Camp Beaverton Mission Statement:
Camp Beaverton is a group of queer women / trans / genderqueer / lesbian / bisexual / heterosexual / LGBTQIA+ or folks who are simply as wayward as the playa is dusty. We celebrate sexuality, self-exploration, and respect for one’s journey through this life. This amazing group of Beavers congregates in-person, online, regionally, and at the Burning Man festival annually.
Camp Beaverton is an intentional, experimental, and experiential Burning Man community theme camp. Our goal is to provide a safe space for women on and off-Playa. We encourage education, participation, inquiry, conversation, and self-reflection. We extend our goals to the greater Black Rock community by hosting workshops and social events.
- Beaver territory is open to all Burners 18+ with exception to our Beaver Dome, which is recognized as a safe space for women. We affirm that all people who identify as cis and trans women, genderqueer, or trans folks are welcome in our space, regardless of names, pronouns, and gender assigned at birth.
- All people shall be addressed with their pronouns and designated name, and we avoid using body parts to describe genders. Camp Beaverton is an explicitly trans-inclusive space.
- Camp Beaverton is a source for information and education regarding gender, sexuality, consent, and many more sensitive and nuanced subjects. During the Burn, we offer many workshops where people are free to attend and ask questions. Outside of workshops, we are happy, but not obliged, to answer questions and have discussions with visitors to camp, provided prior consent is obtained by all parties.
- We approach every interaction with respect and assume people’s best intentions. However, we will speak up, and encourage others to as well, when someone says or does something that reinforces inequality or otherwise discriminates, including comments or behaviors that are racist, sexist, ableist, cissexist, heterosexist, classist, or personally hurtful. When called out, we will strive to respond gracefully, rather than defensively. Calling out is meant to educate, not to shame.
- We strive to use inclusive language and avoid default phrases and terms that further discriminate, ostracize, and marginalize people.
What is burning man?
Before participating in our camp it’s important that you know what Burning Man is, what you can expect and a good place to start is the First Timers guide ( http://www.burningman.com/first_timers/ ).
As a camp we strive to adhere to the 10 principles of Burning Man, and you should too. Here’s a link to the 10 principles (http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/about_burningman/principles.html.
Camp Beaverton Policies and Code of Conduct
Welcome campers, thank you for taking the time to fully read this document.
Our intention for this document is so that we can all step foot on the Playa on the same page.
Maintaining a Safe Space:
One of the biggest policies we have as a camp is that everyone has agency over their own body and that consent is required all of the time. As camp mates we agree to always ask for consent, not only in sexual engagement but in general interactions with each other.
What is consent?
In order to give informed consent, the individual(s) concerned must have adequate reasoning faculties and be in possession of all relevant facts at the time consent is given. Impairments to reasoning and judgment may make it impossible for someone to give informed consent.
· Consent is not just something to keep in mind when engaging in sexual activity. Think about whether your actions may infringe on someone else’s feelings of safety and enjoyment of a situation.
· Consent cannot be assumed because of previous relationships or sexual activities, and the absence of “no” is not the same thing as consent.
· Get a verbal affirmation before engaging in any sexual activity with that person, or persons in the case of a threesome, foursome, or just real luckysome!
· Consent can be withdrawn at any time, and if someone does withdraw consent, act gracefully and thank them for taking care of themselves.
· Consent as a result of coercion, intimidation, threat of force or force is not effective consent.
· If someone is obviously impaired, or you suspect that their judgment is impaired, err on the side of caution and do not engage in any activity where consent should be obtained. Go and get them some water, and keep an eye out for them.
· And remember, Consent is Sexy!
Our mission is to be sex positive but not to be exclusively a sex camp. We are a camp that supports sexuality, kink, BDSM, fetishes, cuddle puddles, making out and all manner of sexual expression. We are also committed to creating non-sexual safe spaces.
We are committed to respecting each others differences, using non-discriminatory language, respectful communication, and learning and engaging in each others differences and not judging the awesome that makes us all who we are.
We are committed to using Non-Violent Communication whenever possible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonviolent_Communication) yes, we are this woo.
Camp Beaverton is a non-violent community. When we are within our community, our non-violence policy is enforced. This includes on-Playa, as well as all off-Playa functions that could be construed as ‘within’ the community, including, but not limited to: beers at your local pub, travel to and from the playa, fundraisers etc.
We will not tolerate disrespect of consent, and abuse, be it verbal, emotional, or physical. We are committed to Restorative Justice instead of punitive measures. Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
Although campers may be asked not to participate in events, all members are still considered part of the community, outside of extreme circumstances. (Police action, restraining order).
In the event of an altercation, we will do our best to:
1. Remove all participants from the scene with a buddy for a cooling off period.
2. We will do what we can to immediately mediate the conversation with a designated* mediator. Where that is not possible we will table that conversation and revisit it within a month after the incident, when we can have a meeting with all affected parties and a mediator.
3. If further action is necessary after this first mediation, another mediation will be held 3-4 months after the incident, allowing for healing, self-reflection, and restoration.
4. If mediation is not possible, a village council would be held and that council will be held to review the incident and would decide what happens with the campers involved and their future within the camp community.
*any camp member with mediation experience, and feels willing and able can become a designated mediator. These people are not necessarily the camp leads, there can be any number of designated mediators but we will as camp try to have at least 2. please contact the camp leads if you feel you can take on this role.
If the person is in a leadership position and if initial mediation is not possible, that person needs to step down from that leadership position.
If a camper is asked to leave the camp during the Burn, we are committed to helping them find another safe place to camp.
We are all sexy, sexy people and we all like to date each other, in the event of a break-up or inter-personal issue, we are available to mediate and figure out how to navigate sharing space on-Playa.
Incidents should be brought to the attention to the leadership team as soon as possible after they occur.
Camper emails and contact information should not be distributed outside of the group without explicit consent from the camper(s).
No camper should be removed from the social networking sites, unless they are making that site unsafe or using it inappropriately.
Be respectful in your communications on our social networks.
Be careful. There are federal agents in BRC, keep your drugs on the down low. No smoking of any kind in the dome. Have a commitment to self-care, which could include having a buddy, or letting people know you may need help. Have a commitment to the safety of the community, speak up if you feel someone might help.
In the best interests of the camp Camp Beaverton will have a leadership team consisting of 2 Beavers. They will act as project managers, (cat herders) and will commit to a consensus style of leadership. Leaders will be voted in every year, with the intention of changing leadership often. we will ask for people to volunteer for this role on-Playa in our final meeting, however Nominees can step up after the burn, and they will be voted upon in the first week of October.