Dream up the marvelous things that will enrich, entertain and enlighten your city. Now make them happen.
Maybe you heard about Midburn. Maybe you heard that it’s a community of experience-makers, day-dreamers, booty-shakers, lovers and listeners that create their own adventures. You may even know that their annual event is actually a temporary city unlike any other, made entirely by and for its citizens. And that’s what theme camps are all about. Wanna know more? Read on!
A theme camp is a group of Midburners who come together to create and host an interactive experience that’s open to all citizens of the Midburn City. Theme camps can put on music shows and dance performances, hold workshops or lectures, build chill-out zones and craft corners, run bars or food stands or anything else that the city may enjoy.
Theme camps are an integral part of Burning Man, Midburn and any other burn because they catalyze interaction. But keep in mind, creating a theme camp requires commitment and hard work. All participants are invited to create a camp around their idea, or theme, that complies with the Ten Principles.
Why join a camp?
Building a theme camp can be extremely fun and fulfilling. It’s an opportunity to come together with friends, make something amazing, and share it with the city. Your camp is more than your home in the city; it’s the manifestation of your vision, that becomes part of the beating heart of Midburn.
Theme camps are all about participation, one of the 10 main principles at the core of our culture:
“Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Joining a theme camp has a few of advantages:
• Shared logistics & organizations: most theme camps share plans and costs for various things such as: water, electricity, food, gray water disposal, etc. – which usually lowers the costs and simplifies all the organizations for the event.
• An option for shared gifting: the theme camps are one of the main sources of community involvement. Each camp provides the city with different kinds of gifting and contents. Becoming a part of a theme camp lets you give more and take more pleasure in the joy of gifting.
However, keep in mind that sometimes the theme camp and its members might not be the best fit, which can be unpleasant and create tension between the members of the camp. Therefore, before you join any camp, you should meet with the camp’s leaders and make sure you’re aware of the camp’s needs, its character and general requirements. Such as: the cost of joining the camp and what it includes, how much you connect with the camp’s theme and its gifting, requirements in terms of time investment – preparations for the event, the camp assembly and operation during the event and disassembling the camp at the end.
Remember – The camp is your home – and as such, you need to take an active part in its operation.
Implement the participation principle – join a camp, start one of your own – or join the theme camps team!
Implement the principle of participation and join a camp!
Want to know how to find camps you can join?
Apart from that, you are more than welcome to take your participation to the next level – the theme camps team is looking for more volunteers for a variety of roles, if you want to help the team, or become part of the “Migdalor” (Lighthouse) – the camps accelerator, please contact us.
But wait, what is the “Migdalor”?
The “Migdalor” (Lighthouse) is an imitative created by veteran team camp leaders – the camps accelerator. There are Lighthouse meetings throughout the year where training and guidance is given on various subjects – from managing the camp’s budget, to how to build the kitchen and set up shade canopies and even how to deal with MOOP. Want to share your knowledge at these meetings? Contact us!
But wait, I want to start my own camp!
Want to start a camp? Here are some things you should know.