A group of 4 young people sit on a park bench with musical instruments.

A photo of four campers sitting on a bench outside, posing with their instruments.

Attention Middle Schoolers!

Spend your Spring Break with us this year!

Applications will be open February 2nd – March 10th and are considered on a rolling basis. Please email programsupport@raincityrockcamp.org with any questions.

2024 Camp Dates: April 8th-12th, 2024
2024 Camp Location: Puget Sound Community School | 660 S Dearborn St, Seattle
2024 Showcase: Friday, April 12th at The Vera Project | 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
Doors 6PM | Show 6:30PM
 

Spring Break Camp supports youth of marginalized genders in grades six, seven, and eight in a safe and empowering environment that fosters leadership, encourages creativity, and cultivates a supportive community of peers and mentors. Our week-long youth camps use music education and positive aspects of rock music culture—like loud confidence, overt expression, and sonic experimentation—to provide a space for campers to learn about themselves, the creative process, working in a team, and their potential to be heard. Campers receive instrument instruction, where they learn the basics of how to play their instrument. In band practice, they collaborate to write a song. Every day, campers also attend a variety of music- and non-music-related workshops on topics ranging from identity and activism, to body power, to zine making. Spring Break Camp culminates in a Showcase at a popular Seattle music venue where campers debut their original songs for an audience of friends, family and community members.

Who May Apply to Spring Break Camp?

All youth of marginalized genders in grades six, seven, or eight (middle school) are welcome to apply for camp. We define marginalized genders as all trans & non-binary people and cis girls/women. No musical experience is necessary, and you don’t have to live in Seattle or Washington State to apply. Black, Indigenous, People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply! 

What Happens After I Apply for Spring Break Camp?

You’ll hear back from us about your camper’s enrollment within 2 weeks of submitting your application. If your camper doesn’t initially get a spot in Camp, don’t worry. You’ll be immediately put on the waiting list and will hear from us if any spots become available. We’ll do our best to get your camper in!

How Much Does Spring Break Camp Cost?

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard. That’s why our tuition is on a sliding scale from $500 to $0 and is pay-what-you-can. We appreciate your support in paying what you are able, and any amount over $500 is a tax-deductible donation that will continue to help us rock the world! Your contributions ensure access to this experience for all.

What Is This Year’s Express Yourself Piece?

The Express Yourself Piece (EYP) component of the youth camp application is a way for us to get to know the campers better! We want each camper to express who they are and what the theme of the year means to them. For 2024, we’ll be asking applicants to express who they are and what the camp theme Turn Up & Tune In means to them. Here are some thoughts on the theme to get you started:

  • Describe a time when you spoke up about an issue you care about or stood up for someone else.
  • What does it mean to you to think critically?
  • How do you know when it’s time for you to listen versus when it’s time for you to speak up?

In the Express Yourself Piece section of the application, campers will have the opportunity to submit a written response as their EYP. 

Campers may also choose to use a different creative method to express themselves and what the theme means to them. The EYP can be in any format the camper chooses—video, song, drawing, digital art, poem, dance, collage, comic, skit, etc. We do ask that you submit your EYP in either PDF, MP4, MP3 or WAV format. If your camper opts to forgo the written response in the application to create a different type of EYP, please mail the EYP to 117 E Louisa St #445, Seattle, WA 98102 or email it to programsupport@raincityrockcamp.org within two weeks of submitting your application. We are so excited to see what you come up with and may even feature your EYP on the RCRC Instagram page!

Interested in being a Volunteer?

Volunteers are vital to creating all the magic at Camp! Check out the available positions and apply below.

Read the 2024 Spring Break Camp Volunteer Role Descriptions for details of each position.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email programsupport@raincityrockcamp.org.

Adults of marginalized genders are welcome to apply for all leadership roles within RCRC. Black/Black of the Diaspora and First Nations/Indigenous Communities of Color applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

The priority submission deadline for volunteer applications is March 17th.

Click above to volunteer for the role(s) of: Camp Counselor, Band Coach, Instrument Instructor, Mental Health Crew, Media Crew, Support Crew, and Medic.