Girls Rock Philly

Media Relations for the non-profit organization presenting Philadelphia’s only rock camp for girls.
photo by Brooke Bocast

Girls Rock Philly (GRP) is a non-profit organization presenting Philadelphia’s only rock camp for girls which is now in its fourth summer of teaching junior rockers, ages 9 to 17, how to rock out. This week long camp serves 80 girls from the Greater Philadelphia region, with fifty percent of campers receiving scholarships or financial aid to attend.

GRP’s week-long summer day camp is held on the campus of Girard College (at Girard Ave. & Corinthian Ave.) in Philadelphia. The program culminates in an end-of-camp showcase, open to the public, this year to be held on Saturday, August 14 (location TBD), followed by a professional recording studio experience to create a compilation CD.  For more information, visit or call (215) 789-4879.

The Girls Rock Philly camp week provides girls with a chance to unleash their inner rock stars and to learn guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, DJ’ing and vocals. No musical experience is necessary and all needed equipment and instruments are provided. Campers form bands and write their own songs over the course of a week, allowing the aspiring young musicians a space in which to figure out what and how they want to play, while working in a team setting.

The female-only environment, a rarity in the music world, provides both campers and volunteers with a comfortable atmosphere, emphasizing artistic independence and creative ownership, as well as copyright to their own songs.  The camp also features guided band practice, special guest performers, and diverse workshops including the history of women in music, non-traditional instruments, sound and recording, and band art where participants have the opportunity to create original band t-shirts and buttons. The program culminates in an end-of-camp showcase performance for fellow campers, friends, family and the general public, and a professional recording studio experience to create a compilation CD.

Past camp participants have come from all parts of the Greater Philadelphia area, including South Philly, Mount Airy, Roxborough, Center City, Delaware County, Montgomery County, the Main Line, and from New Jersey and Delaware. Last year, forty percent of campers returned from previous years, and the girls were supported by a diverse groups of 30 onsite adult female volunteers, including local teachers, musicians and nurses.


photo by Brooke BocastClose Encounters band picture for Girls Rock Philly
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photo by Brooke BocastGeeta Simons teaching guitar to Becky Dame
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Photo by Brooke BocastC.A.N.E. featuring Candice Murray, Nicole Tyson, Emily VanVladricken, and Toni Irving
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Photo by Brooke BocastNicole Tyson & Becky Dame learning guitar
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