What is Rock Camp?
Chattanooga Girls Rock Camp is a one-week summer day camp serving a diverse group of girls with varying musical experience (absolutely zero experience is more than ok!) who will be able to borrow instruments of their choice, receive instruction, form a band and write an original song with their fellow campers. They'll then perform their song in a real music venue in front of an adoring audience of family, friends, and the public! Campers also participate in workshops that may range from exploring our region's rich musical history to DJing, recording, movement, and DIY art/merchandise making. Each day during camp, local and regional woman-fronted bands perform just for us!
While music is our medium, our camp programming aims to help provide our campers with the platform and tools they need to tell their own stories and be heard, which we believe to be an incredibly transformative and empowering act. At camp, we intend to create an environment in which everyone is encouraged to resist the urge to apologize for the space they take up and the mistakes they make, and to think critically about the harmful messages they receive pressuring them to look a certain way, behave a certain way, and aspire to only certain futures. We operate within a social justice framework, with the firm belief that a common goal of supporting each other as girls and women, while understanding we face different obstacles pursuant to our identities and backgrounds, is an important way to start creating the world we'd all like to be a part of.
That said, let's plug in and get LOUD!
There are more than 53 Rock Camps for girls in at least 8 countries, but like ours, they are independently organized and produced with the needs of each community reflected in their programming. Check out the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, of which we are members, at to learn more about the rock camp movement!
It may be called "Rock Camp," but campers can create music in the style of their choice, whether it's Hip Hop, Country, Cumbia, or something totally new! We'll explore the cultural significance of many genres, particularly the importance of women's contributions to them.
We are a non-profit incorporated in the state of Tennessee, and are able to accept tax deductible donations (credit card, check, and many in-kind donations). Click our Donate link at the top of the page and help us make this awesome camp happen!