A Fully Sanctioned Burning Man Regional

Theme & Sound Camp Applications

Theme Camp Placement submissions deadline: TBD

Sound application deadline: TBD

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How do I create a Theme Camp, Sound Camp, or Art Support Camp?

The form to apply for placement of a Theme Camp, Sound Camp or Art Support Camp is available at the bottom of this page. Theme camps applying for placement will be automatically included in the What Where When.

If you’d like to include your Theme Camp in the What Where When but don’t need special placement, Please fill out the What Where When form located on the What Where When Page.

What is a Theme Camp?

Anyone can create a Theme Camp! A Theme Camp is an INTERACTIVE place that provides a public space. Interactivity comes in many forms! Some examples include displaying art, providing a chill space, teaching a skill, playing games, showing off your talent, preparing food/beverages, creating a dance place, hosting a talk, the possibilities are limitless. Theme Camps come in all sizes big and small. Everyone is encouraged to gather your buddies and create whatever it is you have to offer!

What is a Sound Camp?

A Sound Camp is a Theme Camp with amplified sound over 100 watts. Sound Camps must request placement! The sound section of the placement application will be reviewed by the Sound Marshall, and either approved for daytime sound, approved for 24-hour sound, or denied via email shortly after the application deadline date. 

What is an Art Support Camp?

An Art Support Camp is a camp that supports one of the major art builds in Center Camp or an art car along the main road. This camp needs to continuously support their art build or art car, and potentially park a vehicle and/or run a generator near their art. This camp may not have all the interactive elements and public space typical of a Theme Camp, because their main focus is their art. However, we encourage any level of interactivity, decoration, or public space an Art Support Camp might want to bring, including hosting a talk or Q&A session about the art.

Are all Theme Camps required to “Request Placement”?

Requesting placement is one of the options on the Theme Camp request form. 

Must you request placement for your theme camp? It depends. If your camp needs/wants certain privileges, you can only get them by requesting placement. For example, any camp that wants to be a Loud Sound Camp (amplified or other sound over 100 watts) MUST request placement. Any camp with onsite vehicles MUST request placement. For a camp to be located around the Burn field/Center Camp, they MUST request placement. For a camp to appear on the PDF Map, they MUST request placement. 

If, on the other hand, you want to place yourself in open camping, and be responsible for securing your own space during land-grab, you do not need to request placement.

Are all submitted camp placement requests approved?

Pretty much. Unless we reach out to you with questions on your application, and you don’t reply, your camp will be placed. That is why it’s incredibly important for you to notify us ASAP if your camp’s plans change after you’ve submitted a placement request. In general, if you’ve submitted your placement application and received the auto-reply email that says your application has been received, your camp will be placed.

Are all submitted sound requests approved?

No, this is at the discretion of the Sound Marshall based on your application and other factors. Camps can be approved for 24-hour sound, daytime sound only, or a specific date/time, or they can be denied amplified sound altogether.