- Learn and know peoples' names. I am so bad at this. Might be a nice idea to have a name-to-photo list just for new/forgetful people. This coming year I'm planning on going through the photos people have shared and note the faces with the captions so that I'm not at a loss when I have to remember peoples' names. Oh, and state your name if you know someone can't remember (and don't take offense).
- Cook a meal. Our camp has subgroups that must cook one dinner for the rest of the camp. The genius of this policy was apparent to me after the first year: it forces you to work, plan, interact, and cooperate with other people you probably don't know; it's a form of participation for those who are not good at just jumping in; you only have to worry about preparing one dinner the whole BM trip; it's like "gifting" even if you're "forced" to prepare the meal; the quality of other peoples' dinners make you want to bring something really nice for others (you should anyway, but it ups the ante); the joy of seeing other people enjoy your food (the best physical gift) is just great.
- Nail down where other people will be, where waypoints will be at when traveling in groups, waiting-for-other policies, "where are you guys?"/"wait for me" calls/signals, etc. I remember reading with dismay someone here describing (I think it was graidawg?) getting detached from friends and then having to head back to an empty camp.
- Have a toss-in bin for anything you don't want to lose, but don't want to spend time putting away properly. This helps a lot if you're drunk.
- Besides reducing MOOP, pick up any stuff that looks like it is "lost" and put it in a designated lost items area so it can be found later (like at the bar). Don't give it to other people as a gift if you don't know who it belongs to. I lost a good pair of sunglasses that way, and while I'm not mad at the person for having given away those sunglasses to somebody who left for AUSTRIA by the time I found out, it could've been prevented by just putting it somewhere where someone looking for something lost could find the object.
- Encounter somebody who is totally shitfaced, lost, or otherwise in trouble? Make sure they're hydrated and go through the effort of escorting them back home if needs be, lest they end up somewhere they don't want to be.
- Instead of Rubbermaid bins for storage, just use cheap coolers. They're stronger, have better handles, you can sit on them, you can drain them, and you can pack out wet garbage easily too. They don't really cost much more anyway.
- Bring extra lights for your darktards. All camps have darktards. Hell, my subgroup was pretty darktardish the first year and we relied on some really lame-ass glow sticks, and only after realized just how darktardish we were. We overcompensated the next year, and made sure our darktards were not so tardy.
- Don't be afraid to toss some douchebag out of camp (talking about non-campmates). You have the backing of your whole camp, and usually everybody else is thinking the same thing, but is too afraid to do it.
- Keep bottles around for piss jugs.
- Bring a large enough cooler to pack out a body if necessary. Oh sorry, forget that.
- Not knowing all peoples' names and faces and being too trusting. We nearly lost a bike because of a I-thought-you-knew-him-no-I-thought-you-knew-him situation involving some thief one night. It worked out in the end, but could've been worse. Don't be afraid to ask other people you do know if they know this stranger.
- Gifting other people's stuff, or group stuff that you're not 100% sure about. Yeah, I know you're there to make friends with everybody, but ask first, or be extra sure, so as to not cause seething resentment.
- Locking up other peoples' bikes with your bike lock that nobody knows the combination of but you. Yeah, it happened to us. It was funny--but still annoying--so now we remember to share the combos.
"The essence of tyranny is not iron law. It is capricious law." -- Christopher Hitchens
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