Frequently Asked Questions!

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When and where will camp be held in 2019?

Stay tuned for an announcement of the location and dates for the 2019 CGR Camp!  

So what's this gonna cost?

One of our biggest priorities is to make our camp accessible to the largest group of girls in Chattanooga possible.  We plan to help accomplish this by charging tuition on a sliding-scale basis to offer financial assistance to as many campers as need it. Based on the self-reported income of each camper’s parent or guardian, tuition will fall between $0 and $300.  We also provide breakfast and lunch for everyone during camp, and offer transportation to and from camp for up to 14 campers.

Does my kid need to have previous music experience or own/rent an instrument?

No experience or gear necessary!  We provide the instruments and the know-how, so campers just have to arrive ready to learn something new!  Of course, if the campers do have their own instruments/gear, they're welcome to bring them along.

How do I volunteer?

Ready to help out?  THANK YOU! Click here for the volunteer application!  You can read about our camp week volunteer roles here.  

I'm a dude, can I volunteer?

Absolutely!  Our year-round team includes people of all identities, and we have lots of supportive roles available during camp for male volunteers, including Gear Crew, Tech Support, Admin, and assistant roles for Instrument Instruction and Workshops.

We generally ask that our male volunteers step back from direct mentorship and leadership roles to model our message that girls and nonbinary folks can not only play great music but become leaders and respected authorities in their fields.

I'd love to help out at camp, but I can't afford to take a whole week off from work.  What can I do?

Don’t you worry, you’ve got options!

  • Many volunteer positions cover half-days. For instance, Instrument Instruction takes place in the morning each day, and Band Managers are needed for the afternoons!

  • If you’re only available for one, two, or three days of the week, that's ok too!  We have plenty of need for folks who can drop in for a while.  

  • CGR offers a limited number of stipends to make volunteering more accessible for everyone.  Stipends are offered to offset the costs of travel or missed work. Send us an email if you’re interested in applying! We’re able to award between $25-$300 per recipient. We prioritize assistance for volunteers who:

    • are able to spend the full week with us, as familiar faces help keep programming consistent and make campers feel more secure.

    • participate in marginalized identities and communities (women, people of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, etc). If you have any questions about that, please don't hesitate to ask.

What do you mean by safe space?

We aim to create as safe a space as possible for all the young people who attend our camp.  These means more than just a physically safe space (which we enforce by running background and reference checks on all adult camp and building staff, maintaining a physically secure camp location, and adhering to strict sign-in/sign-out policies), it extends to the emotional safety of the campers as well.  We strive to be a program that is explicitly anti-bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and classism in policy and practice.  We will do our best to create an environment that is body-positive (meaning no size-shaming), supportive of different learning styles and abilities (physical and neurological), and accepting of every camper's version of self-expression.  If you have any questions about this, please send us an e-mail.

Wait, I still have questions!

MORE??? Send us an e-mail at! Especially if they’re about our favorite bands or why electric guitar strings are better than acoustic strings.