Camp Shiny embraces and strives to implement the 10 Principles of Burning Man
Leaving No Trace
- Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
- Radical Inclusion is the core of The Camp Shiny Project. The founders, seeing how well Anna would fit in to the burner community, started considering how she, and others like her could be included. Camp Shiny was born in the van driving back from BRC in 2014 as we discussed how it might work.
- Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
- One of the purposes of Camp Shiny is to show that the severely autistic have things to give also, often these people are seen as 'takers.' One of the sub-projects of the camp is to help our Autistic Burners give, by creating art, communicating their knowledge and gifting new perspectives.
- In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
- Camp Shiny is and will always be a non-commercial project, supported by participants and donors. We will not provide commercial endorsements or accept advertising.
- Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
- While recognizing self-reliance, we also recognize that we cannot expect our Autistic Burners to be fully self-reliant. As we all know no one is fully self-reliant at Burning Man. We all rely on each other, if not for material goods, then for spiritual support.
- At Camp Shiny the camp members work together to ensure that the Autistic Burners are safe and basic needs are met. At the same time, we strive to have our Autistic Burners rely on themselves as much as possible.
- Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient
- This is another central aspect of The Camp Shiny Project. In the default world, autistic people are often seen as 'odd,' express unacceptable behaviors, and are trained to suppress their normal expressiveness. Not so at Camp Shiny!
- Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
- Camp Shiny is a communal project, it is very loose network of like-minded people, who want to build a place for Autistic Burners. The Camp is only on about the Autistic Burners though, all our members have their own burn to experience and the camp will work together to support this.
- We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
- We acknowledge our responsibility to design and run Camp Shiny in a responsible manner. Creating a camp at Burning Man for the autistic is not without risk. We acknowledge these risks as we strive to create and opening and inviting experience for Autistic Burners.
Leaving No Trace
- Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
- Camp Shiny respects the environment. Camp Shiny may be a little more resource intensive than some camps (so that we can meet the health and hygiene needs of our Autistic Burners); but we will reduce our impact where and when ever we can, use alternative energy as much as possible, and, of course, leave no trace.
- Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
- Camp Shiny's Autistic Burners are not observers of Burning Man, but full participants. We hope for and expect transformative change, in our Autistic Burners, in our camp as a whole, and in the broader Burning Man Community as a result of their interactions with us.
- Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
- Many of us involved in Camp Shiny are working to establish better living situations for autistic adults in the default world. One of the most informative aspects of this work is recognizing the need to live in the moment and embrace the immediate. We cannot achieve a better future without embracing a better now.