WHAT'S ROCK CAMP FOR GIRLS?
Rock Camp for Girls is a week-long day camp for girls focusing on the basics of playing and
performing in a rock 'n roll band.
The camp was started in 2006 by five women in Peterborough, Ontario, who love to rock.
Inspired by the Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon, the group developed a
one-week camp which ran in July 2006. It was a huge success!
Since then, RC4G Peterborough has offered two weeks of camp each summer for girls
aged 11 to 17 (now 10 to 17). The camp is held at Sadleir House, a community centre close
to Peterborough's downtown, and includes basic instrument instruction (electric guitar,
bass, drums and keyboards), band practice sessions to compose and practice songs, and a
variety of workshops on skills such as songwriting, dramatic techniques, vocal techniques,
'zine-making and technical production. On the final afternoon of camp we have our 'Big Gig'
where the bands perform their songs for family and friends. It's a blast!
In 2008, we ran our first ever Jam Camp, an advanced program for girls who have already
attended one or more sessions of Rock Camp. At Jam Camp we focus more intensively on
musical and technical skills chosen by participants, but also reserve plenty of time for
playing together in a variety of ways - large group jams, pick-up bands, vocal groups and
In October of 2008, we added another new program -- Women's Rock Weekend, a two-day
mini-camp for women aged 19 to 99. WRW is a ton of fun, and is also an important
fundraiser for the organization. Staff volunteer their time for the weekend, and funds raised
go towards our camper subsidy program, helping us to fulfill our goal of making Rock Camp
accessible to any girl who wants to come.
Supervision and instruction at RC4G is provided by an all-female team of rock counsellors
with experience in instrumental music, vocals, performance, dramatic techniques, promotion
and marketing and technical production. We also have a number of talented volunteers who
help out with all aspects of the camp.
RC4G Peterborough is a member of the Girls' Rock Camp Alliance, an international
association of girls' rock camps.