Girls Rock Camp Alliance

THE GRCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The Girls Rock Camp Alliance exists to unite, develop, and support its member organizations. The most important way that the GRCA provides support for members is through organizing the annual Girls Rock Camp Alliance Conference each spring.

This conference offers unique opportunities for growth, leadership, and collective movement building by providing workshops, assemblies, caucuses, and collaborative and collective learning.

For more information, check out our Conference Information Packet!

18673226_1426788650700453_7324971236922639116_o.jpg

2019 Conference: Together we are the GRCA

Join us as we explore what it means to do this work, Together.


The conference theme this year is Together we are the GRCA! This theme represents our organizations' across the world that make up the GRCA, that each of us knows a little but together we know a lot, and that we are working across the landscapes we call home to in a Do-It-Together style of collaborative organizing that makes our organizations, and our movement, unique, vibrant, joyful, creative, loving, and formidable. The GRCA believed that Joy is Revolutionary, and we are so excited to come together and be joyful again this year! 


WHEN:

Starts: Thursday, April 25th

Ends: Sunday, April 28th, 2019

WHERE:

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Road
Elmer, New Jersey 08318


Be Prepared!

 

Packing!

Conference is scent-free, so as you pack for conference this year, please consider that we are completely scent-free! We will be providing scent-free soaps and shampoos in all bathrooms/showers, and you can learn more about how scent-free spaces increase access for folks in this article

The weather in Philadelphia for the weekend is expected to be a bit rainy, and around 18-25 degrees celsius (64-74 degrees fahrenheit). So pack layers, and bring water-resistant shoes if you can! The showers are all shared, so if you want flip-flops for the shower, bring those too! 
To reduce waste, please consider bringing reusable water bottles and coffee cups as well! 
Here's a handy cartoon to help: 

packing 1.jpg
adjusted second page comic.png
packing 3.jpg

Public Transit Philadelphia!

When you arrive in Philadelphia, you may need to take public transportation to get around. Don't worry, we got you covered!! Download this handy SEPTA Guide (Southeastern Pennsylvania Public Transportation Authority) guide to getting around on Public Transit!


Accessibility!

The GRCA conference committee recognizes ways that conference has been structurally and physically inaccessible in past years. This conference uses a mix of spaces with varying accessibility. This year, as we work to make to the conference more accessible to everyone, we will try to be transparent about the space and limitations. Our work towards accessibility is a work in progress and we commit to it actively! We are happy to work with you to make sure the workshops, meetings, meals, lodging, and caucuses are in rooms you can access comfortably! Please e-mail shiftingpower@girlsrockcampalliance.org with any access needs or concerns you may have.

Check out our full accessibility information here!

A/V

As a member of the Roadie Crew you will check in with facilitators during your time slot and make sure they have all the paper, markers, tape, chairs, AV equipment, etc. that they need, and be available to help troubleshoot any problems that the facilitators may have. Please express your interest here, we will confirm your assignment closer to the conference.


Docu-team

These folks will be helping document the magic of the conference, and share content with folks who are not able to attend. Duties include taking photos and video of assemblies, workshops, meet ups and more.


Accessibility Access Crew

The Accessibility Action Crew & the Shifting Power Committee will collaboratively work towards a more accessible GRCA conference. On the ground, the Accessibility Action Crew will make signs, make sure there are enough chairs in workshops, check supplies of scent-free shampoo and soap in bathrooms, etc. One or two folks may be asked to fill out an accessibility audit created by the Shifting Power Committee as well.


Set-up, Take-down, Kitchen

The GRCA needs help with lots of things throughout the weekend to make sure that people get fed, things get set up, and our work can go as smoothly as possible. We will have signup sheets for the Kitchen (helping with prep, helping with dishes, helping to serve meals) for each meal during the weekend. When you arrive, make sure to sign up for a shift, so that together we are taking care of ourselves and each other! 


 Give us your feedback!

Help us get better by providing your feedback on your experience at conference and at sessions. Paper copies will also be available.

More details on the 2019 GRCA Conference: