Women's Rock Camp Sampler 2015

Wish that Girls Rock Camp existed when you were a kid? It's not too late! Women's Rock Camp Sampler is a 1-day musical adventure for women ages 19 and up. Campers attend an instrument lesson, form bands, write songs together, participate in empowering workshops, and perform at a live showcase  – all in one day.

Not only is Women's Rock Camp Sampler a thrilling and fun experience - all proceeds support our youth programs. At Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, it is our mission is to be accessible to all girls regardless of their families’ financial situation. We offer full and partial financial aid for all of our youth programs with no one turned away for lack of funds. At Women's Rock Camp Sampler, you are empowering the next generation of women while empowering and celebrating your peers.

WRC Sampler is for all women age 19 to infinity years old. NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY, and all skill levels are welcome. Bay Area Girls Rock Camp welcomes campers who identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming. We provide meals and instruments for the day, so all you have to do is show up.

  • Women's Rock Camp Sampler - including the showcase - is held at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts1428 Alice St. in Oakland, CA


  • WRC Sampler will be held on Sunday, November 8th.  To apply to attend our Sampler day, please complete this application.  The Fall 2015 Sampler is a one-day version of our Women's Rock Camp weekend. Come check it out to get a feel for a weekend of WRC!


  • Tuition for Women's Rock Camp Sampler is on a sliding scale from $75 to $300. Each participant's contribution supports our youth programs.
  • Just like our youth programs, we want everyone to be able to participate! If you cannot afford the fee but want to attend, you can opt to raise money through pledges from family and friends using our online fundraising page.

  • "...Rock Camp was an all-around great experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat."
  • "Super fun. The whole weekend was such an amazing rockin' time."
  • "I have attended many workshops and inspiring retreats, and I can fully say this was the best one of them all. Thank you so much for working so hard on this...you are appreciated."
  • "Wonderful staff and volunteers! Everyone was always in high spirits, very motivational, supportive, positive, encouraging, and loving all in one."

  • Instrument instruction: Campers sign up to learn bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, or vocals, and attend lessons in groups of 3-6 students.  No musical experience is required and campers are grouped by experience level. We provide instruments for everyone (but campers are welcome to bring their own guitar or bass).

  • Band practice: Campers form bands with their peers on the first day of camp, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with a female mentor (their "band manager") who provides guidance, encouragement and technical support throughout the songwriting process.

  • Workshops: Campers attend a different workshop each day, all geared toward self-expression and building confidence, while challenging gender stereotypes and addressing discrimination. Workshops may include Music Herstory, Image & Identity, Songwriting, Self-Defense, Music Business, Live Sound and more.

  • Showcase: On Sunday afternoon, each band performs its original song! The showcase is open to friends and family. 

Check out our FAQ or contact Program and Outreach Coordinator Shawna.

Note: This schedule may shift a bit.
Sunday, November 8th:
10:00-10:15  Arrival, welcome, introductions and morning assembly
10:15-10:30 Band Formation   
10:30-11:30 Workshop
11:30-1:00 Instrument Instruction
1:00-2:00  Lunch
2:00-4:00 Band Pracice
4:00-5:00 Showcase

  • Interested in volunteering at Women's Rock Camp?  Find out more on our volunteer page.
  • If you are unable to attend Women's Rock Camp, but want to support our programs, or if you would like to pay for someone to attend Women's Rock Camp as a gift, please contact us!




2013: Women's Rock Camp wins "Best Rock 'n' Roll Fastasy Camp."  Full article here.


Check out this great article about WRC 2013:  "A Woman's World" by Kathleen Richards from the East Bay Express.

"Women Can Rock For a Cause" - April 2013 | Elliot Owen, The Bay Area Reporter