Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Rock Camp Jumpstart 2017


Thank you for your interest in Rock Camp Jumpstart!

All spots for Jumpstart 2017 have been filled for this Summer. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop and receive updates for camp dates next year.

Rock Camp Jumpstart is a summer camp for girls (transgender or cisgender), gender non-binary folks and trans* folks from ages ages 5 – 7.  Based on the organization’s award-winning program for older kids, Rock Camp Jumpstart gives  campers the opportunity to write their own music and experiment with sound and movement through a wide variety of fun activities.

Campers receive instrument instruction each day in small groups organized by skill level and age. On the first day, campers form bands, and during daily band practice, campers write music and lyrics collectively, assisted by band coaches. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase concert. Workshops, classes, and band practice are led by volunteers. We strive for camp to be a week that is super fun and meaningful for campers from a variety of identities, perspectives, and experiences.

We strive to make camp accessible to all girls and trans* youth, regardless of their financial resources. In this effort, tuition is sliding scale, and free lunch may be made available. Though Rock Camp Jumpstart is a day camp and we do NOT provide lodging, youth who do not to live in NYC are welcome to apply. We are able to offer limited assistance with host-family arrangements. If you are interested in contacting a prospective host family, or if you are a local family interested in hosting a camper, please let us know on your application.

Date: July 10 – 14, 2017

Time and Location: Monday – Friday, 9 am–3:30 pm at Blue School in Lower Manhattan at 241 Water St, New York, NY 10038. Extended Day is available Monday through Thursday until 5PM.

Directions: The school is between Beekman St. and Peck Slip, and is wheelchair accessible. The closest trains are the 2/3/4/5/A/C at Fulton St or 6 to Brooklyn Bridge. (For more information on transportation, please use Google Maps or mta.info).


Tuition and Costs

As an anti-racist, feminist organization, we continually work to recognize the ways in which systems of oppression impact our work and the lives of campers and their families. We hope to see an end to poverty and vast income inequality soon. In the meantime, we strive to make camp accessible to all applicants, regardless of their economic resources. Through annual fundraising from institutions and individuals, and reliance on incredible volunteer power year after year, we are able to subsidize tuition for ALL campers. The actual cost to the organization of each camper is approximately $1,000, while the full tuition rate is set at $550. In addition, we utilize a “sliding scale” model for tuition to make camp accessible to as many girls (trans & cis), gender non-binary youth and trans* youth who wish to attend as possible. In the sliding scale model, you determine your tuition based on your income, with the help of our guidelines.


How Should I Determine My Camper’s Tuition?

The chart below offers suggested tuition rates based on a household’s shared annual income, assuming 3-5 folks in the household. Tuition may be made in installments. We know that some families face financial challenges for which they are under- or unsupported, such as extreme medical costs, costs to support those with disabilities, costs related to transitioning, and more, and that all families’ resources, and access to resources, look different. Please select the tuition that is most appropriate, given your financial resources. At the same, time, please be rigorous about paying what you can — we rely heavily on tuition to make camp happen. It is in the spirit of the sliding scale model, and in the spirit of community, to pay what we can, when we can.

**If you have more than enough, we invite you to contribute to our Fairness Fund by paying a little more. Any amount beyond $550 is considered a gift and is tax deductible. Application fees and tuition, however, are not donations, and therefore are not tax deductible.


Jumpstart Updated 2017 tuition

Cancellation Policy

50% of all tuition payments are non-refundable. Cancellations 3 weeks prior to the camp session will be refunded the other 50%. For cancellations after 3 weeks (and only up to the MONDAY ONE WEEK PRIOR to camp), you may find a replacement for the spot to receive your remaining 50%. Otherwise, this remaining tuition will be used as a donation to the Fairness Fund, which keeps all our programs sliding scale.


How to Apply: Registration form

Deadline: May 22nd, 2017. You will be notified on a bi-weekly basis from the time you applied.

Questions? Please contact us at info@williemaerockcamp.org.