Girls Rock camp set for Saturday


This Saturday, June 16, 14 girls will show Custer just how hard they can rock with a unique concert at the Custer Jr./Sr. High School theatre, starting at 7 p.m.

The concert is the final act for campers with Girls Rock Camp, a week-long half-day camp for girls, started by the Custer Area Arts Council and Zonta of the Southern Black Hills. At the camp, girls in grades fourth through eighth formed bands and learned how to play an instrument of their choice, in addition to writing a song as a group. Those songs will be performed at the Saturday concert. There will be four bands taking the stage: The Hotshots, The Dixie Cups, Forest Creatures, The Dream.

Students with Girls Rock Camp Custer were led and instructed by a group of musicians and mentors, helping them with music basics and support throughout the journey. In addition to building on students’ musical foundations, Girls Rock Camp Custer aims to shape girls’ confidence, creativity, self-esteem and self-expression.

“They were encouraged to write and play music with the aim of inspiring girls to rock in whatever way they want, both with music and in other ways,” said Carrie Moore of Zonta of the Southern Black Hills. “Girls Rock is all about trying new things, working together and making a lot of noise!” 

In addition to the concert, the girls will spend an evening in a recording studio, where they will record a CD of their songs, courtesy of Flat Iron Recording of Rapid City.

While organized by Zonta of the Southern Black Hills and the Custer Area Arts Council, Girls Rock Camp Custer and the Saturday showcase are supported by sponsors: Realtors for Kids,  Laura’s Integrated Functional Therapy (LIFT), Edward Jones – Custer, Flat Iron Recording, Jenny’s Floral, Mile High Pilates, Starr Insurance, Custer Hospitality, Steele Collision, Kitchens by Karla, Custer Heating & A/C, Inc., Studt Construction, Vector Design, Print and Tech and Women Escaping A Violent Environment (W.E.A.V.E.).

Girls Rock Camp Custer is an offshoot of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA), an international non-profit coalition founded in 2007 whose mission is to empower girls and women through music education to foster self-esteem and confidence.

A cake social sponsored by the Custer Area Arts Council will follow the camp at 7 p.m.

For further information on the history, activities and member camps of the GRCA visit girl