IT’S A WONDERFUL THING TO HAVE KIDS AT AFRIKABURN, BUT YOU HAVE TO PREPARE THEM AND BE PREPARED YOURSELF.
PREPARE YOUR KIDS
Let your kids know in advance about the kind of things that they will or might see and hear. Nudity, iconoclastic art, sexuality, rude language, cultural commentary, and weird behaviour are all a part of the AfrikaBurn experience. Steer them away from whatever you feel uncomfortable with, but be matter-of-fact about the stuff they are curious about.
Consider your child’s normal frame of reference: have they camped before? Talk to them about common-sense safety - advise them to be cautious about getting too close to aggressive art, destructive robots and moving vehicles, and playing in ash heaps or burn scars. A little bit of care goes a long way in a chaotic environment. All parents should attend to their children and are responsible for their safety and well-being at all times.
You and your kids should know who is responsible for them at all times. Rather over-communicate with your kids than leave them without important info. Parents not behaving responsibly, with regard to their children, may be asked to leave the event.
RANGER SAYS: small children are a wonder at the burn but your average teen can be a horror and even more horrific in an anarchic enclave with music, booze, and countless temptations.
AfrikaBurn is not the place to bring your distant teen in the hope that it will bring you closer.
1 ORIENTATE YOUR KIDS
When you get to Tankwa Town - walk around with them and identify landmarks that will help them navigate and be safe.
If possible, figure out your camp address prior to arrival – this enables our Gate crew to link your kid’s wristband to camp location. If you don’t know your camp address before arrival, please head to our Gate after you’ve settled in and provide the info.
2 GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOURS
The community is one of the great strengths of AfrikaBurn. Neighbours help to look out for kids, bikes and everything else at your camp, while you do the same for them.
3 ORGANISE EARLY MORNING ACTIVITIES
Children may be up well before you and wandering about.
4 PROTECT THEM FROM THE ELEMENTS
Get your children to wear sturdy footwear and hats, use sunscreen and carry water with them wherever they are.
5 MARK YOUR KIDS BIKE
Take some duct tape and a permanent marker and mark your kid’s bike with their name, your name and your camp address. Adding a long ‘flagpole’ with brightly coloured flag (and a light) will make it easy to spot your kid’s bike from a distance. Similarly, marking your bike will make it easier for your kids to find and follow you.
6 DON’T LEAVE YOUR CHILDREN AT THEME CAMPS
You might be keen to have a wander and enjoy yourself but leaving children in the care of Theme Camps without their agreement is irresponsible and unfair to the Theme Camps and your children.
7 OLDER KIDS
Older kids are going to want to stretch their limits and cruise around on their own – make some guidelines that you both feel comfortable with, including how far to go and how often to check back in.
Please note: Theme Camps should not gift alcohol to those under 18 and camps gifting alcohol will ask for identification if in doubt.