2015 Camp Sessions:
Seattle: June 22-27, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Olympia: August 10-15, at Lincoln Options Elementary School
Queer Rock Camp (QRC) Queer Rock Camp is a weeklong music camp for queer, gender variant, gender non-conforming and allied youth (ages 12-21). Camp is based in Olympia and Seattle, but youth and volunteers come from all over the Puget Sound area, West Coast, and beyond! Queer Rock Camp amplifies the voice of a population that is usually silent — allowing youth to be loud and to express themselves honestly and authentically through music.
WHAT HAPPENS AT QUEER ROCK CAMP?
Each Queer Rock Camp session runs Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 5:30PM, with a fabulous camper showcase on Saturday! During camp participants choose an instrument, receive musical instruction from queer and trans musicians, form a band with fellow campers, and work together to write an original song. Campers also go to amazing workshops focusing on community building, social justice, self-empowerment, and musical techniques. The week culminates in an incredible showcase starring performances of camper bands!
Here is what an average camp day looks like:
8:45-9:00 camper arrival / check-in
9:00-9:30 morning assembly (skits, important info about the day)
9:30-11:30 instrument instruction
11:30-12:30 lunch with live band performance/camper q & a.
12:30-2:45 band practice
2:45-3:30 quiet band practice (band meeting/snack time)
5:00-5:30 afternoon assembly
5:30 camper departure
The volunteer-run Queer Rock Camp Collective works year-round fundraising to make Queer Rock Camp available to all youth regardless of finances! In order to keep QRC free and accessible to everyone, we ask campers and families, when possible, to make a donation towards tuition cost that is meaningful and substantial to them. The estimated cost for each QRC camper is $400. This includes equipment, food, transportation & housing (when applicable), and general operating costs. No one will be turned away for lack of funds!
More information about donating to QRC can be found on our Donate page, or on the camper application.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When and where is camp?
A: There are two camp sessions happening this summer! The Seattle session is from June 22-26, 2015, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, and the showcase will be June 27th! The Olympia session is from August 10-14, 2015, at Lincoln Options. Elementary School, and the showcase will be August 15!
Q: When are applications due?
A: Camper and youth volunteer applications are due May 1st. Volunteer applications are due May 10th.
Q: Do you have to be queer to go to Queer Rock Camp?
A: No! People of all sexual and gender identities between the ages of 12 and 21 are invited to apply. QRC is focused on the experiences of queer, gender-variant, and gender-non-conforming youth, but people who identify as allies are also welcome at camp!
Q: Do you have to be queer to volunteer?
A: No! We strive to promote queer and trans visibility in and amongst musicians and mentors, therefore certain volunteer positions may be given to queer, gender-variant, and gender-non-conforming volunteers. However, there are many other behind-the-music volunteer roles, and folks all sexual and gender identities are welcome to apply! QRC would not be possible without allies!
Q: Do you have to play an instrument to be a camper/volunteer?
A: No way! In fact, campers are encouraged to apply to an instrument they do not already know. Rock Camp is a place to experiment and learn new skills. There are many volunteer positions that do not require musical knowledge/skill. This will be specified in the application.
Q: Do you have to own an instrument/ bring it to camp?
A: No. All equipment will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own instrument if you’d like.
Q: Do you have to live in the area?
A: No. We would love for you to come from wherever you are! Host families and transportation are arranged for out of town campers. We also help coordinate housing for out of town volunteers!
Q:What instruments are offered?
A: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Drums, Keyboards!
Q: Do I have to play Rock?
A: Definitely not! In your band practice you will write an original song of your genre choice.
Q: Who do I contact if I have more questions?
A: Email the Queer Rock Camp organizing collective at QueerRockCamp@Gmail.com.