General Information

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What is Girls Rock Camp Madison?

Girls Rock Camp Madison (GRC) is a week-long summer day camp for girls ages 8 to 18 focusing on building positive self-esteem through music.  No musical experience is necessary to join with the exception of violin, because the camp begins with the basics of playing and performing in a rock band (or punk band, or funk band, or jazz band, or whatever band!). Campers who play VIOLIN during the year can learn how to rock out on violin in a band! You must have your own violin at camp. The violin is not for beginning violinists.

Camp includes:

  • instrument lessons and band practice
  • a variety of workshops including songwriting, hip hop dance, yoga, zine writing, games, and building positive self esteem -TBD for 2021
  • professional recording studio experience-TBD for 2021
  • and a final showcase, where each band will play for friends, family and hundreds of screaming fans!

How Much Does it Cost?

Tuition for each session is $450. Financial Aid is available. Please click here for more information about Financial Aid.

In order to secure a space at Girls Rock Camp Madison, you are required to pay a $100 down payment to register unless you are applying for financial aid. The balance of tuition is due May 1st, 2021. If tuition is not paid in full by May 1st, the $100 down payment is forfeited and the space will go to a waiting list camper.

If you cancel your camper’s registration for Girls Rock Camp Madison between the time of registration and 31 days before the first day of the camp session your child is registered for, the $100 down payment is forfeited. If you cancel registration less than 31 days before the first day of the camp session your child is registered for, the entire tuition payment is forfeited if we are unable to fill the spot with a waiting list camper.

Is Financial Aid Available?

Yes! Please click here for more information about Financial Aid.

Where and When is Girls Rock Camp Madison?

All camps will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 4100 Nakoma Rd in Madison. The dates for camps summer 2020 are listed below:

GRC 2021 Potential Camp Dates–Sign up for our Mailing list for Registration updates-NOTE CHANGES TO ENROLLMENTS

Session 1: July 12-16, 2021 Virtual Girls Rock Camp all ages

Session 2: July 26-30, 2021 In-Person Camp for campers GOING INTO 7th Grade – 18

Session 3: Aug 9-13, 2021 In-Person Camp for campers 8 years old through 6th Grade

2021 Update-Before/After care will depend on CDC guidelines and restrictions. We will update when we have more information.  We provide before care and after care for campers for a fee. Before care begins at 8 am. After care ends at 5 pm. There is a flat fee of $10 per day for before care and $10 per day for after care. These fees are non refundable and must be paid in advance. FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE FOR BEFORE AND AFTER CARE. Please contact Beth Dohrn for assistance at


Campers and Parents/Guardians must register for camp.  Campers and Parents/Guardians will be notified with a registration confirmation email and information packet about the camp session.

Campers on the waiting list will be notified as soon as a space becomes available.

*If you need printed registration and/or financial information, please call Beth Dohrn@ 608-358-1416 or

Where are the showcases?

TBD 2021-Plan is to have all VIRTUAL Showcases.

All showcases will be held at the High Noon Saloon located at 701 E. Washington Ave in Madison.

Supplemental Information

In Session 2, girls going into 7th grade through high school (including girls who graduate in May 2020), with continued experience on their instrument or with vocals, will have a chance to delve deeply into the creative musical process with advanced instrument & ensemble instruction, advanced songwriting instruction, music theory and band practice with band mates who are experienced on their instruments and vocals.

The camp will provide instruments and equipment during camp hours for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard & Vocals. If you have an instrument at home that you would prefer to play, by all means, bring it along!

Another “back by popular demand” session 2 option is our Club DJ program. We have space for two campers (accepted on a first come first served basis, no experience necessary) to learn what it takes to be a club/party DJ. They will learn beat matching and mixing skills using songs they already know and love!

In order to apply for Session TWO on an instrument or vocals, the following two requirements must be met:

  1. The camper has received a recommendation from a GRC staff member on a specific instrument


the camper has attended camp previously and is knowledgeable about their instrument

the camper submits a video audition. See below for video submission rule

OR the camper has attended previous camps and is approved.

The camper must play her chosen instrument on a regular basis throughout the year (in a band, in school, private ongoing lessons, self-motivated individual practice, etc.)

Video Submission

  • All videos must show the camper playing her instrument &/or singing a song (it’s fine if you are accompanied by other instrumentalists) for AT LEAST 60 SECONDS AND NO LONGER THAN 3 MINUTES.
  • Videos do not have to be professional quality and can be a video of a performance at an event such as a talent show, open mic, school concert event, etc., as long as the camper’s individual performance is SEEN and HEARD.
  • If you don’t have the technology to create a video, please contact .

Camp Leaders

GRC Madison is organized and led by a group of musicians, performers and teachers from the Madison area.  Visit the Instructors page to view all dedicated staff members.  Lead staff includes:

Beth Dohrn
Executive Director
Beth Kille
Music Director
Liz Petty
Board President

In addition to GRC Madison’s camp leaders, we also employ:

  • Instrument Instructors: Teach bass, guitar, drums, keyboard and vocals (we also employ a violin and a Club DJ instructor)
  • Band Coaches: Assist campers with the songwriting process while in their band rehearsal. There are 2 band coaches for every band (bands are comprised of 5 campers)
  • Band Managers: Supervise campers (1 staff for every 5 campers) and serves as a go-to person for campers if they need help during the week
  • Girl Power Coach: This is a position for a person with advanced skills in child psychology or development who can support campers in emotional crisis and outline and enforce behavioral policy as needed.
  • Gear Manager: We are outfitted to provide instruments and amplification needs for all of our campers. Our gear manager oversees all this gear and maintains it.
  • Breakout Session Instructors: In addition to musical programming, we also provide opportunities for our campers to do artistic projects like t-shirt design, hip hop dance, self-esteem workshops etc by employing staff to teach “breakout sessions.”


The Camp is NOT open to the public.  Everyone involved in the camp is thoroughly interviewed with background checks and must be wearing an ID badge at all times.  The Showcase IS open to the public, so invite all of your friends, family and neighbors to see the rock stars shine!