It was incredible, Rainey says, to see the women’s attitudes change about what they could accomplish. “Ladies Rock Camp is a transformative experience, and we encourage everyone who doesn’t think they can do it to sign up!” she says. Ladies Rock Camp 2015 will take place Jan. 16–18; registration opens Nov. 5. The camp costs $150, and proceeds go toward Girls Rock Camp scholarships.
A Medium With A Message Music is the perfect medium for female empowerment, Rainey says. “We sometimes have campers say, ‘I can’t do this,’ at the beginning of the week, which is a feeling that everyone has had at some point in their lives,” she says. “Girls especially are socialized to be quiet and perfect, so sometimes it is really hard to come to camp and play an instrument loudly and imperfectly! We work to validate that learning a new instrument is tough, and then to encourage the girls to try it anyway!” The camp helps breaks down some of those social norms, Rainey says. “Every year, those girls who said, ‘I can’t do this,’ have totally rocked it at the showcase. We hope that they take that experience with them the next time they try something new and challenging. If they can rock The Blue Note, they can do anything!”
FIND MORE DETAILS AND REGISTER FOR LADIES ROCK CAMP AT WWW.COMOGIRLSROCK.ORG. NOVEMBER 2014 INSIDE COLUMBIA