Willie Mae Rock Camp Inspires Future Joan Jetts, Bjorks And Spinderellas

Yesterday, a group of us headed to Brooklyn to watch more than 80 girls wail on guitar, terrorize the drums and scream their rock-lovin’ hearts out. And when I say “girls,” I don’t just mean “females.” We’re talking 8- to 18-year-olds who’ve spent the week at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

The camp, now in its fourth year, takes over an empty high school, fills the classrooms with instruments (drum kits, bass guitars — even turntables!) and lets its campers go wild. In addition to giving the girls the confidence needed to rock out, counselors also teach workshops like songwriting, self-defense and T-shirt silk-screening.

The girls will show off their new skills Saturday at a special concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. We’ll show you footage from that and our rock-filled day at camp in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, check out more photos of LOL — just one of the young bands ready to rock your face off — after the jump.