An updated version of what I posted in the 2007 category 18 months ago
Ways to find a theme camp to join, if you wish to:
1. Check the eplaya threads. Several will actively seek participants.
2. Sign up for your regional e-mail list at http://regionals.burningman.com/
Go to events and meet people. In Chicago, that's how Entheon got alot of crew.
3. Surf the list of theme camps for ones that suit your interests and/or are based in your area. Go to their websites for more info or e-mail the contact. http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/
4. Fill out the BM volunteer survey online to see if there is something that suits your talents and experience level. Several volunteer groups also have reserved theme camp sites available for volunteers (I worked at Media Mecca, and was able to camp at Camp Green Zone).
(Too late for this year, but for future reference)
5. Once you've got an understanding of how it works, you could find like- minded friends to start your own theme camp and register by May 31. But this works best if some folks involved have been on the playa, and perhaps helped organize a theme camp before. (See http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/re ... guide.html
and http://www.burningman.com/themecamps/th ... teria.html
Keep in mind that theme camping is work - part of your playa time will probably be dedicated to making the camp work and providing its interactive gifts to the community. There are also costs for the common facilities and the interactive components, which will come from some combination of camp fees and/or pre-playa fundraiser events. But as someone so gung ho, I don't think that should discourage you, but doing number three on this list will give you a clearer picture.
0. You don't have to be in a theme camp at all. A majority of the residential area in the city is non-theme camps. Just be radically self-reliant, meet your neighbors, and give back in another way...
Burning Man is about being part of a community. Unfortunately, it's a community of people who can't get up before 1 p.m. - The Onion