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Risks, Rules, And Requirements

This page contains MAP Camp’s rules, requirements for attending MAP Camp, and the most frequent potential risks of participating in MAP Camp.

You need to read this page before deciding if attending MAP Camp this year is right for you.

This is an event for acutely marginalized people.

Map Camp has the potential to form truly powerful coalitions whose members are real people instead of avatars. It might take a little time before new coalitions lead to a stronger community. For now we may have less resources to offer if something happens to you.

Please encourage people you see to become financial sponsors of MAP Camp, so we can have cash for campers if something happens to them.

You can donate to MAP Camp by using the form on our Contact Us page to request our Venmo, CashApp, or wire transfer info.

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that those funds will come in. You should think carefully about whether or not you’re personally prepared to deal with all the potential risks before deciding to attend. REMEMBER! Just because someone has lots of experience in camping doesn’t necessarily mean they are aware of all the common risks associated with camping. Please read carefully!

Liability Waiver

When you arrive

You will need to sign a copy of our liability waiver stating that you have read everything on this page, are prepared to take full responsibility for all risks, have met the requirements, and will follow the rules.

Example

The undersigned hereby waive, release, and forever discharge [The Campground], MEDAL, their affiliates, managers, members, agents, attorneys, employees, staff, volunteers, heirs, executors, administrators, representatives, predecessors, successors, and assigns from any claims resulting from physical or personal injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability, loss or death, and any property damage that may occur caused by fire, theft, vandalism, water- or land-related accidents, natural events, or any other occurrences or mishaps. We are here of our free will and entirely at our own risk. We understand that these injuries or outcomes may arise by our own or others’ negligence, conditions on the premises, or the conditions or our use of amenities offered at the premises or related to travel to and from the premises. Nonetheless, we assume all related risks, both known and unknown.

[The Campground] and MEDAL are not responsible for any errors, omissions, acts, or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific event or activity. I fully understand that this is a release of liability and I agree to voluntarily give up or waive any right that I otherwise have to bring legal action against [The Campground] or MEDAL for any personal injury or property damage whatsoever for negligence on the part of [The Campground], MEDAL, or their agents and employees. This waiver and release of liability shall remain in effect for the duration of my presence at the premises.

Potential Risks:

Common camping risks:

  • Burns from campfires and cooking equipment that has been heated over a fire.
  • Bites and stings from ants, bees, and other insects.
  • Allergic reactions to poison ivy and other poisonous plants.
  • Serious injury due to falling trees or branches.
  • Cuts from sharp objects left by previous people who occupied the site.
  • Unpredicted bad weather leading to hypothermia or hyperthermia.
  • Sunburn.
  • Scrapes from areas with hazardous terrain.
  • Lyme disease from ticks. This is very common in VT, and an easy way to avoid getting sick is to offer and request tick checks of each other’s backsides at least once daily (it usually becomes much less awkward after the first time).
  • Exposure to pedophiles and other weirdos.

Common travel risks:

  • Sickness from catching a cold in a bus, train, or airplane.
  • Lack of access to personal transportation. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are NOT available in the area. MEDAL plans to provide rides between the bus/train/airport and the campground during MAP Camp, and there is a bus from the campground to nearby towns on weekdays.
  • Losing your phone.
  • Losing your purse, wallet, ID, or money.
  • Losing your luggage.
  • Losing your medications.
  • Having to sit next to a normie on a long bus, train, or plane ride.
  • Neither MEDAL nor the campground can guarantee access to emergency financial assistance.

Common risks with MAP Camp meals:

  • High-risk foods: eggs, cooked rice etc.
  • Food can be exposed to contamination from insects, pests, animals, and dust.
  • Meals made communally by untrained volunteers of disgusting pedophiles (who hopefully wash their disgusting hands).

Common risks with hiking & other outdoor activities:

Dehydration, exhaustion , sprained ankle, back injuries, injuries from animals, falling rocks, blisters, getting lost, insect bites and stings, heat exhaustion, falling, tripping because you were distracted by a sexy minor instead of watching where you were going, knee injury, unsafe water, sunburn, hypothermia, cuts, repetitive strain injury, weather, flash floods, overestimating your ability, no sexy children around to look at (a common problem when hiking).

Rules, requirements, & what to expect from us:

Zero visibility & Pack it in pack it out

  • MAP Camp is zero visibility when it comes to mood altering substances. We will give campers rides to a liquor store, but alcohol won’t be provided for you. All alcohol must be stored somewhere private and decanted when being consumed in public areas. Weed is legal in Vermont. Please don’t smoke it around anyone without their consent. Hard drugs are not permitted anywhere at the campground.
  • The campground provides a dumpster for your trash. Do not leave anything behind at the campsite. In order for MAP Camp to be a sustainable event people should not treat their camping gear as disposable. Anyone disposing of their camping gear at the end of the weekend may find themselves accidentally left out of MAP Camp next year. We can take your gear to a local second hand shop for a $5 service fee, or we can put it in storage for you to use at MAP Camp next year for a $20 storage fee (space is limited).

Interpersonal conflicts & emotional crises

  • A caretaker schedule will be available in the MAP Camp binder. Caretakers are qualified campers who volunteer for times during which they will be available to hold space and provide emotional support for other campers. Caretakers will also work with MAP Camp leaders to help any campers experiencing emotional emergencies.
  • If possible, please let us know in advance if you’re interested in volunteering for a caretaker shift.
  • There may be times when there are no caretakers on duty.
  • The campground does not provide support for emotional emergencies or interpersonal conflicts.

Camper privacy

MEDAL is using the same vetting process b4uact.org uses for their annual conference.

MEDAL is deeply committed to MAP Camp being an opportunity for MAPs to speak freely in a social and public setting. Your privacy is also very important to us. This event should provide a safe and supportive environment. We pledge to you and each other to respect the comments and privacy of others. By attending MAP Camp you pledge to respect the comments and privacy of everyone there. Do not share personal information you hear at MAP Camp. Do not share anything you heard someone say during MAP Camp even if it doesn’t include personal information unless someone gives you explicit permission to share what they said.

In order to keep a safe environment for sharing information, we’ve set up the following ground rules:
  • Treat everyone with respect and fairness.
  • Avoid using real names, addresses, telephone numbers etc.
  • Camp announcements throughout the weekend will include reminders about privacy.

Security

Possession of any form of weapon is prohibited at MAP Camp. If you see any type of weapon, tell a camp leader right away.
The location is a safe area populated by people using a few single family detached, institutional, and transportation buildings.
The campground will provide us with a private site and is staffed by several big, burly, MAP-affirming men.

Equity

In order to make MAP Camp safer for all:
  • Leading police to the campground for any reason during MAP Camp is prohibited. MEDAL is committed to protecting MAPs from the harm they frequently experience by individuals or systemically in our society, and a police officer is an extremely dangerous threat to the physical safety of any nearby Black or Brown MAPs.
  • You must read this pdf on de-escalation before you arrive.
  • If you attend MAP Camp you need to be willing to intervene, work together, communicate information as quickly as possible, alert people to possible risks of violence, or help people evacuate to a safe location.
  • A printout of de-escalation techniques will be available in the camp binder.
  • If possible, please let us know in advance if you have training or experience in de-escalation.
  • Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to stop the campground or other campers from calling the police.