Dear GGRC Community,
Thanks for your continued support as we navigate these changing times together.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, camp will be postponed from our originally announced dates (which were June 15th-19th). We are hoping to have camp later in the summer if that becomes feasible. We acknowledge the fluidity of the current situation and our priority remains a safe and accessible experience for everyone. We are monitoring the situation carefully as it develops and gathering information to make the best decisions for our community. If you have already applied, we will hold on to your application. No payments or registration will be collected at this time. We will still be accepting applications for the wait list. Meanwhile, GGRC will continue to explore options for having camp and programming alternatives for an array of social distancing scenarios.
We will update you again when we know more. In the meantime, please hang in there and continue to support each other during this time.
Our camp is largely volunteer-run by members of our community – so many of which are artists, entertainers, teachers, and service industry workers being impacted economically during this time. We encourage you to send your support directly to those marginalized and impacted in our community. Here are a few sites that list local direct payment links.
Mission Statement: Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is an organization that uses music and performance as a platform to encourage self-esteem, self-expression, and community for girls and gender-expansive youth.
GGRC primarily functions as a week-long summer day camp that accepts regional youth aged 10-17 years old. Campers are taught to play an instrument and are placed into bands. With the encouragement of their camp counselors, each band writes a song which they ultimately perform at a live music venue downtown at a public showcase following camp for their friends and families. Throughout the week, the campers also attend workshops aimed at enhancing their self-esteem such as self-defense, poetry & lyric workshops, dance classes, art therapy, women’s history workshops, and guided group discussions about boundaries & consent. As campers gain fluency on their instruments over the week, open mics and jam sessions break out during free time. Volunteers encourage a playful and respectful non-violent atmosphere that facilitates friendship and a supportive and positive camp culture. Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is entirely run by local women-identified and gender-expansive volunteers, many of whom are musicians themselves and perform in local bands. To keep the camp population diverse, organizers strive to keep camp fees low and offer both full and partial scholarships, as well as free lunch and snacks each day of camp. GGRC is able to cover the costs of camp through community outreach throughout the year which includes musical benefits, film screenings, and tabling, among other forms of outreach.
Throughout the year GGRC’s organizers remain active facilitating private and group music lessons with campers who are interested in performing outside of camp. Camp staff maintain a gear lending library where music gear that is being stored in between camp sessions can be lent out to local girls and low-income musicians.
We are a member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance and align our values with the GRCA Points of Unity.
Email us for more information at email@example.com