Every year at Rock Camp, Day 3 is usually what we call Breakdown/Breakthrough Day. Emotions run high. Energy is waning. Basically – a lot of what’s been bubbling beneath the surface finds its way out. And while there can be great discomfort involved, these breakdowns really do lead to legit breakthroughs. It’s beautiful.
Well – this year it would seem Day 4 was the New Day 3. And I want you to know what that looked like. Bands that have struggled to write any part of their songs somehow managed to write their entire songs. Rhythm struggles were ironed out. Melodies were found. Campers who were absolutely certain they didn’t want to go anywhere near a microphone decided to sing along on their song’s chorus. A lot of bravery went down. It was impressive. It was admirable. It was amazing to witness and we volunteers know exactly how privileged we were to have been present during those moments.
Another fab occurrence of Day 4 was Screen Printing. Each band came up with their own logos and then they screen printed their own t-shirts. Each year I am blown away by the creativity and artistic talent of these girls, and this year was no exception. I love, love, love their band shirts! And don’t even get me started on the volunteers who facilitated this workshop. Honestly – the process gets smoother and smoother each year. I couldn’t believe how quickly our band finished their shirts. And when the session was over, there were all these beautiful, crazy, cool t-shirts hanging in the breeze. It was a glorious sight.
At the end of the evening, we realized we have only one more day of camp before the showcase. It would be easy to say how far the campers have to go, to focus on the work yet to be done, but I’m not worried. They’re gonna crush it. They will. And I get to see it. Wow.