If a camp were committed to providing a service to the community, what type of demand is there?
Some potential thoughts:
MOOP Drop - A camp that sets up MOOP collection stations at various intersections and accumulates MOOP through the week and deals with it after the burn. I’m thinking of this because I found myself with a lot of random stuff and no way to unload it. I hesitated to pick some things up because they would stay with me all day.
Sewing Repairs Camp – Create Patches / Repair damaged tents and shade structures – stuff gets messed up, but would people take down their shelter to get it repaired? What if we went around doing it, or people made appointments?
Bike Carrying “Art” Car – Basically, an art car which is wholly utilitarian and not very artsy. The idea is that it would follow around the party art cars and collect bikes so people wouldn’t end up stranded at the end of the night. I saw a few of these, but not very many.
More personally, (Translation: lazy people, stop reading here)
I’m the type of person who is happy when they’re working. I like to make things, lead things and create things, pretty much non-stop. I have an above average mechanical aptitude and I thrive when things are catastrophically failing. Working with a team to complete things is excellent! This was my first burn, all was well and decent, I got my dance on and my explore on, I got a feel for the environment and scouted it out well enough - but I would have had a much better time if I had an ongoing project and a crew.
I brought projects for myself to do. I coordinated with some people and we pulled together a camp last second that was great. It didn’t take nearly as much effort as the other camps that slave all year. I was done quickly, and bored again.
I offered help at any chance I saw, in planning, prior to and during the burn, (fearfully to the point of seeming desperate) and I was rejected 99% of the time. (always politely – well, they had good intentions) I understand that. It’s a matter of pride of independence, dealing with unspoken quid quo pro, and a generic, “This is my project,” among many other things. Being female, I also got a lot of, “hey, go cook me food,” “get me a drink,” “You’re so pretty,” or something like that. (On a side note, I feel like men don’t like help from women when they should have done something on their own, or something they did on their own is not working out. Or any sort of labor that requires more than carrying things. This feeling was made more concrete at the burn.)
Somewhere around Wednesday I learned I should let it go. As an apt leader, I could set up a project or a camp all my own! But what is actually useful? I need a cause!