Many answers are found in the Happy Camper Guide and in the Membership and Administration Policies.
What does Nordic Paradise “provide” as a camp?
The camp and everything we have and do are created by our members. We get what we provide ourselves, nothing more and nothing less. We aim to create a nice and safe space for all members. It includes:
- Two meals per day – Brunch around noon and dinner at sunset.
- Water for cooking and drinking
- Handling of MOOP and grey-water
- Shade structure over your sleeping arrangement
- A basic shower
- Dining tent and private hangout space
- Public space with dancefloor, bar, music etc.
You will have to engage in the camp, bring your own sleeping arrangement (e.g. tent), bike (there are some you can rent), extra food and water, cup, cutlery and plate, bags for taking care of your personal MOOP and a great spirit.
Where is the application to Nordic Paradise Camp 2024?
You find it in the Member section when you have created a profile and joined Nordic Camp NPO.
What does the camp fee cover?
“Fee” is not the best word. We have a shared economy, meaning that all members pay an amount (5000 SEK 2024) to an account held by the NPO. We create a budget together, allocating funds to the different teams and when a member pays for something to the camp, they ask for reimbursement and get money from the account. The camp gets nothing, there are no paid members, there is no profit made, just cost sharing.
The major economical posts are food, water, transport (rent of truck and payment for our trailer), build (material needed and transportation) and energy production. Other teams also get funds and some years the camp invests in new infrastructure.
If there’s money left post the event, they are rolled forward to the next year’s camp. If there’s a deficit a equal deduction from all members deposit (1000 SEK) will be made to cover the negative balance.
Why a membership fee to the NPO?
The fee is 200 SEK/year. A practical reason is that it is very hard to maintain an updated membership list without a yearly fee. This makes it much easier to remove persons from the list in the coming years and maintain an updated membership list. But more importantly, it costs money to have a bank account, to have a homepage and to handle all administration around a NPO. The membership fee of 200 SEK is intended to cover these costs.
Can I apply to the camp without being a member of the NPO
No, you must become a member of the NPO in order to apply to the camp. The fee is low but is used to run the NPO, which is needed for the camp. The two are very much connected. You need to become a member of the NPO before you can apply to the camp. The membership fee of 200 SEK is non-refundable and a place in the camp is not guaranteed even if you are a member of the NPO.
How are the memberships in the camp allocated?
The lead-roles for all the teams are allocated in January by a “application committee”. The co-leads are allocated in February by the respective leads and membership team. The remaining memberships are allocated in March and April by the membership team.
Isn’t the application and selection process a violation of “Radical Inclusion”?
Radical inclusion means that all should be equally invited to participate. However, the event or group can set up conditions for participation and apply them to all members. The 10 Principles of Burning Man are such conditions. Nordic Paradise has additional policies that all members need to accept and abide to. Hence, persons that do not want to accept the 10 principles or the policies in Nordic Paradise may not be invited to participate. (Exclusion principle)
The camp has a limited number of memberships. In 2024 we have stated that the camp will have 90 members. This means that 90 persons must be selected from all that have applied to the camp and passed the “exclusion principle”. Selection can be done in many ways, one is “first come, first served”. Random allocation is another. A third is to try and match the needs of the camp with the membership candidates.