Hey loves, it's nikki. Please excuse the name change; I decided I no longer wanted to go by my *real* name on eplaya. ;) Sooo banal. Came across your post this morning and am going to reply here and copy the discussion to tribe. (I'm not even sure if posting this here is against eplaya etiquette; if it is, I apologize to everyone.) Since ticket sales are coming up and the excitement is beginning to brood, we might as well start this discussion??
Here are, as I see it, the pros and cons of registering as a theme camp.
Pros: the stability and security of a guaranteed spot, which removes the pressure of a land grab (which I don't know how we could have done w/o you, opie); a location that's easier to find; the increased visibility if we're looking to expand our stag family; and the enjoyment of hosting fellow burners in a camp we love.
Cons: the chance that we're assigned a space smaller than we desire or we're on the other end of camp (I think we all really liked the 9 o'clock area??); the fact that the burning man website describes a theme camp as a place that provides "an ambiance, a visual presence, in some way provide a communal space or provides activity"
This last stipulation is not necessarily a con, but it's the only one I'm worried about. Perhaps one of our veterans, someone who has actually seen the theme camp registration form, can post more detail as to how strict this requirement is??? Is our eligibility as a theme camp seriously evaluated based on this requirement?
The reason this is the aspect I'm concerned about is that the stag camp mentality has such a strain of independence that I'm not sure how this would work. We've all been pretty opposed to pooling money so far (it's so very complicating) so how would we stage/organize such a party/space? Who would take what responsibilities? (If it's a lax requirement, this is not such an issue...) And, for that matter, will we be planning on a more organized distribution of duties this year, regardless of whether we register as a theme camp?
Anyhow. If I'm jumping the gun by about six months, I can't help it, I'm excited. Can't wait to get planning to be together again. Moving over to tribe now; miss and love everyone.