I've heard it said that it can take three years for a Theme Camp Idea to come to full fruition. Year One is proof of concept, Year 2 is refinement and year 3 is perfection.
I don't know, I've only ever done a TC for one year and then tried something else.
The point of my original post was that it is better to have a simple idea fully realized then a complicated idea done half assedly. Yes there is a thrill in seeing the monumental art, or looking at a camp with 200 participants and realizing all the work and love that went into an idea. I a lot of shitty playa booze that those ideas were several years in the making or that they had a buttload of money poured into them in a short time.
But then to see a small intimate idea fully realized, that feels good.
So if you've never herded cats, starting with a small herd and a short distance seems to make the best sense.
As usual, YMMV.
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