A photo of campers on stage at The Crocodile cheering and singing the camp song.

Email programsupport@raincityrockcamp.org if you would like to be considered for an open camper spot.
2024 Camp Dates: July 15th-20th | approx. 9AM-5PM
2024 Camp Location: Washington Middle School 2101 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
2024 Showcase: Saturday, July 20th at The Crocodile | 2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Doors 11AM | Show 11:30AM

 

Summer Camp supports youth of marginalized genders ages 8-17 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. Summer 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 Summer Camp?

All youth of marginalized genders 8 to 17 years of age are welcome to apply for camp. No music experience is necessary, and you don’t have to live in Seattle or Washington State to apply. Black, Indigenous, People of Color and gender expansive individuals are strongly encouraged to apply! 

What Happens After I Apply for Summer Camp?

You’ll hear back from us within 2 weeks of submitting your application. If you don’t initially get a spot in Summer 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 you in!

How Much Does Summer 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, as always, 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!

What Can I Expect in Terms of Accessibility?

Check out our Summer Camp Accessibility Info Sheet. Reach out to programsupport@raincityrockcamp.org with any further questions.

Internship Program
Rain City Rock Camp’s (RCRC) Summer Camp Intern Program is for youth who want an opportunity to have the rock camp experience, with a bit more responsibility, by taking on a leadership role at camp. Interns will not receive instrument instruction, but will write an original song with a band of interns and perform it in the Showcase. They will receive daily intern-specific programming on topics such as leadership development, the music industry, social justice, and more! Interns will receive training before and during camp in order to assist in camper Band Practice and Instrument Instruction, as well as manage gear as roadies during camp and the Showcase. Interns must be 14-17 years of age during camp, and must have at least two years of experience as a camper at any of RCRC’s week-long youth programs.
Applications will be open until April 22nd. Applicants will be notified of their enrollment status after applications close.
We are limiting the number of interns this year in order to better serve those in the program, and more efficiently utilize the skills interns offer in the context of camp. All applicants who do not make it into the Intern Program this year are guaranteed a spot at 2024 Summer Camp as a camper.