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Wanna do a theme camp at Burning Man this year, but don't have an idea?
If so, just read these camp ideas and see if one suites your fancy.
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Theme Camp Ideas
- Trash and Kiss camp
Extort promises of trash collection from strangers far and wide
with a pledge of a kiss. See how many people you can get to join
you in trash collection on the playa the morning after the burn.
Of course, be sure to only apply 100% consensual kisses.
- Lube Camp
Gives out lubricants of various types.
Burning Man could really benefit from having lube camp.
However, please use sanitary precautions. Chapstick should not be
shared. No (in contact with a human) lube should be re-used.
- Chapstick/Lip Balm is one of the most important.
So many people are walking around with cracked lips.
- Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly can be applied to cracking "playa feet".
- Oil for your bike.
- Olive oil for, um, cooking?
- KY jelly (or better yet Glide) for, um, extra fun.
Just giving out pre lubricated condoms might be easier.
- Big Dick Camp
The wonderful people of this camp will sing the praises of your
magnificent member. "My God, it's so large." "It has curvature."
"What a pleasant rosy tip." "What fine foreskin."
- Orgasm Camp
Enter a booth. Make the most realistic sounding ever so loud
orgasm you can. Orgasm raters hold up score cards.
- Costume Hospital
This camp works to repair and heal damaged costumes.
This camp does not work to *make* costumes for people,
they help to restore the glory of damaged art and fashion.
Needles and thread, safety pins, duct tape, pots of glitter,
string, upholstery foam, aluminum foil, bag of feathers, spray paint,
and patch cloth in assorted colors.
- Communist Pig Camp "revived".
Amend the evils of your brethren of yesteryear.
This new camp will use their loudspeaker to compliment everyone
who passes. Spread the love. Be warned, this is should only be
attempted by those who are prepared to have extreme negative reactions
directed at them. The previous "capitalist pigs" worked hard to
spread hate and conflict.
- Spam Camp
Give us your email address and we'll send you
useful information on great bargains and exciting new products.
- Fleshy Butterfly camp
Smear tempera on your butt. Make a print onto poster paper.
- Playa Wildlife Historical Museum
Create models of past and present life forms that roamed the ancient
playa. Know that any history you create may be the one that
is passed down for generations to come.
- Protest Camp
Fight for justice! Non violent protests can set us free.
Bring your signs. Change them often. Picket where ever and whenever
you desire. (no, this won't be the first playa protest.)
- Plushy Fuzz Camp
All plush all the time. Pillows covered with the softest and
smoothest of materials. Everything you brush against kisses
the skin. I've been told that "Warm fuzzy camp" was much like this.
- Mister Camp
The soothing scented misty water is sprayed over you.
(this isn't a new idea, but it sure is a nice one for hot days)
- Hostage Negotiation Camp
Dramatic music plays. The sound of helicopters can be heard.
An unsuspecting couple are walking by. The man with the megaphone says...
"Let the woman go. Drop the tiara and nobody will get hurt.
Look out, he's got a slinky!"
- Butterfly Love Fragrance Camp
Speak what you most desire.
The priestess of the nose anoints you with magical fragrances.
You're desires may yet be fulfilled.
- Money Camp
Offers financial planning services to help you make wise decisions
and track all expenditures while on your Black Rock vacation.
- Internet Startup Camp
Stock prices are posted and updated regularly.
Public reports are released.
Market studies are done.
Geeks consume massive amounts of coffee and jolt.
Bring the Theatre of internet absurdity to the playa.
I just read "The Jack Rabbit Speaks" and it pointed to...G7 Stock Puppets. An art piece that's somewhat like this.
- Piss and Moan Camp
This was suggested to me by Larry Harvey at a party.
I like the idea of taking in a different direction then
what he'd intended though.
Get in touch with the true joy of emptying your bladder.
Feel the release. Share this with the world.
Moan ever so loudly as your bladder is freed of it's load.
- Camp Ideas Camp
Brokers in ideas for camps.
Collects and distributes the ideas for current and future events.
Lets users submit their camp ideas.
Links to other peoples camp ideas. Directs people to the Burning Man
bulletin board to find other like minded potential camp mates.
This camp may also promote camp events outside of Burning Man.
- Ten Commandments Camp
Make up your own ultra absurd ten commandments. Also add the
new Eleventh Commandment.
- Publicity Camp
This camp creates radio ads and biilboards for it's "clients".
Billboards could be actual signs, or they could be stickers, or they
could be drawn onto large boards and worn by people who walk around
extolling the virtues of a given camp.
- Tourist Lovers Camp
Find tourists who may be having trouble integrating into the
whole of the Burning Man society. I think there are already plans to have
an integration camp near the greeters area, but the more the better.
Everyone: Next time you see somebody who looks like a spectator, don't think
rude thoughts. Befriend them if you can. Share with them.
Help teach them the joy of Burning Man. See if there are things
you can learn from them.
- This is Stupid Camp
Members dress and act in the dumbest ways possible.
How well can you simulate creativity gone wrong?
How long can you stand the humiliation?
- 12 year old girl from 1974 camp.
Everyone is dressed up and acts like a...
70's revival with bonus immaturity and the awesome power of youth.
- Camp Summer Camp
Roast marshmallows over the fire while telling ghost stories.
Arts and crafts. Sing alongs.
- Inspection Camp
Complete with suit, tie, and clipboard,
it is your job to inspect other camps to make sure they are
ISO-BM 2000 certified. Check the quality of the building equipment.
Check if skin is protected from the sun. Be sure the seams on the
costumes meet all recommended government standards.
"Inspected by #14" stamps may be stamped onto inspected camps and people.
- Gays in the Military Camp
A large photo of hundreds of military officers. Special glasses
(with no lenses) allow you to see only the gay members of the military.
A "Vista-View" telescope points at Mashcara camp.
- Self Portrait Camp
Draw a picture of yourself.
The drawings would later be put on the web.
The camp is decorated with self-portraits.
- Doodle Camp
People can draw doodles. Bunches of yummy fun doodles.
Later scan them and put them on the web.
- Journal Posting Camps
This is not one camp, but rather a category of camps.
Provide people with pens/pencils and paper.
Give them a nice space to write. After Burning Man type in
what people wrote and put it on the web for the world to see.
- Camp Tragedy:
Pens, notebooks, and facial tissue are available for you to
share your tragedies with the world.
- Spread the Love Camp:
Write down your thoughts and stories of love. Heal the world with
your thoughts of warmth.
- Body Games
This could be oodles of camps, but should be at least one!
To see hundreds if astonishingly great things for a camp to try at Burning Man 2000 (with the Body theme)
Click here click here.
. Thanks to Halcyon for this list!
"I've got a pig for a penis" camp.
Strap a small battery powered auto-tronic pig in place of your privates.
These are available at toy stories. Try Jeffery's toys in San Francisco.
- "What's your website?" camp?
Collect as many URL homepage links of Burning Man participants as
possible. Maybe post them on burningmanwebsites.org
- "Burning Man used to be cool" camp.
Also called "Burning Man is too commercial now" camp.
This has in fact been one of the more active camp for the past
several years. It mostly operates cities other then Black Rock
City. Members of this camp can be found far and wide. When you
meet them, congratulate them on their vast membership and excellent
- Penis Hat Camp
"Dick head" is too often used in a derogatory way. Reclaim
the term and make it one we can cherish.
- Do it yourelf - EL Wire Design Camp
Attach velcro tabs to EL wire with fishing line. Have a large board
with the other type of velcro. You can now form and shape the EL
wire any way you wish and change it with ever so little effort.
- Carnival Camp
Simulate a carnival game such as ring toss. To play, you must
wager something. If you lose, the object goes in the "center/pot".
If you win, you get everything that has been wagered.
The folks running the camp need to have prises to prime the pot with.
- FratBoy Roach Motel
A room with two entrances. Near entrance #1 is a neon
sign that says "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS!". Near the other is a flashing sign
that says "FREE BEER". Inside the room, the floor if very icky and sticky.
A few people (either actors or dummies who look like frat folk)
are stuck to the ground.
- Cosplay Camp
To find out what this is about, just search for "COSPLAY" on the web.
I'd love to see our culture and theirs mix more.
- Pen Pal Camp
People who are looking for more contacts with other after Burning Man
meet and discuss if they want to be pen/email pals. The pen pal
matchmaker helps peer pressure/help folks to decide to write eachother.
- Color Camps
Pick a color and proselytize the wonders and glory of that color.
To what extent can you go with having all things be that color?
Last year the bluroom did a great job of being the bluest of the blue.
Maroon needs a champion!
- This is Spinal Camp
"Our camp goes to eleven"
- Port-A-Potty Fetish Camp
A roving band of potty humor comedians help entertain those
waiting in line.
- Bea Arthur's Smut Shack
Guys in polyester slacks and clunky grandma jewelry dispense feminist advice and make cracks about their ex-husbands.
- Dad camp
Aren't you going to wear a belt with that?
Pack up, we're going fishing.
You know, I set that thermostat for a reason.
- Harvey Army
People who dress up as Larry and pretend to be him,
so that the "real" Larry can walk amongst us unknown.
- Town Crier
" Hear ye! Hear ye! The News of the day is as follows "
- Dust Devil Makers
Groups of people who run around in circles on the playa to see if
they can start a "dust devil". If this results in a tornado which
subsequently lays waste to Reno, keep quiet about who gave you this
Theme Camp Ideas (with no description)
- Frat boy rehabilitation camp
- SciFi Geek Camp
- Blue Meanie Camp
- Naked Mole Rat Camp
- Paranoia Virus Camp
- "Got your nose" Camp
- "Got your penis" Camp
- Crack an egg on your head Camp
- Rice-a-Yoni Camp
- HighLai Labia Camp
- Party Games Camp
- Naked thumb wrestlers camp
- Paparazzi Camp
- Identity Swap Camp
- Death Camp
- Peer Pressure Camp
- Miss Manners Camp
- I'll show you mind if you show me yours camp
- I'll be your best friend Camp
- Playing Doctor camp
- Mutant God camp
- Lactating Waffles camp
- Yone VS Lingham (a genital WWF style match)
- Kiss and Tell camp
- Unconditional anal love camp
- Camp Show and Tell
- Spin the Bottle camp, Truth or Dare camp
- Finger painting camp
- Masturbation support group camp
- Rave musical chairs camp, but the music never fucking stops!
- Monty Python skit overuse camp
- Camp Lick-A-Lot
Feel free to use any of these camp ideas that you want.
Other folks may also use the same camp idea that you use.
If they do, think of it as different chapters of the same camp.
If you find others who used the same camp idea, rejoice in your new found,
Burning Man camps should give something to the community.
If you end up picking a camp with a negative theme,
just be sure that the spirit is one of fun and creativity.
Camps are a key part of the life blood of Burning Man.
The organizers don't decide what Burning Man will be.
The tens of thousands of people who go and participate determine that.
Bring it home! Figure out something you can do in your community.
Stage a "terrorist act of love". Figure out something your camp can
do at your local park, bank, or school. Don't keep the creativity
of Burning Man trapped on the playa. This can be great prep before
heading out to Black Rock City.
"Theme camps" should take their ideas and run. Don't tie your mind to
Burning Man. There's nothing you can do at Burning Man that you can't
do elsewhere also. Burning Man is just a canvas. Find other canvases.
Some day Burning Man may not exist. If this happens the strongest camps
will still survive and thrive. A camp is just an organization of like
minded folk who are trying to have fun and maybe change the world.
There are fifty two weeks in a year, not just one.
Example. Supersnail portraits taken on the playa. This technology and
some supersnail members went to the San Francisco Dyke March.
Evolve. This is a bit obvious, but if you had a theme camp last year
and plan to do it again this year, think of what you can change.
What worked and didn't work? How can things be different and thus stay fresh.
Continual change is esential to the survival of most camps.
Keep the creativity rolling. Feel free to use any of these ideas,
but also let the many camp ideas poke your brain into new ideas of your own.
If you wanna see hundreds of theme camp listings from years past, just
click here. Let old ideas inspire new ones.
I hope for more roving camps. Go to the people. Don't just wait for
them to come to you.
Also there should be more camps that are designed to interact with
other camps. What positive way can your camp descent on and involve
any other given camp?
Masochism and camp creation often go together. Only create a camp
that's as much work as your up for.
Think of the camp you create
as a gift for the community. It's quite dangerious to expect things
Follow through. If you have a camp where you promise to do something
later (like post the thing people wrote on the web), work hard to
really make it happen. Plan out costs. Most things require more
work then you expect.
This list was inspired by this list of possible theme camps that was written
by Julia, Sebbo, and Charlotte.
I have no doubt that many of the ideas in this list have been thought of before and will be thought of again. Please don't think that we think that we are unique in thinking of such camp ideas. Such ideas seep through cells and jump synapses far and wide.
For better or for worse this list is a compilation of thoughts by:
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