As a kid, all year long you count down the days until summer. I remember sitting in my hot classroom in Brooklyn, the back of my knees sticking to my chair, and thinking that June felt like forever. I would daydream about summer – thinking of how amazing it would be when it finally came.
It’s hard to live up to a years worth of hype. Can summer actually be as amazing as you hope all winter long? A few summers ago, as the Brooklyn Music Factory ventured for the first time into the camp world, I wasn’t sure. We designed camp as 8 weeks of fun, game based band rehearsals, mixed in with outdoor play and rock climbing at our neighbors Brooklyn Boulders. Then to top it all off we would end each week with a show in front of friends and family.
The idea sounded great. But would it work? Would we be able to capture the fun spirit of BMFs afterschool program in a different model? Would we be able to move seamlessly from rocking in the studio to climbing on rocks? Lastly, would The BMF camp live up up to summer’s year long hype and cure that summer itch?
I’m proud to say it does and it is truly amazing! Turns out that some time in the studio, some rock climbing, and some time outside, is the perfect combo. Kids have the opportunity to exercise their minds and hone their craft as a musician through drum circles, song dissection, lyric and form games, and learning to work together as a group on the bandstand. They exercise their body scaling the walls at Brooklyn Boulder’s amazing rock climbing facility, and then cool off at the sprinklers across the street. Then, through all of this, camp captures their hearts through BMF’s amazing, loving teachers, and the wonderful bond they nurture amongst friends. As a finale, the show is then the ultimate celebration of everything that they experience all week long.
As a result of this amazing success, BMF has added more weeks (we now go for 9!) We are psyched for another awesome summer and are confident that children can come to the Brooklyn Music Factory camp and cure that summer itch. Hope to see you there!