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Below is a letter from Bman on theme camps. I will try to forward them to camp mates via E-mail, but will will also try to post them here as they come.
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Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 16:43:27 -0700 From: Harley K. Dubois To: Subject: [themecamps-announce] TC ANNC #2, '04/ Eplaya/ Camp sizes/Plazas/ Newbies

Hi Theme Campers,

These announcements will help to answer frequently asked questions and educate you and your camp mates on new issues for this year. Please pass them along to your group. If you have an announcement that you feel may be appropriate for this audience, please email us with a submission request.



Are you interested in getting people to help you with your project? Do you want advice from people who have done a theme camp before? Would you like to network with other camps? Check out the eplaya :

This is your community tool for discussion, sharing resources, and hopefully making your dreams come true!



There is a limited amount of space for theme camps to be placed in. Depending on how many people register we may not be able to fit everyone. For this reason we must ask that you consider a few factors while planning for Burning Man. Please weigh wether your camp size or your preferred location is more important. You may chose to limit your numbers if your placement is your first priority. Remember, you always have the option to not be placed and find a spot further back in the city. Be prepared to make adjustments as necessary and let us know when your plans change by emailing us at

FACTS about our process:

1. We assign space in relation to the amount of people and stuff within a camp. Take time to consider the footprint of all structures including cars and tents to determine what size space you need. Camps vary so much that one standard size does not work for any amount of people. As the questionnaire indicates no camp, even the largest yet to register at our event, can possibly get more that a 600' x 400' size plot. It is reasonable to expect that no theme camp will be given this amount of space in a given year if there are no huge camps with need. If you do not give us an accurate guess of what your needs are we will estimate ourselves based on the information your questionnaire provides. We prefer to use your estimates over ours.

2. In order to give as many camps possible great placement Esplanade frontage (the first street in our city) will be relatively small no matter how large the camp. Living space behind the Esplanade can broaden out to accommodate more living space as needed.

3. Groups placed in Center Camp will have a maximum of 25 people in them. 4. Many groups have proposed taking over a plaza for their theme camp or village. This is not possible. Plazas are community spaces designed for civic use. The plaza space is to be shared by all participants and not be dominated by any one group. Plaza placed camps will have no more than 20 people in them. 5. You will not be placed if you do not submit a map and clean up plan by July1st. Turn them in to the addresses list on the web site:

6. As always we will place truly interactive camps in higher profile more choice spots. Camps that want placement solely for the ease of arrival will not be placed.

7. We discourage people from feeling ownership over any part of the city and encourage people to be open to change.

Does this information change what your questionnaire submission says? If so contact us at and we will adjust your information in our database.



As a placed theme camp there is an expectation of excellence in your camp and your demeanor. Do your utmost to live up to the Burning Man standard of radical inclusion by being warm and friendly to everyone that visits your camp. Embrace a newbie! If you see some one in Black Rock City who appears to be new and not understand the culture that we all seek to foster, embrace them, make an effort to bring them along. Some regional groups are having "newbie nights" were they introduce first timers to some of the things they can expect at Burning Man. If your camp has a high percentage of new people perhaps this idea will work for you as well.


Next announcement - KIDS at Burning Man and more!

Thanks all!

Harley and the placement staff


Harley K. DuBois
Black Rock City LLC
Community Services and Playa Safety
415 865-3800, ext 103