TL;DR: Here is the link for the official 2017 Work Weekends Sign-Up:
The Basics: Work Weekends are the weekends in June when volunteers travel up
to the event space and prepare it. This can include but is not limited to
gathering sticks for the bug, repairing or creating new paths, and general
maintenance. Volunteers begin arriving after 6pm on Fridays (June 9th, 16th,
and 23rd) and are expected to vacate by 2pm on Sundays. Lunch is provided by
Work Weekend Corps on Saturday with basic snacks and coffee available the
rest of the weekend.
Ride Sharing: Sharing rides is highly encouraged and there is a space on the
form to help coordinate ride shares. This is for coordination purposes and
will be shared to others who have signed up for ride shares only.
Tasks: There is a lot of do in a relatively small amount of time, so it's
important that if you are going to attend work weekends you understand that
the crews and corps are there to work, this is not a 'Firefly lite' or party
event. That being said, there is a lot of fun to be had and it's an
excellent way to meet new people if you are new to the event and/or the
community. We accept and encourage anyone and everyone to volunteer and will
make accommodations for those with specific needs.
Equipment: Beyond the normal camping equipment required to stay in the woods
over the weekend, we appreciate volunteers bringing any extra tools and
equipment that might be useful. Previous useful tools include mattocks,
chainsaws, cordless drills, and shovels. It is generally recommended that
you label your tools so that they come back to you. Neither WW corps or
Firefly is responsible for any lost tools/equipment. Alsol; due to safety
concerns, tools such as chainsaws will be coordinated with DPW.
Placement Brunch: June 18th is placement brunch which begins at 12pm. It is
strongly encouraged that if your camp is sending representation to placement
weekend, they be ready to contribute to the infrastructure work as well. Due
to limited parking, if you will be attending placement only YOU MUST still
register with the WW form and indicate that you'll be attending placement.
Again, if attending placement brunch it is highly encouraged that you
participate in Work Weekend as well.
Contact Info: Your Work Weekend Corps leads are Speedbump and Mieke. Both
can be reached at workweekend(a)fireflyartscollective.org
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> with any questions and can
coordinate connection with other corps as needed.
Work Weekends can be signed up for at <https://tinyurl.com/FFWW17>
Signups are due by the Thursday before each weekend. If you show up and have
not completed the form you are consenting to 2 days of hard labor. Once you
arrive at the property, please check in with Work Weekend Corps to be givens
tasks, consensual hugs, snacks and further information. See you in the
Dear Firefly Community,
The Conduct Committee seeks to induct these 4 new volunteer members to help
with its mission of investigating possible Code of Conduct violations in
Derrick Harrington (Lavender)
Jazmine Idakaar (Djaz)
We solicit the comments of the entire community about these
participants--please share your feelings and experiences relating to their
serving in this sensitive and important role.
Please send your feedback to conduct-committee(a)fireflyartscollective.org or
any of the individual members listed below no later than May 30. An
to the role of the Conduct Committee
available on our website.
Dan Snyder, Darren Torphey, Emile Daigle, Ike Feitler, Sadiya Akasha, Sage
(the Firefly Conduct Committee)
THE BASICS: In order to reserve a specific location in the woods and have a
place on the official map, art projects and theme camps *must* go through
the Placement process.
Anyone can bring art and camp without Placement, but only Placement can
claim your spot before Firefly starts.
If you are interested, please read the info below and then fill out the
Placement application at the link at the bottom by June 7th.
After that, you can send a representative to the to the Firefly site on Sunday
June 18th and mark off your spot for the event.
Placement’s first priority is always to help camps and artists find the
right space for their awesome projects!
Here is what you need to know about this year's Placement process and
Returning Camps and Art: Returning camps and art are usually --- but not
necessarily --- entitled to the space they had in previous years.
This is to help accommodate critical event infrastructure as well as make
room for the event to grow and experiment new ways to use and organize the
The vast majority of projects will be able to use the same site. Projects
unable to return to their previous spaces will be notified as soon as
possible and we will try to identify and reserve new spots with an equal
amount of space, access and level terrain.
Conflict Mediation: Placement is largely a participant-run process. It
tends to be very friendly and non-adversarial and some really great
solutions have arisen between neighbors by collaborating during Placement.
If a conflict does arise, please try to resolve in a respectful way between
yourselves, or even enlist a neighbor to help give some perspective.
We are happy to help mediate if you come to us, but if a resolution cannot
be reached, Placement will make a decision according to the best interest
Placement Potluck Brunch: In order to be placed you must have a
representative at the Placement Potluck Brunch which will happen at 12pm on
the Sunday of the second pre-Firefly work weekend - June 18th. Please bring
brunch items to share!
We have chosen this time so your representative can attend just for the
day; attending the full Work Weekend is highly encouraged but not required.
(You must sign up for the Work Weekend if you intend to be there for the
Your representative will choose your spot in the forest and help us stake
it out. The rep can be anyone you choose, and multiple camps can have the
same representative. In fact, this is encouraged!
Due to space and parking constraints, we encourage you to consolidate
related projects to use as few representatives as possible.
At noon Sunday there will be a registration spot near the standing stone in
the Field to meet with the Placement Core, sign in for your camp or art,
and get marking tape.
The bringing of brunch items for your group and some to share is strongly
We also encourage everyone to carpool. The lot can only handle so many
cars, so we may need to implement carpooling requirements if not enough
people do it voluntarily.
Marking Tape: Your camp’s common space can be marked off with surveyor's
marking tape that Placement will provide you.
Please remove the Placement marking tape by the 2nd day of the event. We
encourage projects to plan to reuse the neon, streamer-like tape as
decoration or works of art.
Contact Info: Placement works very closely with the Sound, Fire, LNT, Art
and Work Weekend Cores, as well as other projects like Camp Leader
Contact information provided on these forms will be shared with these
Additionally, contact information may be shared with leads from other
registered art and theme camps for purpose of facilitating placement
activities (i.e., putting neighbors in touch with each other or helping to
organize carpools to the work weekend.) And, while planning your project,
you can reach out to these cores if you have any questions:
Fire Core Info: Note that any fiery objects, other than camp stoves,
must be approved by the Fire Safety Core. The risk of forest fires is
non-trivial in this area, please pursue fire and fuel related projects with
caution. Your camp can bring above-ground fire bowls but cannot dig new
fire pits. Remember that fuel is MOOP and take precautions against even
small spills and splashes. Questions? Email: fire (@) fireflyartscollective
Sound Core Info: If you plan to bring amplified sound (or fire effects)
louder than a boombox, plan to coordinate with Sound Core so that noise
impacts on neighbors can be minimized. Questions about possible sound
issues should be directed to: sound (@) fireflyartscollective (dot) org
LNT: lnt (@) fireflyartscollective (dot) org
Work Weekend: workweekend (@) fireflyartscollective (dot) org
Now that you have the read the policy, please apply to have your art or
theme camp placed here:
Placement applications are due by 11:59pm Wednesday June 7th.
Still have questions? Email us at placement (@) fireflyartscollective (dot)
Are you a calm and supportive influence, particularly in stressful
situations? Do you have mediation skills? Do you want to be a friendly and
helpful face, connecting people with resources as needed (for example,
First Aid or other Cores)? Have you been to Firefly before, or Rangered at
other Burns? If yes, please consider volunteering for the Firefly Rangers!
To volunteer, please fill out our annual survey at
The survey includes training dates. Pre-event training is required, but
some exceptions can be made for out-of-town rangers. We will be in touch
with anyone who indicates in the survey they can't make one of the listed
The shift schedule is not ready for sign-up; we will be in touch with
everyone who did the survey when the schedule is ready.
For more info, see our page on the Firefly website:
For questions, email rangers(a)fireflyartscollective.org
See you in the woods!
2017 Ranger Council
(Rangers Drama, Dolphin, Helix, Broxie & Cyan)
Hello Community Members,
We're going to have another offering of the workshop in early June. This
will follow the same curriculum as the previous BARCC workshops, including
recognizing sexual assault, being an active bystander, and responding to
disclosures. It will be three separate sessions with breaks in between, so
expect somewhere from 4.5 to 5 hours total commitment. It will be hosted at
a location near the red line.
* If you're interested in joining the Firefly Conduct Committee and haven't
participated in this workshop before, please consider attending this
session as it would cover one of their requirements.
* If you're interested in being a Sanctuary Supervisor for Firefly, please
try to attend as I believe this material or an equivalent course will be
* If you're interested in volunteering for the SafeWord program offering
support to disclosers in and out of events, attendance to this or a
previous instance is required.
We will be having the next workshop on either June 3rd or 4th; please
indicate your availability in this poll if you're interested:
You must also fill out this application in order to attend: