The summer camp that teaches girls how to be rock stars kicked off on Monday in North Philadelphia.

KYW’s Karin Phillips reports this year’s annual Girls Rock Philly camp, the fourth, has been expanded to 80 junior rockers ages 9 to 17, who will spend the week learning musical techniques, songwriting, DJ’ing and vocals.  

Director Beth Warshaw Duncan says the camp has become more and more popular because of its female-only atmosphere, which is a rarity in the music world.  Duncan says there’ll be new workshops this year, focusing on community service:

“So this time around, we’re really bringing in the fact that what you’re doing is something important and something that can really translate into the rest of your life and the rest of your town.”

For the first time, the girl rockers will take their skills to a professional venue, the Trocadero, for their final camp performance on Saturday night.