Base Camp Ground Rules

Ground Rules for Attendees of Bark’s Summer Campouts
All participants are expected to follow the ground rules set below.

Forest Service and Law Enforcement Officers (“LEOs”)

  • No alcohol or federal & state-determined illegal drugs  
  • Direct all Law Enforcement Officers to Bark staff
  • Follow posted Forest Service orders, such as burn bans and road closures
  • Do not damage/destroy Forest Service property or equipment

Camp safety and happiness

  • Participate in group activities & help with camp chores as needed
  • Tell the group leader promptly about any problems/dangers/concerns
  • Always check in/out with camp host when arriving or leaving camp
  • Take care of and do not lose or neglect Bark’s Base Camp materials and equipment
  • Always use the official latrine for poop (check in with camp host for location and tutorial); walk completely out of sight of camp to pee; always use hand sanitizer
  • Keep camp clean and dispose of trash properly
  • Do not waste food or water
  • Be responsible for your pet and follow Bark’s dog protocol (below)
  • Drink only treated water
  • Do not pick vegetation or create unnecessary damage to the forest
  • Be quiet in the common area from 10pm to 7am
  • No smoking in common areas, and dispose of butts properly
  • No individual campfires
  • Check in before you leave to see if you can haul back stuff to town

Interpersonal and Cultural respect

  • We reserve right to ask anyone to leave Base Camp
  • Discrimination, micro-aggression, and all oppressive behavior will not be tolerated
  • Be mindful and respect people’s physical, social, and emotional boundaries (e.g. don’t touch people/belongings without permission, respect gender identities)
  • The main camp is not a clothing-optional area
  • Comply with the judgement and requests of group leaders
  • Watch out for other campers and help when needed. Be aware of children and other vulnerable campers
  • Ask for what you need (help, a break, some first aid, to be left alone and know your limits (don’t over-do it)
  • Be mindful of your relative social privilege and self-manage the amount of space you take up in group settings. If a group leader asks you to step back, do so.

Dog protocol

  • Well-behaved (e.g. calm, quiet, well-socialized, non-aggressive/reactive toward other dogs, food, or children) dogs only
  • All dogs must wear a collar/harness and have a leash available at all times
  • Hike and event leaders will make judgement calls about whether or not dogs must be leashed for a given hike or event
  • Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up all dog poop from campsites and trails immediately, as well as disposing of it properly
  • Dogs are not allowed in kitchen/food spaces
  • Uncontrollable dogs or breaking of dog rules will not be tolerated and said dog(s) will be asked to leave. This includes but is not limited to instances such as damage to the environment, damage to gear or food, injury to campers, dog fights and refusal to leash dogs upon request.
  • Dogs must not be left unattended

Guidelines for young children

  • Young children are those who require adult supervision, as determined by their parent/guardian.
  • Young children must be attended by a parent/legal guardian at all times, or in the care of another adult designated by the child’s parent/guardian
  • Young children are not allowed in kitchen/food areas
  • Young children must stay in the common area or in tents after dark
  • Young children must respect other people’s personal space and belongings
  • Other campers may communicate directly with young children about their personal space needs
  • All campers may communicate directly with young children about kid safety issues
  • Leaving young children in Camp during Groundtruthing:
    • Parents/guardians may arrange for their young child to be in the care of another adult while they go Groundtruthing.  Parents/guardians will make this arrangement directly with the other adult. Parents/guardians will provide the other adult with basic information about their young child (name, DOB, emergency contact info, diet, allergies, boundaries, other).  Parents/guardians will directly connect their young child with the adult, and confirm that the kid and the adult are clear on the connection.
    • Bark staff will facilitate these peer-to-peer arrangements by connecting parents/guardians with adults willing to stay in camp with young children.  Bark staff will provide 3x5 cards for parents/guardians to provide their child's information. Bark staff may require a minimum of two adults to stay in camp with young children.