Planning for this Summer’s Rock Camp for Girls is picking up speed.

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As we round the corner into an unusually cold spring, planning for this summer’s Rock Camp for Girls is beginning to heat up. We are now recruiting volunteers for this summer’s camp, which will be held July 7-13 at Arts West. The goal of the camp is to promote girls empowerment and leadership skills through collaborative music creation and performance in a mainly female identified space. In addition to music lessons, campers attend workshops in Women’s music history, deconstructing media messaging, stage presence, self defense, and more. The organizing committee would like to thank our community for its continued support through our second year in 2012 and give fair warning that we are about to be asking for your support again soon for our third camp coming up in July. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support you’ve given us through the donation of over 1000 hours in volunteer time from both local women and women from across Ohio and into Tennessee, donations of food for lunch and snacks for 60 people for 7 days, and financial contribution through our various benefit shows, grants, and fund drives. We couldn’t have done it without you. We hope that the success of our second year makes it clear that we have real stick-to-it-iv-ness and will be around for many years to come.

Of last year’s camp, one high school student named Mia said, “Out of all the camps I attended this summer, Rock Camp for Girls was the only one that made me feel better about the way I look and gave me a platform to speak my voice.” Kelly Huq of Athens East side said, “Athens Rock Camp for Girls turned my shy, introverted daughter into a young woman bubbling with confidence.” A camp counselor named Sarah said, “Athens Rock Camp for Girls is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever been a part of. Watching these girls challenge themselves and grow over one short week is truly amazing.” This year, we hope to involve previous years’ campers in the benefit shows and info sessions leading up to the camp to keep their bands playing out in different venues in the Athens area. “Like” us on Facebook, and stay tuned for dates and events coming up soon. To find out more about how you can support the camp, please check out our new website at www.athensrockcampforgirls.com. There, you can find volunteer applications, contact information, and how to donate money, food, and old instruments. There are many different ways to volunteer, including full or partial days for the entire week of the camp or for only a day or two. Volunteer positions include music instructor, band coach, camp counselor, and cook. Everyone mark your calendars now for our final concert which will be held at Arts West on the eventing of Saturday, July 13th. With the formation of 5 to 6 new bands comprised of local girls ages 12-18, it will surely be an event that is not to be missed.

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