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Welcome to Firefly, a circle of circles of friends. Each year we gather in the beauty of the woods to build our own village from the ground up. This is a unique and inspiring community, and we invite you to create a unique and inspired home within it.

What is a Theme Camp?

A “theme camp” means a camp that’s more than a camp. It can be a place to share your art and your wisdom, to celebrate your beliefs and your community, to spend time with friends and welcome visitors, to host classes or rituals, to party, to chill, to dance, and eventually to sleep. Camps are the organs that make up the Firefly creature; we depend on them for fun and for survival.

See the tips below, Things to know when running a theme camp. Some theme camps have a schedule of events, which you can publish in our official listings (“What-Where-When Guide“) if you choose.

Registering Your Theme Camp

There is an official placement system for assigning and reserving camp sites for theme camps at Firefly.  We have plenty of space, so conflicts are rare, and camps who are interested in the same site often end up collaborating to create something even better.  Camps with amplified sound or other loud noise should find sites that are not too close to our neighbors. Check the event map or work with Art & Theme Camp Placement for help.

2018 Theme Camps

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Art Support Kamp A.S.K. !

A.S.K. is here to help you fix your broken art of any kind! Missing that crucial bolt? Blinkies not working? Troublesome code got you down? We’ll have tools and supplies to get your art working again. And if you need it we’ll help match you up with a knowledgeable Firefly to help you with your fix. Remember, “If you need help A.S.K.!(Located behind the Stage. Staffed hours: 10am-4pm)

Astral Chill

Astral Chill returns following a 2017 gap year! With our hardware synths, theremins and assorted gadgets, we’re a night-time oasis (subwoofer-free zone) where many an evocative flight of improv inner-spatial drone dimensioneering takes place. Collaborators welcome—just bring a patchable instrument or a mic/cable (for non-patchables). We’ll have a fire dish to chill around, lasers in the trees, and projection art by Juleen Jones.

Camp Blue Screen Of Death

Blue Screen Of Death

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Breakfast Sandwich Camp

We serve breakfast sandwiches when we feel like it. This year we are going to bring more ingredients and cook them more quickly. And then we will serve them to you… when we are around to make them. Which is often. But not always. Maybe later. Soon! But not yet.

Bring A Cup

Ahoy and welcome to travelers, rogues, vikings, scoundrels and especially those of a piratical nature! Bring A Cup once again humbly offers our fine brews and tavern space to the denizens of Firefly. Enter Davey Jones’ locker if you dare, and discover treasures untold- or your watery doom.

Camp Genderblender!

Join us for a fabulous daily Blender Reveal Party featuring exciting smoothies. Orange you glad you stopped by for a berry good time?

Camp Lamp

Camp Lamp is Winning. The largest Fire Circle. The dankest music. The darkest black lights. The most delicious drinks. The best dance floor.

Imagine yourself, relaxing to some jive tunes, in a hammock, with a bottle of slunch, and the hottest fire dancing by your side. Sure, it isn’t there just for you. But you get to enjoy it anyway. Free!

All winning all the time.

Femme Domme Camp

Femme Domme Camp
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Coaxed by the red light, you wander towards the pair of illuminated cubes with harpy feminine silhouettes within. Welcome to the dungeon in the woods, where kinky Fireflies can play and curious creatures are invited to be voyeuristic… or more. With femme dommes of all flavors guarding the torture cubes, we have consent classes, impact demonstrations, Bloody Mary libations, and lustful inspiration.

Don’t be shy, we promise we bite.

Folkvang

A small Viking mead hall where the mead flows and the food is delicious, with entertainment and games as well.

Glamp Island

Imagine you forgot about Gilligan’s Island but then it came back to you in a fever dream but all the actors were replaced with various characters from The Real World only those characters are being played by the cast members of Gilligan’s Island.

Now forget you ever read that.

Now forget the forgetting.

Welcome to Glamp Island!

Glory Glory Hole-lelujah

An adults-only (18+) project

Glory Glory Hole-lelujah is a 2-person spiritual retreat nestled in the woods of Firefly. Here, you can share your sexy desires, hesitations, hopes, and dreams. Have the conversations you can’t have in your daily life. Ask the questions you can’t ask. And maybe more (after all, it is a glory hole).

We will be of service to both women and men. Hours for each will be posted. New this year, bring an eager partner to give live feedback for a “Head Start” session, where you learn the tips and tricks mother never taught you.

Gluten Free Halloween

Spooks, spirits, ghouls, and witches unite, as we celebrate the very best holiday of all. Tricks, treats, and custom tarot inspired poetry, can all be found in this den of deviousness. Wander on up the Back 40 to get your trick or treat on. Or if you are feeling like a nice witch, try a weed walk, or get your pre party on at the Witching Hour afternoons. Now with 0% gluten! Celiacs, and allergy folk; we want to feed you treats that you can actually eat at Firefly!

Because Halloween!

Hall of Arkham

Flunkies, Burnouts, Melvins and unwanted Hooligans of Hogwarts Extension School of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Inverness-shire IV63 6XJ, United Kingdom. APPROACH WITH EXTREM CAUTION These wizards are wanted and should be considered dangerous. Beware of any potions, elixirs, spells, enchantments, or other wizardry they may offer you. Whatever you do, don’t go inside their Daedalus, it is believed it is a direct portal to the elder gods and ancient ones.

Meat Space 9

Like the casbah to your Star Wars, our intergalactic MeatSpace station is a trading post oasis home away from home.

Warm yourself by our fire pit, with random acts of cooking and food sharing — yours or ours.

Ask about hosting your events here — DJ booth and MeatSpace for tea dances, movie screenings, or other off-world delights.

Seek discreet consultations, confidential conversation, and maybe more at Glory-Glory-Hole-lelujah. 😉

Barely automated rustic luxury gay space communism awaits!
At the crossroads between Pancakes and Lamps.

(* we space-pirated this image sans permission from: http://gregbroadmore.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-am-8bit-meat-gravity-tale-4d-space.html )

MONSTROSITEA

Come drink tea with godzilla! We’re quite friendly and only a little bitey.

Shisha Shack

Shisha Shack

Come relax at the shisha shack. A dry place on a rainy day or just out of the sun. Enjoy conversation with tobacco or non-tobacco shisha (hookah). Hours to be posted, all are welcome.

Strange Maine

We are Strange Maine!

Our camp is a conglomerate of Goths, Artists, Belly Dancers, Punks, Fire Spinners, Bohemians, Healers, Geeks, and Computer Nerds who share the common Love of Firefly.

Strange Maine hails from the Northern Land of Pinchies. We promise we won’t bite . . . but we may Pinch.

Suds-n-spuds

Suds & Spuds

Stop by Suds & Spuds for tasty homebrew, cocktails, and other beverages all week long. Sample a sip as you wander, or sit a spell in our lounge. The boozewheel will spin again, one night only! Maybe! Spin the wheel, get a booze!

The Love & Lions Den

Camp Love and Lions Den has been fur-nishing some roar-ingly good fun at New England’s regional burn, Firefly, since 2010. We provide sound and music of all genres, cozy cuddle spaces, and art projects for the community to enjoy. Rawwwr!

The Neighborhood

Welcome to The Neighborhood! Here you’ll find a comfortable porch, curious lawn decorations, friendly faces, the occasional curmudgeon, and who knows what else! Won’t you be our neighbor?

The Universe

We have taken the whole of space and time, and all their prismatic contents, and distilled them into a cozy cafe in the woods. Come take your place within The Universe. You are welcome here.

Things to know when running a theme camp

Leave No Trace

Firefly is a Leave No Trace event. This means we are expected to remove everything we bring to the land, down to the last cigarette butt. We plan ahead to have minimal impact on the land, and we don’t change the land unless we’re able to change it back. Plan to have your camp sweep the area to search for errant objects, trash, and recycling.

Fire Pits

There are a limited number of established fire pits throughout the Firefly site – these sites have all been pre-approved by the landowner, as they change the character of the land.  For this reason, digging new fire pits for personal or camp use is not permitted.  All established fire pits are communal–go warm up and meet your fellow Fireflies! Read more on fire pits and camp fire guidelines on the Fire Policies page.

Food and Drink

Firefly participants provide their own food and drink. Collaborating with your friends to plan good meals for your camp can be a lot of fun, and planning extra food or drink to share with visitors can be a great way to make friends and participate. When planning, keep in mind that you will be expected to haul away any trash, so you may want to leave unnecessary packaging at home.

Performance

Chris drumming, photo by KyleFirefly attracts amazing DJ’s, musicians, bands, and performance artists, and we often hear from new ones who would like to play for us. There is no official “main stage” at Firefly, and theme camps are popular gathering places, so musicians are frequently looking for theme camps to play at. You may want to provide them with a mellow place to jam. Or if you are ambitious you may want to provide a performance space with amplified sound. If your camp is interested in hosting musicians, post to the Fireflyblink discussion list – they will be happy to hear from you.

Getting In and Out

Depending on how far your camp happens to be from the parking lot, you may need to move your gear quite a ways on foot. Think big, but be prepared. If you’re new to Firefly and planning an elaborate camp, use the discussion lists to network with experienced Fireflies and learn what to expect.

Working with the Land

Nature often puts Firefly to the test with rain, mud, and cold. In these times, your camp has the opportunity to become truly legendary if you can successfully provide your neighbors with shelter, warmth, and dry places to chill.

It is possible to shelter large clearings with tarps hung from trees. Talk to other Fireflies to learn more from our community’s many self-made tarp experts.

The ground at the Firefly site contains clay, so water often collects or flows along the surface before being absorbed. Before you set up, take a close look at your site and think about how it will drain. Choosing the right place for your tent will help you avoid waking up in a puddle.

Ground that is completely cleared of leaves and brush is more likely to erode and turn to mud under rain and feet. Don’t clear an area completely if you don’t need to, and do your best to re-cover cleared areas at the end of the event.

Fire Art

Out of respect for safety and wise use of our land, all projects involving fire should be discussed with the Fire and Safety Team before the event. If you have a project idea that requires fire, or if you have any other questions, please contact the Fire Core lead. Read more on fire art guidelines on the Fire Policies page.

Electricity

There are no wall sockets in the woods.  You should be prepared to provide your own electricity – whether it’s by portable generator, solar array, or bicycle-powered boombox machine.  If you have questions about providing power for you or your theme camp, reach out to the community – odds are that someone else has faced a similar dilemma at some point in the past.  There are some guidelines for generator usage on the Fire Policies page. You can also direct power-related questions to the Infrastructure / DPW Core.

Trails

In order for your neighbors to enjoy your camp, they’ll need to be able to get to it. A volunteer crew marks the main trails at Firefly, but you may want to take responsibility for marking smaller trails near your site. If you notice trails turning to mud-puddles in the rain, do your best to fill or reinforce them with brush.

Fireflies are known to stay up all night, wandering the woods with eyes half-blinded by the many glowy wonders.  Marking trails and entrances to your camp with glow-sticks or glow-in-the-dark art can help you find your way home. If you set up any art or structures that someone could trip on, crash into, or be clothes-lined by, it is very important to light them at night.

Getting a Head Start

If you’re thinking big, you may want to start setting up your camp during one of the pre-event work weekends.  In this event, we ask that you and your crew also devote some of your time to projects that are vital to the whole event, such as maintaining outhouses, trails, and fire pits. When packing, keep in mind that what you bring to the site over multiple weekends may be difficult to remove in one.

Making Contact

Now that you’ve feeling inspired to create something awesome, we want to know about it!  Registering your theme camp allows you to pick a spot for your camp at one of the Work Weekends. it gets you placed on the Firefly event map, and your events will be added to the WhatWhereWhen guide, so everyone knows when the party is at your place.  If you have any questions about theme camp registration or placement, contact the Art and Theme Camp Placement Core.

Anything is possible at Firefly with collaboration between participants. If you have a great idea but need volunteers, advice, or resources to make it happen, use the discussion list to find them. You may be amazed by what our community can provide.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Diode, 2012, photo by Eric

Diode, 2012, photo by Eric

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