THE SUMMERISLE GUIDE
- WELCOME TO SUMMERISLE
Summerisle Burn takes place at Fort Royale Farm, in Bedford, Pennsylvania. The address is 5575 Bedford Valley Road. Bedford, PA, 15522. Cellular service with certain carriers occasionally drops through the mountains on the way to the venue, but it’s excellent on site. Be prepared with directions before heading to Fort Royale.
Summerisle 2022 is a vaccinated-only event. There are no exceptions to this rule at this time for any reason. If a child under 5 has not been vaccinated, they will unfortunately not be admitted to the burn. There will be no testing at the gate, nor is a negative test an acceptable substitute.
Under the CDC guidelines, “fully vaccinated” requires both full initial vaccination as well as a single booster dose. This is subject to change closer to the burn.
Proof of vaccination and booster must be provided at the gate, in the form of your actual official vaccination cards or a crisp, clear photo of your official vaccination card along with your official, government-issued ID in the picture with it as well. Yes, both cards in the same photo together. NOTE: You will still need to bring your official, government-issued ID in person as well. This proof process is subject to change at any time. Any individual found to be falsifying their vaccination status to gain entrance into Summerisle will be asked to leave the burn without receiving a refund and will be permanently barred from all future Summerisle burns. The Board considers such behavior a gross act of selfishness, as it endangers the lives of other burners and places one’s community at risk.
We ask all participants to help us minimize this risk of infection to others. If you are feeling sick by the time of the burn, you will be permitted to request a refund in order to avoid exposing others. Please email the Board immediately at email@example.com to ask for a refund. The email must be timestamped by Saturday 6/18/22 at 6 p.m. in order to qualify for a refund.
If you bought a ticket for 2020, and this new vaccination policy prohibits you from participating, you are entitled to a full refund for your purchased ticket as this policy did not exist at the time of purchase. The same refund deadline as is bolded above applies. We will not be carrying over 2020 tickets beyond the 2022 event, only doing direct refunds. Ticket costs not refunded or used by the 2022 burn will roll over into our Art/Effigy/Temple and general operations funds.
TICKETS AND WAIVERS
There is no physical ticket (the trees rejoice!). All tickets are will-call. Your ticket should be in either your own name, or you must be WITH the person whose name is on your ticket. You must also have a matching, valid, government-issued ID for anyone over the age of 15, to be presented at Gate for entry.
If you bought your ticket in 2020, your ticket is at burnertickets.com under an account you created to purchase them. It will be there, even if you requested and received a refund . If you did not request a refund, your ticket will still be at will-call for you. If you can’t remember if you requested a refund, please first search your email for any interactions about your refund with “firstname.lastname@example.org” as that is the address used to handle refunds. If you still aren’t sure, email email@example.com to discuss it further.
For 2022, we are selling our event tickets using eventbrite.com, so please set up an account for yourself on that website if you have not yet already done so. All ticket-related issues, questions, and ticket transfers for 2022 tickets will be handled with eventbrite.com.
Go to http://summerisleburn.com/tickets/ for full FAQ on how to purchase your tickets. All participants must also sign a waiver of liability to enter the event. You may not enter the event to set up before checking in at the Gate and signing the liability waiver. No exceptions.
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME
Summerisle is an all-ages event. Minors 12 years old and under may enter the event for free, but a $0.00 ticket still must be “purchased” for them and the minor must still check in at the gate for their wristband & waiver.
Participants under 18 years of age are not required to have an ID.
Minors under 18 years of age as of their day of arrival at the event, must be accompanied by their legal guardian, and must have in hand a minor registration form with emergency contact information filled out by their parent or legal guardian. Any child or minor who arrives at gate without a registered guardian will be turned away unless prior arrangement has been made by contacting Gate or Rangers.
Upon check-in, you will be given a wristband at the gate. Wristbands will be colored and clearly identify participants based on age. RED: under 18, YELLOW: 18-20, GREEN: 21+. This wristband must be on your wrist at all times. If you lose your wristband, return immediately to the gate to rectify. Anyone without a wristband will be asked to go to Gate and show their ID as proof of purchase. If you have not purchased a ticket you will be escorted from the event. Gate jumping will not be tolerated. Minors under 18 years of age will be tagged with information regarding their guardian(s) for reunification purposes as needed. During the event, you may occasionally hear the shout of “WRISTBAND!”. At this time, expose your wrist, raise it aloft, and bare it unto Lord Summerisle!
If you are participating in Summerisle, you are either camping with a theme camp or you are open camping. If you are with a theme camp, you can find your camp by looking for it on a map or looking for an assignment sign for the camp from Lord Summerisle. Open campers can camp anywhere not already reserved for a theme camp. Everyone should communicate with their theme camp (or non-theme camp) neighbors regarding boundaries, placement, and space usage. Check the website and the Facebook event for a link to a live, interactive event map.
Traffic through the land is one-way only up the mountain and back down the other side counter-clockwise through the venue. Only RVs going to Cemetery Ridge may go against traffic and ONLY after it has been pre-arranged at the Gate so that traffic flow can be managed without incident.
- Tuesday: Board Members, Board build crews, Camp Leads
- Wednesday: Registered theme camps only. 12pm - 8PM
- Thursday: ALL ACCESS, 9am to Midnight - No driving past Gate to camp after 8pm (golf carts will be available to run personal gear, but not larger theme camp infrastructure)
- Friday: ALL ACCESS, 9am to Midnight - No driving past Gate to camp after 8pm (golf carts will be available to run personal gear, but not larger theme camp infrastructure)
- Saturday: ALL ACCESS, 9am to 6pm - NO new admittance after 6pm.
- Sunday: Gate closed, NO new admittance on Sunday, exit only, no exit after 8pm.
- Monday: EXODUS by 1 p.m. NO new admittance, exit only
We will be strictly adhering to the posted gate hours, with no exceptions (this is not in our hands, but is the result of negotiation with the land owner). So keep an eye on your GPS and give yourself wiggle room to be sure you arrive within the posted times.
EARLY ARRIVAL - WEDNESDAY
Early entry will be offered to registered theme camp leads, artists, coordinators, and leads necessary for event set-up. Participants will not be allowed into the event before Thursday without permission to do so. To request early entry, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with your TCO (Theme Camp Organizer).
Summerisle is a pedestrian-friendly burn. From Thursday night and on til the end, no vehicles will be allowed to drive into camp or through the venue after 8 p.m. unless it’s related to a medical emergency and/or you have authorization and escort from Gate/Ranger Lead. There will be dozens of pedestrians in your way who will be very hard to see at night and multiple events will be happening around the loop. To protect the safety of Summerisle participants, you will not be permitted to drive in.
After 8 p.m., shuttle services will be provided from the parking area to transport ONLY your personal necessities to your camp. Large camp infrastructure, even if for personal use, must wait for the following morning when you can drive your vehicle into camp again. Feel free to walk in as much gear as you wish!
We understand that life can be unpredictable and the best laid plans for being radically prepared may go sideways. However, for the safety, security, and respect of participants already in the event you may not enter Summerisle until you have been registered and have a wristband. To allow for potential ingress/egress of emergency vehicles we ask that you do not block the main road at any time.
If you know in advance that there is a possibility that you will be arriving close to gate closing time on Thursday or Friday, please reach out to us at email@example.com as soon as possible with your expected time of arrival. Be aware that access to email may be unreliable once the event has begun and requests for entry after gate hours will only be honored if we were able to see and respond to them.
For safety reasons, even if you are allowed entry after hours you will NOT be allowed to drive into the event to set up, as noted above. You will, however, be allowed to carry overnight essentials in, or make use of the Darkness Shuttle (if it is still running). If possible, make arrangements with someone who will already be in the event so that you won’t need to carry and set up a tent in the dark. You may return to your vehicle the next morning at gate opening to drive your vehicle into the event.
All late entries are at the discretion of BOD and the Gate Lead on call. Bribes, especially ones involving volunteering, may help your plea for late entry, however! But no guarantees.
Note that there will be NO additional entry, and thus no late entry granted, once Gate closes on Saturday at 6 p.m. Hard stop. No exceptions. Plan accordingly.
The parking area for Summerisle will be clearly defined on a map posted at Gate. Parking volunteers will be on site to guide you to your parking spot for the weekend. All vehicles are expected to park in the designated area unless you have registered as an in-camp art installation or as an RV. While Mutant Vehicles are not permitted at Summerisle at this time, it is a stretch goal for the event over the next few years. Any stationary, art installation-related vehicles can be parked in camp if they are part of a registered art project. This is prearranged with the Theme Camp Coordinator and/or the Art Grant Coordinator, and all vehicles receiving such permission are expected to be appropriately “masked” to not appear merely as a parked car.
Weather permitting, vehicles will be allowed to drive to campsites to unload. There will be clearly marked gravel roads to follow to the camping areas. Please respect the land and do not leave the gravel roads for any reason unless told to do so by Parking, Gate, or a Ranger.
Vehicles may move through the venue to unload and load belongings during the following times only:
- WEDNESDAY: 12pm-8pm
- THURSDAY: 9am-8pm
- FRIDAY: 9am-8pm
- SATURDAY: 9am-6pm [FIRM due to Effigy Burn safety protocols]
- SUNDAY: 9am-6pm [No new admittance, exit only, FIRM deadline due to Temple Burn]
- MONDAY: 9am-1pm EXIT ONLY, firm deadline of 1pm to be off the property.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be tagged with your entry time. You will have 2 hours to unload and return your car to the parking area. Summerisle’s goal is to create a more intimate atmosphere without the clutter of cars blocking roadways and limiting camping space. Additionally, the landowner has asked that we help the ecology of the land by keeping cars from parking in one place for too long, which can compress and harm the soil. Parking volunteers will follow up with participants to ensure paths and cars are clear.
After 8pm Thursday and Friday, and 6pm Saturday and Sunday, all vehicular movement through the venue ceases. After 8pm, entering vehicles must park at the Greeters station directly inside the venue, proceed on foot to Gate, check in at Gate, return to their vehicles, and follow the signs to the left (south) towards Parking. Once parked, you may bring ONLY your essentials to get through the night to the staging tent. There will be shuttles running from the Parking area directly to your camp and to open camping that can take you and your personal tent and equipment. No large items or infrastructure will be allowed on the carts, as this is a hazard to other participants. All items must safely fit ON the cart with the owner, or it cannot be carried by the cart.
You may return to Parking in the morning after 9am to drive the rest of your gear in to unload.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to protect the land and our participants and depending on road and weather conditions, it is possible that you may not be allowed to drive to your campsite. This could be at the specific request of the landowner, or due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement rain or washouts. Please be prepared (radical self-reliance!) to get your things to and from parking to your campsite under these circumstances. Bringing a collapsible cart or wagon may be a wise investment. One great recommendation to help ease transfer of your camp: pack everything in containers (black bins with yellow tops are a favorite of burners). Announcements will be made closer to the event regarding the status of driving on the land/to camp sites.
If your needs require that your RV, camper/trailer or car be at your campsite, you must register in order to obtain a parking pass by applying on the RV registration form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-Pz2-nP7r3fS65-9MockuUh12XLWKKgZFjKs76aCYiA/edit. For everyone else, approval will be based on need and available space, which may also be contingent on the weather. There are approximately 15 spaces that will be reserved for first come, first served RVs. All RVs must register their vehicles on the RV reg form. Any last minute RVs may be turned away from our RV area due to lack of space for the vehicle, so register promptly for consideration, and note that precedence is given to those with access and physical limitation needs that would be facilitated by the presence of their vehicle or the use of an RV.
IN AND OUT POLICY
In an attempt to favor a pedestrian-friendly experience within the venue, general re-entry is not allowed. In the spirit of radical self-reliance, please come prepared to stay inside the event and bring everything you need to survive. Emergency exit/re-entry will be carefully reviewed ad-hoc by the Board member on call. In the very few cases emergency re-entry is allowed, you must retain your wristband and ticket confirmation to re-enter the event.
We all wish our time together didn’t have to end. But we need to get everyone packed up and heading home safely so that DPW and LNT can start breaking down burn infrastructure and MOOP sweeping. We ask that you have your campsite packed up, cleaned up and all your last goodbyes and hugs completed by 1 p.m. Monday. In order to help avoid traffic jams, please do not go to get your vehicle until your camp is packed up and ready to be loaded. Please make sure that your campsite is thoroughly picked up, all your garbage, food waste and greywater leaves with you (and take it all the way home - do not dump at rest stops along the way!) And finally, keep it slow on the roads leaving for the safety of other departees.
- VENUE DETAILS & EXPECTATIONS
Potable water is on site located at a single pump down by the Gate/Main Stage. We strongly recommend that burners bring a refillable water cube, to cut down on the number of trips required. Theme camps in particular might find it prudent to bring a few pre-filled containers from the tap at home, and rely upon the pump only as a failsafe.
Time for that do-ocracy spirit, burners! There will not be any showers or swimmable watering holes on the mountain.
If you are planning on purchasing/bringing a solar shower, please bear in mind that body-washing run-off cannot simply be drained onto the land. Start planning for how you are going to capture, collect, and pack that greywater back out of the burn.
Likewise, while evaporation ponds work at Burning Man, bear in mind that Summerisle’s time of year is often rainy, and moist forest environments that aren't always ideal for evaporating away used water.
Port-o-potties are provided in multiple banks throughout the property. Please be respectful to your fellow participants and do your part to keep the potties clean and in working order. Do not put anything other than single-ply toilet paper in the potties. This means NO: two-ply toilet paper, cigarette butts, baby wipes, feminine hygiene items, condoms, food, beer cans, walkie-talkies, etc.
If it doesn’t come from your body, it doesn’t belong in the potty.
If you notice a problem with the Portos or a participant abusing them, please report it to a Ranger, LNT volunteer, or our Sanitation team. If you bring extra toilet paper in case portos run out, be sure to bring paper only explicitly marked on the packaging as single ply. Anything else could clog the honey trucks that remove the waste throughout the event.
Alongside all Porto banks will be designated handwashing stations. Please do not use these stations for dishwashing or bathing - the operative word is handwashing. These are here for personal use, and are our best line of defense against the spread of illness during the burn.
- WHAT IS A BURN?
Summerisle Burn is a multi-day camping event based on the culture and principles of Burning Man. We are a collaborative gathering of a strong, widely dispersed community, organized and fueled by volunteers. It is an interactive experience that is everything you choose to make it.
Burn culture is an ongoing, ever-evolving experiment in temporary society, in which we explore human expression, interaction, and evolution when guided by a new, chosen set of norms that place the value of our community and trust foremost.
As with all successful regional burns, Summerisle embraces the Ten Principles, and models itself on their guidance. Thus, for example, we incorporate the principles of Leave No Trace (there are no trash cans, so you’ll have to pick up after yourself and pack your trash out with you), Decommodification (no buying or selling of goods, and many choose to obscure or creatively alter any visible brands on trucks, tents, and clothing), and Radical Self Reliance (there are no vendors, so you’ll have to bring enough food, water, and whatever else you need to survive for several days.)
THE TEN PRINCIPLES
Just as our day to day lives are governed by both explicitly stated laws and implicitly adopted social norms, our burn is guided by what are known as the Ten Principles. They were not crafted as a dictate of how people should be, or act, but instead as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture, our values and priorities. While they are ordered, their creator Larry Harvey - and the broader Burning Man community - have regularly noted that they are always in conversation with one another, and no Principle is any more or less important than the rest:
- Radical Inclusion: Anyone may be a part of Summerisle Burn. We welcome and respect the stranger.
- Gifting: Summerisle Burn is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange - it is not a barter.
- Decommodification: In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, out community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
- Radical Self-Reliance: Summerisle Burn encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his, her, or their inner resources.
- Radical Self-Expression: RSE arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. Their unique expression is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
- Communal Effort: Summerisle Burn values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
- Civic Responsibility: Summerisle Burn values civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.\
- Leave No Trace: Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
- Participation: Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
- Immediacy: Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
Consent is the unspoken, ever-present Eleventh Principle. We expect all burners to seek, honor, and be actively mindful of the consent of others to one’s own actions, interpretations, and needs.
- LEAVE NO TRACE
Summerisle is a Leave No Trace event, and no trash cans or dumpsters will be provided. Each participant must depart with all items they brought with them -- including ALL trash and gray water -- when they leave the site. Make a plan for how you will handle your trash/recycling at your camp, bring trash bags, clean up after yourself, and respect the land.
There will be NO dumpsters at Summerisle 2022, so pack it right and pack it out.
MOOP, or “matter out of place,” is anything that was not already on the land when you arrived (even things that would be considered biodegradable - a banana peel is still MOOP!). MOOP is the responsibility of every burner, and many veteran burners are known to carry ziplock or drawstring bags around with them to assist in maintaining a beautiful burn space. Smokers, bring a portable ashtray (altoid tins are great for this) and do not drop your butts on the ground. After you have packed up camp, do a sweep of your area for anything, however small, that may have fallen or been trampled into the grass - think hairties, twist-ties, the caps on fuel canisters, etc.
MOOP FROM COSTUMING & OUTFITS
The visual aesthetic of the burn is unique every year, and we feel a deep gratitude and awe toward those who contribute meaningfully through their bizarre, beautiful and mind-boggling costuming and outfits. (Though, bear in mind nudity is as celebrated as any state of dress here! Be respectful and loving.)
That said, please be mindful that no amount of aesthetic or wow-appeal is worth creating a MOOP-mageddon. Major don’ts are as follows:
- Glitter. EVEN if it is biodegradable, glitter is a huge burner faux pas! Microplastics are an environmental disaster, please don’t contribute. And as noted, MOOP is anything that was not there when you arrived regardless of whether it biodegrades, so even biodegradable glitter is a big ole “no,” and an easy way to out yourself as either unfamiliar with the community or, worse, as someone who puts their personal fashion and appearance over the Principles and broader community.
- Feathers. All feathers degrade over time, snap, or shed.
- Fringe in a woodland environment guarantees it will unravel
- Beading of any kind WILL run/pop off
- Sequins, all it takes is one loose thread to start shedding them.
- Rhinestones. Even if glue-reinforced, it is always only a matter of time before they start poppin’ off.
This is by no means a complete list, and we encourage everyone to give items of costuming and clothing a close look and a good, hard shake when deciding whether it will tolerate a camping environment well.
FIRE & FIREWOOD ASH
Fires must be contained in a raised pit or bowl off the ground. A fire extinguisher or vessel of water must be nearby. In accordance with LNT observance, doused ash must be removed from your site and brought to the venue compost dump. It is not permitted to merely add your ash to the central effigy fire pit. All untended fires will be extinguished by Rangers, no exceptions.
“Gray water” is in between drinking water and “black water,” which requires a septic waste system for disposal. Gray water ranges from ice-melt in coolers to shower water with soaps, cosmetics, and debris, to kitchen waste like dishwater, toothpaste, and saliva.
Gray water that has purely been generated from ice melting in coolers is okay to dump on the ground if it does not contain any food or beverage contamination.
Water with chemicals, food debris, human waste, etc. may not be disposed of on site. Prepare to pack any gray water that is not cooler runoff out with you. Empty plastic milk jugs, 5 gallon buckets with lids, and even cat litter containers with screw on lids are good for this purpose.
Remember, the easiest grey water to dispose of is the greywater you don’t produce. Use waterless disinfectant lotion (available at drugstores) to sanitize your hands before you handle food. Choose an eco-friendly soap for your personal washing and kitchen, and use a spray bottle rather than spigot to wet things. You’ll need remarkably little water to wash up with, given the short duration of the event compared to Burning Man. You can even save up your cooler’s ice-melt water to refill your solar shower bag. When you shower, first get wet and turn the water off; then soap up and scrub down, then turn the water back on to rinse off. Or shower with a friend, and trade off controlling and directing the water supply.
Leave No Trace, contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with whether or not something is organic or biodegradable. Rather, it focuses on leaving the environment as you found it. Which was probably without banana peels and firewood ash all over the place! If you brought it with you, pack it back out. This includes apple cores, banana peels, the shells from sunflower seeds and pistachios--all things that have been left behind in the past. The food and waste you leave behind can be disruptive to the natural ecosystem. Please be respectful and take it with you when you leave.
- CULTURAL ACCLIMATION & CODE OF CONDUCT
Remember to ask permission for physical contact of any kind, all the time. People at burns often hug hello rather than shaking hands, but it’s ok to decline a hug if that’s not your thing (and in turn, huggers, please respect those who decline!).
Everyone, even the organizers, pay for tickets to Summerisle. If you have not purchased a ticket, you will be escorted from the event. Gate jumping or sneaking on the premises will not be tolerated. (We all benefit in our way from the private nature of the event, after all.)
Consent is the cornerstone of any healthy community. Getting consent is simple: ask first before engaging in physical touching of any kind, something requiring permission that will radically alter another person’s experience, sexual encounters, and recording someone’s voice or image.
Always respect the other person’s boundaries and response. Everyone has the right to consent or not consent to your actions in regards to their body, personal space, possessions, and artwork. Note that once you receive a refusal or denial of consent, continuing to pursue the inquired-about action constitutes harassment and is reportable to Rangers, and can result in removal from the event.
Remember, only you are in charge of your boundaries and experience, no one else can dictate what they are. Additionally, pleading, coercion, and emotional blackmail are unacceptable. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, ask for help, find a Ranger, or head to HQ. We are all here to look out for each other. If you see someone in distress or observe disturbing behavior, find a Ranger or someone with a radio.
Taking the property of others is strictly prohibited, and if sufficiently serious could result in the involvement of local law enforcement. Please respect the boundaries of ownership, and if uncertain about the nature of something’s ownership or status as a gift, ask.
TRASH IN NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES
Our event is Leave-No-Trace, but that doesn’t mean you should be looking to unload as soon as you leave the property. Please be mindful and respectful of the fact that local communities around and near the venue cannot tolerate the enormous influx of trash that would result if every departing burner left their load at the first dumpster or gas station dumpster they came across. We urge all burners to be good neighbors to our new home and our neighbors. When in doubt, consider this: if every burner who participated in Summerisle did with their trash what you are considering doing with yours, would the result be untenable?
Food service is an incredible gift to the community, but with great power comes great responsibility! If you or your camp plan on serving food, whether to one person or one hundred, please follow all reasonable food handling and health guidelines.
Food prep and serving individuals are expected to wash up, wear nitrile gloves, and all silverware and utensils used in prep or serving should receive a weak bleach bath prior to contact with the food (this includes cutting boards, pots/pants, and whatever the food is served on or from). Consider how best your food can be gifted to minimize both the chance of illness as well as related issues like mess, spills, difficulty in receiving your gift, and special needs (does the burner need their own plate? Spoon?)
ILLEGAL ACTIVITY PROHIBITED
Summerisle, as an organization, respects all local, state and federal laws. Underage drinking is strictly forbidden. Underage participants will be identified by a red colored wristband. The organization does not condone the sale, use, or promotion of illegal drugs. The same laws that apply on Main Street, USA also apply to public areas of our events. The same laws that apply at your house behind a closed door also apply to your zipped up tent. Everybody bears responsibility for their actions and the expectation is that we will all work together to ensure group safety. Participants found in violation of these rules will be escorted out of the event.
THE GOOD SAMARITAN LAW
The Good Samaritan Law provides protection from charges/prosecution for drug and alcohol possession & underage drinking - both for the victim and those who seek help for them - during an emergency. If someone needs medical assistance, do not hesitate to seek help immediately. YOU ARE PROTECTED BY LAW.
Nudity is permitted on site out of view of the parking lot and Bedford Valley Road. Keep in mind there will be children at the event, so please have a bit of courtesy in what you do in very public spaces. Remember that consent is not only for participants, but for those in situations where they are unable to choose what they are exposed to.
FIREWORKS, PETS, FIREARMS, AND HANDHELD LASERS ARE PROHIBITED
No exceptions, with violators to be immediately removed from the event.
- CAMPING IN A WOODED ENVIRONMENT
Camping in the woods is one of the most rewarding aspects of this special burn, but it comes with responsibility. We hope and expect that all burners on-site will respect the grounds at all times, and do no permanent harm or damage to any of the plants, trees, and other natural resources on the property.
There are a variety of insects and arachnids in the area, so plan to keep your tent sealed up and shake out any bedding if concerned. Specifically, ticks and Lyme are a real issue in Pennsylvania in the summer, and we strongly recommend campers do body checks once a day and wear protective layers or repellant (a tick must stay attached for 24 hours or so, to successfully transmit). Raccoons and other critters will stay away during the noisy hours, but please be mindful of where you store your trash and waste water. Snakes, including venomous ones like the copperhead and timber rattlesnake, are likewise present as in any healthy wooded environment, so be on guard and watch your step. They won’t seek out interaction, and chances are high they will leave the area once the event is in full swing, but campers should be particularly cautious when retrieving wood from the communal wood piles.
Whether you’re a little allergic to grass or extremely allergic to bee stings or bug bites, please take whatever precautions suit the level of severity, and note that poison ivy and oak as well as other plants that cause skin aggravation on contact are likely present, particularly off-trail. Long pants and tall socks with boots are key!
The land is a near-equal display of grassy meadows and thick woodland, facilitating everything from small clearings of single camps to enormous ones with 30 or more. Hammock camping can be accomplished easily due to the thick stands of trees, and much of the treeline should buffet tents and other camping structures from wind (but not all! Be prepared with groundhog stakes, rebar, and playa staples to secure your tent against inclement weather.) Good shoes are a necessity, as roads and paths are gravel rather than grass. Be prepared for poison ivy, bees, ticks, and chiggers. Stay out of the woods surrounding the dedicated burn event space, because there are likely to be roots, dangerous drop offs, and other unexpected landscaping.
Finally, bring plenty of lighting (camping lanterns, flashlights, headlamps, battery or solar charged lights, LED votives, etc.) There is no electricity on site. Luckily, it’s the future and outdoor lighting technology is readily available that can easily last through the entire burn if conserved during the day. It is likewise prudent to illuminate yourself at night. There will be bicycles, people, and art moving around, and they may collide with you if they cannot see you.
- FIRE AND FLAME EFFECTS
Only registered theme camps are permitted to have campfires. There will also be a large fire pit area with unlimited free firewood available for campers. All campfires must be contained in a pit or bowl raised off the ground. A fire pit can be elevated either through the use of kiln bricks/cinder blocks, or by purchasing a pit that is already sufficiently elevated on legs. Consider this a gentle reminder that the land upon which we burn is on loving loan to us, and we hope to return it in the pristine condition it was granted to us!
A fire extinguisher or vessel of water must also be nearby in case of emergency.
In accordance with LNT observance, doused ash must be delivered to the venue compost area when cooled.
Lastly, all firepits must be attended at all times by at least one member of whatever camp is sponsoring the pit. All unattended campfires will be extinguished, and leaving a fire unattended is potential grounds for removal from the event. This includes all unattended open flames, including candles, tiki torches, lanterns, etc. If it’s on fire, it needs a fire warden.
No firewood may be brought in from outside the local area due to the introduction of destructive invasive species that may live in the wood. Firewood will be available onsite at no additional charge to you. Please use caution when approaching wood piles. Snakes love them, especially at night!
Individuals spinning fire and using other such fire flow toys are strongly encouraged to obtain personal liability insurance to cover any potential injuries. Fire spinning is allowed anywhere on site as long as you have a designated safety and are at least 25 feet away from any tent. Please spin off before lighting up, using a spin off can or baggies appropriate for your prop, to avoid shedding excess fuel that may ignite at a later time.
Fire spinners should always defer to the camp they are spinning at or near, and please honor any requests for additional distance or any safety concerns raised by the camp. Your spinning is a gift, but the Principles are a balancing act, and we want everyone to feel safe to enjoy the burn.
All fire spinners must have a safety. This safety must be trained as a safety, and ask that you do not merely find a sober person and give them a towel. There can be two (2) fire spinners for every one (1) safety. Please use Duvetyne or a comparable source, not merely water-wetted towels.
Any camps putting on fire spinning events should plan to have a fire extinguisher on hand. The only type of fire extinguisher you can ever use on a person is a water fire extinguisher. All other fire extinguishers are to be used on material items only!
Lastly, we ask that you be wearing fire safe apparel to spin fire and when serving as a safety. This means cotton, wool, leather, silk or being nude. NEVER spin fire wearing faux fur or polyesters/spun plastic fabrics, as it will melt to your skin and cause significant burning.
For a list of Safety Requirements for Fire Performers, please click on this link.
Fire Conclave is the gathering of fire spinners and artists that perform before the burning of the effigy. Fire Conclave is open to any sober, experienced fire spinner who wishes to volunteer. Conclave will meet before the effigy burns to coordinate on order, safety, and to perform safety checks on all props. Please bring fuel and remember to leave no trace at the fuel depot. Since designated safeties will be stationed during the performance, training for fire spinning safeties will be given before conclave.
The time and meeting place of the fire Conclave pre-burn meeting will be on Saturday (Burn Night) at 5 p.m. by the Effigy.
The time and meeting place of the Perimeter pre-burn meeting will be on Saturday (Burn Night) at 6 p.m. by the Effigy.
For a list of Safety Requirements for Fire Performers, please click on this link.
Got a propane poofer, flamebar, Ruben’s tube, butane blower, gas-blown furnace or any other effect or device using a combustible gas, liquid, or material, whether stationary, on your person, or mobile?
Register it so Fire Safety can inspect it!
Gas stoves, grills, and heaters will not require inspection. All flame effects must be registered with Fire Safety and be inspected before operation at https://summerisleburn.com/participation/flame-effect-registration/
- DANGER NOODLES (snek) INFO
There are two known species of venomous snakes on the mountain, copperheads and timber rattlesnakes. While copperheads are widely considered the more aggressive of the two, the timber rattlesnake is far more common, as the mountain is considered a special breeding ground for the species. Copperheads are more likely to be found near water and in wood piles, where it is slightly humid or moist. Timbers prefer rockier terrain, but will travel wider distances and generally are just as likely to be under a pile of logs as sunning on rocky outcroppings.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A RATTLER
If you hear a rattle, STOP IN PLACE. While it may seem counter-intuitive, a rattle is not a precursor to a strike - it is a warning to keep you from forcing them to strike. Likewise, the majority of the time, a snake is only startled after you have passed it by. If you back up, you may well be moving toward the agitated serpent rather than away from it.
Once you have frozen in place, use only your head to glance around and behind you until you locate the source of the sound. Stay calm, and avoid raising your voice unless there are others near you that should be warned away. If you have friends nearby, but not within the snake's strike radius, use them to get an accurate location on the rattler if you cannot spot it.
Once you see the snake, assess how close you are. A timber rattlesnake strike can cover a distance of between about one third to one half the snake's length. Thus, as a rule of thumb, a three foot (1 meter) snake has about an eighteen inch (0.5 meter) strike radius. That said, a strike moves faster than the human eye, so best to overestimate their strike distance than to be proven wrong. You cannot move fast enough to avoid their bite if they are intent upon striking.
If you are within the snake's strike radius, stay calm and wait a few moments for the snake's initial reaction to calm. If it is a copperhead, it will often lower its head back to its coils or the ground, while a timber will slowly cease to shake its rattle. It is up to you whether you want to wait a bit longer to see if the snake leaves on its own, or whether you wish to take a slow but firm step in the direction most away from the snake. Venomous snakes are not predatory; they will not follow or hunt you once the threat to them has abated. Leaning your upper body away from the snake before taking that step will often reinforce the visual sense that you are retreating.
Once you are a safe distance from the venomous snake but still within eyeshot, have a bystander fetch a ranger, who can call our on-call snake handler to the site for gentle removal of the animal. We ask that you please remain near the site until the handler arrives, as you will have the best and most accurate information about the snake's size, species, and temperament, all of which is crucial for the safety of our handler (who is just another volunteer!)
- - Stay calm, and sit down once safe to do so.
- - Keep the bite below your heart
- - If you are wearing restrictive jewelry or clothing near the bite, such as bracelets or rings, remove them immediately before swelling potentially cuts off circulation
- - Have someone immediately and with no delay call code "FANG" on the nearest radio [see additional sheet in this packet for radio locations] and give your exact location, while someone else immediately and with no delay phones 911 and informs EMTs of the species of snake (if known), size, and time of the bite, as well as the address of the event. This is of paramount importance: although the likelihood of a bite is astronomically low, if bitten, an ambulance must immediately be called. There is no treatment for a potentially lethal bite, except antivenom, which only the ambulance can bring.
- - Do NOT try to get a better look at the snake or approach it in any way; a snake that has already struck is far more likely to strike a second time. If someone can get a photo of the snake from a safe distance, that is fine, but there is no reason to pursue the snake if it slithers away.
- - A golf cart will arrive in minutes to pick up the bitten individual and take them down the mountain to meet the ambulance at the outer road to save time
- - If you are on any stimulants or blood thinners (caffeine, coke[acola], alcohol), inform the medics both on the phone, as well as to the Code Fang responders.
- - DO NOT tourniquet the wound; DO NOT try and suck out the venom. Do NOT drink any alcohol or caffeine as you wait. All of these are myths, and all make the situation worse rather than better
- - And remember, in the vast majority of cases, snakes don't inject enough venom for the bite to be fatal. They are warning you off - you are too large to be their prey. That said, the safety and survival of the victim depends on quick, decisive action.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- - Rattlesnakes are most nocturnal during summer months. That means when our eyesight is worst, they might be out and about. Carry your headlamp/flashlight with you at all times, even if you think you can see the trail. That branch may not be a branch.
- - Only gather firewood during the day. If you run out at night, ask a neighboring camp if you can borrow some of their logs. Don't simply keep a new pile of logs at your camp site, as this may attract a rattler. Instead, use a pallet or cart to create a pile off the ground, reducing likelihood that the snake is pinched or startled by shifting logs
- - If you plan on having a pile of wood in camp, bring LED or solar lights to point at the pile. This will discourage snakes from hanging around once people start arriving, and makes it more likely that they hightail it out of the Summerisle boundaries entirely until after we leave
- - The greatest danger will be Tuesday through Friday, during setup, when snakes attempt to leave the area but get penned in by the camps springing up around them. Be mindful and attentive.
- WEATHER PREPAREDNESS
Regional burns expose us to all types of weather. Burning Man faces the unique challenge of camping in the desert — Summerisle Burn challenges us to be prepared for summer camping in Pennsylvania. What can you expect? Anything. That means sunny days and chilly nights, light rain, heavy rain, wind, hail, cold. One day you might be happy running free in a tank top (or nothing at all). That night, you might be wrapped up in a sleeping bag with three layers of pajamas cuddling for warmth.
One thing most burners have in common: we’re proud of our ability to survive unpredictable weather, outdoors, without trips to the local store for last minute items — and we do so with style while having a great time. That’s the heart of radical self-reliance! Showing up prepared (and the process of getting prepared) teaches us how to take care of ourselves responsibly, so that we can make the most of our time burning together.
How can you up your Radical Self-Reliance quotient? Plan ahead and be prepared for dramatic changes. A good question to ask yourself: what kinds of things do you pack beyond the obvious “umbrellas, sweatshirts and raincoats”? How are you planning to prepare for wind? Do you have good stakes for your tent and shade structures? Do you have an extra tarp? How will you survive a cold night if temps drop into the 40s? (And once you’re facing these questions, perhaps dream even bigger: how can I help others handle these situations? Can my camp provide covered space, firepits, burn barrels? Is this something I can contribute?)
Summer burns in the northeast almost always run the risk of a little (or a lot!) of rain. Here is a non-exhaustive list of suggestions to get you well on your way to being waterproof:
- - Good solid rain boots (and maybe a spare pair!)
- - Waterproof boots with wax
- - Waterproof socks (a decent contingent of burners enjoy wearing these paired with hiking sandals)
- - LOTS of warm socks!
- - Pack your clothing in a Rubbermaid container.
- - Pack an extra outfit inside a Ziplock bag in case your tent floods
- - Pack bedding in trash bags if it’s raining on arrival day, so it doesn’t get wet between car and tent.
- - Waterproof your tent and clothing (the spray can stuff is said to be good enough.)
- - Prevent leaks! When you leave your tent, make sure nothing is touching the sides. Anything touching the tent sides creates a place for rain to gather and enter the tent rather than roll off. Pull it all toward the center!
- - Put a ground sheet or tarp under your tent and ensure it doesn’t extend past the sides of the tent. If the tarp is sticking out around the sides, it will gather rainwater and pool under your tent. Better yet, put the ground tarp inside the tent under your bedding.
- - Have lots of tarps and rope!
- - Pack some warm cocoa, hot cider, instant ramen, etc.
- - For cold rain and damp nights, use a light weight sheet or blanket to cover air vent under rain fly and then tarp away!
- - Extra tie downs and stakes for your tarps
- - Wool, fleece, warming clothing, and a fire safety blanket (check that it is not the kind that moops bits of silver foil)
- - Rain gear - a jacket with hood, over-pant rain pants, umbrellas, etc.
- - Pack a dry outfit in a ziplock to leave in your car in case of foul weather, so you have something warm and clean to change into for your drive home (its a wonderful sanity and mental health check as well!)
Rain isn’t the only likelihood. You should also prepare your structures for wind. When high winds pick up, pop-up tents and pavilions that aren’t firmly staked down can go flying and become dangerous. Are you bringing a dome or other large shade structure? Make sure you secure your tent to the ground in a way that it will not come loose. Buy higher quality stakes than the simple metal ones that come with your tent (groundhog stakes, playa staples, and hooked rebar are all great options). Wind over time will cause your tent to move up and down and side to side, therefore your ground stakes need to be checked frequently to ascertain they are working.
Properly angle your stakes and guylines. If wind is up-rooting the pegs, use longer ones, and remember to hammer them in so that the point is closer to the tent than the head.
Keep in mind that anything lying around your camp that is not secured down, like garbage, plastic bottles, paper, art or anything else, will get blown away during high wind. It is your responsibility to take back everything that you bring in, from the largest structure to the smallest bottle cap or cigarette butt. Keeping everything secured means you won’t have to spend time searching for it later. (See additional helpful tips here. )
Although Summerisle happens in the dead-center of summer, cold nights are still common up in our mountains. Make sure you pack the basics: long sleeve shirts, long pants, a hooded sweatshirt, parka jacket, warm socks, gloves or mittens, a beanie. Layer your clothing so you can add/subtract insulation as needed.
Undergarments of polypropylene are ideal for wicking away dampness, while over garments should be made of wool.
Air mattresses trap cold air underneath you. Layer a fleece or wool blanket on top of your air mattress to insulate your own body heat, or use thick yoga mats or foam puzzle mats beneath the mattress to help insulate it.
If you are hanging near a camp fire, make sure that your outer layer of clothing is less likely to end up ruined if struck by an errant ember. Wool is one of the best, most fire-resistant natural materials and is great for this.
Hydrate, then hydrate some more: You may not feel thirsty in cold weather, but staying hydrated is just as important in cold weather as it is in summer. Drink water (warm or cold), hot tea, or hot chocolate—the latter also provides high-calorie fuel for your burn adventure.
Be ready for condensation: As you breathe in a warm tent on a cold night, condensation will form on your tent, even if it’s a four-season model. There’s not a lot you can do about condensation, but the next morning be sure to dry out your sleeping bag before using it again. To minimize condensation, you can vent your tent at night—it won’t hold in heat as well, but it will stay dryer.
The old wisdom of stripping down before you get into a sleeping bag doesn’t make sense. Put on everything you brought before you turn in for the night. And if the campfire is still going, heat some water, pour it into a heat-proof water bottle, and snuggle into your bag with it.
Hand warmers and mylar blankets are a quick lifesaver on a cold night, and can even be thrown in the bottom of your sleeping bag. You can also cover your bag with a mylar blanket for added warmth.
Our community considers volunteering a gift to the community and an incredible, hands-on opportunity for civic participation. This is one of the qualities that makes burns the unique experience that is so close to our hearts. It is also, bar none, the easiest, best, and most rewarding way to make new burner friends!
There are plenty of ways to get involved and put your particular skill set to good use, whether before, during or after the event. Are you new to burns? Volunteering is the best way to meet the community. Are you a seasoned burner, ready for more? You already get it - this is just camping in the forest without YOU.
WHERE TO SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Volunteer signups, once live, will be posted to the Summerisle Facebook group, the event, as well as on our website here: https://summerisleburn.com/participation/. You can also sign up onsite at the Ranger-Info Station, located up in main camping, but it’s easier for everyone to volunteer ASAP!
This year, ticket releases will be based on the percentage of volunteer slots filled. If you have any questions concerning volunteering, talk to our Volunteer Lead, Cat (“Caitlin Watts-FitzGerald on the Book o Faces.)
Volunteer categories are listed below, and there’s always something for every burner!
Greeters are the first point of contact for almost every burner arriving on site, and can set the tone for the entire burn! They are detail-oriented, over-caffeinated, hug-generating assembly lines of delight and wisdom. Greeters gift positive energy and warm greetings to every traveler at every hour of ingress, as well as explaining the land and theme camp layout to get burners started on the right foot (and in the right direction!). They will also communicate with Gate during peak arrival times and when RVs arrive to ensure that traffic into the event runs as smooth and safely as possible. Equally relevant, Greeters will be the first point-of-contact for anyone entering the property including landowners, law/county officials, and gate crashers.
Gate volunteers handle ticket processing, participant waivers, wristbands, and vehicle checks. You must be sober during your shift. You will be trained on procedures prior to your shift, but please arrive 10 minutes early for a quick onboarding.
Rangers keep an eye out for overall safety, guide the lost, and help where they can when peoples nerves begin to fray. Anyone with decent people skills can become an excellent Ranger. Though on occasion called on to serve as peacemakers at the event, Rangers are not a policing or security force. Rangering is a commitment to aid and facilitate the community at large. As such, Rangers are observers and can often calm a rough situation with simply walking and talking with someone. Rangers are gentle mediators for minor situations, and know when to call for help on major situations.
At Summerisle, there are five flavors of Ranger: Ranger Leads, which are on 12 hour rotational shifts and are pre-appointed before the burn; R-12, also on twelve hour shifts, who monitor high-level issues and directly liaise with the Board when necessary (volunteering to this position requires confirmation/permission by a Lead before the burn); Khaki, who is the onboarding ranger that brings new Dirt Rangers up to speed on any ongoing things to keep an eye on, problems that have already cropped up, and is otherwise the immediate point person for the dirt rangers (we ask that Khaki volunteers have ranger experience of at least two related burns, or equivalent experience on a case by case basis); Ranger Dispatch, who will be receiving calls from our strategically positioned Pink Light camps, who may request ranger assistance, first aid assistance, sanctuary assistance, etc. (prior radio experience a plus but not a must – we will train you up); and finally, the Dirt Rangers, our boots on the ground who walk the burn as a member of the community, watchful for issues as they arise but always abiding by the Ranger Motto - First, Do Nothing. Our dirt rangers are not a source of policing or enforcement, but rather, are the social lubrication that encourages burners to answer to their better selves, and to help those who may be frustrated, tired, strung out, or irate, find their balance again.
Black Rock Ranger training or rangering experience desired, but not required. Newcomers and Rangers from other burn events are welcome! Note: You must be sober for your shift and are asked to show up 10 minutes beforehand in order to be apprised of any ongoing situations to watch.
Participation in Ranger Training is mandatory before your shift. For 2022, Ranger Training meetings are at the Main Stage by the Gate. Meeting times are:
- - Thursday 11a - 12p, and 5p - 6p
- - Friday 11a - 12p, and 5p - 6p
- - Saturday 11a - 12p
This is a mandatory meeting for all campers (new rangers & veteran rangers alike) that have volunteered for Summerisle Ranger shifts. Meet your Lead, learn some Ranger basics, and get schooled on the NEW RANGER PLANS for Summerisle 2022.
Everyone knows the feeling of needing a quiet, safe place to breathe, take a moment, and settle down for a bit. Burns can be 24/7 motion, and for many of us, that can get to be overwhelming at times (haven’t we all felt alone in a crowd, or like the only person we see not having a good time?). Sanctuary is where we can all take a deep breath and remember to relax again. Sanctuary volunteers are kind, empathetic, nurturing individuals who can keep a cool head and navigate emotional moments with an open heart and clear head. Green Dot training a plus, but not a prerequisite, and there will be on-site training announced on the event page for those interested in learning more.
In order to qualify for your Sanctuary shift, we ask all volunteers (from first timers to veterans) to please participate in a training before their shift. Trainings will be Thursday-Sunday at 1pm daily. Meet at Sanctuary.
First Aid volunteers assist with cuts, burns, bites, ticks, headaches, simple dehydration, etc. You will always have back up, and any questions or concerns should be clearly directed to your First Aid Shift Lead. First aid volunteers keep a stocked, organized, and de-MOOPed first aid area. Requirements are a positive attitude, a willingness to help, to be sober during your shift, and to properly follow First Aid Team and radio protocols. You will be asked to show up 10 minutes early to any shift in order to be apprised of any ongoing/active situations.
Do you like fire?…Silly question! Do you play and perform with fire, or want to keep our burn safe while others do so? If you have an interest in fire safety, want to learn to work with fire safely, or perform in our Conclave, then join our team! To participate behind the burn line during Conclave, you must participate in the Conclave Safety meeting at 5 p.m. on Burn Night (Saturday) to receive a Conclave wristband. Both Conclave and Perimeter meetings will be at the Burn Field, by the Effigy.
We are looking for guardians of the perimeter - this is a powerful sacrifice, as your back will face the burning effigy in order to keep eyes and attention on the crowd to maintain their safe distance from the embers. You will also slowly, as approved, let the burners circle the effigy embers once it is safe to do so. To participate, you must participate in the Conclave Safety meeting at 6 p.m. on Burn Night (Saturday) to receive a Conclave wristband. Both Conclave and Perimeter meetings will be at the Burn Field, by the Effigy.
LEAVE NO TRACE
LNT volunteers inform unknowing or inattentive participants of the LNT principle. These volunteers will also conduct MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) sweeps during the event to politely call out MOOPers, collect unattended MOOP, or gather folks to take care of their own MOOP as appropriate (one piece of trash? Perhaps pick it up yourself. An entire frontage that has been wind-blown with numerous fliers, cups, silverware, and what-nots about to be carried further along the burn road? Perhaps ask for a camp lead and see if you can get a group involved!).
LNT also needs volunteers that can stay after Summerisle ends to conduct all final MOOP sweeps and ensure that our impact on Fort Royale Farm is minimal.
Info Patrol is in charge of just that - all things informational! We also assist with drawing attention to shift gaps so that last-minute volunteers will know where they are needed most. We help get the word out about most things and answer questions while walking the burn – no desk sitting! A pre-established Info Changeover Team will change out the event schedules each morning of the burn at the Info Displays located along main road and/or at intersection throughout the burn.
For all other shift times, Info Patrol volunteers will report to the Center Camp Base for instructions for their tasks during their 2-hour shift:
- - Walk around the event to make sure that all the Info Displays are still standing and looking good (list or map of where they are will be provided).
- - Carry a bullhorn as you walk around to serve as a Town Crier to announce or draw attention to upcoming events, Info Displays, and other need-to-know news that day (Ranger/Sanctuary/Conclave/Perimeter meetings and other important info).
- - Announce Volunteer shift gaps that need filling and help sign-up volunteers during your shift! You will be provided a tablet with a hot spot to conduct on-site volunteer signups, rather than having to lug around and maintain a paper copy.
- - Help answer event questions! Summerisle Veterans are crucial for this task, but newbs can always assist and learn! A copy of the reProgram will also be provided for you to have on hand (or just direct people to a nearby Info Display!)
Parking volunteers help organize the parking lot, direct participants into their spots, and help maintain an efficient flow of vehicles and people. Parking knows the lay of the land to direct cars, trailers, camps, and campers in the right direction. Volunteers make team leads (including Rangers) aware of any arrivals that require extra care in moving, trailer guidance, or any arrival situation that needs extra attention. Great way to be active, see new people as they arrive, and to be the second set of friendly faces to assist burners on the long road Home to Summerisle.
ART & ART PLACEMENT
The art team is in charge of reviewing and determining art grants in order to maximize the level of Amazingness that will be turning up on site, as well as where to place approved projects throughout the grounds. Some volunteers serve as liaisons to help funded artists navigate the grant process through to completion. The Art Grants team holds artists accountable for our community standards for safety, financial transparency and our broader values.
Sound Team is that friendly liaison that ensures sound camps are following Summerisle’s sound camp policy, allowing camps to radically express themselves while respecting others' rights to do the same (and keeping neighbors of the property happy). Sound works with placement before the event to ensure our various sound camps are ideally placed and faced to not interfere. In the event a camp doesn’t cooperate with a sound team member’s warning about decibels the first time, team members on shift are authorized to shut down the equipment and involve rangers, if required. Why not volunteer to dance at your favorite sound camps while monitoring DB levels? Summerisle’s full sound policy is further below in this very document!
- THEME CAMPS
Theme camps and villages are the interactive core of Summerisle. An ideal theme camp should create a visually or aurally (or even aromatically) stimulating presence and provide a communal space or other opportunity for interaction and participation. Theme camps are meant to welcome the greater community into a communal space. Registered Theme Camps will have a reserved camping location based on their needs and numbers. They are also the only camps allowed to have campfires (See “Fire and Flame Effects” section for more information).
To review additional information on Theme Camps, and to complete the theme camp registration form to be a part of Summerisle, to go: https://tinyurl.com/ycyt8e6n
- EVENTS REGISTRATION
Want to host a workshop? Cook up a food event? Teach others how to craft a thing? Serve a homemade beverage? Get folx together for a drum circle? Anyone, even those not participating with a theme camp, can throw an event! You can throw it at the last minute at the burn or register it ahead of time with us! Registering ahead of time gets your event on the Event Schedule for our reProgram, the guide to the burn that we put out each year. reProgram is created, posted, and distributed as a downloadable PDF file. We will also post Event Schedules throughout the land for those who like to live the burn in analog. Finally, limited copies of printed rePrograms will be given to TCOs only, as part of an Information Packet for their registered theme camp.
To register your camp’s EVENTS, go to https://tinyurl.com/2p996vkj
- ART GRANTS
Every burner is an artist, even if they’ve never thought of themselves that way before. And it means art isn’t just an incidental part of a burn, but often integral to our fully realized experience and expression as burners, and as human beings.
Whether you build, draw, paint, perform, write, otherwise create, or even costume to the nines, you are a part of the art of the burn, and we want you to apply for an art grant. Want to build or create something insanely outrageous? Beautiful? Interactive? Weird, odd, and charming? DO IT!
Regional burns are an exciting place to try new ideas. You’ll find that burners are an artistically supportive, participatory group. Bring that idea out from the corner of your mind and MAKE IT REAL.
FUNDING: Did you know that MOST art at burns is gifted by participants? It’s true! Many build and create installations, games, and theme camps with funds from their own pocketbooks. Some people turn to crowdfunding sites or host fundraisers to raise money. You can too!
To foster an environment of weird, wild art (and we use the term broadly), Summerisle facilitates the creation and transport of art by funding it with art grants.
Fill out your art grant here: https://tinyurl.com/yrevxfwd
- FIRST AID ON SITE
Our First Aid team will be on hand to assist with all small injuries, and to make the call on when an injury or ailment is beyond the capacity of our limited supplies and staff. First Aid will be clearly marked on the placement map. Fort Royale Farm is located in a rural area, so local emergency medical services have a longer response time than more populated areas might. In the event you need to be evacuated, or wish to seek care, contact First Aid. They can assist with getting you to medical care and with getting you back into the event afterward (if safe to return). </span
If you have a medical condition, consider alerting your camp mates as to what it is, what to expect, and what to do if you experience an episode or flare-up. Please feel free to stop by First Aid to say hello so they can put you on their radar.
First Aid asks all burners to be self-reliant and bring your own inhalers, allergy meds, and medications. If you have an EpiPen, bring it! Individual campres and larger theme camps are encouraged to possess a basic first-aid kit so you don't have to hoof it to First Aid for minor things. If you are hypoglycemic, carry snacks or juice. Bring sports drinks to replace your electrolytes - water is rarely enough for the full weekend. And in the event something happens that is beyond your immediate ability to handle, go to first aid or - if unable to walk or move easily - have someone find a ranger to summon a golf cart.
- SOUND POLICY & PROTOCOLS
GENERAL SOUND POLICY
The placement of sound camps at Fort Royale is carefully chosen, taking into consideration the topography and the enjoyment of other participants in order to maintain a pleasant experience for the camps, their surrounding campers, other nearby theme camps, and most notably the Fort Royale Farm’s neighbors on either side of the venue. Nightly sound limits are an effort to minimize sound complaints and maintain the sustainability of the event and community relationships. Please do your part to burn responsibly and attempt to aim your speakers in a westerly/north westerly direction up the mountain. This will enable us to rage better, longer.
Maximum volume all day at 100ft distance from source is 90 dB until midnight. At midnight, all sound camps are expected to be emanating no more than 70 dB at 100ft. Try to aim your speakers in a north, northwest or west orientation away from Rt. 220. This volume rule will be tightly monitored and enforced by our sound team and, if necessary, the landowner.
Who does the Sound Policy pertain to? Sound policies are for ANY participant, art installation, or theme camp employing an amplified sound system (1 to 10000W) or loud musical instruments. Theme camps are encouraged to include information regarding any sound equipment they plan on supporting alongside their theme camp registration.
DO NOT LEAVE AMPLIFIED SOUND UNATTENDED. In order to maintain a pleasant atmosphere for ALL participants and our surrounding community, the Sound Team reserves the right to turn down or mute any unattended sound installation that violates the published sound policy. Repeat violations of unattended sound may result in sound disablement (and a long chat with event organizers!)
BURN NIGHT SOUND PROTOCOL
Sound camps are asked to turn down the volume at 7pm on Burn Night in order for everyone to hear the signal that it’s time to burn the Effigy.
SOUND REGULATION ON-SITE
Our friendly Rangers and sound team will monitor sound systems, using an app-based decibel meter. We recommend you use a decibel meter app to be sure your sound installation complies with the event’s sound policies, and particularly when switching between DJs remember that a previous set of tracks may have been recorded at a different sound range than the new DJ, and thus the TCOs (or their appointed volunteers) should be mindful to take new readings periodically.
Remember that both rangers and the sound team are helpful volunteers, tasked with keeping our event sustainable, and we ask that you please work with them. Violations will be logged against your sound permit, and repeated violations or non-compliance with turn down requests made by Rangers will be grounds for sound shut-off for that camp for the duration of the event. Repeated failures to comply with sound policy will be grounds for removal from the event entirely
Generators can be significant sources of noise. All generators must have a sound baffle to reduce sound emissions. Be a good neighbor!
- PACKING CHECKLIST FOR FIRST TIMERS
If it’s your first Burn, or you’re not a seasoned camper, it can be nerve-wracking to figure out what you should bring. Here’s a list of items that should help. We’ll start with the essentials, then tell you about some great-to-have items. Summerisle is a Leave No Trace event with NO dumpsters so all your trash will have to be carried out with you on the way out. It’s also a good idea to unpackage as much as possible before you come. Reduce your trash early!
- - A government-issued I.D.
- - Cash/card for onsite purchases of tickets or ice. CASH PREFERRED.
- - Something to sleep in like a tent. Check your tent BEFORE getting to the burn. Waterproof it and check for holes.
- - A tarp for under your tent
- - Tent stakes and a hammer or mallet
- - Sleeping gear - mattress, sleeping bag, pillows & blankets
- - Clothes, costumes, wigs, makeup. Be ready for chilly weather at night and/or rain. DO NOT bring feathers or boas - they shed & make a mess. NO GLITTER - its biodegradability is irrelevant, it wasn’t there before we arrived (MOOP!)
- - Hygiene items - toothbrush and paste, deodorant, soap etc.
- - Camp chair
- - A headlamp to get around at night
- - Batteries for everything (maybe rechargeables?)
- - All medications & supplements
- - A basic first aid kit
- - Food and a way to heat or cook it
- - Reusable dishes and utensils
- - Drinks. You don’t need bottled water. The water at Summerisle is potable.
- - Insect repellant
- - Sunscreen & sunglasses
- - A cup to carry with you. BURNER MUST.
- - Garbage bags - it’s carry in, carry out!
- - If you smoke, bring a portable ashtray (metal mint containers work great)
- - Extra toilet paper
- - Wet wipes
- - Ziplock bags for used wet wipes (don’t flush hthem, even if they are “flushable” - never put wipes in a porta-potty!)
- - Waterproof socks and strap-on sandals for poor weather conditions
- - A bathing suit in case it rains
- - Lanterns/lights for your camp - inexpensive battery-operated string lights are great for around camp (and to keep others from stepping on your tent stakes!) and for lighting wood piles.
- - Drums, fire poi, etc. for the Burn!
- - Gifts and your talents to give
- - Gallon ziplocks for ice in your cooler
- - Lighter(s) if you want to start a fire or help others do the same
- - Roll of paper towels, or a box of rags
- - Earplugs/eyemask for sleeping.
- - Pedialyte works great for hangovers
- - Kefir or other probiotic, yogurt-based drinks can do worlds of good for nausea and upset stomachs!
- - A way to pry up rocks - THIS LAND IS ROCKY. Rebar works well!