Welcome, good sir. Let me the first to say "hello". (hopefully I click submit before Savannah, so that can be an accurate statement).
This will be my first year as well. You may be tempted to dismiss my advice, since I've never been. I can tell you one thing, I research like a MoFo! My personal advice is, if you are staying in your own "camp", and have any sort of knowledge on how to put things together (experience with Legos counts), then build a monkey hut for shade http://www.chromatest.net/Lovemonkey/
Put your tent under it, park your car blocking the wind, and your level of comfort increased drastically with very minimal effort. You can of course create much better shade structures, but this will be by far one of the cheapest and have the biggest bang (dirty dirty earthwalker, i'm just on a roll today) for your buck.
In terms of a camp, look on the BM website for a listing of all of last year's theme camps. They'll post this year's in a few months. Find one you like and email them and see if you can join.
But, even if you don't join one, I think you'll still have a blast. Since most people seem nice and friendly, you'll likely create something of your own hood with your neighbors.
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