Under 18 Policy

Under 18 Policy

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Once you’ve reviewed the entire policy below, complete the Minor Tracking Form for each minor participant you’ll be bringing to the event.



People of all ages are welcome at Transformus. Just like the rest of us, minors at Transformus are encouraged to bring art, volunteer, and otherwise participate. That said, Transformus is not a kid-focused event and anyone considering bringing a minor must understand that parts of the event may be inappropriate or uncomfortable for minors. (For the purposes of our event, a minor is defined as any attendee under the age of 18, and adult refers to those over 18.)

Guardians must review this information carefully and evaluate whether it is appropriate to bring their minors to the event. You are responsible for your own (and your minor’s) safety at Transformus.

Families will be REQUIRED to adhere to the following: 

Failure to adhere may be grounds for ejection; See the “Code of Conduct” document for more info.

  1. Everyone under 18 must arrive and attend with a legal guardian and have a liability waiver signed in person at the gate by a legal guardian. Guardians are required to fill out the “Minor Tracking Form” upon entry into the event for each of their minors under 18, and ensure it is accurate and properly filed at the gate. This form should be completed prior to arrival and have all of the required information attached. This form will be associated with an identifier on the minor’s and guardian’s wristbands and kept at the Ranger Station. With this system, in the event of a minor being lost or separated from their parent, they can be quickly reunited, or their parents/camp can be located quickly in case of injury or emergency.
  1. The minor’s legal guardian is responsible for ensuring that the minor is supervised at all times by a responsible adult. See below for elaboration on these points.
  1. Minors 12 and under must be under the direct control of a responsible adult at all times.
  2. From sunset to sunrise*, all participants under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Minors under the age of 18 will be allowed in yellow areas during this time only if accompanied by a designated adult.
  3. Sleeping minors cannot be left unaccompanied in camp.
  4. Minors ages 13-17 can roam more widely (rules in below section for theme camp zones) during daytime* as long as they are under supervision of a responsible adult (aka radio, or knowledge of parent/of the minor’s location).
  5. It is required that any minor at Transformus be able to find and identify their legal guardian at all times.
  6. Allowing a minor for whom you are responsible to violate any of the stated event rules and regulations may result in ejection.

To qualify as a “responsible adult” for the purposes of supervising a minor or minors, a participant must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  1. Be in full control of their mental and physical faculties (i.e. the adult may not be inebriated, napping, etc.).
  1. Either be the minor’s guardian, or have been actively assigned those duties on site by the minor’s guardian on the minor tracking form at the Ranger Station. In other words, being over 21 doesn’t mean you can take a minor on a walkabout – you need their guardian’s consent.
  1. Have actively and positively accepted those responsibilities from the minor’s guardian on site. In other words, a guardian cannot delegate their responsibilities to another adult without that adult’s active consent.
  1. Be prepared to follow the rules regarding supervision of the minor, and to accept consequences (which may include eviction) for any failure to do so.
  1. Allowing a minor for whom you are responsible to violate any of the stated rules is grounds for the entire party attending (including minors and their guardians) to be ejected. 

Minors & Ejection 

If an issue arises with a minor and a legal guardian cannot be found in a reasonable amount of time (or is not sober enough to act as a responsible adult), then both the minor and the legal guardian may be removed from the event. If a minor is engaging in any behavior worthy of removal from the event, then the legal guardian will be removed as well. A complete list of Ejection-able Offenses is included in the Code of Conduct.

Minors & Hazards

The new site contains many hazards. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Steep drop offs (ravines)
  • Active gas wells (and associated equipment, pipes, power systems)
  • Livestock ponds, water catchments, or streams
  • Potentially dangerous wildlife
  • Poisonous plants
  • Felled timber, brush, and deadwood
  • Bicycles and motorized traffic
  • Sharp rusty junk piles and derelict equipment

As stated at the beginning, parents should not assume that all natural or man-made hazards can or will be marked, or that any sort of physical safety barriers will be present.

Adult Content

Parts of the event are adult in nature. These activities are required to be visually blocked from public thoroughfares, but you must be aware that you or your minor may encounter activities that may be inappropriate or uncomfortable for minors.

Be responsible for yourself and your minor. Do not expect the volunteers or community-at-large to supervise your minor or manage your minor’s experience. If you feel something is inappropriate for your minor, it is your responsibility to steer your minor away from it. Likewise, individuals, groups, or the community-at-large should feel empowered to discuss with parents if they feel their content is inappropriate for minors, or if they feel minors are being disruptive or are endangered in any way.

The site is very large, and we intend to spread things out. Theme Camps will be arranged into green, yellow, red, and purple neighborhoods. Theme Camps will be asked to decide if they will be a green, yellow, red, or purple camp when registering. Minors can only camp in Green or Yellow Theme Camps. 

Camps may choose to exclude minors from their premises and functions at any time at their discretion if they feel their content would be inappropriate or dangerous for minors to experience. Minors and their guardians are expected to respect those choices. That said, Theme Camps are also asked to abide by the principle of radical inclusion whenever possible and not “over-rate” their camp.

Theme Camp color coding guidelines:

We will ask that you choose a rating for your theme camp during theme camp registration.  Here are a few guidelines you can use when picking your camp rating.  We’ve included the “movie rating” system as an example of what kind of content your camp may be presenting.

Green (rated G to PG) – Your Theme Camp and events are friendly to all ages regardless of time of day or night

Yellow (Rated PG-13 – R) – Your Theme Camp may have all events open to all during the day but some evening activities that are inappropriate for younger burners.  They could be allowed to attend if their parent or guardians accompany them.  Parents are expected to make their own decisions about what is appropriate for their minor in this case.

Red – (Rated R to NC-17) – Your camp may have daytime activities that are inappropriate for some attendees, but minors could be allowed with parent/guardian supervision.  Your night time activities may be more adult in nature and minors should be restricted from attending.

Purple (No one under 18)– Your Theme Camp is hosting adult themed activities at all times of day or night and minors should not attend regardless of supervision.  

All of the Elysium neighborhood is designated Purple.  No one under 18 may enter any part of Elysium at any time. 

Daytime (begins at sunrise time*)Nighttime (begins at sunset time*)
GreenAll ages allowedAll ages allowed
YellowAll ages allowedUnder 18 allowed only if supervised
RedUnder 18 allowed only if supervisedNo one under 18 allowed.
PurpleNo one Under 18 Allowed at any timeNo one Under 18 Allowed at any time

These permissions include all restrictions and rules listed above and those included in the code of conduct.

*At Marvin’s Mountaintop, access to certain theme camp zones will be determined by day and night.

First light at Marvin’s Mountaintop will be a little after 5 AM EST.

Last light will be around 9:30 PM EST.

These will be the times we use to define the boundaries of day and night.