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Any and all special requests related to a disability (for Service Animals, car camping, etc.) must be requested via email before June 1st. After this date, these requests will not be considered unless in case of last-minute unexpected emergencies. But if it isn’t one, it will not be as the BoD will be busy with packing and preparing for the burn.

Regardless, we still want to do our best within our means to provide information and support re: expectations at Summerisle for persons with accessibility issues.

Land Expectations
Burners at Summerisle can face unique challenges, including the steep and rocky terrain of the land we are on. We wish to help those with mobility challenges navigate the property safely and enjoy the burn, but we also want to be upfront with new visitors regarding expectations of the land itself.

Summerisle is on a small mountain. The hill that is our main drag is slightly steep, but not at a major incline. The major issue for the drag, and the property as a whole, are the rocks that pop up literally all over the place.

Persons of all abilities have twisted their ankles or have had close calls on this property since our inception. We recommend a headlamp and caution for night-time walking. If you remove any big, problematic rocks from your camp area, try to fill the remaining hole in with earth, or else you just turns a random rock into a random hole, which is still a trip hazard for folks.

The water spigots for the site are located down by the Gate, which is a fairly lengthy walk from most camping areas. Depending on your pace, it can range from a 15 to 25 minute walk, and the walk back is mostly uphill. Even with a wagon, this can be a haul. Bringing in your water from the get-go can avoid having to make this walk.

We aim to have one handicapped porto potty per porto bank. We aim to place porto banks equally all around the burn, with more units at known high traffic areas. Porto banks are noted on the event map. 

Burn Field Promenade, the path that links the Main Loop to the Burn Field, is one of our most troublesome walking paths, especially at the tree line. There is no incline, but there are lots of rocks sticking up along the pathway. 

The Pied Path is the path that links the Main Loop to Back It Up Boulevard, and also has rocks here and there. It is better than it used to be, but still should be walked on with care. 

Accessible Camping
We try to offer placement, by request, that is responsive to people’s needs and desires for their mobility issue. This may include car camping when there is a legitimate medical or other need to have your vehicle in camp or nearby. All such requests must be made in advance and with possession of a disability placard/license plates. Regardless, it is not guaranteed that we’ll be able to provide the placement, or vehicle parking, that you request. 

Some spots are closer to shuttle stops than others, and shuttles do not run 24/7 during the event. We cannot guarantee any particular placement, distance to shuttles, or frequency of shuttles – all we can do is try. Contacting us before June 1st will help you help us in the matter. 

For the best chances of receiving a site which meets your needs, the registrant must pre-request accessible camping by the registration deadline of June 1st by requesting it in your camp placement application, or for “open camping” by emailing summerisleburn@gmail.com.

To be considered for a specific placement, you must provide a government-issued up-to-date Disability ID, Parking Placard, or Disability license plate number with the accompanying identification card/receipt showing the name of the person with the disability. This request must be approved by the BOD. 

  • The reason we require a government-issued ID, Placard, or License plate is that we are not in a position to gauge what does or does not constitute a physical disability. For folks with recent injuries or limited movement of a temporary nature, we recommend requesting your doctor to sign off on a temporary placard.


All camping vehicles will still have to pay for a $10 parking pass on Humanitix unless they are bringing a van, RV, or other large camping vehicle. That fee is $40.00 and must be applied for on our website at https://summerisleburn.com/participation/rv-registration/


Recent injury?

In cases where a disability is due to an injury that happens after the registration deadline, and/or is too recent to obtain a Disability Placard/ID:

  • Have your doctor fill out a Disability Placard application form.
  • Submit the form to your local DMV and provide a copy of the signed form and your local DMV Receipt in your Accessibility Vehicle Application in lieu of an actual placard or ID.
  • Please email us at summerisleburn@gmail.com for further assistance if needed.


Disability Placards & Plates examples:

2000 Virginia Handicapped License Plate



Shuttles, on golf carts or on other small utility vehicles, will be offered for everyone who may need a ride around the burn. Whether you are experiencing a disability, illness, temporary injury, or just need a little extra help getting around, you are welcome to utilize our volunteer run shuttle service.

Shuttle stops are located around the burn – please consult the map for their locations. But also feel free to flag one down as needed, if possible.

Please note that there is no set schedule as to when they will arrive or depart, and they do not run 24/7: we simply do not have sufficient volunteer capacity to provide this. Want to help, and have a valid driver license, and willingness to remain completely sober while driving one of our rented vehicles? Volunteer for the Shuttle team! If you can’t meet all of these requirements, encourage your friends to volunteer! 


Volunteering Positions for persons with limited mobility

Burns rely on everyone attending to volunteer! We have a role for every kind of person, including persons with mobility issues. Volunteer jobs that you might want to consider include:

  • Shuttle driver – drive folks around in a cart! Must have a valid driver license, commit to driving safely and courteously, and be 100% sober while driving around the event.
  • Lamplighter prep – Sit and help prepare the luminarias for their placement by the placement team.
  • Gate – Stay in one spot and help check people into the burn!


Sign up for volunteer shifts at https://summerisleburn.com/volunteer/ 



Summerisle follows a strict no pets and no emotional support animals policy. Fort Royale is a working farm with established on-site animals, and we aim for as little disruption to our hosts and their property as possible. There is an exception for fully trained ADA service animals that follow established protocol regarding service animals at the burn. If you need to bring your service animal to partake in the event safely, please email the Summerisle Board by June 1st at summerisleburn@gmail.com. We will send you the policy and waiver that you must bring to the burn with you to review with a member of the Summerisle Board. We will not consider requests submitted after this due date, without exception.

Below is part of the policy form that we will send you to read, sign, and bring with you to the burn. Please review it below so you know what to expect. We will email you the official PDF to print out when you contact us at the email above as it will include the waiver to sign. 


At Summerisle, we will allow legitimate service dogs who are trained to perform a specific task to mitigate a disability of their human owner. 


Please read this entire form carefully and completely. Please do not initial or sign this form until you have reviewed it with a member of the Summerisle Board of Directors. 

____ Only DOGS qualify as Service Animals for the purposes of this request. 

____ Emotional Support Animals are not Service Animals and are not permitted.

____ Service Animals in training are not Service Animals under federal law and are not permitted. 

____ Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Task work is not optional. If a dog doesn’t perform task work, it is not a Service Dog.

____ The Service Animal must at all times be tethered to and in the full voice control of their owner unless actively engaged in the disability mitigation task for which they are trained.

____ A Service Animal may never be handled by or tethered to a person other than their owner. The ONLY exception to this is if the owner is actively inside of a porta-potty, and the dog is being held nearby on a leash by a known, trusted adult during this time. 

____ The Service Animal must always be in the “Full Stay” command position when not performing the service for which they have been trained.

____ The Service Animal must be fully trained to urinate or defecate only under the control of their owner. 

____ We will ask: 

  • Is the dog a service animal required because of a disability?
  • What work or task has the dog been trained to perform?

____ I agree that violation of any part of this policy may result in my immediate ejection, and the ejection of my animal, with no refunds. No warnings may be provided, depending on the severity of the disruption.