I volunteered last year with my boyfriend, Dalton Harrolle. I loved volunteering and I am for sure doing it this year again. I found it as a good way of finding new people. We made some good friends. We would get lunch with them. Every time we saw them around the festival outside of volunteering we would always be excited to see each other and say “HEYYYYY!” I felt good volunteering because I knew I was giving back into the festival that I enjoy my own time at. I know a lot of the people who work that weekend work really hard and deal with a lot of odd people. And it felt good to see the other side of the operation. Seeing people act rude and mean to us as we were trying to scan their wristbands by handguns because the machines were broken made me really appreciate the nice people that would tell me “have a good day” or “have a good scamp” and I would take that good energy and pass it along to other people in the festival. I still use it. I appreciated them to be able to be patient with me and still have a good attitude even if they were lugging up everything in their car, in the rain to get into the festival. I still use that energy in small consumer ways in daily life. I love summer camp. It’s such a friendly, home-y, relaxing place to be during the summer. And I really loved to get the chance to be able to give back and help the people put all this together for the community. Can’t wait to be back!
My best friend Grant and I volunteered for both of our first years at Summer Camp in 2013. This is going to be somewhat of a novel but once I get going about my Scamp experience it’s hard to stop! From the minute we arrived it was like a continuous series of fortunate events happened (minus the weather!). We met some amazing friends right off the bat on our first night and camped with them the whole weekend. We scored a prime spot in the woods. My favorite part of my volunteer experience was during our first shift. It was on Thursday morning, scanning wristbands at the front gate. I won’t ever forget how exhilarating it was to experience the tension building amongst the wet, cold, excited festival goers eager for the gates to open, and the total excitement that took over the place as soon as they did! Every person to pass through the line was super pumped up with a smile on their face. Our two other shifts were each different and busy in their own way, allowing us to get a whole different look at the festival behind the scenes. All of our fellow volunteers and coordinators were very friendly and helpful. Despite the crappy weather, we seriously had the time of our lives this weekend and will always remember that time very fondly!
I volunteered for with Summer camp Music Festival in 2009, my first year at the event. Based on a friend’s advice, a veteran of the fest, I figured this would be great way to see some fantastic bands, save some money and give back in the process. Little did I know I would receive all this and more…
I arrived at the check in station and learned that for my first shift I would be helping advise my fellow attendees in sorting their garbage, recycle and compost materials into the right cans. Through this process I learned that all of the vendor’s packaging, plates, bowls and utensils were compostable. How responsible and cool! During my shift I was stationed at the main stage and saw two great bands play. I was essentially getting paid to help the festival stay clean and see Summer Camp’s always killer live music.
My next shift I was stationed next to the artist entrance at the red barn. Here I worked with a guy over twice my age with 4 times the cool experiences. He told me stories of seeing the Grateful Dead, what concerts were like back in the day and many more.
Finally, my last shift may have been the best. I was working at an entrance to the Moonshine stage. I got to meet a pretty cool girl and to no surprise we liked a lot of the same music so a new friendship was formed. A festival employee came by to ask us of a very important duty… they offered one of us a spot to dance on stage with Girl Talk! I let my new friend go up the stage and dance, finished out my shift and got released just in time to meet up with my friends for the always spectacular Umphrey’s McGee!
I put a little bit of my time and effort in and got a lot back. I haven’t missed a year since. Thanks Summer Camp!
S’camp 2013 was particularly awesome because of my green team experience. I got my friend from Istanbul, Turkey and my brother to join the team with me. I spotted all tickets and ended up paying under $50 for all three of us. One night, we showed up early for Big Gigantic’s throw-down. We were right up against the railing. Sometime during the show I felt like this was the best part of Summer Camp 2013. Turns out the next day my volunteer shift was located where the artists eat lunch. I spoke with Jeremy from Big Gigantic and told him how much I enjoyed the show. Him and Dominic Lalli, the saxophone player, were so down-to-earth and appreciative of my opinion. So yeah, during the rain I was working inside speaking with my favorite men at S’camp. My brother and Turkish friend had a blast for free at their first Summer Camp Music Festival. I recommend volunteering at this festival. It’s an easy individual task, but the team creates a positive difference on the environment at Three Sisters Park, our temporary party grounds!
My name is Caitlin Zenner and last year was my first Summer Camp and green team experience! I really wanted to go to summercamp but I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford it. I signed up for green team and it was truly a rewarding experience. I was excited to go to my green team shifts because it was great knowing that I helped contribute towards having a clean, friendly, and muddy(mother nature’s fault, but we rocked the mud) environment for all scampers to enjoy. My boyfriend, Mike, also worked the green team with me and he will say the exact same thing as myself. It was sooo much fun being at the top of moonshine watching everyone dance and carry on (check out the photo I attached of mike and me at moonshine Friday night). I also met some really cool people volunteering that I would never have gotten the chance to meet.
I came to the festival world as it was seemingly taking off in mainstream culture, the summer of 2011. My then-boyfriend, now best friend/ex/neighbor had been coming to SCAMP for several years, with his TRIBE, a group of friends that had sustained each other since middle school. Because I had come along to his picture a few weeks before SCAMP, and was a broke graduate student, I decided to volunteer, as a way to save money while still being able to come along, and meet his friends. I was assigned to the Green Team, which, as you may well know, involved a great deal of trash sorting, and being up to your elbows in improperly-discarded human waste.
Despite my seemingly terrible experience, I really enjoyed working for the Green Team, and as a person who is naturally introverted, it gave me an opportunity to commiserate with folks over really interesting work conditions. This started my descent into the festival world, and brought me ever closer to those whom I now call family (the TRIBE).
Even though the reason why I attended my first SCAMP is no longer romantically present, volunteering gave me the opportunity to explore a more colorful life – as a person who used to have a wardrobe solely consisting of black, white, grey, and purple. Because of this experience and interactions, I recognized that I didn’t have to fit into a mold of middle-american adulthood. That my life was what I made it – leading me to quit my program, and move halfway across the country to pursue a PHD in sociology, with a research interest in collective behaviors – with field research in – what else! – the festival community.
Because of my ability to volunteer my way into SCAMP, it (really) changed my life – its direction, its purpose, and how I conduct it. By trading work for play in a low (but very high) risk barter, (and sorting cans from human waste) – it gave me the confidence to pursue a life weirder, and more wonderful than could ever be imagined.
First off I would just like to take a minute and thank you for being awesome and allowing people to have the chance to help keep the park clean while still attending a kickass festival. My favorite memory for the green team was my first year volunteering in 2011. You know….the year we all almost got tornadoed Lol. I was standing there in the open area of the sunshine stage when out of nowhere the wind picked up. Then someone got on stage and started telling everyone to evacuate and go to their cars/tents. Probably 2 minutes later I saw it. The most brutal looking death cloud I have ever seen! It was monstrous! A huge mass of cylindrical swirling horror! It was spinning to the left while at the same time flowing up and around its self (if that makes any sense). That’s when the wind came. Tents were flying people were running and everything was going crazy! THEN! The rain. That was some brutal intense rain. BUT! I stood my ground and started helping folks that were in a panic. Its amazing how much authority people think you have when your wearing one of those vests Lol. But I did my best. I saved some ladies umbrella that went flying. I showed people where to go and told folks that they should probably take cover. But that when it got REALLY bad. Like really really bad. I saw another green team vest running towards shelter so I figured it would probably be a good time to go try and check in with Vanessa (I believe that’s her name) after running all the way to the green team trailer I discovered nobody was there….so I went and took shelter in my tent while the storm passed. While I was laying in my tent a huge branch fell narrowly missing my tent by a few inches! After the storm settled I went back to the green team trailer to return my kickass green team vest and offered to work the 2 hours of my shift spent in my tent. Being awesome they told me that everything was all good and that I could go continue my festival adventures!
Once again. Thank you for being awesome and giving people the chance to attend the festival while helping to keep it green. I really enjoy heckling folks to recycle and put their trash in the proper can. Or in 2012 you guys gave us those raffle tickets to hand out. I made people do some absolutely ridiculous things for a raffle ticket Lol. I made one guy bring me 20 cigarette butts and another girl brought a giant bag of trash to the cans and I convinced her to desperate it all for a raffle ticket. I found out towards the end of my shift that I actually gave the girl a winning ticket! She came back and thanked me and hugged me and even gave me fruit snacks Lol. So once again thank you for being awesome and encouraging miracles to happen.
Joe Allen. A loyal green team volunteer.
P.s. sorry for my terrible grammar. I plan on going green team again this year.
I was a general volunteer this past year for 2013. I had no idea what to expect because not only was it my first year volunteering, but it was my first year at Summer Camp! I instantly fell in love with the campgrounds and the magical music all around me. All of my fellow volunteers and staff were incredibly nice and easy to get along with. My absolute craziest, most awesome experience was on my first day of volunteering! I was scanning wristbands for people to enter the VIP bar/lounge. Someone who, at the time I did not recognize, was having trouble getting their wristband to scan. He told me was an artist and his wristband wasn’t working anywhere. We started making small talk and suddenly I realized a bunch of people were standing around us with their mouths dropped open, just staring. I wasn’t sure why but it made me wonder who I was talking to. Eventually he left to have his wristband replaced and about 20 minutes later he came back, gave me a quick shoulder rub and thanked me for being so nice. Then he went in to the bar and I didn’t see him again that day. I kept wondering which artist I could have been talking to, but really didn’t have a clue until my volunteer shift the next day! I was scanning passes for the backstage access at the Keller Williams show when I saw this man on stage! The man who gave me a shoulder rub and conversation! It was Victor Wooten!!! The incredibly talented bass player! I was so beside myself, I could not believe I was not aware of this when I was speaking with him. But there you have it. That is my amazingly awesome volunteer story!
I was lucky enough to get a job driving golf carts for SCamp last year. I wasn’t expecting the need for a 4×4 cart. Never letting a little rain and mud or a lot of both to hinder my mission, I drove that Saturday for 12hrs. During this shift I was assigned to take Karl Denison and crew to eat after their set. Now if you know about this legend of Get Down, you know they dress real nice. As I started down the path right away I knew I’d picked the wrong way. It wasn’t long when Karl figured it out. WE were stuck in four inches of mud. I assured my passengers I was getting them to dinner and clean. Knowing the Power of SCampers I stood up and Shouted “WHO WANTS TO HELP ME? I JUST GOT KARL DENISON STUCK IN THE MUD.” With in seconds about six peeps appear and start pushing. They followed the golf cart making sure we made it to Dinner with my passengers were fairly clean. Summer Camp is all about getting On The Bus, getting In The Van, and keeping the golf cart keeping On.
Thanks for doing all you guys do