Portland is home to the internationally renowned Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls. Each summer, groups of girls come together in the camp's North Portland facility and form rock bands. Over the course of a week they learn, write, practice and perfect their songs. The finale of the week long camp is a performance in front of over 700 people at the Bagdad Theater.
This Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls experience was captured in the documentary Girls Rock! The Movie which follows a group of girls through a week at the camp in 2007. What's so amazing about the documentary (and the camp) is how transformed the campers are after just one week. On day one there are girls who you never could imagine getting up in front of anyone to sing who belt it out in front of hundreds of fans.
I was fortunate enough to see Girls Rock! The Movie during its festival run with my daughter. It made such a huge impression on her, she applied to the next session of Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls (their application goes online each year at 12:01 new years eve, a new family new years tradition).
My daughter attended the camp camp in 2008 and had a blast. Her band The Lightening Girls, made a huge impression on her and boosted her self confidence immeasurably. She also came away from the camp knowing how to defend herself as the camp spends an entire afternoon dealing with self defense. She's already signed up to come back for the summer of 2009.
Girls Rock! The Movie is an exceptional documentary about an extraordinary place. If you weren't aware of the Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls you'll be amazed that such a phenomenal organization is right here in your back yard.