There can get to be a bit of logistics involved in reserved sites. Pennsic is a good example of that.
However, for the first couple of Gulf Wars, my barony was not camping as a group. At the fourth?, we set up in an area we had camped in the last year. But someone told us we couldn’t camp there. So we found some where else. And again, some knight came up and said that area was claimed by his household. We were close to giving up and going home, although we had just driven 12 hours to get there. My wife was having a fit/break down. We finally ended up on the other side of the lake near the horse stables. We learned later that we weren’t really supposed to be there, either. But no one chased us off and it actually worked out well.
Then next year my barony put in for a baronial camping area and with some variation over the years, depending upon how many in the barony came vs. how many in the rest of Ansteorra came, it has worked out.
Another thought is to set aside some dedicated areas for folks not attached to any particular group. Pennsic calls this “singles” camping. They don’t care if you are married, though. :-)
> On Jan 16, 2017, at 12:33 PM, Volu-Ingibiorg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I know the idea behind having no assigned camping is to promote a laid-back feel, but when I was a newcomer I was told by my local group: "You're welcome to camp with us. If not, probably no one will mind if you set up in their traditional spot. They might ask you to move your tent over or something, though, if there's a reason a particular tent in that spot is best for their group." Someone else chimed in, "Well, they might mind. Some groups have done improvements on their areas and may resent it if you take up enough space that one of them has to move elsewhere because of trees or pathways. And you don't want to put your modern tent in the area claimed by the people with the period encampment."
> "How do I know what group camps where?"
> "You just have to ask when you get to site. You probably don't want to be one of the first ones on."
> As someone socially awkward, this was incredibly intimidating. Money or no money, it could be less worrying and off-putting to new folks if we could at least have a map marked with traditional spots, and maybe more pathway signs to help folks not get lost.
> I suspect better signage might encourage more second-time visitors, too. I know I almost didn't come back because of the frustration of being repeatedly lost. (If you ask for directions somebody can tell you, "follow the path around that way," but when the path branches, or opens out entirely, or you can't tell whether it's a real path or you're rudely cutting through some household's private encampment...)
> #3 Open up the early on possibilities and charge for them, or make a fee for reserved camping space. We say we don't have reserved space but we really do by tradition. Why not charge a little for it and make it “official”There are all sorts of ways this could be worked including having groups like baronies pay for a tent to get there reserved space. Perhaps a gang to set up tents for the older, lighter of heart-but then there are transport, responsibility, and return issues along with getting a crew to do it for
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