This Orlando summer camp provides a safe space for girls who want to learn about music
ORLANDO, Florida – The Orlando Girls Rock Camp provides a safe and inclusive space for girls, transgender youth, and non-binary sex youth ages 8-17 who want to learn more about music.
Campers form their own groups, write original songs and perform in groups. The camp was held virtually last year, but this year it will be a face-to-face experience. No previous musical experience is required and all experience levels are welcome.
âThe world is sort of unfolding right in front of our students and our campers and they kind of see the political discourse that is unfolding and they participate in it to some extent and it’s important for them to have spaces to be them- same. There may be situations where campers cannot be themselves at home or at school and the camp provides a place where they can not only learn who they are and be themselves, but also meet new people. other like-minded campers, âsaid Monique Smith, camp board chair.
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A typical day at camp begins with a meal and a conversation.
âOne of our great things is that we want to make sure everyone feels well fed and well nourished. We have food available all day. We never want anyone to feel embarrassed about wanting to eat, âsaid Mary Bucaro, camp operations manager.
From there, campers move on to instrument teaching and group practice. The camp also offers workshops on topics like body positivity.
âChildren generally spend four hours a day with their group practicing, writing their song, playing, having fun. We have musical instruments everywhere, so if a kid comes and he signs up for the guitar but there’s a drums he wants to play on, please get on the drums. We want you to play.
Orlando Girls Rock is a non-profit organization and the prices are based on a sliding scale of what each family can afford. The group also accepts monetary donations as well as donations of instruments.
Organizers told News 6 that they currently have enough batteries but need big guitar amps.
They also offer a Ladies Rock Camp. For more information on how to register or donate, visit orlandogirlsrock.org.
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