Amplify Sleep Away Camp 2018
Camp Info For Parents
Amplify Sleep Away Camp is a unique summer program that is currently offered for six weeks during the 2018 summer season. Girls ages 10-16 years old choose a creative arts track and develop technical, creative and life skills while working together, taking fun and creative workshops, and developing self-esteem tools. Campers enroll in one track per week, no previous experience necessary.
THE MUSIC TRACK
Campers choose to focus on drums, guitar, bass, vocals, or keys, NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. In one week, campers form bands, write original songs, and perform in front of a sold out crowd. Morning sessions consist of small group instrument instruction and a workshop. Workshops at camp may include music history, songwriting, zine- and comic-making, screen printing, beat boxing, DIY recording, rapping for empowerment, alternative instruments, and more. Every day at lunch, different guest artists will take the stage to perform, talk about their work, and take questions from campers. After lunch, campers have plenty of time to jam, write, and rehearse their band’s songs.
THE PHOTOGRAPHY/FILM MAKING TRACK
Girls learn extensive photography and film making skills. Highlights include filming and directing a music video and learning photo editing skills including Adobe Photo Shop and Final Cut Pro. Each student will have an opportunity to have their piece published online and to start building a professional portfolio.While girls who enroll in this program share the campus with the rock camp, it is really a separate experience with separate classrooms, instructors, and workshops. Girls enrolled in this program have the amazing opportunity of being junior photographers and writers for the Santa Barbara Independent. Each week, campers produce work that is then released online with the publication.
MUSIC JOURNALISM TRACK
New for 2018 The Journalism Track: Learn the ins and outs of journalism. Each student will have an opportunity to have their piece published online and to start building a professional portfolio via our partnerships with local weekly papers.
THE MUSIC PRODUCTION TRACK
New for 2018 Music Production and Engineering : Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer. We will explore setting up a recording studio, working in Pro Tools, creating beat sequences, working with MIDI tracks, and more.
THE DJ TRACK
New for 2018 DJ Track: This introductory Track is the best starting point for anyone who is just beginning to learn about DJing. Skills learned include: Understanding the DJ station, the individual components of a DJ rig, and their functions during the mix performance, How to set up and organize your performance space so you can learn clutter-free, and Basic music theory for DJs and understanding common musical structures for DJ music styles.
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition is $1200 per camper for each week of Amplify Sleep Away Camp. Limited financial aid is available to those in need. Any Girls Rock SB tuition above and beyond $325 is considered a donation. Many campers attend camp for multiple weeks. For those staying over on a weekend, weekend programming and activities are provided.
Pricing after March 10th Rate List:
1 Week $1200
2 Weeks $2200
3 Weeks $3380
4 Weeks $4570
5 Weeks $5770
6 Weeks $6960
If you change your mind about attending Amplify Sleep Away Camp for any reason, your full tuition minus $100 dollars is refundable up until one month before program begins. After the deadline, we cannot offer a refund; however, we are more than happy to write you a tax deductible receipt.
What age does my child have to be to attend Amplify Sleep Away Camp ? Amplify Sleep Away Camp For Girls is open to kids who are between the ages of 10 and 16 during the time they attend camp. Please call us regarding younger kids if you feel they are ready for camp.
What does ACA accreditation mean? We meet over 250 standards in health, safety, staffing, training and transportation. Amplify Sleep Away Camp for Girls is an accredited camp certified by the American Camping Association. The Accreditation process requires camps to meet strict standards set for site and food service, transportation, healthcare, operational management, human resources and program standards.
In addition, Amplify is responsible for meeting all state and local laws governing the operation of pools, dining facilities, living accommodations and the Organized Camp Regulations.
How can I prepare my child for summer camp? If your child is attending sleepaway camp for the first time there are several things you can do to help make the transition as smooth as possible. You can help your child prepare for camp by allowing him/her to sleepover at another friend’s house or by visiting relatives for a few days. Many children are unfamiliar with cohabitation so it’s useful to simulate a situation in which your child is sharing a room and explain the importance of keeping their space tidy. Allowing your child to partake in grocery shopping, making the bed, organizing, and packing their camp trunk can help them feel prepared. It’s also a good idea to explain how you will be communicating with your child while they’re away. Amplify Sleep Away Camp does not recommend calls & visits as this may promote homesickness. Our camp counselors work to ensure your child is socializing and having the best experience possible. Amplify does allow for homemade care packages (please read “what to do if my child is homesick” for care package information). If you feel the need to check on your child please feel free to call and speak with one of our head counselors. Parents are expected to evaluate their 10 to 16 year old prior to enrollment. Your child must be ready to be away from home for the duration of their session with no parent contact, with the exception of written letters. Mild homesickness is natural and our staff will be ready with hugs and advice.
What can I do if my child is homesick? Dealing with homesickness is a normal part of going away to camp. Our counselors will ensure that campers are well taken care of and help to put them at ease. While it may be tempting to call or visit your child, this can actually promote homesickness and may make it more difficult for your child to transition back into camp life.
Personal care packages are also welcome! While you may have many ideas for what you’d like to send your camper, we ask that you refrain from sending any food items in compliance with our food allergy policy. All camp care packages will be inspected prior to being received.
Please use the following address to send personal care packages:
Ojai Valley School Upper Campus
10820 Reeves Rd, Ojai, CA 93023
It’s a good idea to explain how you will be communicating with your child while they’re away. Amplify does not recommend calls or visits as this may promote homesickness. Our camp counselors work to ensure your child is socializing and having the best experience possible. If you feel the need to check on your child please feel free to call and speak with one of our head counselors.
How does transportation to and from camp work? Airport transportation is available to all families staying two weeks or more. Amplify Sleep Away Camp for Girls is located between 65-95 miles from Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Parents have the option of driving their campers to camp or using our local airport LAX . If you would like your student to ride on Amplify LAX bus, please complete and return the transportation request form. The completed form must be received no later than two weeks prior to the camper’s session start date. If the form is not returned within this time-frame, we may not be able to provide transportation. All flights must be scheduled to arrive and depart between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Amplify offer service to and from LAX on check-in and check-out days. The price for transportation from LAX is $120 one- way or $240 round-trip.
What is your dismissal policy? While problems of the following nature are rare, our primary goal is to ensure that all campers have a positive camp experience, therefore, it is understood that a camper will be dismissed from camp, without refund, for reasons including, but not limited to the following: Use or possession of chemical substances, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, unauthorized use or possession of cellular telephones, unauthorized use or possession of weapons, persistent inappropriate language, teasing, conduct which is dangerous (i.e. sneaking out of the cabin at night unsupervised), illegal, or in the opinion of the camp directors, conduct detrimental to the camp and/or other campers. Campers sneaking out after curfew, unsupervised, will be expelled from camp without refund.
Amplify Sleep Away Summer Camp Details
- Campus - 2018 marks our fourth year of Amplify at the Ojai Valley School Upper Campus. OVS operates as a boarding school for youth from around the world. Our dedicated daily use of the campus includes classrooms for instrument, band practice, workshops, photography and journalism instruction, the dormitories and their common areas. The “congress” assembly hall, the outdoor areas of the volley ball court and parking lot, and cafeteria. We also go swimming during free time, and one day per session we attend a ropes course class under OVS staff supervision and guidance.
- Lodging - Campers sleep in the dorms two to three per room. GRSB staff also occupy the dorms. Rooms are equipped with beds, desks, dressers, and closets. There are two communal bathrooms per floor, each with private stall doors and shower curtains. There is one private bathroom near the common area. There are coin operated laundry machines accessible to students with permission from staff. Non-coin operated laundry is available in the case of an emergency. All facilities at OVS are air conditioned.
- Quiet time/lights out hours - Quiet time begins at 9:30. Lights out is 10 pm until 7 am. Campers and staff require a good night’s sleep as the days are active and require full energy and attention. During lights out, campers may engage in quiet activities in their rooms such as reading a book and/or journaling with a head lamp, etc so long as these activities don’t bother their roommates.
- Meals - All campers attend each meal accompanied by GRSB staff. Snacks are provided between 2 and 3 pm. Campers are expected to eat three healthy meals each day unless otherwise indicated by a parent or guardian. Each meal includes a variety of organic fruit, salad, grains, protein and dairy. Vegetarian, vegan, nut and gluten free dietary restrictions are easily accommodated with advance notice.
- Breakfast 8:00 - 9
- Lunch 12 - 1:00
- Dinner 6 - 7:00
- Sample Daily Schedule
7:30am - Wake Up
Wake up in your cozy dorm room surrounded by one or two of your new best friends. Counselors gently encourage everyone to get ready for breakfast, where flannel pajama pants and T-shirts are perfectly acceptable. When everyone is ready, step outside into fresh mountain air and beautiful blue California skies. Make your way toward the dining hall. Campers arrive at the dining hall and sit at a table with all their new friends. The counselors are also dispersed throughout the tables and talk to the girls about the days activities. There are so many cool options it’s hard to choose, but go right ahead - it’s your camp!
8:00am - BREAKFAST
9:00am to 9:15am - Morning assembly. Here you'll find out all the details about your day, be entertained by our famous Skit Time Players and play a few games to get our day started.
9:30-12:00pm- Become a journalist, rock star, film maker, photographer and more - we’re off to concentrations!
The staff of each of our “concentrations” take their group of excited campers to their program locations, where they spend the morning learning, exploring and having a blast. Musicians go to the instrument classrooms, Engineers go to the recording studio and so on....every concentration has a place. Each concentration has a director who is an expert in that specialty area. They’ve developed a full week of fun programming to take each camper to the next level, whether they are already experienced or absolute beginners.
12:00pm - LUNCH
Campers reconnect with their friends and counselors at lunch. If anyone has a birthday, expect a custom-made cake and the whole camp singing Happy Birthday to you, including our guest all-female lunch time bands, a highlight of the week! Every day of camp we bring in a new and amazing lunchtime band to play for the girls followed by a fun questions and answer period. Often guest artist stick around and help out for the remainder of the day giving the girls lots of time to get to know them. We're pretty hush..hush about the performers but we can tell you that every summer we get bands and musicians on tour that your girls will know and love. After lunch is over we head out to afternoon activities !
1:15pm to 2:15pm - Workshops. Our daily workshops are another camper highlight. We bring in workshop leaders from around the globe to teach everything from song writing to film production to screen printing their own shirts to making a music video. Often each concentration is taking a workshop that is unique to what they are focusing on each day.
2:30-4:30pm - We're back in our concentrations. Music track students are in band practice. Film Making students are working on the music video they will produce and more.
4:30-6:00pm - Camp free time. This is down time for our campers. It's the time when we encourage letter writing home and taking a break. This is often an option for girls who want to get in a swim in our state of the art swimming pool and cool down after a long day of activities. This is also a time when our camp store is open. Girls can purchase camp tee shirts, sweat shirts, Sweat pants, water bottles, stickers, and healthy snacks.
The sun may be setting, but the fun continues!
6:00pm - DINNER
Your counselors will get you dancing and singing at dinner, and you’ll learn all of the Amplify traditions. Then, still buzzing from an incredible day, everyone at camp gets together after dinner for the night’s evening activity.
Tonight you could be going to karoake, watching a movie with your friends, going night swimming, or experiencing another of the many fun events and surprises we have planned.
7:00pm - Evening Activity Special Event
9:00pm - Evening Assembly
9:30pm - Nightly Cabin Groups. Even though we don't have " cabins" we do assign a staff member to a group of about give girls. Every night after assembly they pick a special spot outside to meet and go over their day. Here girls and counselors give shout outs . It's a special way to end the day full of support , bonding, winding down and girl power.
10:00pm - Get ready for bed (Teens to the camp store or Teen Lounge)
10:30pm - Teens head back to their dorms
11:00pm - Lights out
- Pool and Ropes Course - Use of the swimming pool during free time, and designated rope’s course workshops are each under the supervision of certified OVS staff. The pool and ropes course are strictly off limits outside of scheduled supervised use. The pool is surrounded by a locked gate. Ropes course obstacles are rendered unreachable or unusable when not in scheduled use.
- A certified life guard is on duty during swimming time, accompanied by at minimum two Amplify staff. The pool is maintained year round by OVS staff. Campers can opt out of swimming. Campers can change in the locker rooms, bathrooms, or dorms, and must rinse off in their bathing suits before swimming.
- Ropes course staff are trained to lead groups of 15 or less youth through a variety of activities on the ground as well as in a safety harness on belay. All campers are encouraged to participate and try each obstacle once. Campers may opt out at any time, or be excused with a note from their parent or guardian. The ropes course is routinely checked for safety and maintenance by OVS staff.
- Health and Safety - Camper health and safety are a top priority at Amplify. GRSB and OVS provide staff and mentor supervision, safety equipment, and training to help ensure campers have a safe and fun experience. GRSB and OVS staff are on campus 24 hours a day in case of an emergency. Our programming is designed to encourage campers to gain confidence, learn and develop life skills, and explore independence while maintaining the structure and supervision necessary for a safe and overall enjoyable camp experience. Amplify utilizes the following resources and programs to promote health and safety:
- Health - Amplify Summer Camp program directors and staff are trained in first aid/cpr, and are responsible for disbursement of medications and general care as needed. All medications are stored in a locked area accessible only to staff. For illnesses and medical emergencies requiring additional assistance, appropriate EMS procedures are followed including contacting the parent/guardian and/or person(s) listed on the emergency contact form. The closest hospital is Ojai Valley Community Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023, 10 minutes away. A health history and medication card is completed for each camper by the parent or guardian prior to camp attendance. All medications and health/behavioral histories are confidential. Tampons and pads are provided in case of an emergency. Campers are responsible for their own hygiene and healthy eating habits, but staff may need to remind campers. Amplify always provides additional sunscreen and back up water bottles in case a camper is in need. While in the dorms, campers are free to use the restroom and showers before breakfast, during free time, after swimming, and after evening activities. During instruction, campers should alert the instructor they are using the nearest restroom and return to class promptly.
- Camper Supervision- Our staff are an integral part of providing an excellent camp experience for our campers. The staff to camper ratio ranges between 1:3 and 1:8 during instruction, and 1:8 during workshops, meals and free time. Ropes course ratio is no less than 1:4. Swimming includes a certified lifeguard and, in addition, no less than 2 GRSB staff per 10 campers. There are always three staff on call during lights out.
- Staff and Mentor Training - GRSB staff and mentors attend a 2-day training and orientation at the beginning of summer, prior to camper arrival, to train in mentorship, learn our emergency procedures, and understand day to day activities, responsibilities, and precautions. All staff undergo an multi-step interview process, are given a fingerprint background check, and are required to read the GRSB staff handbook. In addition our camp directors and executive director spend the year going to conferences and training outside of the summer session. Amplify staff frequently return year after year, and many have experience at one or more Girls Rock camps. Program directors hold a staff meeting each day to discuss and handle any minor incidents that may arise.
- Safety - Amplify provides a well-organized and structured program to ensure every camper engages in a fun filled day surrounded by supportive friends, mentors and staff in a safe environment. Safety equipment such as helmets, harnesses and ear plugs are required for some of our activities. Campers and staff are required to follow safety guidelines in order to participate at each activity, including wearing hearing protection in a loud environment such as band practice. Emergency communication is available via cell phone with each staff and mentor. Campers wash hands before each meal. Rooms are checked for cleanliness each day. Staff and mentors support campers in assisting each other in making sure health and safety protocol are met.
- Visitors - For security purposes, all visitors to OVS Upper Campus, including Amplify Summer Camp, must schedule in advance with a program director. Typically, only family members and guardians can visit a camper. Visitors require a code to the locked gate as campus security is standard year round.
- Meet the Staff - Amplify staff consists of the Executive Director of GRSB, two Summer Camp Co-Directors, Instrument, Music Production, DJ, Photography/Film, and Journalism Instructors, Visiting and Resident Workshop leaders, Band Coaches, and three evening/weekend staff. We will begin hiring staff in March and will update the staff page as soon as our team begins to take shape. Guest musicians provide lunch time performances each day.
- Directions -The Upper Campus, where Amplify takes place, is located at 10820 Reeves Road. Please use the directions below as many families have experienced problems with vehicle navigation system directions. If you accidentally go to the Ojai Valley School Lower Campus located on El Paseo Road, exit the main entrance and turn left onto 150 E to Reeves Rd. Then continue following the directions below
From 101, Take CA-33 N to Ojai
Continue on CA-33 N – 13mi
Turn Right onto CA-150E
Continue on CA 150-E – 3.4mi
Slight Left onto Reeves Road
Continue on Reeves Road – 3.1mi
Wind around, following the white painted boulders with green letters pointing to OVS
At the “Meditation Mount” stop sign, turn left.
The gate will be open for camper drop off and pick up.
Stop at the pool to use the restrooms if you need
Turn right at the stables, following the white boulder to “Main office”
If you are attending the Showcase, park in the ampitheater lot.
If you are dropping off a camper, follow the road up the hill to the right.
Continue past the office, further up the hill.
Turn right toward “girls dorms”
You can park in the cul de sac of the dorms, or continue around to park behind the volley ball court.
If you get lost, please call the Girls Rock SB Camp Phone: 805-861-8128
- What if I can’t bring my camper at 1 pm or have to pick her up early? No problem! Just arrange your pick up times with a camp director, keeping in mind that your camper may miss out on some key first day activities, or the closing Showcase performance. For families with kid flying in from our of state please contact Amplify directly and we will help navigate the process of picking up the kids at the airport and transporting them back to camp.
- How do you assign campers to dorm rooms? Campers go through a lengthy, inclusive and fun ice breaker process. We strive to create opportunities for campers to find things in common with everyone they meet during the first assembly. Girls Rock is about opening our hearts and minds to the differences, quirks, and brilliant ideas of every participant. In order to create a welcoming environment for all, we encourage campers who are attending with friends and family to seek out new friendships, especially with brand new campers who may not know anyone at Camp yet. Please discuss this idea with your camper to check if they are open to making new friends and being sorted away from current friends and family in either her dorm room, band, or instruction. If they are not flexible in any of these areas, please contact email@example.com and a camp director will help brainstorm best ways to meet your camper’s needs.
- How do you assign campers to instruments? Campers focus on one instrument/track per week of camp. We sort campers into their instrument instruction class before camp week starts. We take into account the camper’s first and second choice of instrument, student to instructor ratios, as well as balanced band instrumentation. Bands come in many different formations, but almost always have at least two vocalists and one drummer.
- Do campers ever get the chance to try out other instruments? Yes! Each week offers an instrument swap workshop. Campers have access to music equipment during at least one session of free time, and with permission from her band and coach, during band practice.
- I know what a guitar, drums, keys, and vocals are. But what’s a bass?!?! Bass (rhymes with ‘face’) is an instrument similar to guitar but typically with four fatter, lower toned strings, compared to a guitar with 6 lighter strings. Bass is typically a rhythmic instrument, but can be played wildly by anyone with the creative passion, such as Esperanza Spalding, who basically rules a 5 string fretless bass. But we’re sure she started on 4 strings, just like the kids at Camp! Check her out here.
- Are campers supervised at all times? In almost every case yes. Campers are left to the peer mentor and honor system during lights out and while in their dorm rooms. Staff are always in earshot and available for camper needs at all times.
- What’s the best way for first time campers to travel to camp? With parents/guardians to and from Camp.
- Do you provide transportation? Yes.
- Can friends and family view photos from camp, communicate w/ my camper? Campers can use the phone to call before breakfast, during free time, and after evening activities, unless otherwise indicated by parents/guardians.
- Are there age restrictions in place? Yes. We strive to place campers in groups where they are most likely to feel comfortable with pedagogy style, peers, and activities. Bands and dorm rooms are sorted by age with maturity and instrument skill level taken into consideration. Depending on enrollment, we will have all campers housed in one building, or separate buildings based on age. Building A is for girls aged 10-12 and Building B is for girls aged 13-17
- What should my camper pack?
Sun protection: bandanna or hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Blank light colored t-shirt for screen printing
Sleeping bag or extra blanket recommended
Swimsuit and goggles
Clothes for seven days and nights: light jacket, shorts and jeans, sweatshirt, T-shirts and tank tops, sweat pants…
Extra funky clothes for the showcase Saturday!
Sneakers and flip flops
Hand, pool, and shower towels
Shower caddy/bag with: hairbrush, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, shampoo/conditioner, razor, soap in carrier, toothbrush, and toothpaste
Money ( we will now be offering a camp store every day where kids can purchase: Camp T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Water Bottles, Stickers, Healthy Snacks and more)
Reusable water bottle labeled with camper's name
Comforts of home (family photo or stuffed animal…)
Entertainment (book, hacky sack, deck of cards…)
Small backpack or tote
Headlamp/kindle for lights out reading
The following items are NOT ALLOWED at camp:
- Cell phones, pagers, radios, PDA/s, Computers, CD & MP3/ipod/iphone
- Any electronic games including GameBoy and other electronic video games
- Weapons ( such as knives, air soft guns, BB guns, slingshots, etc)
We provide all equipment but campers can bring their own bass, guitar, ukelele, camera, etc, if they wish. Please label anything music related you don’t want to accidentally donate to GRSB!
- How often does my child see other friends and family if not rooming or in a band together? All meals, free time, assemblies, workshops, and evening activities are large group. Some workshops will be broken into 2 groups.
- Do camper’s choose daily activities? During free time and when there are two or three options during free or evening activity time, ie, choose between watching a movie in congress, jam in the practice space, take private evening lessons or karaoke.
- What is your camp discipline policy? Our first step is to always try to hear all sides of the story without judgement. Depending on what occurred, staff will either strive for a peaceful agreement with apologies and a renewed commitment to follow camp rules. Multiple discussions as such, or untolerated actions (violence, destruction, extreme disregard for safety) will result in a phone call to parents/guardians and staff supervised removal from activities.
- Where do campers and staff come from? Our campers come from all over the globe.
- Is the camp affiliated with any religious or political organization? No.
- Who are the directors? Jen Baron is the Executive Director. Sierra Reeves and Devin Davis are our summer camp Co-Directors.
Girls Rock SB does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer- and employment-related policies and activities.