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Volunteer @ Summer Camp 2023

Summer Camp 2023 sessions will take place at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street in Oakland. Showcase will be held at Oakstop, 1721 Broadway!

Volunteer Training: Sat June 3rd, approximately 10-5pm

All volunteers are welcome to attend.  Attendance required once every two calendar years for all mentorship roles, which are instrument instructor, band coach, band manager, band support, and peer mentor support.

Session 1: June 6-10 camp week, June 11 showcase
Session 2: June 13-17 camp week, June 18 showcase
Session 3: June 27-July 1 camp week, July 2 showcase

🥳👽 We are now accepting applications for volunteers for Summer 2023 👽🥳

>> Click here to apply OR email <<

Volunteer Role Descriptions

We serve youth who self-identify as girls, trans and/or gender non-binary and aim for our campers to see themselves reflected in their mentors at this program. Therefore,
--self-identified women, trans people and/or gender non-binary people ages 19+ are invited to apply for all roles. If you are under 19 and are interested in being a peer mentor, please apply for band coach, band manager, or instrument instructor as normal + note that you are interested in peer mentoring!
--self-identified cis men and/or people ages 15-18 are invited to apply for roles behind the scenes.

Youth-Facing Roles

Mentorship Roles:

* Band Support *

Manage conflict during loud and quiet band practice. Daily check-ins with staff about band needs for conflict support and support you may need. Check-ins with band coaches and band managers as needed. Ideally there will be two Band Support people during each camp session.  Time: 1:15-4:30pm all 5 days of a camp session; if you are interested, let us know what is feasible for you

*Gear Support*

Hang in the gear room and assist campers and volunteers with finding supplies, choosing instruments, and putting away gear. Model good gear caretaking for campers and fix gear if you know how . Time commitment: 9-5:30pm all 5 days of a camp session; if you are interested, let us know what is feasible for you.

* Peer Mentor Support *

You will work with peer mentors (ages 15-18), to observe, check in, and call in as needed. Present at camp sessions during the afternoon. We will need you to be present during at least 3 days of camp. 

* Band Coach or Band Manager *

Dates: Tuesday - Saturday, minimum commitment of 3 days.

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30 or 4:00 pm, and/or 3:00 or 3:30 pm to 5:00pm.

We aim to assign each band (3-6 youth) a band coach and a band manager to help guide their songwriting process as needed during band practice, such as with goal setting, providing constructive feedback, and mediating conflicts. Band coaches are required to have basic experience playing music, setting up equipment and troubleshooting sound problems.  Band managers are required to have an interest in working with youth.

* Instrument Instructor *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday, minimum commitment of 3 days.

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 am and/or 11:00 to 12:30pm

NOTE: Whenever possible, it is preferred that you be present all five days of a camp session. Experience playing the instrument required. Experience teaching is helpful though not required. For electronic music week, experience making electronic music is not required.

Co-teach hour and a half lessons with groups of 2-9 campers.  We offer bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals.  We can provide all instruments for campers and instructors.  Groups are organized by age and often have a range of experience levels and musical interests. It is suggested to design a detailed and flexible curriculum for the week ahead of time; we have resources to assist with this process. Instructors take into account the different learning styles and musical interests of the group, adapting curriculums as guided by the interests of the group.  Learning technical skills and means of self expression are equally valued.  Lessons aim to give campers skills they can put to use right away in their afternoon band practice.


Other Assistance With Camp


* Floater *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday

Time: any time between 8am-5:30pm!

Support summer camp with whatever needs to get done. As suits your skills, this may include subbing for late or absent volunteers, moving gear, cleaning, typing and other tasks as needed. We will always appreciate having floaters so if you are not sure where to apply, this is a great place to start!


Morning Assistant *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday, especially needed Tuesdays and Saturdays!

Time: 8:30-9am and/or 9-9:30am

Assist staff in starting off the camp day. This may include marking attendance, kitchen work, setting up the morning workshop, moving gear, and other tasks as needed.


Morning Activity Leader *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday, especially needed Tuesdays.

Time: 8:30-9am and/or 9-9:30am


Help campers start off their day at camp.  Lead stretches, ice breakers, games and/or crafts while campers are arriving. Come with ideas and role with those of the campers.  Help with the morning assembly, which includes a skit and camp song rehearsal.  On Mondays, welcome campers and assist them in creating name tags.


Lunchtime Assembly Assistant *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday.

Time: 12:15-1:45pm.

Assist the lunchtime assembly in running smoothly by helping out before, during and after.  This may include moving gear, running sound, facilitating Q&A, hanging out with campers during their lunch break, helping to keep campers within the assembly room, kitchen work and other tasks as needed. NOTE: Knowledge of basic sound engineering and ability to lift over 10 pounds may be helpful though not required.

* Band Photographer *

Dates: Wednesday and/or Thursday, with a few hours remote work to send photos to staff before Friday. 

Time: 1-2 hours per day, we can schedule according to your needs!


Photograph bands. May need to be two days depending on number of campers. Please note that this position has a firm deadline!

* Open Mic MC *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday

Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm.

Lead the afternoon open mic assembly at the end of the camp day.  Call out names, help campers set up, troubleshoot sound problems and turn off the equipment at the end. Campers sign up throughout the day and look forward to the open mic each day! NOTE: Knowledge of basic sound engineering required (PA, mixer).

* Dismissal Assistant *

Dates: Tuesday-Saturday

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

NOTE: You do not have to be available the whole time.

Assist staff in ending the camp day. This may include marking attendance, monitoring the front door, communicating with parents/guardians, kitchen work, moving gear, and other tasks as needed.

* Workshop Assistant *

Tues-Sat, esp needed Saturday,

Time: 9:15 - 11:00 am, and/or 11:00 - 12:45pm, and/or 1:45 - 3:15pm, and/or 3:45 - 5:15pm.

Assist workshop leaders with their needs before, during and after their workshops. This may include gathering materials, setting up, helping campers listen & participate, cleaning up, providing feedback and other tasks as needed.

Behind the Scenes Roles

* Gear Testing *

Dates: Mid to late May, we schedule around your availability

NOTE: Knowledge of gear required, just enough to know how to test if it works.

Help test gear before summer camp starts to ensure campers have enough gear. We test basses, drumkits, guitars and microphones/PAs.

Showcase Crew

Dates: Saturdays (rehearsal) from 1:00 - 2:30pm and/or 3:00 - 4:30pm, Sundays (showcase) 1:30-4:30pm!

Campers perform their original songs to their peers on Saturdays at the showcase runthrough and then to a live audience of fans on Sundays at the showcase. There are a variety of musical and non-musical roles available on these special days. We are looking for roadies, stage managers, guitar/bass tuners, photographers, audio recorders, videographers as well as people to be at the door and merch table.

Food pickup and delivery

Dates variable!


Pick up a food donation or grocery shop for us and bring it to us in downtown Oakland. We will reimburse you on the spot. Some food pickup and deliveries are timed and some are flexible.



Anytime, anywhere in the Bay Area now through July 2nd

Bring camper and/or volunteer recruitment flyers to your show, workplace, neighborhood, and other areas around the bay area.  If needed, we could provide copies of flyers as well as posting materials.


Camp assistance


Kitchen Assistant

Date: Tuesday - Saturday.

Time: 10:15am - 4pm

NOTE: You do not have to be available that entire time frame or week.

Make simple snacks and lunches for campers plus keep the kitchen/volunteer break area clean.


Dates: Tuesday thru Sunday.

Time: variable but generally before 6pm, let us know your availability!


NOTE: Knowledge of gear and ability to lift over 10 pounds may be helpful though not required. We need help a variety of dates in June and July.

Move and/or set up gear for a variety of scenarios, including camp setup and break down, showcase setup and breakdown, transforming instrument instruction classrooms into band rehearsal rooms and vice versa. We especially need help disassembling and assembling drum kits.

Audio Editor

NOTE: Light audio editing knowledge required.

Edit recordings from the showcase and upload them to our bandcamp. Get an idea of what we’re looking for by visiting


Data Entry

1-2 hours on Saturdays

Other times variable from June-August.

Type up campers' lyrics on Saturday at camp in downtown Oakland and/or input feedback surveys into our online database at your own pace and location. We can provide a computer and workspace if needed.



Who are our volunteers?

Our volunteer base is a large and growing network of musicians, artists, educators, youth advocates, friends, family members, and more! Bay Area Girls Rock Camp absolutely depends on our wonderful, generous volunteers to keep programs running. There are a variety of volunteer positions to fit your interests, skills and availability. We need so much help and there is so much fun to be had. Even just one hour will make a large impact.

Our campers reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area; they come from a wide range of identities, neighborhoods and socio-economic backgrounds; two-thirds are BIPOC.  We strive to create a board, staff and volunteer base that reflects this diversity, and strongly encourage BIPOC, self-identified women, trans, and gender non-binary people to volunteer.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is primarily led by and for women, girls, trans, and non-binary people. We value diversity, inclusion, and sensitivity towards all individuals. We welcome the support of cis-male-identified allies, and expects those who would like to volunteer to respect the importance of leadership by women, trans and non-binary people.


volunteer testimonials

"I felt really empowered. I love that this exists and it gives me so much hope for future generations!"

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