theshaman wrote:This was my second year and I spent it helping organize a theme camp (Nuclear Family and Porch Camp) ending up doing more work than play. Definately NOT the experience of my first Burn.
We have usually had 15 to 30 people camp in our group and it's always worked well. We don't try and organize anything except layout.
We don't have organized meals (although people are more than willing to share). We don't have communal anything (although people are more than willing to share). We trust each other, and we spend a lot of time together and know what to expect. We really trust each other.
Typical way we do things:
One guy wanted a bar, so he organized it. He asked for help from somebody who had done it before (what ratio of booze:mixers, what booze is popular, how do you keep trash at a minimum...) than sent a list of what he was planning on bringing, and added if you want
to contribute do so, but it's your choice. Most people did, but not everybody.
It was his bar, but we all used it. It was his responsability to get it there, keep it clean, keep the bozos out, take care of the trash, take it apart, return all the crap home. But almost everybody helped, without anybody asking.
It's funny, but as I write this it sounds like some kind of idealistic hippy commune, and it absolutely wasn't
I think what makes it work for us is trust, respect and knowing what to expect. Knowing that somebody has your back is really important. There's at least three people here who camped with me this year, plus III who should have.
Rambling now... from what I can tell, and what I've been told, the more organized camps don't seem to work as well. I hear horror stories every year about camps falling apart because of work loads, expectations, personalities, plans that didn't work quite right, etc. I think the playa is too spontanious for "dinner is at 5:30; you have to be here".