As many of you may (or may not) remember, I volunteer for an organization called Girls Rock! Seattle. It is a non profit group that fosters leadership and self-esteem for girls 9-16 through music. The girls take up rock instrument instruction, form a band, write an original song, and perform a concert at a real venue. In one week. It is awesome!!!! Really awesome.
There are several affiliated programs across the country like this, but the mother camp is in Portland, Oregon. Rock-n-Roll Camp for Girls. My daughter went here the year before she entered high school, and not only had a blast, but really built up her self-esteem at a time when she needed it. As a fund raiser, they have a Ladies Rock Camp twice a year, where women 19 and older can have the same experience as the girls, but crammed into 3 days.
IT WAS AMAZING. I cannot recommend this camp, and others like it, enough! AND, Girls Rock! Seattle will be hosting their own Ladies Rock Camp in 2010. How cool is that! If you have ever wanted to be in a band, be a rock star, or meet other cool women, this is the camp for you. (Or any ladies rock camp, for that matter.) There were women in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. There were even a couple of mother daughter pairs.
As an added Bonus: Here is a video of my band Dollywould. On Friday, none of us had ever played our instruments. On Sunday, we played our original song at the Satyricon. (We decided to focus on being funny rather than super good. Given the time constraints and our fears about remembering the song, it was a good choice.) I am the drummer.
From the Girls Rock! Seattle Website:
"Nine years ago, Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls was founded in Portland and has since become an overwhelming success, serving 300+ girls a year. As a result, similar programs have emerged across the country and overseas as part of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA), a program of the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, created to provide accreditation, resources and networking opportunities for it's members. In 2009, Girls Rock! Seattle will be added to this growing coalition of like-minded organizations with hopes of embodying the core values of the GRCA:
. We value the power of music as a means to create personal and social change
. We value efforts that actively expand opportunities for girls and women
. We value positive approaches to fighting sexism
. We value integrity, honesty and respect
. We value appropriate sharing or resources, cooperation and collaboration
. We value using our collective voice to further the mission
. We value diversity"