BAYarts ventures into Wild West with girls summer camp

Girls perform a line dance at the conclusion of summer camp on the BAYarts campus. Photo by Denny Wendell

This June, the BAYarts campus was under the law of the Wild West, as the annual Girls Summer Camp began. The popular camp is a four-day event that takes place twice during the summer, with 132 girls in each course. The first day of registration saw a landmark 264 girls sign up for the event. If you can't read between those lines – this is a popular festivity among the young, artistically-inclined female artists in our midst. 

Activities that filled the six-hour days included painting on authentic barn wood, creating self-portrait "Wanted" posters, lessons in square dancing, getting the chance to sew a real Western skirt, and even creating a ceramic horse of their very own.

The ladies learned line dancing from Miss Kristen's Dance Studio, and also worked with Tim Moon from the Rocky River School of Rock – learning John Denver's "Country Roads."

On the last day of camp, families were invited to watch the girls show what they learned during the week with a real hoe-down performance. 

Each year, the camp boasts a different theme. Previous years have taken the girls to a carnival, the '70s, and even the wilderness. Next year will be a beach party camp, based on popular '60s beach movies. Groovy, huh? The registration date for next year is March 14, 2015. 

Jessica Stockdale

Jessica Stockdale is a professional writer and a volunteer at BAYarts.

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Volume 6, Issue 14, Posted 10:58 AM, 07.08.2014