Mission, Vision, Values & FAQs
Rain City Rock Camp empowers girls, women, and gender non-conforming individuals to engage their creative potential through music, champion equity, and thrive in a community of allies and activists.
We envision an equitable world that celebrates creativity, embraces authenticity, and values all voices.
SELF-EMPOWERMENT and development of the strengths in each of us
MUSIC as a medium for personal growth and social change
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for girl, women, and gender non-conforming individuals
SUPPORTIVE & INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY in our work and partnerships
DIVERSITY because together we are better
PROGRESSIVE APPROACHES to fighting sexism and societal inequities
AUTHENTICITY & RESPECT in all spaces
“Girls Rock! Seattle ” announced its official name change to Rain City Rock Camp for Girls in July 2010. The decision to change the name was made by the Board of Directors in response to another local organization with a similarly named program.
The name “Rain City Rock Camp for Girls” was chosen from two potential names voted on by Summer Camp participants in July 2010.
We saw this as an exciting opportunity to give the girls we serve ownership over the look and feel of our organization going forward. As a young non-profit with increasing momentum, this was the perfect time to make a change that we’re confident will be better for us and the non-profit community as a whole.
In 2000, Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls was founded in Portland and has since become an overwhelming success, serving 300+ girls a year. As a result, similar programs have emerged across the country and overseas as part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA), a program of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, created to provide accreditation, resources and networking opportunities for it’s members. In 2009, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls was be added to this growing coalition of like-minded organizations that embody the core values of the GRCA:
- We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change
- We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women
- We value positive approaches to fighting sexism
- We value integrity, honesty and respect
- We value appropriate sharing or resources, cooperation and collaboration
- We value using our collective voice to further the mission
- We value diversity
The need for a program in our own city was evident. Each year, the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls drew a growing number of campers from the Seattle area as well as volunteers and guest musicians. In 2008, a fourth session was added to Portland’s summer camp program and numerous campers still had to be wait listed.
As a result, in 2009, the idea of Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Seattle finally became a reality in the form of Girls Rock! Seattle (now Rain City Rock Camp for Girls.) In a city that has historically embraced music as a form of self-expression and creativity, the excitement and enthusiasm for a program such as this is overwhelming. Rain City Rock Camp for Girls not only expands Portland’s message of empowerment and self-esteem through music, but also provides inspiration, encouragement and unity for women musicians in our community.
Q: Who is welcome to participate in Rain City Rock Camp for Girls programs?
A: All people who identify as female (cis or trans*), trans*, or gender non-conforming are welcome to be campers or volunteers in leadership positions.
Q: How is Rain City Rock Camp for Girls different from other rock camps/schools?
A: Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is not a rock school. We use music education as a tool to foster self-esteem, create community, and encourage social change. The enormous amount of community support given to girls at camp affords them a unique opportunity to express themselves in any way they wish. It’s not just about rock ‘n’ roll; it’s about all musical genres. And it’s not just about being a virtuoso; it’s about being an active agent in music culture and industry. We believe that by teaching these things, we can help girls develop-musically, mentally, and emotionally-toward their own ideas of who and what they want to be.
Q: How is Rain City Rock Camp for Girls different from Portland’s Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls? How are they similar?
A: While Portland’s RnRC4Gs is a successful model and the inspiration for much of our programming, our primary concern is how to most effectively bring the common mission of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance to Seattle. As a result, it’s important that we identify the unique needs, challenges and opportunities in our community and let these guide and shape the direction of our programming and organization as a whole.
Q: How can I help?
A: If you would like to volunteer during the week of Summer Camp, please sign up on our mailing list, and you will be informed when volunteer applications will be made available. Check out the list of volunteer positions here.
If you would like to volunteer time, skills, or resources to help us prepare for camp and other events throughout the year, please contact us and describe a few ways that your experience can help a new youth serving organization.
We are also interested in monetary donations, used gear, permanent office space, and more. Refer to our Donate page for complete details.