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Rock Camp 2021

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is music empowerment program for girls and gender expansive youth ages 8-18.  

Applications for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp have closed

In Person Rock Camp

Due to COVID-19 this year’s in person Summer Camp will look different than any other year.  Camp will run Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  This camp will be a distanced half day version of our traditional summer camp.  Campers will learn an instrument, write a song and perform it over the course of a week.  Assuming current conditions persist, in person programming will have a maximum of 10 youth per session.  Camp will be held at Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts in Downtown Oakland.

Session 1 (Black Indigenous, Youth of Color Centered): July 13th - 17th // Showcase July 17th  

Session 2: July 27th - 31st // Showcase July 31st 


As a result of the recent global events Session 1 will be specifically intended for Black, Indigenous, Person of Color identifying youth.  We are not here to qualify what or quantify what that means to you but we ask that individuals are considerate of who the space is intended for.








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Is Experience Required?

No music experience necessary! Enrollment is limited to 80 campers per session and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Camp Activities

  • Instrument instruction:
    • Campers sign up to learn bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, or vocals, and attend daily lessons in small groups.  No musical experience is required and campers are grouped by experience level. We provide instruments for everyone (but campers are welcome to bring their own guitar or bass).
  • Band practice:
    • Campers form bands with their peers on the first day of camp, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with two female mentors (their "band managers") who provide guidance, encouragement and technical support throughout the songwriting process.
  • Workshops:
    • Campers attend a different workshop each day, all geared toward self-expression and building confidence, while challenging gender stereotypes and addressing discrimination. Workshops may include Music Herstory, Zine & Comic Making, Screenprinting, Image & Identity, Healthy Relationships, Video-making, Songwriting, How to Book a Show, Self-Defense, Alternative Instruments and more.
  • Lunchtime Performances:
    • Each day at lunch we invite a band or performer to play for the campers and talk afterward about their experience as musicians. In order to expose campers to new types of music and different performance styles, we invite musicians from a variety of genres.
  • Showcase:
    • On Saturday evening, each band performs its original song at a live showcase, attended by friends, family and adoring fans.


Sample Schedule

Note: During all sessions campers are divided into 2 age groups, we are reserving 5 spots for each age group to ensure an equal distribution.


12:30-1 pm Drop Off

1-1:30 pm Assembly

1:30-2:30 pm Instrument Instruction

2:30-3 pm Outdoor Break

3-4 pm Band Practice

4-4:30 pm Pick up



Application notes:

We use a rolling application process, enrollment is first-come, first-served. Once we process your application, a spot is reserved for your camper. However, an instrument is not assigned until we receive both the Express Yourself piece and a tuition payment.

We do not assign bands before the camp session begins. On the first day of camp, we have Band Formation activities that help inform the band assignments, and we take many different factors into account when forming the bands. If your camper has a friend at camp that they would like to be in a band with, they can indicate that on their Band Formation activity sheet on the first day.


We need your help! We can't keep our programs running without the support of our donors and volunteers. Please take a look here to see how you can give your support during our programs!


If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at (510) 267-1808 or email