday, May 1st.

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What’s new in 2014?

Why have you gone to two weeks of camp?

Two weeks of camp makes it possible for us to serve more campers (yay!) without increasing the burden on our volunteers or our terrific partner, the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. If we tried to get more kids into a one-week program, the load for both our volunteers and the school would be substantially increased. This way, we can balance out the work and the space needs between two weeks.

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So are you doubling the number of kids who can go to camp this year?

Not quite. The fact of the matter is that we’re not ready to handle that many kids for two weeks straight. By having slightly smaller groups each week than we’ve had at each week-long camp in the past, we need fewer volunteers than we would if we doubled the program, and slightly less space at E.L. Haynes. This makes our expansion much more manageable. The actual increase in how many kids we will take is more along the lines of one and a half times the previous size: we’re going from about 60 kids to about 90.

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Why are you dividing the camp by ages this year?

We’re dividing the camp into a younger and an older group because this way we can be sure that there are enough campers in each age group to form several bands or DJ groups, and to ensure that activities and conversations are age-appropriate for all the campers involved.

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My daughter is a very mature 11. Can she attend the older kids’ camp?

While all children develop at different rates, we prefer to keep them with their age groups.

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Will camp be very different this year than it was in previous years?

Yes and no. Camp will be much the same in that the campers will arrive, form bands, and spend the week going to instrument class, workshops, and band practice. In their bands they will write original songs, which they will perform at showcase at the end of camp. But a big difference this year is that they will stay with their bands more of the time. Before, the kids were assigned to three different groups during camp (their overall age group, a counselor group, and a band). This year, there will be only two groups (their overall age group and the band). We think this will help ensure that the bands have all the practice time they want to work together on their songs.

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Will there be two showcases, as well?

There will! We will do one showcase after each session. Locations are still being determined, but they will be awesome, as always. We encourage everyone to attend both showcases, to cheer all the Girls Rock! DC rockers on.

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Girls Rock! DC Nondiscrimination Policy

Girls Rock! DC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, body type, physical ability, gender expression, or other individual identities in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer policies and activities. All Camp activities will promote and maintain the personal and emotional safety of all campers and staff.

Girls Rock! DC welcomes individuals who identify as female (regardless of the sex assigned them at birth) and individuals who were raised/socialized as female (regardless of current gender identity) to apply for leadership positions within the organization. Individuals of any gender may apply for non-leadership positions. Please see the Volunteer Position Descriptions section for a list of these positions and what the responsibilities and expectations.

A special note to male-identified volunteers: Girls Rock! DC is primarily led by and for women and girls. We also value diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity toward all individuals, regardless of gender identity or expression. The organization welcomes the support of male-identified allies and expects male-identified allies who would like to volunteer to respect the importance of leadership by women.

Girls Rock! DC is a DC-based, cooperatively-led 501 c(3) nonprofit organization, run entirely by volunteers and on donations.

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