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When I was a kid, the only ‘summer camp’ I went to was a Church camp in Michigan called ‘Tower Hill.’ I still have nightmares about the place, but in retrospect it’s probably where I learned to throw up the horns \m/ \m/ and become an metal-loving atheist. For kids now, they can bypass all the mumbo-jumbo and just skip ahead to throwing up horns and headbanging, as the famed SCHOOL OF ROCK just sent The Rock Father details on their first-ever METAL CAMP for ”young metalheads ages 12-18.” Now this sounds like the kind of place that I’d be proud to send my kids.

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Taking place August 19-25, 2012 at Camp Lakota in the Catskill Mountains, the 7 day, 6 night experience focuses “concentrated music instruction on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals and the key tools to master the art of metal!” Joining the kids will be “Metal Mike” Chlasciak, best-known for his work with HALFORD, the band fronted by JUDAS PRIEST’s Rob Halford.  Metal Mike will tear it up on-stage with the students for “The Big Show” to close out the event. 

Traditional camp activities including a zip line, skate park, go carts, swimming, climbing walls, bon fires on the beach and more will also be included in the package, along with 3 meals per day, bunks with running water, showers and storage. The whole package is $1299, which sounds steep to me – but I’ve never sent a kid to camp before, so honestly I don’t know where that falls. Since my daughters are aged 3 and 0 right now, it’ll be a little bit before I cross that bridge, but METAL CAMP is very intriguing.

To learn more or to get your kids signed up, check out http://www.schoolofrock.com/metalcamp 

Curious how SCHOOL OF ROCK teaches in general? Take five minutes and watch the video below:
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