Camp Details & FAQs

GRRR is holding four sessions in 2018 for girls, gender non-conforming and trans youth.  Three of the sessions will be for ages 8-16.  Additionally, one session will be for teens ages 13-18. The camp is held from 9am-5pm daily, and the Friday concerts will be at 3pm & 6pm.  Camp will conclude at 8pm on Friday. 

In order for us to serve as many youth as possible, campers are only allowed to attend ONE week of camp this year.

Campers are required to be at camp all hours, all days: 9am-5pm on Mon-Thurs, and 9am-8pm on Friday.   Each morning of camp, parents will need to check their campers in between 8:30-9am.  Parents MUST pick their children up between 5-5:30pm at the end of each camp day, Mon-Thurs, and between 8-8:30pm on Friday at the concert venue.  This year, we'll be offering additional child care options before (7:30-8:30am) and after (5:00-6:00pm) camp!

On the Friday of each camp week, campers will be able to showcase their original songs written at TWO showcases at O'Gara's Bar & Grill! This will be the culmination of their entire week's work at camp.  Campers are expected to perform in both concerts.  

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat 2018 dates & locations:

GRRR I - July 9 - 13 @ Laura Jeffrey Academy, St Paul (ages 8-16)
GRRR II - July 16 - 20 @ Laura Jeffrey Academy, St Paul (ages 8-16)
GRRR III - July 23 - 27 @ Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, Minneapolis (ages 8-13)
GRRR IV - July 30 - Aug 3 @ Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, Minneapolis (ages 13-18)

Showcase concerts:

Fridays, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27 & 8/3
Shows are at 3pm & 6pm each day

O'Gara's Bar & Grill
164 N Snelling Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

What to bring to camp:

* A bag lunch and snacks for later in the afternoon. (A meal will be provided Friday evening in between the two concerts.)
* Notebook
* Pencils & pens
* Wear comfortable clothes!
* Drummers: bring drumsticks if you have them.
* Guitarists and bassists: bring your guitar or bass if you have one, along with your instrument cable.  If you need to borrow an instrument for camp, please contact

Who can come to camp?
Any girl, gender non-conforming or trans youth who is the age of 8-16 (or 13-18 at our teen session) is welcome at camp! No prior musical experience is necessary. 

How much is camp tuition?
$400 and we have financial aid available. 

Why can't my camper sign up for vocals only?
We are offering vocal instruction to all the campers this year, however, we feel it very beneficial for all singers to have knowledge of an instrument, as well as all instrumentalists being able to sing.  Providing instrument instruction to vocalists will help create a more well-rounded music experience.  We have all instruments available at camp, so you don't need to own one! 

Why do vocalists have to pick an instrument to study during instrument class?
Since we have all campers study an instrument at camp, choosing the "Vocals" option guarantees that your camper will be one of the singers in her band but will also be learning an instrument.  So during the instrument class in the morning, they would take either a guitar, bass, drums or keyboard class, and during band rehearsal in the afternoon, they would be one of the lead vocalists (there are typically two vocalists per band).

If my camper chooses Vocals/Guitar, do they play both in their band?
We cannot guarantee that any camper will be playing an instrument in addition to singing in their band.  Signing up as a vocalist means the camper is one of the designated vocalists in their band, and the instrument they chose is for studying in instrument class.  If they are interested in singing AND playing an instrument in their band- it will be up to the band to make that decision as a group.  The band will most likely already have all of the other instrument slots filled, as most bands are comprised of 2 singers, 2 guitar players, 1 keyboard player, 1 bass player and 1 drummer.  

Do you accept beginners at your camp?
Yes, we do accept all levels of players, beginners-advanced.  If you're in need of an instrument for camp, please contact

Do you provide instruments at camp?
We provide drums, keyboards, PA systems, microphones, and music stands for the campers to use.  We also have some loaner electric guitars and basses that campers can borrow for the week if they don't own one.  We have a form that the camper and guardian must fill out at camp prior to borrowing an instrument.  Please email if you need to borrow a guitar or bass for your camp week.

My camper only has an acoustic guitar.  Can they use that at the camp?
Guitar and bass players MUST use electric instruments (they can be acoustic electric, but not just acoustic- they need to have a pickup in them to be heard over the drummers!).  We have plenty of electric guitars to loan out if you don't have one!  Also, if you need advice in regards to purchasing an instrument, we can help with that too.  Email with further inquiries.

Do guitarists and bassists have to bring their own amps?
No, guitarists and bassists need to only bring their own instruments and pick.  We provide amps, drumsets, microphones, keyboards, music stands, and P.A.s for the campers to use.

Can my camper request to be put into a band with a friend who is also signing up?
Our goal at GRRR is to encourage campers to make new friends and promote musical growth.  In order to accomplish this, there is a chance that friends and siblings will be parted.  We strive to put the bands together based on three factors; the camper's experience level, their age and their musical interests.  There will still be plenty of time for friends to hang out during workshops, lunchtime, and other activities each day!

Are there any options for returning and/or advanced campers?
Yes!  We will have new workshops this year, as well as the opportunity for advanced students to take classes in new instruments and study advanced songwriting techniques!  In addition, we are offering a teen camp for camper's ages 13-18 the week of July 30th at our Minneapolis location!

If my camper has some conflicts during the week of camp (sports, etc), can they still attend?
We ask that your camper fully commit to being at camp for the entire week which is 9-5, M-Th and 9-7:30, on Friday.  If they will have to miss any time at camp, we ask that you consider signing them up for another week of camp or looking at one of our after-school programs in the fall which occur only once a week.  At camp, campers are put into bands, and much like any other kind of team, they all count on each other to be at all their band rehearsals and the final concerts.  If one of them is missing, it makes it difficult for the rest of the band to move forward, and we feel that is not fair to the other campers.

Is financial aid offered?
Yes, thanks to grantors like the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN State Arts Board, Mockingbird Foundation and individual donors, financial aid is readily available. Please do not hesitate to request financial aid as we have never had to turn a camper away do to an inability to pay.  You can check out our financial aid information and guidelines here and please be sure to note that we are willing to work with your family in any situation. You can also pay for camp in installments instead of a lump sum. 

Can you afford to pay more for camp?
GRRR is made possible in part by grant funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN State Arts Board and generous donations from our supporters. Our tuition price is set below our actual program costs because we want to keep our programs accessible to all campers who want to attend, regardless of economic means.  If you'd like to add an additional donation to help keep GRRR accessible to all, YOU ROCK. She Rock She Rock will kindly accept your donation and issue you a tax deduction receipt for the difference, as we are a 501c3 non-profit organization!  More info here!

Can my camper attend more than one session of GRRR?
No.  In order to serve as many participants in our community as we possibly can, we are limiting attendance to GRRR to one session per camper.  

Do you offer before and after-camp care?
NEW THIS YEAR!  Yes- we will have a camp counselor on premises beginning at 7:30am in the morning and staying until 6:00pm in the evening in an effort to make this camp accessible to all youth who want to attend for a small fee!

If I need to cancel prior to camp, does GRRR offer a refund?
In the event you need to cancel, you must notify us by June 1st to receive a refund (less a $25.00 deposit).  No refunds will be available after June 1st, but if a situation arises where a cancellation needs to be made, the tuition price can be considered a donation to She Rock She Rock and we can write you a tax-deduction receipt.

What does a typical day at GRRR look like? 
Most days, we start with a camp assembly to prepare campers for the day. After that, campers will go to small group instrument instruction. During instrument instruction, campers will learn different cover songs. A longer band rehearsal is next where campers will work together to create their own songs. Lunch is next. After lunch, campers will go to art class to design their own band logo and create posters, buttons and screen printed t-shirts with the logo. Campers will then go to a workshop that's topic could include media literacy, women's history in music, gender & identity, self-defense, and/or activism. Campers will then have another hour of band rehearsal and will finish off the day with a guest performance of a local band. 

Besides music, what else do you teach at GRRR? 
We want to empower the campers that come to GRRR. Because of this, we believe it is important to provide more then a musical education. In addition to music workshops (such as songwriting & women's history in music), we present workshops on topics such as gender, anti-bullying, how women are represented in media (movies, music, news, TV, etc), and activism. Workshops are always presented at an age appropriate level (younger campers will be split from older campers) and are very student led. We give the campers a safe space to critically think about new ideas and discuss their ideas.

Two weeks of camp are being held at a church, are you a religious organization?
No, we are a secular nonprofit organization with no religious affiliation. We offer programs at all sorts of venues from schools to community centers to music studios and coffee shops. HAUMC provides space to community organizations at a reasonable price and central location. Additionally, they align with our values of inclusivity and social justice. 

How do the campers get to the showcase venue?
From our Minneapolis location, we will be taking a bus and from our St Paul location, we will be walking (it's only a few blocks away!).  Parents/Guardians will pick up your camper from the showcase venue, AFTER the shows are over on Friday.

What is the difference between the regular session of GRRR and the teen session?
Besides the fact that the regular sessions are for campers ages 8-16 and the teen session is for campers ages 13-18, the main difference will be that our workshops (media literacy, gender studies and activism) will be tailored specifically for our teen audience.

Are there volunteer or teaching opportunities for GRRR?
Yes! We need many music teachers and volunteers for each session of GRRR! You can find more information at our Coach At Our Camps page.