Criteria to Be in Good Standing

After SOAK has become a cattle ranch once again, the Placement Team collects feedback about all camps (including art and work support camps) and determines their standing. Camps are either in good standing, limited standing, or not in good standing each year. This is a guide for how to be and stay in good standing. When camps are in good standing, it makes SOAK the place we know and love. WE support your efforts to be in a good standing, and we also honor the community by giving feedback to camps that are not in good standing.

We have a great community – the vast, vast, vast majority of SOAK camps are in good standing after the event!

If a camp is not in good standing, they may not receive future placement. 

We use the below criteria to evaluate camp standing. This is not black or white. Self-evaluate and think about how your camp can be in good standing this year!

Did your camp show up and use your reserved space?

  1. If something goes wrong and you need to cancel your camp’s reserved placement, let us know by emailing placement@soakpdx.com as early as possible. If you let us know sufficiently in advance, your camp’s standing will not be affected. If you have unforeseen problems getting to SOAK before our deadline to claim your reserved space, please email us so we’re aware.
  2. If you do not show up without informing us, your camp is not in good standing.

Did your camp do what you said you were going to do?

  1. We understand that stuff happens, sometimes stuff that is truly out of our control. If something prevented you from doing what you said you were going to do in your application, let us know ideally by talking to the SOAK Placement Leads while at SOAK or afterward emailing.
  2. If you didn’t follow through on the primary interactivity and frontage per your application, your camp may not be in good standing.

Did you camp uphold our community’s principles and cultural norms? Examples of citizenship for theme camps include:

  1. Are you hosting radically inclusive interactivity in your camp that is open to all participants who might be interested at SOAK?
  2. Are you being neighborly (e.g. following the sound policy and considerate of the impact of generator sound and/or exhaust)
  3. Are you being respectful of the camp boundaries of your neighbors?
  4. Do you have enough public space for the amount of private space your campers take up?
  5. Is it obvious to those walking by that you are a theme camp and participants are welcome to wander in?

If we received community feedback to suggest your camp’s behavior was symptomatic of a lack of citizenship or did not uphold our community’s principles and cultural normal, you may not be in good standing.

Did you camp honor our Decommodification Principle?

  1. If your camp advertised or engaged in commodification, your camp is not in good standing.
  2. If we received feedback from other SOAK departments or the community that anyone in your camp sold or advertised goods or services during SOAK, your camp is not in good standing.

Was your camp a strain on SOAK’s organizational resources?

  1. If you are repeatedly asked to address something by SOAK staff or volunteers and are unresponsive in addressing it, your camp is not in good standing.
  2. If your camp attracted negative attention from Placement or other SOAK departments, that may be deemed as a strain on resources and your camp may not be in good standing.

How was your camp’s MOOP?

  1. If your camp leaves MOOP at SOAK, your camp may not be in good standing.

As we said in the beginning, this isn’t black and white, so this list is not exhaustive. However, this will give you as a camp leader a good idea of what it takes to remain in good standing. The vast majority of SOAK camps are in good standing after the event each year. Keep showing up and being interactive, culturally aligned, neighborly, responsive, amazing citizens of SOAK who leave no trace! Thank you to everyone who has been and continues to do it oh-so right.