Welcome campers! Thank you for taking the time to fully read this document. Our intention is to set expectations so that we can all step foot on playa on the same page.
Before participating in our camp, it’s important that you know what Burning Man is and what you can expect. A good place to start is the First Timer’s Guide. As a camp, we strive to adhere to the Ten Principles of Burning Man and expect the same of our campers. You can read over the Ten Principles here.
One of Beaverton’s most important policies is that everyone has agency over their own body and that consent is required all of the time. As campmates, we agree to always ask for consent, not only in sexual engagement but in general interactions with each other. Here are some guidelines that we have put together about consent:
Part of our mission is to be a safe place for sex-positive expression, but we are not exclusively a sex camp. We are a camp that supports sexuality, kink, BDSM, fetishes, cuddle puddles, making out, and all manners of sexual expression. We are also committed to creating non-sexual safe spaces.
We are committed to respecting each other’s differences, using non-discriminatory language and respectful communication, learning from and engaging with each other’s differences, and not judging the awesome that makes us all who we are.
Camp Beaverton is a nonviolent community, and we are committed to using nonviolent communication whenever possible. We will not tolerate disrespect or 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 one’s actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.
When we are within our community, our nonviolence policy is enforced. This includes on- and 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. Although campers may be asked not to participate in events, all members are still considered part of the community, outside of extreme circumstances (like police action, restraining order).
In the event of an altercation, we will do our best to:
*Any community member with mediation experience can become a designated mediator. Please contact the camp leads if you feel you can take on this role.
WE ARE A DRUG FREE CAMP.
Be careful. There are federal agents in BRC, so if you intend to bring/use drugs, keep your drugs on the down low. No smoking of any kind in the dome or under other camp structures. 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 need help.
Camp Beaverton has a leadership team consisting of 1-2 Mayors and a Board of Directors (BOD). In the best interests of the camp, the Mayors act as project managers (AKA cat herders) and commit to a consensus style of leadership. Mayors meet monthly with the BOD for updates, advice, approval & voting. Mayors are voted in every year, with the intention of changing leadership often. We ask for people to volunteer for these roles on playa in our final camp meeting-- however, nominees can step up after the Burn and will be voted upon in the first week of October by the BOD.