Savannah wrote: but you can't ask 12 girls to the prom if they know each other.
Eric wrote:Then there are Villages like Fandango- no dues, but each camp (and camper) is expected to be Self Reliant- as in: You Must Have Your Shit Together. People within Fandango are more than willing to help & share, but not if you're a mooch.
Of course, you do have to get vetted to join, but it's a nice way to do your own camp while being part of something bigger. There are other camps & villages set up the same way.
Personally, I don't think you could pay me to join a large Theme Camp, because I like the freedom to enjoy the playa I get from being in a smaller camp. I also have friends who swear by theme camps, so just like everything else at Burning Man there is no correct way to camp.
FenixFaye wrote:I assume my first year I should just go and scope things out.. committing to a camp without really knowing what to expect on the playa might be a tad much..
but I was curious if there has ever been an alien themed camp??
Beautiful until the person who thinks Burning Man is just like that video gets out to the playa and realizes there are people who aren't thin and dust storms And even some ugly stuff, and a few dark corners, and cops
OregonRed wrote:Hey y'all... realize that I haven't posted in a while, but TheCO is my husband and I'm third in command in our camp, so I can say this with some authority...
Earthwalker wrote:I searched back as far as I could via Search function, and this seems to be the most appropriate thread for my question (I could of course start a new one, but you all seem to already be sort of talking about it here), so....
1) Joining a camp. It just seems odd to me. I mean, I guess it makes sense and is a great way to "plug n play" if you will. But, as a Virgin, my assumption was that all of these camps sprung up organically. Meaning, group of guys/gals in Santa Clara start "Barbie Death Village" (first one that came to mind) and go year after year. Their theme evolves, they bring on new friends, etc. And yes, they all have required/suggested dues to sustain the camp's expenses.
But the idea that I go on the BMan website, pick a camp I like the sound of, go to their website, sign up, pay them money, and then I'm in a camp? That seems really odd to me. Do a lot of people do this?
As a point of reference, my "camp" is not registered, but has a name, and is a group of maybe 60 people (not all go every year) that has grown organically over time by core members inviting new friends, and so on.
2) closed camps. How do you tell which ones are closed and which are open? Obviously if you walk into a closed one you may know rather quickly. But do the closed camps waive flags of "Private Camp" at their entrances? Is there a little box they check on the BMan website list of camps?
Again, I'm a naive Virgin here, but it seems odd to me that there are closed camps. It makes sense to some extent (like-minded, want to do things in private), but at the same time, I think of TTITD as being all-inclusive.
Earthwalker wrote:Sounds reasonable. I probably ask too many questions and should just experience it. I guess I was just taken slightly aback by some of the descriptions of some of these "closed camps". Brought back bad memories of being the guy no one picked for kickball
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