Rain City Rock Camp for Girls 


Rain City Rock Camp for Girls (RCRC) uses innovative approaches to music education and access to strong female role models to foster girls' self-esteem, sense of community, and leadership skills. During two, week-long summer camps, girls choose between guitar, bass, drums, and vocals and receive instrument instruction from local female musicians. In addition, girls are grouped in four age groups (8-9yrs, 10-12yrs, 13-14yrs, and 15-17yrs) in bands, provided with coaching to support writing an original song together, developing the musical arrangement, and creating marketing tools for their bands (Tshirts, buttons, posters, etc). At the end of the week, each band performs their song on stage at a Seattle live music venue in front of hundreds of friends, family and the public. Throughout the week, girls participate in workshops related to empowerment, self-expression and self-esteem. Recurring workshop topics include self-defense, women's music history, performance, body image, activism & advocacy, media literacy, and songwriting. Rotating topics range from DJing to zine-making. As campers, girls benefit from a safe space that eliminates inhibiting stereotypes about music and gender, and instead, allow girls a forum to speak up, sing out, and make noise.

Mission Statement
Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. Our music education programs provide girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors.

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Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
117 E Louisa St # 445 
(206) 659-5471 

Natalie Walker 
Executive Director 


Rain City Rock Camp for Girls Programs

RCRC runs two week-long camps for girls ages 8-17 and has added an advanced camp for girls 14-19. Girls come for creative collaboration, musical training, mentoring and empowerment, as well as other topics promoting equity, positive self-esteem and activism. At the end of the week, campers have formed a band and written an original song which they perform at a local music venue or record at a studio. In addition to adding the Advanced Music Program, our continuing project will be expanding to after-school/Saturday programming and will continue to develop youth leadership opportunities.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

In our first years of programming (2009-present), RCRC has experienced tremendous growth and success, supported largely by a small staff of 2.5 FTE, a strong volunteer community, and Board of Directors. We recently hired a part-time Program Director, Reese Tanimura, who is leading RCRC into innovative program ideas, including our first in-school program at Totem Lake Middle School in May of 2015. 

Currently, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls is in need of dedicated volunteers and donations to help us carry out our mission. You don't have to be a musician (or a woman) to volunteer -- we have roles for everyone! If you're interested in learning more about volunteering, please visit our website. We also greatly appreciate financial and in-kind donations.


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