Summer 2019

We are currently in the process of program planning. Get in touch via our Contact page to sign up for notifications about when camp starts, volunteer opportunities and more! 

In the meantime, read all about the camp program here!

What is Girls Rock Camp Victoria?

Girls Rock Camp Victoria (GRCVI) offers a feminist-based, music day camp program for girls, gender non-binary and trans youth ages 8 – 18. During the program week, camp participants will receive daily instrument instruction and band practice; attend workshops to build up their skills, fuel their creativity and self-confidence; then they’ll take to the stage for the Showcase Concert and perform their song for an audience of their family, friends and the Girls Rock Camp Victoria community.

The camp staff are a fantastic team of musicians, educators, artists and community members who are eager to share their knowledge and skills to make this unique opportunity available to youth. 

Not in Victoria, BC, Canada? Visit the Girls Rock Camp Alliance page to see if there’s a Girls Rock Camp near you:

What happens at camp?

Campers can expect a range of activities and workshops such as:

  • Music making: instrument use and related gear care; song writing; vocal techniques
  • Creative skills: band name & identity; stage presence; zine making; designing and making your very own band logo and t-shirt
  • Empowerment through knowledge & respect: music history; music genres; feminism; gender awareness; personal well-being practices & mindfulness
  • Band how-to’s: set up a practice space; how to put on your own show; band/show promotion

Due to the intended goals and outcomes for this program, it is mandatory for campers to participate in all six days of the camp program. This will help ensure the success of each camp participant as well as their band.

Programming may include out trips. We have previously visited the martial arts studio Crusher Combat Sports to try a new activity, learn new skills and explore our boundaries; Third Space (formerly the UVSS Women’s Centre) for workshops and to learn about their resources; and CFUV 101.9 FM Radio to be interviewed on-air and play some music selected from their library. 

In addition to the skilled team who run the program during the week of camp, we also invite creative community members to lead a workshop. Past guests include: Yvonne Blomer (Victoria’s 4th Poet Laureate, 2015-18) and Maita Cienska (Victoria’s fifth Youth Poet Laureate, 2017), Tina Pearson (composer and performer of new music, sound art and audio-visual media), as well as members of the West Coast League of Lady Wrestlers, Girl Gang Vancouver Island and Broken Rhythms Dance Company, among many others.

We also have some awesome musicians play during lunchtime to introduce campers to the musicians in the local Victoria community. Past lunchtime gigs have featured: Kathryn Calder, Open Relationship, Vic Horvath, Jessica Benini, Belles & Cannons, plus youth bands Pink Charcoal, Sugar Castle, and The Grand Larsens, just to name a few.

Do I need to bring my own instrument or anything else?

All instruments (drums, bass, guitar, keyboard), related gear and necessary equipment are provided. However, if you have your own instrument that you would prefer to play you are welcome to use it at camp, just let us know on the application form.

Campers should be prepared to bring:

  1. A healthy, picnic-style lunch, plus a snack, every day (no gum, candy or soda pop, please)
  2. A reusable water bottle
  3. A light-coloured, plain/smooth t-shirt (100% cotton or other natural fibre) for silk screening their band t-shirt
  4. Enthusiasm!

Snacks and breaks will be scheduled daily to give campers time to stretch and refresh. Programming will require the full attention of each camper. If your child will be bringing their phone, please be aware they may be asked to temporarily hand it over to staff for safe keeping during the program.

What are the camp dates and daily program times for 2019?

For summer 2019 our camp program is still being planned. In general, the camp program runs over six days from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday is the Showcase Concert – this day has a different schedule from the rest of the week of camp. In general, the schedule for Showcase day runs a half day that starts in the late morning and ends in the afternoon.

Where does camp happen?

Camp usually takes place at two venues – one for the camp program (Monday-Friday) and the second venue is for the Showcase Concert (Saturday). 

Booking camp locations is currently in progress. This info will be shared once confirmed. Join our email list via our Contact page to be the first to know!

How much are camp fees?

Program fees are a sliding scale of $200-$400. This means a family can choose to pay a fee that is within their financial ability. A Payment Plan is available to help families in planning out their childcare budget. Financial Aid is available for families who may be facing financial hardship. By providing these financial options, our aim is to make this camp program accessible to all families regardless of their financial background because girls, gender non-binary and trans youth have the right to rock out 🙂

Have more questions? Please get in touch through our Contact page.