Camp DIY


A Burning Man Place to Celebrate the Desire to Do It Yourself!

Camp DIY



We’re coming back again!

Camp DIY had frontage on Dandelion last year.

Here are the Principles that we at Camp DIY use to guide our camp.


Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

CAMP DIY: While we embrace Radical Inclusion, that does not mean we personally get along with everyone or want to camp with every kind of person who comes to BM.  We hope that those who join us:

  •  Consider themselves DIYers or love and respect a DIYer camp member.
  • Enjoy sharing their DIY experience sometimes
  • That those of us who are a bit of a  Know-it-All (myself included) try to recognize that all Camp DIYers know stuff too.
  • For one week, willing to try not to let our egos dictate how we behave with each other.
  • For one week,  (assuming many DIYer’s are a bit controlling and of course not all are!) willing to try foregoing your need to control things around you  (other than yourself of course!)

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Camp DIY: Gifting is NOT remotely necessary. We see gifting as a gift to the giver not the receiver.  I feel good when I can give someone something they want. Often, I find myself taking a gift I don’t want so as not to hurt the giver’s feelings.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our 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.

Camp DIY: I suspect DIYers really embrace this one!

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Camp DIY: This is probably a core DIY principle as well, yes?

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights andliberties of the recipient.

Camp DIY: This too is probably similiar to many DIYer’s principles

Communal Effort
Our community 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.

Camp DIY: We embrace this approach to creation but recognize that this may be very challenging for some.  We also recognize the right of each person to join in only when they want to so and do not demand any form of participation.

Civic Responsibility
We value 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.

Camp DIY: This principle makes everything else work and we embrace it.

Leaving 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.

Camp DIY: Fundamental and non-negotiable.  The Camp DIY organizers hold on to the right to enforce this principle within the camp as we sign an agreement with Burning Man to do so.  Also, at the end, our area is graded for moop content and we’d be deeply embarrassed if Camp DIY didn’t get a pristine ranking.

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.

Camp DIY: This also seems to be fairly close to many DIYer’s  core beliefs.

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.

Camp DIY: I can’t comment on our position on this one.  Personally, I would like to become more present in my life. Burning Man challenges me to do so while, ironically, is so overwhelming in every aspect, that I am more likely to become less present. I believe Immediacy asks me to let go of my fears and take risks. To trust. But that is just me.

However, we don’t demand that our members embody these principles or interpret them the same as we do… well except one.  LEAVE NO TRACE.  This is the one that each member that camps with us must live by.