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.

Some theme camps have a schedule of events, which you can publish in our official listings if you choose.

Diode, 2012, photo by Eric

Diode, 2012, photo by Eric

Registering Your Theme Camp

There is an official placement system for assigning and reserving camp sites for theme camps at Firefly.  A month or two before the event, further information regarding theme camp registration is released.  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.

2016 Theme Camp Listing

This is just the beginning- Send us your camp description with a picture to be added to the list!

Blue Screen Of Death Internet Lounge

Blue Screen of Death Internet Lounge

Do you long for the luxuries of modern living while you’re at Firefly? Do you miss your Facebooks, your movies, and your video games? Then come on down to the Blue Screen of Death Internet Lounge to indulge in all your favourite media activities. Our team of nerds will be running events every night, including video game tournaments, theme parties, movie screenings, music, and more! Charge your phone at our Tower of Power, check your favourite websites thanks to our open Wi-Fi network, and drink the finest cup of cold brew coffee at the festival*. Don’t forget to bring your pocket protector!

*Maybe.

Bring-A-Cup

Bring-A-Cup

Make a memorable entrance into the grandest castle gate you’ll see in the woods, and rub elbows with wizards, dragons, and assorted travelers. Clank your cup with friends new and old while partaking of the most epically brewed potions. Drinking and magic! We’re fucking wizards!!

Cabana Hammock

Cabana Hammock

The laziest camp at Firefly returns for another round of hammock-swinging, cocktail-swilling, music-chilling simplicity.  When you’ve had enough of Burning your candle at both ends, come on over our way, and watch the world go by for awhile.

Camp Lamp

Camp Lamp

Camp Lamp has returned to woods with enough “Winning” for everyone. We have new LED art, daytime workshops, an ultraviolet cocktail bar, a fire spinning circle, hammocks galore and a “Twilight lounge” for all your relaxing needs.  Come listen to some of the best deejays Firefly has to offer! Also did I mention we love fire?

Inner Sanctum

Inner Sanctum

The purpose of Inner Sanctum is to create a tranquil space in which to bring healing to Firefly. Our goal is to create a meditative atmosphere in which attendees can commune through the healing arts. We will be organizing pertinent workshops in our space throughout the event. We will also facilitate therapeutic group art experiences. Any and all are welcome to volunteer their skills and knowledge through our camp to contribute to the overall Firefly community.

Sky Is Elven

Sky Is Elven

Forged in the fires of Ground Is Lava, our collective of dark, dare I say goth, elves will be inaugurating its existence at Firefly 2016. Please do not operate under the assumption that we are the peace-­loving, gentle elves of lore. We are Dark Elves, a group of beings known for our secretive ways and stealthy, conniving nature. We enjoy partaking of lavish revels, giving in to our nocturnal desires, and indulging in only the most pleasurable of pursuits in our elven abode high up in the trees. All the creatures of Firefly are welcome to climb the steps to our treetop chill space. We are also planning to run one major event, The Great Elven Hunt at Firefly. Join the Hunt!

The Love & Lions Den

The Love & Lions Den

The Love & Lions Den theme camp provides space for music making, fire spinning, flow arts, lounging and more. We welcome and encourage self-expression in all of its forms! The Lions prowl through the woods spreading love and laughs, and also provide a cozy heart-warming den space where you can recharge. Come Roar with us.

The Universe

The Universe

The Universe is a theme camp and a community.  We love art, color, lighting, and good food.  We specialize in creating comfortable and welcoming spaces for relaxation, conversation, and creativity.  Stop by and say hello!  You might find yourself sticking around 🙂

Thesis Camp

Hi! my name is Bexx.  I’m a musicology masters student at Temple University working on my thesis, and I am so excited that my project, “Aural Substance: an ethnographic exploration of regional burn soundscapes” will take place at Firefly 2016!  My project will identify, record, describe, organize, and analyze the soundscapes of regional burns.  After these events, I will conduct interviews with festival participants (that’s you!), inquiring about their aural experiences within the burn culture.  My research aims to answer questions such as “what does a Burn sound like?”; “what sounds are integral to the burn soundscape—regardless of where or when it takes place?”; “how do regional burn soundscapes differ from one another?”; “how are soundscapes utilized by regional burn participatns?”; and “what can be learned about the burn subculture by honing in on its soundscapes?”  Think your camp has something that contributes to Firefly’s soundscape and should definitely should be recorded? Or, are you interested in being interviewed after Firefly concludes?  Or have a thought about sound that you want to share?  Come by Thesis Camp and tell me all the things!  (There will be a place for you to write to me and have a snack if I’m not there!)  I’ll be checking in many times throughout the day to find out where I ought to record… read your wrote to me… and after Firefly, I’ll be contacting potential interviewees to set up in-person or online interviews.  If you see me, come say hi!  I’ll be the girl walking around with the Zoomh6, wacky binaural microphones, and usually a fuzzy direwolf hat with paws. I can’t wait to meet you!

Other 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.

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.  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!

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