CALLING ALL ROADIES! Rock camp cannot happen without gear, and with over 30 guitars, 20 basses, 20 drum kits, 8 keyboards, and 4 turntables, this is no small task!

On Saturday July 7th, we will undertake the task of moving our gear from our storage space (East Bank Storage: 429 W. Ohio) to our host school (Suder Montessori: 2022 W. Washington Blvd.). We have an enormous truck, so now all we need are roughly 25 sets of helping hands! We’ll also need help setting up the gear in classrooms on Sunday July 8th! Special shout out to any camper dads/cis-male supporters who’ve been wanting to get involved but are unable to participate within the camp setting: this is the perfect opportunity for you. Each shift will require a minimum of 15 volunteers:

DAY ONE – Saturday July 7th
SHIFT 1: 8am – 12pm | East Bank Storage |429 W. Ohio | Chicago IL
SHIFT 2: 12pm – 6pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL

DAY TWO – Sunday July 8th

SHIFT 3: 9am – 12pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL
SHIFT 4: 12pm – 6pm | Suder Montessori | 2022 W. Washington Blvd. | Chicago IL

If you’re available to help that day for one or both shifts (YOU ROCK!), please email

Thank you for your continued support! Let’s tackle load-in together!

PLEASE WELCOME: Ryan Cameron, Operations Manager

We’re excited to have Ryan join us as the newest member of the GR!C team!

Ryan grew up in Jupiter, Florida, surrounded by their mother’s extensive record collection, which sparked their love of music. They graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in History and Political Science in 2009, and later continued on in the Gender & Cultural Studies program. During their undergraduate years Ryan translated their passion into a radio show, and they’ve been cultivating their music collection ever since.

They’ve spent the last decade working in Higher Education and Nonprofit Management, most recently for the preservation organization Save Our Cemeteries in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have a particular affinity for organizations which aim to empower women, transgender and gendernonconforming youth. Ryan spends their free time at the Montrose Dog Beach with their pups Willow and Sookie, exploring the local cemeteries, and riding their scooter.

Email Ryan with any questions you may have OR simply to welcome them to the team:

GR!C is looking for Teen Volunteers!

Girls Rock Chicago is accepting applications for Jr. teen volunteers (ages 14-16) and Jr. counselors (age 17)! The primary role of all teen volunteers is to develop leadership skills by modeling supportive and empowering behavior, building a positive camp climate, and supporting technical needs at camp.

Through these programs, both Jr. Teen Volunteers and Jr. Counselors will gain experience in:
-Building a positive camp environment and culture
-Modeling supportive and encouraging behavior
-Gear/supply coordination for a group of over 70 campers
-Professional interpersonal communication
-Working as part of a team to complete a collective goal
-Musical and technical vocabulary
-Safe and appropriate use of musical equipment

JR. TEEN VOLUNTEERS (ages 14-16)
This role is open to current and former campers ages 14 – 16. Staff will select up to three Jr. teen volunteers each session. Most of the duties will involve working with our Roadie Team, the infamous Road Dawgs.

Please note that this role is not first-come, first-served. Staff will make the final selection of Jr. teen volunteers based on the following criteria:
-Ability to collaborate and work on a team
-Enthusiasm for the proposed work
-Ability to articulate the understanding of the Girls Rock! Chicago mission
-Demonstrated maturity and responsibility

All jr. teen volunteers must commit to one entire camp week, including volunteer orientation, load in, the full camp week, and either the showcase or recording session.

To apply for the Jr. Teen Volunteer Program:
Complete the Girls Rock! Chicago Volunteer Application (You can select the role “Junior Counselor” and then add in the comments that you’re applying as a Teen Volunteer!)
Submit a letter of reference outlining your strengths and explaining why you’d be a good fit for the program. References can come from any non-family adult or peer, such as a mentor, teacher, counselor, or employer.
Applications are due Friday, June 15th. Applications will be reviewed by the Girls Rock! Chicago staff, and acceptance notifications will be sent on Wednesday, June 20th.

This role is open to all woman-identifying, trans (regardless of identity), and gender non-conforming 17-year-olds, regardless of whether or not they have attended camp before. Jr. Counselors will assist where needed and provide support in a number of different camp roles, including counselors, instructors, band coaches, roadies and more!

To apply to be a Jr. Counselor:
Complete the Girls Rock! Chicago Volunteer Application Once you apply, GR!C Staff will be in touch with next steps!

All Jr. Counselor applicants must attend a volunteer information session with staff, review the volunteer manual, and attend one of our mandatory volunteer orientations: Sunday, June 24th 10 AM – 2 PM or Thursday, June 28th 6:30 PM – 9 PM.

Questions? Contact to learn more!

GR!C's Looking for a Printmaker!

Girls Rock! Chicago is now recruiting a printmaker for our 2018 camp posters! We’re looking for an artist to design and print 150 posters per session for our End-of-Camp Extravaganzas. We offer these as keepsakes for our campers, and we also sell the extras as part of our fundraising efforts.

2016 July by Tara Zanzig

GR!C needs two sets of posters and can offer $400 per run ($800 total) including supplies, labor, and CD art (album front, back, and CD cover). Our needs are as follows:

150 posters for Session 1
150 posters for Session 2

As you may know, we are a 501c3 nonprofit and have a limited budget. Any costs accrued over our above offer can be considered a tax-deductible donation!

All Posters MUST Say:
Girls Rock! Chicago

Other Required Text:
Session 1
Girls Rock! Chicago’s End-of-Camp Extravaganza
Sunday, July 15th
All Ages
at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.
Session 2
Girls Rock! Chicago’s End-of-camp Extravaganza
Sunday, August 12th
All Ages
at Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.

Girls Rock! Chicago Design Guidelines
1. Please don’t use bodies or human forms in your piece. Because we tend to get a lot of designs with “girl” bodies included in them, we try to stay away from that just because it’s hard to represent the entire GR!C community with a couple of people on a poster.
2. No electronically printed posters. Our preference is that posters are screen-printed, but any type of printmaking will be considered.
3. Please make the poster in between 11”x17” and 18”x24”. Posters must be a standard print size (people like framing them!).
4. Please use thick poster paper (no newsprint!) We tend to use the French Paper – book type. Anything comparable to that is fine!

Session 1: June 29th, 2018
Session 2: July 27th, 2018
CD art: September 2018

Please contact Jess LeMaster at to apply.

Become a Workshop Leader for GR!C!

Girls Rock! Chicago is looking for workshop facilitators for our 2018 camp season! Come share your amazing skills and experience with our campers. It’s a great way to get involved if you have limited free time– we ask for an hour-long commitment at a minimum!

Workshops are one of the key pieces of curriculum that GR!C offers and they are a special opportunity to explore a wide variety of topics such as:
Songwriting, Sound & Recording, Improvisation, Music Video, Power/privilege/oppression, Youth organizing, AND MORE!

Interested in facilitating your own workshop? Email us at for more details or fill out one of the forms linked below.

Single Workshop Application: This is an application to propose a single workshop that could fit into the core workshop track or one of the specialized workshop tracks.

Track Workshop Application: This year, our campers aged 12-16 will be able to choose a curated series of 4 workshops regarding one topic, or a workshop track. This is an application to propose a track for which you would be the Track Coordinator. Being a track coordinator doesn’t mean you have to teach the workshops yourself. You can find other folks to help you if you need and you’ll receive a stipend for all of your hard work this year!