Joining a Theme Camp

Burning Man has a definition of what it means to be a theme camp at Burning Man both written and implied. It is very hard to strictly define what a camp needs to deliver in order to be laced or kept in good standing; one just sometimes knows.

The definition offered by Burning Man is listed on their web site linked here: (click). This is from the outside of the camp looking in.

When we complete our application we have to have interactivity commensurate with our identity and message. We have to meet certain basics in order to get placed.

We have a schedule posted here: (click).

Here is an example of the schedule. See the link to Facebook for the most updated scheduling.

What you should expect

Part 1: Every day we will things that need to happen in camp. There are the basic day to day things from making sure things are clean to accept guests and things that make sure the camp has drinking water. Housekeeping things. Food making things. Safety things.

Part 2: Each time we have an event a team of people in our camp will be host, safety officer, barker, server, concierge, technical support and more. These will last about 2 hours per shift. There will be a Mayor of the Day who will be there for support and general guidance.

New Process for 2019

In the past we have has scheduled Tea Services and Events separately. This year we are combining the two of them into an elevated experience. Instead of farming a ton of people off the street for drinks people will join us attending a scheduled event and either be served or get tea from our bar that is incorporated into the temple/dojo.

  • EXAMPLE: There is a event scheduled for 11 am in the temple
    • By 10am that morning 10 gallons of tea were made and 5 gallons will be used per service.
  • Teams report to site by 10:30
    • 1 person: make sure sound, electrical is set up for the event instructor/lead
    • 2 people: outside with 1 as barker and 1 as safety making sure bikes are parked off the street and in a safe place
    • 2 people: inside with one as bar tender/server and other as concierge (who will be greeting people and helping guests get situated and comfortable).
    • Recommends switching roles as needed.
  • Teams will begin all event duties 30 minutes prior to scheduled event
  • Tea will be offered and served to any guests in the Temple if they desire
    • We will have a limited supply of paper cups for guests that will go to the burn barrel after
  • When event begins:
    • tea service to guests will stop
    • 1 person remains at the bar for anyone who wants more tea who is part of the event
    • 1 or 2 persons remain inside to assist instructor or guests as needed
    • 2 persons remain outside of temple to make sure people inside are not disturbed
      • it is okay that someone wants to join late if there is space
      • if there is no room people will be denied access
  • When the event is over:
    • support teams will remain and continue to assist and make ready for next event:
      • for up to 30 minutes after or
      • the next team arrives for the next event
    • tea service will resume for up to 30 minutes following event
    • tea will remain at bar until gone

Tea portions are 4 to 8 ounces. Count to 4 when pouring from the spiket

Some teas may be served with boba or geletin but MUST be kept on ice.

There must be a complete hand washing station at the bar and servers must have clean hands.

This will place you at the temple for 2 to 3 hours as part of your camp duties by the team you sign up with. More about that this week and details on Sunday.

3 Replies to “Joining a Theme Camp”

  1. Thanks Scott, plans are really coming together this year. Everything sounds great.

    Don’t forget Birmingham!

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