Girls Rock

By Amy Music is a great skill to have in life, and being able to play an instrument can boost a kid's confidence and help them to express themselves. My daughter is only 3 right now, but her father and I are already planning music lessons for her.

For older girls there's a pretty awesome option.

Ottawa Rock Camp for Girls is an annual three-day camp for girls ages 13-17. The camp is run by volunteers, all local musicians, who encourage campers to express themselves through music .

Registration is now open for a camp taking place November 1, 2 and 3.

Registration is open to 25 girls this year thanks to an IndieGoGo campaign. Campers spend three days not only learning about playing electric guitar, bass and drums, but they also learn all sorts of other skills involved in being a musician, like sound checks and vocals, even stage presence. The goal of the camp is to encourage self-esteem at one of the roughest times in any girl's life.

There is a fee of $20 for the weekend but that can be waived if it makes it inaccessible to a girl who wants to attend. Parents or interested girls can find more information on the website here.