Theme Camps

Theme camps run the gamut, from sound camps dedicated to music and dancing, service camps that offer goods and assistance to our attendees, camps oriented around a common interest that can be shared with the uninitiated. Theme Camps can most certainly be creative and beautifully presented, but they tend to provide a space to do the creating, not to exist as the singular creation itself.

What theme camps have in common is that they are inviting, interactive and essential to making SOAK fabulous.

Last year, SOAK had over 70 theme camps in attendance. In 2018, we are looking forward to many returning camps, and are hope to see many new camps as well.

  • Theme Camps should be visually stimulating, have an inviting design, a well defined public gifting area, and a plan for crowd and sound management.
  • Camps must have public interactivity. This should include activities, events or services within the camp domain and these gifts must be available to the entire SOAK community, within age appropriate limits.
  • Camps must be neighborly! This includes keeping sound within set limits, controlling where camp generators vent exhaust, and easily resolving any disputes that arise, both within camp boundaries and with neighbors.  
  • Returning camps must have a good previous MOOP record for knowing how to Pack it in and Pack it out. New camps must submit a Leave No Trace plan in the registration form and endeavor to demonstrate good LNT practices to be able to return in future years.  
  • Theme Camps must follow safety protocols designed by the organization. This may include managing street traffic, handling fuels properly, obtaining necessary permits, and other steps defined by the SOAK production team.
  • Finally, Theme Camps must submit complete a Placement Request form at Demand is high and appropriate space is limited at the tree-filled Justesen Ranch, so this is not a guarantee of placement. Someone from the Placement Team will be in contact if your camp does NOT receive placement.  
  • Questions or changes to your plans? Contact us!

Can I register my previous Theme Camp as an Art Support Camp?

If you only need reserved sleeping area for contributing artists and crew, sure, but once again: Art Support Camps will not be listed on the map, will not be listed in the Where What When guide, will not have space for public interactivity, and will not have sound louder than normal conversational levels.