FAQs about Summer Camps – A Media Camp for Girls


Will I really make a film in this program?
I know it seems unbelievable! We have never had a team not finish their films. And it goes to show the power and talent of girls. Not only will you work in a small team to write, shoot and edit your own film, but you get to participate in media literacy workshops so that you can view current media more critically and thoughtfully. You get to learn from professionals in the industry and have a support staff to assist with any issues or problems.

How old do I need to be to attend the Camp Reel Stories Summer Program?This is for Middle School and High School girls, ages 12-18 years old. But parents, during our media literacy programs themes of harassment and how women and girls are perceived in the media are discussed at depth so let us know if you have any concerns about content.

I need to miss a day of Camp Reel Stories, is that okay?
Everyday at Camp Reel Stories is incredibly important. Not only will you miss valuable workshops, but it means your production company will be with out a key member of the team. Please plan on attending every day and the Saturday Film Festival.

Tell me more about the Film Festival
The Saturday following Camp Reel Stories we screen the films created at Camp Reel Stories at a theater! Each Production Company gets to present their film and participates in a Q&A after their screening. The festival is open to the public. Each camper gets 2 free tickets and additional tickets will be for sale at the door, but no one will be turned away because of a lack of funds

What happens to our films after Camp Reel Stories?
The films created at Camp Reel Stories go live on our YouTube channel and website. We also submit them to festivals around the country. We have had films selected for the POWfest, All-American High School Film Festival, Bay Area International Children’s Festival, Coven Film Festival, and many, many others.

I really want to attend, but can you tell me more about your Financial Aid Program
It’s incredibly important to us that any girl that wants to attend Camp Reel Stories has the ability to. We offer 40% of our local camper’s financial aid. This is a sliding scale tuition and it’s is on the honor system. You tell us what you can pay. We will give you some guidance if you need it. We fundraise all year long to be able to offer this. Unfortunately, it is only available to girls who live and attend school in the Bay Area.

I don’t live in the Bay Area, but I want to attend Camp Reel Stories
We understand that.  There are only 3 media programs for girls in the United States so we want you to attend if you can! You are more than welcome to attend Camp Reel Stories, and we have had campers fly in from all over the country, but Camp Reel Stories is a day camp and you will have to arrange for your own accommodations and transportation.

Do you supply the filmmaking equipment at camp, what about lunch?
Everything technical that you will need to make your film will be made available at camp. If you need costumes or special props we will see what we can do as well. We don’t supply lunch, but lots of snacks. We prefer that you bring a lunch, instead of money to buy lunch. We have refrigerators and microwaves for the campers to use.

I signed up to camp, but now I can’t attend what do I do?
After April 1st we can’t offer a refund. We are a small non-profit and our staffing and equipment needs are based on our tuition and attendance numbers. That being said we are happy to try and slide you into a different we of camp or give you a credit for the following summer. We also offer weekend workshops and we can offer you a credit for one of those.

Weekend workshops? That sounds great. Do you have more details?
Check back often as we will be rolling out new workshops all the time.

I’d love to offer a Camp Reel Stories workshop at my school or community center?
Fantastic. Email Esther (esther@campreelstories.com) and we can set something up.

I really want to volunteer. How do I do that?
Wonderful! You don’t have to be a media professional, though we always love those. There are tons of roles you can help fill. Just fill out our online application here: http://campreelstories.com/volunteer/ and we will get back to you!