About Camp Hope
Many of the participants in our camp met through connections to a shared living space on Hope Street in Brooklyn, and later came to realize that we all share a common enthusiasm and sense of adventure in our own lives founded on the ideas of hope, love, friendship and community. Hope was a literal home for some, a place that always opened its doors to friends new and old. Since those first ties, our family has grown throughout the world. Through Burning Man, we have built a bridge between Australia, San Francisco, London, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, France, Spain, the US, Israel, and more. By connecting and extending the branches of our family tree, we have learned to embrace community. We feel fortunate to have the chance to reconnect and continue to build our home base by coming together each year in Black Rock City.
We want to bring hope to the playa community by giving gifts that make all burners feel that they have stepped into a loving home. To some of us, that means offering coffee in the early hours or when someone needs a boost. To others, that means inviting others into a relaxing space in our hexidome to unwind.
Last year, as a newly established camp, we focused on bringing hope to the burning man community by asking burners to share a message of hope with one another on our message board while enjoying coffee and cookies with other passersby. Through these conversations, we hope that those around us feel inspired to share the messages with others, inspiring community, connectivity, and love outside of the playa.
This year, along with offering coffee/cookie cocktails on Tuesday and Thursday between 12 and 5PM, Camp Hope will bring three different projects to the Burning Man community:
- Throughout the course of the week, we will invite people to partake in an interactive experience entitled THE YOUTRUVIAN.
Inspired by DaVinci's Vitruvian Man - a famous drawing which depicts the "ideal man" (a form which is even suggestive of the Burning Man), THE YOUTRUVIAN will allow anyone to "become" this ideal.
Culture at large is obsessed with ideals of beauty and perfection. Burning Man ethos eschews these ideals in its very value system (think Radical Inclusion…). Ironically, Davinci's drawing is based on classical (and western) concepts of geometry and architecture. We wish to playfully implode this construct by decrying the very notion of "a perfect man" and instead declaring to our Burner community, "we are ALL perfect…perfect by virtue of our imperfections, our nuances, our very differences."
We invite fellow Burners to to inhabit the Vitruvian Man and make it theirs (thus it's title, YOUTRUVIAN). Ideally, we would like to build an experience that allows for participants to safely roll through the dessert as a YOUTRUVIAN man. Depending on resources, we may install a standstill piece within our camp using digital/photo/poster capabilities - this could be as simple as "insert your face here," or an interactive structure for participants to become the main part of.
As a way to further the notion of accepting and embracing our whole selves, we will host a ceremony on Thursday at 5PM for anyone who wishes to officially declare their love for themselves and commit to treating themselves with loving kindness. Camp Hope members will provide pen, paper and guidance for anyone who wants to write vows to themselves starting at 4PM, and participants can stand before our altar with Camp Hope officiants where other participants will help solidify and celebrate the commitment made. This ceremony is meant to feel sacred and loving, and members of our camp will help make participants welcome their own self-love by incorporating various robes, garments and accessories that participants can wear and/or take with them as a symbol of their commitment to themselves..
On other days, we'll bring out our "Hopelessly Bad Advice and Mediocre Booze" booth. BM participants will be welcomed to tell us about the challenges in their lives and we'll comfort them with crappy advice and bad booze, in good humor. If they don't have any problems, they can stop by and we'll give them some (bad booze). This piece of our effort is meant as a light-hearted and fun way to connect with others in the community. It will be an extension of a project being taken on this year at Midburn by four of our Israeli camp members, who are also veteran burners. We hope to welcome new camp members and virgin burners by involving them in this as well as our coffee station as a positive introduction to our camp.
Come one, come all, and celebrate with us on the playa!