Best Of 2020

Best New “Grownups Need Not Apply” Summer Camp: Girls Rock Cincinnati

Youth summer camps come in all shapes and sizes, but an underlying mission most share is offering life lessons — be it through campfire singalongs, art projects or other means. Girls Rock Cincinnati debuted in 2019 with a different twist on the arts camp concept. Part of a global movement (there are Girls Rock programs all over the world), in its inaugural year the Cincinnati camp taught young day-campers lessons in creativity and, ultimately, empowerment during a weeklong program at the MYCincinnati Firehouse Performing Arts Center in Price Hill. Designed for girls and gender-variant youth ages 12 to 18, the camp is staffed by a dedicated crew of volunteers that includes numerous Cincinnati-area musicians, some of whom serenaded campers with special lunch-time concerts. The campers learn instruments, put together bands and write and perform their own original song, but there are also workshops about movement, meditation and stage presence, plus crafts like T-shirt-making and logo design. If you have some young aspiring musicians in your life, let them know — the 2020 Girls Rock camp is accepting applications through June 1. Girls Rock Cincinnati, girlsrockcinci.com.