Please note, these FAQs only apply to theme camps and villages that receive Directed Group Sale (DGS) tickets from the Placement Department. New camps do not qualify for DGS allocations and do not need to read this FAQ as it is intended for qualifying returning theme camps and villages that are in Good Standing with Placement.
If you are an artist or mutant vehicle owner, please contact the Art Department and Department of Mutant Vehicles, respectively, with any questions you have about DGS for 2021.
I'd like to form a new camp and would like to access DGS. How do I do that?
Unfortunately, in 2021, Placement's DGS allocations are intended only for returning theme camps and villages. If you are group that is unaffiliated with an existing theme camp or village, you'll need to rely on other ticket sales which will be announced in April 2021.
I'm an artist or mutant vehicle and I'd like to fill out the Placement Early Decision Form to access my DGS. Can you send me a link?
Placement's Early Decision Form is only intended for theme camps and villages. Please contact the Art Department and Department of Mutant Vehicles and follow their instructions about how to access DGS.
What will happen if my camp takes this year off and wishes not to receive our DGS allocation in 2021? Will I be able to access it in 2022?
Allocations for theme camps and villages taking 2021 off will be held for 2022.
If my theme camp receives a DGS allocation and doesn’t purchase its allotment of DGS, will that affect our DGS access for 2022?
No. If your camp receives a DGS allocation and your camp decides to take the year off, please notify [email protected] of this and do not purchase tickets on the sale dates. Your allocation will carry over in 2022.
If we purchase DGS tickets and our camp decides not to return, while individual campmates do want to attend, will it affect our camp's standing for 2022?
Your camp’s standing and access to DGS in 2022 will not be affected if you purchase your DGS ticket allotment and are unable to bring your camp to playa. We understand that individual members may still be interested in attending and they can rely on open camping or complete a Placed Camp Questionnaire later in the spring to start their own theme camp.
How many years can I postpone returning to Black Rock City and maintain good standing with Placement?
Beginning in 2021, Good Standing for theme camps and villages will be held for up to two years, until 2023, to be eligible for DGS tickets. You can review Placement’s Criteria for Good Standing here.
Beginning in 2022, Placement will shift qualification of DGS allocations away from solely being in Good Standing from the previous year. You can read more about how our DGS system is changing in this Burning Man Journal piece.
So much is up in the air this year. Can I postpone making a decision about my DGS?
We have designed the timeline to give you as much time as you can to make an informed decision about participating in Black Rock City this year, and unfortunately, cannot delay it further.
My campmates don't plan to attend this year, but I have some other people I know who would like to access my DGS tickets. Can I pass on my allocation to them?
No. While we are relaxing expectations around interactivity for existing theme camps this year, this is an inappropriate use of DGS and would reflect poorly on your standing with Placement.
I need more DGS tickets than my 2020 allocation, can my camp be allotted more than I received in 2020?
We are unable to provide more DGS to camps initially until we are able to assess the attrition expected for this year. As always, there will be other ticket types and information will be provided in April about those tickets.
Our camp lead has changed and we need a different lead to distribute DGS access. How do we do that?
If your theme camp or village lead has changed, email [email protected] with “Lead Change” and your camp name in the subject line. The email must include the names and emails associated with the Burner Profiles of both old and new leads.
With fewer campers in my camp, we won’t be able to pull off our usual camp interactivity in 2021. What should we do? Is it OK if our camp’s interactivity is a lot smaller than what we normally bring?
Definitely! We understand that the past year has been extremely difficult for many people. This year, it’s OK to scale back given any limitations on people, finances, and infrastructure. Think about what you can do with the people who will participate this year. Get creative with it! See what new ideas can sprout with a different group of people. And don’t be afraid to combine forces with other camps who are in the same boat. Please note your interest in sharing resources with other camps in the 2021 Placement Early Decision Form.
How will my standing be evaluated if we make dramatic changes to our camp this year?
Standing isn’t about the type of interactivity you do. There are many camps that have populations that fluctuate year-to-year. The Placement team evaluates camps based on what they can do any given year. So if your camp is typically 50 people and you only have 10 this year, you’ll be reviewed as a 10-person camp. All criteria that influence a camp’s standing, such as neighborliness, community principles, and Leave No Trace, will apply to all placed camps this year.
I am a member of an existing theme camp and only a small fraction of my campmates wish to attend in 2021. Our existing camp requires a minimum number of people and we do not have enough that can commit. Am I able to form a new camp with the DGS from my existing camp?
Yes. It may make more sense to create a completely new camp or offering given the constraints of 2021. Theme camps are not expected to return in 2021 as the same camp. Individuals who access DGS through an existing theme camp are also able to spin off or create new camps.
If things change significantly between when I submit my Early Placement Decision Form and the Placement Questionnaire, will I be able to update the form to reflect those changes?
You will not need to update the Early Placement Decision Form. We understand that plans change, and that it may be especially hard to nail down specifics this spring. We’ve moved the deadline for the Placement Questionnaire later in the year to allow more time for your plans to solidify. Please complete each form with the information you have at the time. You can always reach out directly to [email protected] with any changes throughout the process.
Since our camp will be so much smaller this year, is there any way we can connect with other camps to discuss joining forces?
We encourage you and your camp to reach out to the community at large to share resources, form partnerships, and coordinate activities. Spark is a great place to start. We will also be introducing added support for connecting camps in 2021. Stay tuned for more information!
If we purchase tickets and decide not to come to BRC as the event gets closer, what should we do with the tickets?
The Secure Exchange Ticket Program (STEP) is the best place to resell your tickets and ensure they land in the hands of community members.