Girls Rock Camp Vancouver acknowledges that we exist on unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Girls Rock Camp Vancouver takes place every summer in space generously lent to us by the Urban Native Youth Association.
“Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a non-profit society that builds self esteem in female youth through music creation and performance. By providing workshops and technical training, we create leadership opportunities, cultivate a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourage social change and the development of life skills.”
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a project for female youth ages 8-17. We provide young women the opportunity to explore, access and create music with the guidance of positive mentors. We believe that girls possess power and agency and that we provide tools to amplify their already strong voices.
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver strives to align ourselves with and be part of a movement that diminishes sexism and other forms of oppression. We believe that every person deserves to love and believe in themselves regardless of (but not limited to) economic status, sexual orientation, ability, age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, citizenship, language, resources or size and that every person deserves the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to move through their lives with success and confidence.
We value multiple learning styles and encourage learning opportunities in all interactions. By creating an environment that respects and fosters diverse learning styles and holds space for diverse forms of information processes and expression, we hope to encourage female youth to respect each others differences.
Through collective collaboration in song writing, learning and engaging with music, participants increase their self-esteem, broaden their identity, increase communication and learn new skills.
We believe in carrying the spirit of camp in our work and that our joy is a revolutionary force. Creativity, positivity and community are key elements of personal and collective empowerment and transformation.
Who We Are
We are a community of organizers, instructors, musicians, artists and talented volunteers who came together in 2009 to plan Vancouver’s first ever Girls Rock Camp – an action inspired by Portland’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls which began in 2001, and an action we felt was crucial to promoting change in both the music industry and the lives of young women.
Girls Rock Camp Vancouver is a registered non-profit organization in British Columbia, Canada. The collective is entirely volunteer run and operates and makes decisions using a consensus based model.
We’ve hosted 7 Summer Camps, 210 campers, 56 new youth bands, 350 volunteers, 35 local lunch time bands, over 3000 showcase attendees, and endless bouts of laughter and juice boxes during our existence.
Images by Sarah Race Photography