The Camp Support Team advises, supports and develops the theme camp community in Black Rock City and throughout the Regional Network, helping camps to reach their goals and camp leaders to be their best selves. To do this, we amplify and connect the people, resources, and experience that exist throughout our community.
This team is a central hub for the internal workings of camps so we can develop together on a wider scale. It is separate from the BRC Placement Team. Camp Leads must still communicate with their Placers about their camp questionnaire, camp placement decisions, Directed Group Sale, and on playa during build week. The Camp Support Council leads and manages the Camp Support Team.
What We Do
Email our help desk at [email protected]
Anyone can email us about their questions, challenges, ideas, etc. Our experienced team of camp leaders will help (non-snarkily!) however they can. We may:
- directly answer your question
- link you to a resource
- connect you (consensually) with someone from another camp who went through a similar challenge
- direct you to a distributed social network so you can get multiple answers to your question.
Think of this as a help desk for the inner workings of your camp — build, food, acculturation, logistics, interactivity, frontage, leave no trace, camp finances, camper participation, leadership, and the list goes on! Email us at [email protected]
Theme Camp Symposium
The Theme Camp Symposium is an annual event where camp leaders convene for programming, panels, breakout sessions, knowledge sharing, and connection with our amazing community. In 2019 the Camp Support Council took over as the leaders and producers of this event. If you’re interested in volunteering, email [email protected] with [TCS] or [Symposium] in the subject line.
Camp Advisory & Mentorship Program (CAMP)
The Camp Advisory & Mentorship Program matches camps and their leads with deeply experienced peer camp leaders who mentor and advise them. CAMP is here to help with things like:
- organizing and leading a great theme camp
- figuring out participation forms
- increasing or improving your camp’s interactivity
- improving your camp’s infrastructure
- improving camper participation levels
- acculturating new campmates to the 10 Principles
- working on camp growing pains
Camps of all kinds are eligible to be matched with an advisor through CAMP. This includes prospective camps, new camps, unplaced camps and returning camps. Camps in “limited” or “not good” standing, or who have not received placement, are also welcome to join the program. Camps can request to join CAMP at any time during the year, but we strongly suggest that you join as early as possible in your annual planning cycle.
If you are a camp wanting to be matched with an advisor, please fill out our CAMP Intake Questionnaire.
If you are an experienced theme camp organizer and would like to mentor another camp, please fill out our CAMP Advisor Application.
Stories from the City
Stories from the City is a project that uses the power of storytelling to support theme camps. We share stories of camps to inspire participation, capture practical methodologies and lessons learned, and document the fascinating community experiments that happen at Black Rock City. Stories are published in the Burning Man Journal. If you’re interested in getting involved as a writer, email [email protected] with [Stories] in the email subject line.
In an effort to connect camps across Burning Man’s Global Network, we are facilitating the creation of new online groups around specific camp functions so we can support each other with more specialized discussions and information sharing. We’ll be publishing a directory of all online camp groups soon. We’re also planning opportunities in Black Rock City for camp leaders and neighborhoods to connect and be appreciated.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help connect and network camps around the world, email [email protected] with [Network] in the email subject line.
We’re revamping online resources on the Burning Man Project website (check out the recently updated Camp Resource Guide). We’re scheming about how to appropriately share the resources that exist within camps (i.e. the hundreds of great new camper orientation guides out there) for some improved Communal Effort.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help us on this project, email [email protected] with [Resources] in the email subject line.
The Camp Support Council
Candice has been part of the Black Rock Community since 1997 and an active member of multiple theme camps over the years; Fandango, Funk Camp & Acid Cabaret. She’s been mayor of the Blissfits Retirement Village since 2008. Her passion is to help foster a nurturing environment that helps people spread their wings to become better versions of themselves, enabling dreamers to dream big. She is a big believer in the Black Rock City community and its ability to change the world.
Captain Vic made his first trip to BRC in 2002 and has attended every year since then. He has been the leader of the Children of Chaos theme camp since 2003. Over the years, the Children of Chaos has hosted a number of performance art events, costume parades, mutant vehicles, and a conversation bar. This camp includes members ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s, and includes members from a dozen countries.
A computer geek in the Default World, Mark first ventured into TTITD in 2004 and later helped found The Paradise Motel in 2008. Designed to resemble the most garish of '60s roadside motels, it has grown to over 50 people from SF, LA and NY. Along the way, he's managed to make every mistake possible, short of blowing it up, so is a veritable fount of knowledge of what NOT to do. As part of the new Camp Support Team, he's here to help folks deal with their camp dilemmas.
Pele’s favorite thing to do at the Burn is nourish hard-working builders that sweat and toil behind the scenes. She spent her virgin Burn helping organize registration at Red Lightning, also its first year on the Playa. She joined the leadership team and officially took the helm in 2012. Pele got her BA from Smith College and a Masters of Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle U. When she’s not planning her next dusty adventure she can be found riding her horse and traveling the world.
Burning Man found Yeti in 2004. Upon arrival he thought, "Oh, this is where you all are." Yeti and friends (no one does this alone) formed their first theme camp in 2005 and have continued to do so every year since. In 2014, in a fit of delusion, Yeti became mayor (for lack of a better title) of the BRC HOA. Yeti's wrangling and planning of the village continues and as camps come and go the village remains active and a very nice place to visit in Black Rock City.