Camp Support Team

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 campsupport@burningman.org

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 campsupport@burningman.org

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 campsupport@burningman.org 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 campsupport@burningman.org with [Stories] in the email subject line.

Camp Network

Camp Network helps bring together and unite Burning Man camps around the world, acting as a clearinghouse for practical knowledge related to creating, operating, and maintaining healthy and vibrant camps and serving as a catalyst for fostering connection, conversation, and knowledge and resource sharing between camps and their members. One of the projects of Camp Network is Campfire Talks, a monthly series that brings together theme camp organizers by the virtual campfire to feature their stories, share their knowledge, discuss timely topics, and to find new ways to connect. You can view past Campfire Talks here.

Online Resources

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 campsupport@burningman.org with [Resources] in the email subject line.