Girl Rock Camp Teaches Music, Life Lessons

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Eight-year-old Kyla Belton could be working her way to becoming a music superstar.

"We get to make our own song and we get to perform it and it's actually a really fun process it's fun and you learn a lot of stuff," she said.

This is her second year attending the Girls Rock Camp. She enjoyed learning to play the keyboard so much that she came back for another year.

"I decided that I wanted to play something new so I thought that every year I would play something different," she said.

The camp is about more than teaching girls how to play different instruments. Campers also attend workshop on different topics like vocals and history of rock and how to do things for themselves.

"Skills of how to be confident young member of society," described Jaime Chason, a camp counselor.

Campers also see performances from established groups.

Chason says the camp impacts everyone there, not just the girls.

"It's so easy for us to be positive women together and friends and there's so many women I've met that I didn't know. Even over the past year when I see them out it's like 'Oh, you're my sister in rock forever,' so it's just a wonderful way to come together with people in your community and feel really positive about it," she said.

She says the camp's attendance has tripled since its inaugural session last year and if Kyla has her way she'll be right back next summer, making more memories and music.

The campers will perform in a showcase this Saturday at the Cottingham Theater on the Columbia College campus at 3 p.m.


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