South Sound Rocks!
August 5-10, 2019
First Creek Middle School, Tacoma
South Sound Rocks! is a day camp for youth* ages 8-17. Campers come for a weeklong crash course in playing an instrument, songwriting, social justice and empowerment workshops and more! At the end of the week, campers get to perform their original song with their band at a local live music venue. Campers do not need to have any prior music experience and instruments will be provided.
Who may Apply to Rain City Rock Camp?
All people who identify as female (cis or trans), trans, or gender non-conforming are welcome to apply for camp. Campers must be 8-17 during the camp session. No experience is necessary, and you don’t have to live in South Puget Sound or Washington State to apply (please see below for more information on out-of-town campers).
Tuition: Sliding scale: $425 – $25. We appreciate your support in paying what you are able, and any amount over $425 is a tax-deductible donation that will continue to help us rock the world! When you apply, please pledge what you can pay and we will contact you within two weeks to confirm tuition and will request payment at that time. Please contact [email protected] or information regarding payment plans or questions regarding tuition.
After you Apply:
- You will hear from us about your enrollment status as soon as possible, and your instrument placement on June 1. You will also get information on all things tuition at that time. Tuition will be due on June 15.
- In order to get as many campers in as possible, we will be assigning them into all available instrument spots. Please be flexible and know that our philosophy is all instruments are awesome!
Tuition: Sliding scale: $425 – $5. We appreciate your support in paying what you are able, and any amount over $425 is a tax-deductible donation that will continue to help us rock the world! When you apply, please pledge what you can pay and we will contact you to confirm tuition and will request payment at that time. Please contact [email protected] for information regarding
2019 Theme: Rock It Like We Talk It!
Rock It Like We Talk it!
“This year is about allowing ourselves to fall, to get back up, and to keep going at it ‘till we get to where we want to be, moving forward, starting our own fire/rocket and keeping it lit.”
Adra Boo, Ladies Rock Camp Director
Alright, we are three months into 2019. Last year we were all about how practice makes progress. This year we are challenging ourselves to take that theme even further and push ourselves to live out our beliefs. We are asking ourselves to be impeccable with our word, authentic to our ethics, and genuine in our commitments.
Rocking it is being accountable to yourself. “It is being true to your word and following through with your plans.”
Carly Toyer, Summer Camp Director
Our theme focuses on action! It says, okay, we’ve talked about how were going to do this thing, now let’s go out and do it! Even if it seems daunting, even if we are afraid that we might not get it right, thanks okay, get out there and ROCK IT. Rocking it is bold.
Rocking it is “putting ideas into action.”
Danielle Crivello-Chang, Lead Youth Program Staff
We’ve talked a lot about how perfection isn’t our goal at rock camp, but it is still hard to shake that need to be seen a certain way, to be passive over active, to not ruffle feathers in the face of disagreement or speak up when you may be the only one to do so. All too often our goals, our dreams, and our promises to ourselves and to one another can get lost in the chatter, in the over-analyzation, and in the need to perfect or control.
“It is tending one’s own fire or garden. It speaks to last year’s theme and
continues that mission forward.”
Stephanie Anne Johnson, South Sound Ladies Rock Camp Director
In these moments, we’ve got to give ourselves permission to ROCK IT. We want to remind one another that it is okay to make mistakes! It is okay to get out on stage even if you don’t feel like your song is perfect! It is okay to stand up for what you believe in even if you are afraid! Go forth and rock it. What is important is that you are doing it.
“We are taking the things that we teach and learn at camp and applying it to our personal lives.”
Jeanne Mitchell, Activated Teen Voices
We are challenging all of us to check in with ourselves about how we are really integrating the lessons we’ve learned at rock camp into our lives. ROCK IT LIKE WE TALK IT. Yes, we love the way it rhymes and allows for some fantastic future rocket puns (yep, they are coming) AND we are also holding ourselves to this mantra.
“It’s a temperature check for us all — anyone can say they’re pushing for change in themselves, in their lives, in the world but are we taking that next step?”
Sue Spang, Program Director
We invite you to reflect on this year’s theme and consider how you interact with your own values, ethics, and goals. And we invite you to rock it in 2019 over and over and over again!
How do we rock it?
Like we talk it!
How do we talk it?
Like we rock it!
ROCK IT LIKE WE TALK IT!
Additional Information/Frequently Asked Questions
Does the camp run for half days or full days?
Camp takes place from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday, with the Saturday afternoon showcase starting at 12:30pm. All campers must be present all day each day; please avoid scheduling appointments or other commitments during these times.
Is Rain City Rock Camp only about music?
Although our mission focuses upon using music as a tool for confidence-building in youth, our camp also includes a number of workshops on multiple forms of empowerment — learning about media and body image; self-defense techniques; our theme, which this year, is “Practice Makes Progress;” and more.
We don’t live in South Puget Sound but will be there visiting during Rock Camp; is my child eligible to apply?
Yes! You can definitely apply and we always have a few campers who aren’t based in Washington year-round. If you are coming from out of town and would like more information about the South Puget Sound area, please contact us at [email protected]. We do not provide lodging or accommodations, and we are unable to give campers any personal information of other participants. We do, however, encourage campers and families to network with their peers through our parent/caregiver Facebook group. You will be added to this group once camper enrollment has been accepted.
My camper wanted to play bass when we signed up, but now that we’re closer to camp they want to switch to drums! Is this possible?
At camp, you can choose to study guitar, bass, drums, or vocals. Please indicate your first, second, third and fourth choices of instrument on the application. Although we do our best to accommodate everyone’s preferences, some campers will not get their first choice of instrument. Due to the need to acquire gear in advance, you cannot change your selection after you send in your application and you cannot change during the camp session. All instruments are awesome!
We have a guitar that our camper could use at camp. Do they need to bring it along to camp?
Instruments will be provided for use at camp during the camp week. If you or your camper have your own instrument, please feel free to bring it, knowing that your camper will be responsible for keeping it safe. Please note that Rain City Rock Camp for Girls does not accept liability for personal instruments.
Do you provide lunch or other meals for campers during the day?
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls provides lunch and snacks for South Sound Rocks! campers. Please make us aware of any food allergies or intolerances on your application.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations more than 30 days prior to the first day of camp programming will be issued a tuition refund, minus a $50 deposit fee. Cancellations 30 days or less from the first day of camp forfeit their tuition and will not be issued a refund.
Volunteer at South Sound Rocks!
We need a lot of folks to help make this south end location a great success. Check out the South Sound Rocks! Volunteer page for more information and applications!
*All people who identify as female (cis or trans), trans, or gender non-conforming are welcome to be campers or volunteers in leadership positions at RCRC.