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Volunteer at Summer Camp 2024!

Volunteer applications for summer 2024 will open soon! If you'd like to be contacted directly when the application goes live, email ellie@bayareagirlsrockcamp.org.
SUMMER 2024 DATES:
Session 1: Classic Rock Camp
Camp week: Monday June 10 - Friday June 14.
Showcase: Saturday June 15
Session 2: Music + Activism Week
Camp week: Monday June 24 - Friday June 28
Showcase: Saturday June 29
 
Session 3: Music Video Week
Camp week: Monday July 8 - Friday July 12
Showcase: Saturday July 13

Summer Camp 2024 location to be confirmed.

Volunteer Training: date TBA, 11am-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.

Volunteer Role Descriptions

 

WHO SHOULD VOLUNTEER?

We serve girls and trans/gender expansive youth. We aim for our campers to see themselves reflected in their mentors at this program.
--self-identified women and trans/gender expansive folks are welcome to apply for all roles.
--self-identified cis men and/or people ages 15-18 are invited to apply for roles behind the scenes.

Youth-Facing Roles

These roles are open to women and trans/gender expansive folks.
Cis men are welcome to participate behind the scenes (see below)!

 

Mentorship Roles (listed in order of need):

Band Coach or Band Manager

Dates: Monday - Friday, minimum commitment of 3 days. Attending on Saturday's showcase to support your band is appreciated!

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

Both positions work with a group of 3-6 youth to help guide their songwriting process as needed during band practice. Youth bands are split up by age: 3rd grade-6th grade and 7th grade-12th grade. We ask coaches and managers to prioritize youth decision making, but assistance may be needed with goal setting, providing constructive feedback, and mediating conflicts.

Band managers are required to have an interest in working with youth. Band coaches are required to have basic experience playing music, setting up equipment and troubleshooting sound problems. We will provide gear training during volunteer orientation.

Instrument Instructor

Dates: Monday - Friday, 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.

Co-teach 90 minute lessons with groups of 2-9 campers divided by age: younger students are 3rd grade-6th grade and older students are 7th grade-12 grade. We offer bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals.  We can provide all instruments for campers and instructors.  Groups 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 curriculum as guided by the interests of the group.  Equal value between learning technical skills and means of self expression.  Lessons aim to give campers skills they can use right away in their afternoon band practice.

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.

Peer Mentor Support

You will work with peer mentors (campers who have been to at least 2 sessions of camp, ages 15-18), to observe, check in, and call in as needed. We ask PM support to be present at camp sessions starting at lunchtime to facilitate a conversation among the peer mentors. We will need you to be present during at least 3 days of camp. Ideally you have experience working with and managing youth volunteers.

 

Other Youth-Facing Roles (listed by time needed):

Floater

Dates: Monday - Friday

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

Support summer camp with whatever needs to get done. We will figure out what suits your skills! This may include subbing for late or absent volunteers, filling in to during staff lunch breaks, moving gear, running snack time, cleaning, and other tasks as needed. We always appreciate having floaters so if you are not sure where to apply, this is a great place to start!

 

Workshop Assistant

Dates: Monday - Friday, esp needed Friday morning!

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, modeling participation (helping campers listen & participate), cleaning up, providing feedback, and other tasks as needed. Friday is our screenprinting workshop so if you have experience with printmaking it is appreciated!

Morning Assistant

Dates: Monday - Friday, especially needed Mondays and Fridays!

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

Assist staff in starting off the camp day. This may include marking attendance, assisting with activities for campers prior to assembly, doing kitchen work, setting up morning workshop, moving gear, and other tasks as needed.

 

Morning Activity Leader

Dates: Monday - Friday, especially needed Fridays.

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.

Band Photographer

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

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: Monday - Friday

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: Monday - Friday

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm. NOTE: You do not have to be available the whole hour!

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.

Behind the Scenes Roles

Folks of all genders are welcome to apply!

 

 

Roles At Camp

Kitchen Assistant

Date: Monday - Friday.

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.

 

Lunchtime Assembly Assistant

Dates: Monday - Friday.

Time: 12:15-1:45pm.

Assist with lunchtime performance. 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.

Showcase Crew

Dates/Times:

Friday (rehearsal), 1:00 - 2:30pm and/or 3:00 - 4:30pm,

Saturday (showcase) 1:30-4:30pm!

Rock camp ends with campers performing their original songs - Friday is the dress rehearsal in front of their peers, Saturday is the final performance in front of a live audience of fans!

There are a variety of musical and non-musical roles needed on these special days. We need roadies, stage managers, guitar/bass tuners, photographers, audio recorders, videographers, as well as people to work the door and sell merch.


Roadies

Dates: Monday - Friday.

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

 

Roles Before/After Camp

Gear Testing

Dates: Mid to late May, we can 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.

Camp move-in and move-out

Exact dates TBA! Move in will be in the first week of June, move out will be in the last two weeks of July.

Help us set up the rooms at camp for instrument instruction and band practice. This may include driving gear to and from storage unit and moving gear of various weights (the heaviest will be amps, PA sets, drum sets, keyboards). Ability to move between 10lbs and 70lbs is useful but not needed.

Food pickup and delivery

Dates: variable!

Times: Some are timed, some flexible.

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.

Flyering

Anytime, anywhere in the Bay Area now through July 7th!

Bring camper and/or volunteer recruitment flyers to venues, libraries, schools, cafes, bookstores, and neighborhoods around the Bay Area. Update a spreadsheet of locations once you have put up flyers. If you need printed copies of the flyers/posting materials, email ellie@bayareagirlsrockcamp.org to coordinate pickup from our Downtown Oakland office.


 

 

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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.

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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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