"It makes for an interesting performance, attempting to both find yourself and lose yourself onstage." - Carrie Brownstein
ABOUT THE CAMP
Rock Camp SLC is a summer day camp where girls, transgender, and gender-expansive youth ages 8-17 explore the joys and challenges of collaborative music-making while guided by inspirational mentors from marginalized genders.
In one week, campers form bands, write an original song and perform live at a music venue in Salt Lake City. Each day kicks off with punk-rock-yoga-aerobics to get our bodies moving, an inspired rendition of the camp theme song, and a hilarious yet educational skits. Morning sessions consist of group instruction in the instrument each camper has been assigned for the week and a workshop. Workshops at camp may include designing and screen-printing camper band t-shirts, songwriting, self-defense, zine-making, image and identity, recording, media literacy, and more! At lunch, a guest artist will take the stage to perform at our Tiny Lunch Concert, talk about their music, and take questions from campers. After lunch, campers have plenty of time to jam, write, and rehearse their band’s song. Prior music experience is not required. All instruments are provided.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition is $300 per camper for the week of camp. Limited financial aid is available to those in need and who live in the Salt Lake City area. We offer tuition on a sliding scale so that girls from all financial backgrounds have the opportunity to attend camp. Tuition is not considered a donation.
The Enrollment Process
Enrollment is only confirmed after tuition has been paid. Do not send tuition until you receive an acceptance email from us with payment instructions. If tuition is not paid by the due date, the unpaid spot will be offered to the next eligible applicant.
Applications are reviewed on a first-come-first served basis however several factors influence final decisions regarding camper placement. Those factors include: age, instrument, level of experience, diversity and interest. When we assign instruments we’re making sure there is an even distribution of ages and instruments so that bands can be formed. Some ages and instrument choices are in greater demand than others. The most common reason we turn an applicant away is that there were too many applications from girls of the same age. We hope to alleviate this as much as possible.
This camp is not a talent contest. Prior musical experience is not required. Preference is given to local applicants because one of the goals of our program is to build community in our own backyard.
Campers will be assigned one instrument to focus on for the week. Every day they will have a group lesson in that instrument, and play that instrument in their band. Applicants are asked to share their instrument preferences in the application. Their choices are: voice, guitar, bass, keys or drums. Not all campers will be assigned their first choice. Campers cannot change instruments once their instrument has been assigned.
All instruments are provided. If a camper has their own guitar or bass, they may bring it. Rock Camp SLC does not accept liability for personal instruments.
Arrival and Pickup Times + Extended Hours
Camp starts promptly at 8:30am, Monday – Friday. Campers should arrive at camp between 8:00am – 8:15am each day. Camp ends at 5:00pm each day and that’s when they should be picked up.
Anyone requiring an early drop-off or late pick-up MUST contact us in advance so we know what to expect and can plan accordingly. Extended hours child supervision is free. Early drop-off begins at 7:30am. Late pickup is available until 6pm sharp. Please contact us and let us know what your needs are. Any campers arriving early or staying late should bring a book to read or other activity.
Campers must bring their own lunch each day. We do not provide lunch for campers. We will provide a small snack each afternoon. Re-usable water bottles are recommended to help stay hydrated throughout the day.
We do not provide transportation. However, we would like to help facilitate carpooling and use of public transportation if we can by doing our best to connect you with others in your area. If the camper will be using public transportation and you would like our assistance, please call us to discuss options.
We do not provide on-site child care at this time. We encourage you to network with other parents in our social media channels to find support. We hope to be able to provide this type of service in the future.
Our volunteer mentors are thoughtfully selected and screened through an online application, in-person or phone interview, and background checks. They are an incredible bunch and we hope you get to know some of them this summer. Leadership and teaching roles are reserved for women, transgender, and gender-non conforming adults. We have a lot of support positions available for cisgender men.
We understand that things come up and you may need to cancel. Please email or call us as soon you know you need to cancel. If you need to cancel after sending in your registration, please notify us right away. If you choose to donate your tuition fee, you will be given a tax receipt. Specific cancellation policies are outlined in your application and acceptance packet. In general, we can issue a full refund within 30 days of cancellation and a partial refund 2 weeks before camp. No refunds can be made if the cancellation is made less than 2 weeks before camp. In the event of medical emergency, credit for a future session may be available. Please note that absolutely no refunds will be issued after the start of the program.
Rock Camp SLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.