Girls Rock! Des Moines, is offering TWO, two-week long camps featuring instrument instruction, empowerment workshops, songwriting classes, band formation, live performances by visiting female artists, and a showcase concert that caps off the end of camp!  The entire camp is lead by women volunteers from all over the US!  We are extremely excited about our 2018 summer sessions!!  Come rock with us!


When and Where?

In 2018, we will have two sessions of camp, please make sure you are selecting the appropriate session.

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Camp One

June 11th-22nd  9am – 4pm // Monday - Friday

To be held at Merrill Middle School with a rockin' showcase performance at the Kum & Go Theater in the Des Moines Social Club!

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Camp Two

July 9th-20th  9am – 4pm // Monday - Friday

To be held at Edmunds Elementary School with a rockin' showcase performance at Wooly's in the historic East Village!


Who May Apply for Camp?

Self identified, gender non-conforming and trans girls who will be between the ages of 10 and 16 during the camp session may apply for camp. No musical experience is necessary, and you don’t have to live in Des Moines to apply.

Note: Campers must be at least 10 years old at the time of camp to attend. No exceptions will be made.

Annual Membership Cost

The cost for membership is $300 and can be paid in full HERE.

Need based scholarships are available for the 2018 sessions

Mentors and Counselors in Training

Mentors are GR!DSM members ages 14-16 who have attended camp at least one year. Mentors are the liaison between our counselors and in-coming campers.  They will be forming their own mentor band and will perform at the end of camp showcase.

Counselors in Training are any past camper who have aged out (17 or older) and are interested in becoming a camp counselor or teacher.  Their role is to shadow the existing leadership roles and assist when needed.

Instrument Selection

Campers focus on one instrument to study. Campers are assigned to instruments based on availability and their requests. Applicants can request guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or vocals.  Please rank instruments according to your preference. 

Note: Due to the need to acquire the gear we need in advance, you cannot change your selection after you send in your application, and you cannot change the instrument you’re assigned before or during the camp session.

Camper Selection and Notification

Application for admission into the GR!DSM camps will be accepted until the allotted 40 slots/camp are filled.

If you have any questions about your application status please contact Sara Routh at