New Model Theme Camps

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New Model Theme Camps

Postby Go2 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:42 pm

Many theme camps won't function as expected this year because key members aren't present. The large, complex, theme camp with a huge overhead is on its way out, and it's time to look for a new model of theme camp. Smaller, more fluid, camps can grow up around ideas, infrastructure, and communities. Most burners who do have tickets want to be involved in a project, but aren't connected with a "live" project this year. Camps that can bring in these burners will reinvent themselves and thrive.

Let's put this into perspective. We're able to build an entire city in a desert, live in it, and leave no trace. In the space of a week. With 30 weeks, we can self-organize into new groups of 20-50 people and pull off some truly awesome stuff. Without breaking a sweat.

Each theme camp should reach out to the community and pull in other already-ticketed burners to bolster their ranks. Then, work with those new members to come up with new and improved ways of participating at the event. Collaboration with a bunch of new people on projects would be challenging... ...and a whole lot of fun! This would lend itself to simpler, less elaborate themes, as well as groups of inter-related smaller projects.

Our camp, Baggage Check, has 10 ticketed people. To be effective, we need 25, and our infrastructure supports 60. I'm thinking of proposing we bring in new recruits who fit some basic criteria:
1. Willingness to abide by the core camp rules and philosophy (in our case mostly be welcoming, be respectful, and don't bring any drama)
2. Commitment to provide some service for the camp (could be transportation, setup, tear down, ice runs, odd jobs, etc)
3. Commitment to provide some participation for the community as a whole. This could be through camp projects (giant games, dogeball, or something new), as performers, or by being part of an art installation, art car, or other key group (rangers, DPW, etc)

This way, we continue to provide our services on playa, encourage wider participation across the event, and let people's true capabilites surprise them.

So, what do people think? How else can we use the situation we're in to build new communities and create new and unique experiences?
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby Elliot » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:50 pm

I like it. If it turns out that half the participants this year are birgins, then it would make sense to recruit them off the street the minute they drive into BRC. :D
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby EspressoDude » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:55 am

all the signs of whimsical nature on the road up to the gate to be replaced by recruiting billboards for the theme camps that need new folks
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby ygmir » Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:59 am

EspressoDude wrote:all the signs of whimsical nature on the road up to the gate to be replaced by recruiting billboards for the theme camps that need new folks


"uncle APOK wants you"?
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby VultureChow » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:06 am

I was thinking about this as a virgin, and was feeling the pull to join a theme camp where I hadn't thought it was appropriate before. I was intending to try and stay in Stag Camp; enough of a community so I wasn't alone but not too much responsibility that I couldn't wander and float my first year.

But I'm starting to wonder if theme camps really need more people (and dues) to pull it off, whether I should look into joining one. It does sort of change the balance of power a bit though. Virgins becoming an asset rather than a potential liability.

/Signing bonuses for virgins?
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby tamarakay » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:33 am

VultureChow: Not all theme camps charge fees.

When thinking of joining one, ask specific questions about all fees, expected "like kind" contributions, expected labor, expected hours on duty. It would be a drag to show up expecting one thing, but then be obligated to stay in camp 8 hrs a day.

example, dues are only 20!!! but they expect you to bring steaks for 20 people, eight cases of whisky, and a portapotty.
Or they might want you to work the bar on burn night.

Very specific questions.

To the OP, yes. I believe this is how it is going to have to work and excellent post.
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby HandJamMasterC » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:28 am

It will be kind of sad though if camps like Skinny Kitty Teahouse can't bring their big cantalevered tent because they didn't get enough tickets. No great shows under their tent. :^(
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby The CO » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:15 am

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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:19 pm

ygmir wrote:
EspressoDude wrote:all the signs of whimsical nature on the road up to the gate to be replaced by recruiting billboards for the theme camps that need new folks


"uncle APOK wants you"?

Actually, I think that one reads, Babushka Matruska has You, and You Are So Fuckking Doomed. You should see some of Kilbuck's sketches.
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby Bob » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:41 pm

Go2 wrote:...Our camp, Baggage Check...


There was an Emotional Baggage Check camp in 2001, fwiw.

Not that it was better that year.
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby Lassen Forge » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:51 pm

WE will be happy to supply any burner with more Emotional Baggage than they did to arrive at on playa.

Is part of "Double your Drama or Nunya Munny Back" guarantee. Only through Apokilipika Travel and Interrogation Services, where we will to put "U" in "GULAG".
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby Bob » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:59 pm

In APOKILIPTIKA, baggage checks you.
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Re: New Model Theme Camps

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Re: New Model Theme Camps

Postby lemur » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:55 pm

Bob wrote:In APOKILIPTIKA, baggage checks you.


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Re: New Model Theme Camps

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Re: New Model Theme Camps

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