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Summer Camp

Welcome aboard Rock Camp Express:
An online summer camp experience brought to you by Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles!

We’re committed to providing a safe and supportive space for girls and gender-expansive youth – even if it’s online! Together we’ll dive into music, connect with each other, sharpen our social justice tools, and have FUN!

2020 Summer Camp enrollment is now open!
Please make sure you read all of the info below before applying.

2020 Summer Camp enrollment opens March 1st.
Please join our mailing list and follow us on social media for updates.

Looking for four 12-17 year old keys players
and one 13-16 year old vocalist Session 2!

Enrollment is full in all other ages and instruments.

Applications for ages 12-17 are still being accepted.
Waitlist for ages 8-11 is full.

Round 1 applications for Summer Camp 2019 are closed.
Applications for Round 2 are now being accepted.

About Rock Camp Express

Rock Camp Express is designed to be dynamic and compact. It will include movement, breaks, special surprises, and non-screen activities. Our volunteer mentors will be there every step of the way. Although campers will not be forming bands, there will be opportunities to collaborate.

Programs offered are: Instrument Instruction, Songwriting, Recording, and the Music Video Program. Dates and times are below. Each day will consist of assemblies, a lesson, and a workshop. There will of course also be visits from guest artists, and a digital Showcase at the end of each week. Every camper will have their chance to shine!

You are not required to have an instrument to participate.

All sessions will happen live on Zoom. Internet access and a device to connect to the Internet such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone will be needed. We’ll help make sure everyone gets connected. If you need a device or help getting internet access, we are here to help. If you need help with Zoom, we’ll walk you through it.

Tuition & Tuition Assistance

Tuition is $225 per camper per week of camp. Tuition assistance is available. We offer tuition on a sliding scale so that youth from all financial backgrounds have the opportunity to attend camp. Tuition is not considered a donation.

For those requesting assistance, tuition is based on a sliding scale between $25 – $225. Tuition assistance typically goes to families that are low-income, have many dependents, lost work because of COVID-19, or are facing other financial hardships. We do not grant tuition assistance because of a camper being enrolled in multiple summer camps, private school tuition or other situations involving elective activities.

We realize that families have different abilities to pay. It’s part of our mission to make summer camp accessible regardless of financial situation. Applying for tuition assistance will neither increase nor decrease the chances of acceptance.

The tuition assistance application is within the main application. The link to the main application is at the bottom of this page.

In the application you will be asked the following questions:

  • How much can you pay towards your child’s tuition?
  • What is your household annual income?
  • How many dependents are in your family?
  • Are you a single income family?
  • Does the child receive child support?
  • Does the child receive free of reduced-priced meals?
  • Did you lose work because of COVID-19?

Enrollment Process

Everyone who wants to attend Rock Camp Express needs to submit an application. If you had previously submitted an application for the in-person Summer Camp, you must re-apply with this new, streamlined application.

You can apply for as many weeks of camp as you’d like. If we run into capacity issues, our priority is to give you your first choice. Please note that Music Video Program runs at the same time as the Instrument Instruction and Songwriting programs. You cannot attend both.

The Music Video Program has a separate application.

Enrollment is not confirmed until 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.

Enrollment Timeline:

  • June 12, 2020:
    Applications open.

  • June 19:
    Applications close.

  • June 26:
    We will let you know which week or weeks we were able to enroll you in and how to pay tuition.

Week 1: Instrument Instruction

Instrument Instruction: Unleash Your Sound!
July 6-11
10am – 12pm
Ages 8 – 17

Pick an instrument to focus on for the week and get a live daily lesson with an RCGLA instructor: guitar, bass, drums, keys, or vocals. All levels are welcome, and no previous music experience is necessary. You are not required to provide your own instrument, although having your own may help others have a chance to participate. Keep reading for more details.

Each day will kick off with all-camp Morning Assembly. We’ll sing the theme song, move our bodies with Yogaerobics, and engage in general rock camp merriment. After Assembly you’ll head to instrument class for lessons in small groups and based on skill-level. Then, campers head to a workshop (examples include zine-making and social justice activism). The week will culminate in a final Showcase performance (on Zoom) with each camper sharing something they worked on during the week in Instrument Instruction!

We’re working on a plan to provide free loaned instruments to anyone who doesn’t have an instrument at home. Details to come. Signing up for vocals is another great option for anyone who doesn’t have an instrument at home and loves singing – an excellent skill for any musician.

Week 2: Songwriting

Songwriting: The Instrument is You!
July 13-18
10am – 12pm
Ages 8 – 17

Dive into lyrics, vocal melodies, rhythms, cadence, song styles and structures. Learn to write your first song, or take your songwriting to the next level. The only instrument you need is you!

Each day kicks off with all-camp Morning Assembly. We’ll sing the theme song, move our bodies with Yogaerobics, and engage in general rock camp merriment. After Assembly you’ll head to a songwriting lesson, and then break out with your small groups where you’ll share your progress with your writing and participate in discussions.

After songwriting, campers will head to a workshop (examples include zine-making and social justice activism). The week will culminate in a final Showcase performance (on Zoom) with each camper sharing their song!

Week 3: Recording

Recording: Track, Collaborate & Listen!
July 20-25
10am – 12pm
Ages 8 – 17

Learn about the art of recording and collaborate on a project with your peers. We’ll demystify the recording process and explore how to record audio and produce music at home. All levels are welcome. No previous experience is required.

Each day will kick off with all-camp Morning Assembly. We’ll sing the theme song, move our bodies with Yogaerobics, and engage in general Rock Camp merriment. After Assembly you’ll head to a recording lesson and work on a group project. Then campers will head to a workshop (examples include zine-making and social justice activism). The week will culminate in a final Showcase performance (on Zoom) with the debut of each group’s recording project!

Our Volunteers

Our volunteer mentors are thoughtfully selected and screened through an online application, in-person or phone interview, and LiveScan fingerprinting. They are an incredible bunch and we hope you get to know some of them this summer.

Refund Policy

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 cancel before camp starts, you will receive a 50% refund.

Once camp starts, your tuition is non-refundable.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles 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.

Prepare Your Answers

New applicants only: Camper input is a very important part of the application. Campers should prepare their answers in advance. Here are the questions we need to hear the camper’s voice on:

Campers please respond in your own words. Please answer each question with 1-2 paragraphs. You must answer all questions.

Younger campers or anyone with special needs may get help from a family member or friend.

  1. Why do you want to attend Rock Camp Express?
  2. At Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles, we believe everyone brings something unique and valuable to the world. What are your unique qualities that we can look forward to at camp?
  3. If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?

We want to get to know you! Your answers will not affect your chance of being accepted. Experience is not necessary!

  • Who are some of your favorite musicians?
  • What’s your favorite song right now?
  • What experience do you have (if any) playing an instrument? Name instrument(s) and how long you have been playing.
  • What are your interests and hobbies besides music?
  • Do you take music lessons?
  • Are you musically self-taught?
  • Do you like to sing?
  • Do you play in a band outside of camp?
  • Have you written original music and/or lyrics?
  • Can you read music?

Are You Ready to Apply?

Follow these steps to successfully complete your application:

  • Have your camper with you to answer relevant questions.

  • Fill out the application.

  • Do not send in any tuition until you have received confirmation of acceptance.

Apply Here

Rock Camp Express FAQ

If I already applied for the in-person camp, do I need to re-apply for Rock Camp Express?

Yes. There is a new application and everyone must submit one. You won’t have to answer all the same questions as before.

Will campers be forming bands?

Campers will not be forming bands. They will be working on individualized goals. They will get to work in small groups and have opportunities to collaborate.

Will campers be forming crews?

Yes. MVP campers will form crews.

Can I attend more than one session?

If we have room, yes. Our first priority is to get everyone who applies into one session. On the application you can indicate which sessions you hope to attend. Please note that Music Video Program runs at the same time as the Instrument Instruction and Songwriting programs. You cannot attend both.

How do I apply for the Music Video Program?

The Music Video Program has a separate application, available here.

Do I need a camera to participate in MVP?

No. We are planning to provide campers with camera equipment.

Can you provide me with an instrument?

If you don’t have an instrument at home and you signed up for instrument instruction, we will try to get an instrument to you. At this point we can’t make any guarantees. If you have an instrument at home, please sign up for that instrument. Vocals does not require an instrument, so please consider that as well.

Can my sibling and I participate together using one screen?

It works best if each camper has their own screen. If two campers in the same household want to participate during the same session, see if you can get them each their own device to connect with. Maybe a friend or family member has a device you can borrow. Let us know – we will be trying to find extra devices but we can’t make any guarantees at this time.

Can I do MVP and Instrument Instruction? Can I do MVP and Songwriting?

No and No. If you want to do MVP, the only other session you can apply for is the Recording session.

I’m applying for the first time, what info do you ask for in the application?

The camper will need to be on hand to answer some questions.