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Summerisle Burn supports and nurtures a 100% participatory burn model. We believe that the benefits of community contribution are manifold, and can directly lead to an increase in the quality of the experience for all involved!


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.

  • It’s worth noting that the concept of Participation is spread throughout the Ten Principles, including in Radical Inclusion, Decommodification, and Immediacy. 
  • This is grounded in our support for the “no spectators” ethos
  • This experience is not delivered to you as a consumer like a festival is, but co-created by all of our collective efforts to be a burn

We support and encourage a no spectators and 100% participation ethos!

Here are a few ways to be a participant of Summerisle:

Communal effort is crucial to making the burn go and this is where it counts a LOT. Sign up for 1 shift or many! It’s the best way to meet others and feel like you have had a helping hand in the burn. Plus, some of us find that this is their own favorite way to burn. 🙂 We need volunteers for First Aid, Registration, Greeters, DPW Set Up/Breakdown, Parking, LNT, Sanctuary, and more. 

  — Learn more and sign up here: https://summerisleburn.com/volunteer/

  — Volunteer signups open March 17, 2024.


Run a Theme Camp!
Sound camp? Chill camp? Turducken Basting Essentials Camp? WE LOVE THEM ALL. Theme Camps give back to the community with their awesomely creative content, incredible gifts, and scheduled (or unscheduled) activities. 
   — Learn more hand sign up here: http://summerisleburn.com/theme-camps/

   — Theme camp registration opens March 17, 2024


Host an Event!
Want to host an event or activity at your theme camp — or independently?  Submit the deets via the reProgram Event Registration Form to be listed in the reProgram, our official burn schedule WWW guide! You must submit each event individually. The event schedule will auto-populate on the website schedule as people add to it (watch it grow!) and we will post the final schedule (both printed and QR access code for devices) on display boards located near the porto-potties all across the event, plus near the Hive (HQ at the top of the hill in inner camp) and the Library @ Librarians Against Humanity.
  — Learn more and submit your event here: https://summerisleburn.com/eventschedule/

   — Event and activity registration opens March 17, 2024.

Create and bring some art or some experiences! 
Head over to our art and experiential grants page to learn more about how the Summerisle community can help you finance and bring your art or event necessities to the burn. WE WANT IT ALL. Bring art for the community create together individually or as a team. As an event or to give as gifts! Yes, this includes food gifted to participants! Food is an art and an experience! Any art that benefits others or can be gifted to participants is up for fundage.

  — Learn more and submit your art grant here: https://summerisleburn.com/participation/art/

  — Art grant submissions open March 17, 2024.


Build the Effigy or the Temple!

Design and install the centerpieces of our event – then watch them burn!

  — Apply to build the Effigy here: https://summerisleburn.com/participation/art/ 

  — Apply to build the Temple here: https://summerisleburn.com/participation/art/


Decide how you want to participate and do it!

While volunteer shifts truly do make the burn run, and we need you there, this notion of 100% Participation is not limited to simply taking a volunteer shift! It can be just about any way you choose to participate! Consider some of these other suggestions that are also a big part of making your burn go round.

  • Organizing a carpool
  • Stage managing/scheduling DJs
  • Preparing and gifting food and beverages at the burn
  • Transporting gear and infrastructure to and from the burn
  • Heading up a burning acculturation salon focusing on the 10P+
  • Helping with site work and other burn preparation at Work Weekends
  • Leading a team or department to deliver a needed service to fellow burners
  • Offering your professional services like accounting, website development, communications

Got another sweet idea? Great! E-mail us: summerisleburn@gmail.com