There are all sorts of summer camps around our area keeping kids busy, and in some cases, teaching them life lessons. At one Rochester camp, the girls rule.
There's a myth, believed by some, that rock and roll is a man's world.
I think it's a little male dominated," said Amanda Ashley.
"You get a lot of slack about not being good enough, or they don't think you're good enough," said program director Kaci Smith.
But right here in Rochester, there's a summer camp, that's pounding that misconceived notion straight into the ground.
"I listen to a lot of rock bands and stuff," said Tahnee Glover.
"I love rock and roll. I love it."
"We're an all-girl punk band. We're really heavy and tough," said Amanda Rampe.
"I love feedback., I love noise, and a lot of people think that girls don't like that. But we do," said Smith.
The camp is called "Girls Rock Rochester."
"It sounded interesting, so I was like, sure, I want to play an instrument so I signed up for it," Tahnee said.
"I was here last year and I had a lot of fun so I decided to come back," said Angel Jimerson.
The camp's goal, say instructors, is to empower girls ages 8 through 16 through music education.
"We're pretty much raising up a group of girls that will go out there and start forming up their own bands, so maybe the face of music will definitely change in this city," Smith said.
What they're accomplishing is pretty amazing, considering many of the girls hadn't touched a musical instrument before Monday.
"It wasn't that hard. I just sort of picked picked it up and did it. It's pretty cool," said Maya Seltzer Clinton.
Besides learning their instruments and their scales, campers get a lesson in all things rock, right down to the merch.
"The girls come in their band, and they sit down and make their shirt to wear for their showcase," said Danielle Hazekamp.
Ahh, yes: the gig. Campers will write and perform their own songs in front of a crowd, this weekend.
"It helps me get out my feelings. I have a hard time talking about my own feelings and getting things out," said Angel.
"For me, it's the most incredible moment of the week because you can see these girls who at first start out really shy, and they grab that microphone and scream into it, and you know that they're ready to get up and seize the world," Smith said.
The biggest lesson of the week: that you can do anything.
"I hope that they take away a sense of confidence," Smith said.
"Definitely confidence in themselves and knowing it's okay to be unique and different," said Amanda Ashley.
"Maybe they'll never pick up a guitar again, but at least they'll have the ability to say I tried that once, and feel free to try other things regardless of their gender," said Smith.