so you want to be a swinger
That's awesome! We love swinging with new people. The best additions to our camp arrive through word of mouth, as friends of friends. We're also open to meeting complete strangers too.
Our camp is an even mix of TTS veterans, BM veterans camping with us for the first time, and novices experiencing the playa for the first time. In addition to a contingent from NYC (including the co-TCOs), we have campmates from Montreal, London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
A few things to know about us:
- We encourage maximum immersion in the environment, which means we strictly limit the use of RVs, preferring to have none in camp (though exceptions have been made).
- We provide basic amenities, including a kitchen, water, electricity, light, and fire. Last year, we even had a shower, which was a super-deliciously surprising first.
- We don't provide shade for personal tents, but there's plenty of communal shade space for day-time naps. If tent shade is important for you, then it's time to exercise your self-reliance.
Work hard, swing harder! Everyone who camps with us is expected to help with at least two out of three of these jobs:
The primary mandate of a theme camp is INTERACTIVITY. Camp Hosts are how we ensure that TTS meets that mandate head on. Each campmate volunteers for two (2) 4-hour shifts during the event (Sunday-Sunday). During that time you stay in camp and greet visitors. You're welcome to be as straight or silly as you please. Costumes and characters are highly encouraged, and you can play your own music the whole time. There's also a bit of maintenance, like cleaning the common areas and servicing LNT stations.
We create community by eating supper together. Each night, a small team (2-3 people) prepares a meal of their own planning for the rest of the camp. We will definitely partner experienced people with novices, so this a great way for senior and junior campmates to work together. For one night's work, you eat supper the rest of the week without lifting a finger--though you DEFINITELY need to wash your own plate and utensils all week long.
The Exit Crew is less attractive than Early Arrival, but the bitter end is where we separate the Burners from the burn-outs. Camp Strike begins on Sunday (for TTS Vets this is an important change) with preparations like food inventory, kitchen break-down, and bike wrangling. You are STRONGLY encouraged to stay for the Temple Burn on Sunday night. Starting bright and early Monday morning, we empty the primary structures, break them down, and load them up. Monday night we sleep in a skeleton camp. Tuesday morning we pack our bones, then MOOP Sweep and depart the playa. Extra credit is available for those who commit to helping in Reno on Wednesday.
We have a Camp Fee that provides us with the operating funds to make camp improvements, pay storage and transportation expenses for the camp infrastructure, and stock up on miscellaneous supplies like sunscreen and batteries for the whole camp.
We have an optional Meal Plan that covers basic food and beverages. This is separate from the food you buy to make your Camp Supper.
If you're interested in camping with us, your next step is to make CONTACT. Tell us something about yourself, the size of your group, how many times you've been on the playa, etc. Then we'll schedule a video conference call with the co-leads; it's important for us to look you in the eyes and hear your voice.