Anyone have any cautionary tales of what not to do when starting a Theme Camp?
I have several, but I'll relate one. This was one camp I was helping to set up. My theme camp was all ready to go and I wanted to help out what sounded like a cool new bar build their dome.
I arrived with gloves, a shade hat, a quart of water and a couple of my own hand tools for dome construction.
The problems I saw initially:
1.) Only one person on site knew how the dome was supposed to go together.
2.) They arrived the day before but nothing had been sorted or organized since they were unloaded.
- The conduit was dumped in three or four piles.3.) No one knew where anything was packed.
- The tarps were mixed in with other equipment(the bar stuff).
4.) The camp Leader didn't expect to have to work on construction even though they were short handed(this was why I was there).
5.) The internal political bickering had already started.
While the leader, the lights/sound guy, and the guy(who knew how to build the dome they borrowed) argued. I spent the time trying to hunt down and sort the conduit.
Then they got their shit together and late in the afternoon we started to put this dome up. A lot of it was finished but they wanted to break for an early dinner. I sat around with an empty quart water bottle, because I had been there since around noonish, for about a half hour pre-staging the remaining conduit while the rest of them ate, then I left.
This was about Sunday before the gates opened, I think they folded up before Wednesday.
I was told that they all met online or briefly IRL. I think their idea for a Theme Camp was good, but I don't think any of them were experienced enough to do a camp of that size.