dtia wrote:Thanks so much for the advice and encouragement, everyone. We're excited about the idea of building a theme from scratch but are a bit worried about the logistics involved. We'd ideally want to contribute to an existing camp this year so that we can learn the ins and outs of creating a camp.
Trilobyte recommend finding camps who are looking for members. How would you recommend identifying ones who are seeking members or are interested in having an extension, especially our size? I've looked at the camp list but there's no indication of member need.
A few of you mentioned just camping without a registered placement. Is it pretty much guaranteed that we'll find a spot for all of us? How far out would it be?
You'll be able to find a spot for 11 people. If you're tempted, I'd say call yourself a camp, and be one. It can be about the fun & togetherness of it. It doesn't mean you have to register, & offer a transcendent experience to the city at large. You only need to register if you want placement. (And placement is given to those who do want to offer an experience or a treat). But it's not weird to have a name or even a theme just because you want one. In 2008, a friend & I decorated with ducks, carried duck calls, and called ourselves DuckStar, just for the heck of it.
There's a map of the city that should be both online and handed out at Greeter's (the stop right after Gate, when you come in). You'll be able to see where registered, placed theme camps are. If not placed, avoid these spots (usually the Esplanade, and streets A through C etc, the 3 and 9 o'clock plazas, etc). Theme areas are also marked with small wire flags; double flags usually means "Theme Camp" area, single flags usually mark the edge of the road. Safest to check your map and talk to your neighbors before you set up, though.
The city is laid out in such a way that some
"Open Camping" spots are also close-in, so that there's a nice mix of theme camps and non.
Frankly I don't like to be too close to the inside streets, they're noisier and higher traffic. I also avoid 9:00-10:00 on the clock, and 2:00-3:00 (a lot of Sound Camps in these areas). I like being halfway out--E, F, G, or further (though being on D street last year was a positive experience). The further out you go the more spacious it is.