Camp aimed at teaching girls to rock

(Courtesy: Leslie McKellar)

By Rachel RobertsSpecial to ABC News 4

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}Stephanie Cox, the parent of 9-year-old Stella says the change she saw in her daughter after attending the camp last summer was "amazing."

Many kids enroll in camps every season to stay busy and have fun during the summer months. It is an added bonus when kids can learn new things and gain some self-confidence through their camp experience.

Last year, Stella attended the Girls Rock Summer Camp and though she was{}shy and nervous at first, she came home eager to show her parents what she had learned after just the first day. Her mother calls the volunteers that run the camp "empowering."

"By the end of the week Stella became very close with her fellow band mates and was excited to perform at the showcase," Cox said.

Stella is attending the camp again this summer, and she has even gotten her friends involved. She's helped raise money for the camp by selling Christmas cards and having a bake sale.

Girls Rock Summer Camp is a one-week long camp for young girls from ages 8-16. Throughout the week, campers learn to play an instrument, form bands amongst each other, and write their own songs that they perform at the end of the week at the Girls Rock Charleston Showcase.

This summer is host to the second session of Girls Rock Summer Camp, and the organizers are pleased to have 70 girls in attendance -- double the number they had the previous summer.

Kimberly Larson, one of the 11 organizers for the camp, says that the purpose of the camp is to use music as a tool to encourage the girls to be creative and build self-esteem.

The camp began on July 9th and will continue until July 13th at Ashley Hall.

The showcase will be held on Saturday, July 14th at the Music Farm in downtown Charleston. It will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets for the showcase can be purchased on the Music Farm website and will also be available at the door.

Admission for the Girls Rock Charleston Showcase is $10 per person and free for kids under the age of 12. All proceeds from concert will be donated to the Girls Rock Charleston organization in order to fund the camp and other programming for next year.