Volunteer Application

Volunteer applications will be online in early Spring 2016!!!

Click here for descriptions of last summer’s volunteer positions 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Queer Rock Camp! Some of our volunteer positions require musical knowledge, but many do not. Our ideal volunteers are those who put the best campers’ best interests, emotional and physical safety above all else; who understand and believe in the camp’s mission; who will show up at camp every day, on time, with enthusiasm about the work. We are looking for volunteers who will fully participate in the experience of the camp and be truly present for the campers. Queer Rock Camp aims to provide role models to youth by keeping a strong presence of queer, gender-variant and gender non-conforming volunteers in the positions that directly work with campers. Please keep this in mind when considering which position you are applying for.

Queer Rock Camp is dedicated to ending discrimination and oppression, including on the basis of sexuality, gender, race, ability or class. Queer Rock Camp works through an anti-oppression lens and aims to reflect, in our volunteers, the diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences of campers, beyond gender and sexuality. We strongly encourage people with marginalized identities to apply.

At Queer Rock Camp we are committed to creating a safer space for everyone, particularly for those who are affected by oppressive and marginalizing systems such as homophobia, transmisogyny, transphobia, adultism, sexism, racism, classism, fat phobia, ableism and many others. While we know that QRC can never be a completely safe space (because the world is so complicated and messy), we are devoted to prioritizing people’s safety in a way that interrupts systems of oppression, invisibility, and histories of violence. We seek to create a space that feels safer for us to bring the marginalized parts of ourselves into the center where they can shine.

Working towards our collective liberation is a fundamental part of achieving the mission of Queer Rock Camp. To move us forward in this work we need to educate ourselves about systems of oppression, how we uphold them, an how we can challenge them. We all have a responsibility before, during, and after camp to look deeply at the places in our lives where we hold unearned privilege, examine our internalized biases and “isms”, build and practice allyship skills, and be thoughtful about how our access to privilege and resources impacts how we take up space at camp. We have an expectation that all volunteers come to camp ready to make excellent mistakes and model to the community their ability to grow by looking critically at themselves.

Volunteer Application deadline: May 10th at midnight. We will contact all applicants by May 15th, 2015.

Volunteer Orientation & Training:
Seattle: June 20-21, 2015
Olympia: August 8-9, 2015

2015 Camp Sessions:
Seattle: June 22-27th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Olympia: August 10-15th at Lincoln Options Elementary School

Please contact queerrockcamp@gmail.com if you would prefer to complete your volunteer application via phone interview. We will also contact applicants by phone as needed to gather additional information to help us in accepting and placing volunteers.

As part of the volunteer confirmation process, you will be required to fill out a Code of Conduct Agreement, a Background Check Authorization Form, an Assumption of Risk Form, and a Media Release. Because our work serves minors, as part of the application process, we must conduct a criminal background check on all volunteers. Only certain violations prohibit adults from working with minors. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.

 Out-of-state applicants will need to provide their own background checks at their own cost, and we will send you an email with instructions once you apply. Please contact us if you are undocumented and we will make special arrangements.


Once confirmed, you will receive a Volunteer Handbook with additional information about your position. There are mandatory volunteer trainings in Olympia and Seattle. The orientation will help us develop skills and shared language to deal with oppression, teach effective and fun classes, and create a positive experience for youth. This is also a time when volunteers get to know one another, share ideas and do last minute camp set-up.

You can fill out the online application form below, access it directly at:

Printable copies coming soon! If you prefer snail mail, you can mail the completed application to:

    Queer Rock Camp

    ℅ Stonewall Youth

    P.O. Box 7383

    Olympia WA 98507

If you have questions or are having trouble submitting your application online, email us at queerrockcamp@gmail.com. Please do not submit your application via email!

You will receive a confirmation email once we have received your application. If you don’t receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your application, please contact us.

NOTE: POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS MUST BE 22 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. Check out the camper applications for folks ages 12-21