Peace Camp Registration is LIVE!
We are using EventBrite to sell our tickets. This gives us a secure and easy way for us to gather needed information from ALL attendees, and it lets you pay using your credit or debit card. We can also accept checks in the mail; use the Eventbrite process and follow the instructions for mailing a checkk.
You probably have questions!
We will do our best to supply some answers here. Click any question to see the answer.
How much do tickets cost?
Peace Camp Tickets
|Ticket Type||Ticket Price|
|Adult 7 days||$270|
|Child 12 and under 7 days||$215|
|Adult Weekend (3 days)||$150|
|Child 12 and under Weekend (3 days)||$120|
|Saturday, No Accommodations||$50|
|Saturday 12 and under, No Accommodations||$40|
Note: Dorm space is somewhat limited. Buy your tickets early if you need indoor space!
We must provide final food totals to Scattergood on June 20, so PLEASE try to register before then. Saturday tickets will be available on-site, and include meals.
What meals are included with my ticket?
The following meals are included in the price of every 7-day ticket.
- Monday, July 3: hot lunch and dinner with dessert
- Tuesday, July 4: hot breakfast, hot lunch, and dinner with dessert
- Wednesday, July 5: hot breakfast, hot lunch, and dinner with dessert
- Thursday, July 6: hot breakfast, hot lunch, and dinner with dessert
- Friday, July 7: hot breakfast, cold (sandwich/salad) lunch to take with you on the peace walk, and dinner with dessert
- Saturday, July 8: hot breakfast, hot lunch, and barbecue dinner with dessert
- Sunday, July 9: hot breakfast and hot lunch
Weekend tickets include meals listed above for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (8 meals), and Saturday tickets include the meals listed.
What kind of food will you have?
All food will be prepared on site, with many of the ingredients actually grown or produced on Scattergood's organic farm. Diners will have a choice of meat, vegetarian, and vegan options at every meal, with a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Scattergood has been asked to not prepare or serve any peanut ingredients during peace camp week, and other nuts that may be present will be clearly labeled. Gluten-free options will also be available and labeled. We will work to address other food allergies that you identify in the registration process but ask you to exercise care when choosing the foods you eat.
What if I don't want the meals included with my ticket?
We decided to include meals for everyone because the costs were very reasonable and we didn't want to have to set up a "have"/"have not" system requiring meal tickets, wristbands, ID cards, or any other way to distinguish people who paid for food and people who didn't. Of course, you don't have to eat the food if you don't want to, and you are welcome to bring/make your own. However, if you do not join us in the meal service, we will not be able to offer a partial refund of your ticket price. Thanks for helping us keep it simple.
My travel plans are in flux. Can I arrive before Monday, July 3? Can I stay after Sunday, July 9?
Unfortunately, no. Peace Camp officially opens at 10 am on Monday and we'll wrap up and tearfully say goodbye Sunday at 2 pm.
Our contract with Scattergood allows us to have guests on the school grounds from Monday through Sunday. We have limited access before and after camp week for setup/teardown, but our insurance policy does not allow us to have guests at those times. It's a bummer to have to time-limit our connection, but Scattergood has events all summer and they need the space for their summer camp and other activities. Thanks so much for your understanding.
Do I really have to have a ticket? This seems like Big Brother in action.
Scattergood Friends School has physical limitations that we must respect, including well (water) and sewage (septic) capacity for only about 125 people. In order to make the event fun for everyone and to avoid damaging the school property, we need to know how much drinking water to buy and how much food to prepare.
Selling tickets helps us cover the expenses involved: renting the facility and paying (required) school staff, paying school kitchen staff so much less volunteer labor is needed, paying for drinking water, paying for required insurance, buying needed supplies, and all of the other numerous but reasonable expenses involved in hosting a few hundred people in a temporary city for a week. The Peace City organizers are unpaid volunteers.
Why are you using EventBrite.com to sell tickets? Doesn't that cost money?
Yes, there are fees associated with using EventBrite; 99 cents per ticket plus a fixed percentage in credit card processing and service fees. Don't worry, it's much cheaper than TicketMaster and the fees are included in the price of your ticket. You can still pay by mailing a check to Peace City if you really want to; that's one of the options at checkout. (instructions here)
Is there a special kind of ticket for folks who are not sleeping on-site?
No, there is no discount for folks who are not going to sleep at Scattergood (planning to stay at a hotel, with friends, in an RV, or somewhere else). Our costs are about the same per person no matter where you sleep... we still have to have drinking water, insurance, site rental, supplies, and food for everyone who attends for even a few hours. Thanks for helping keep it simple!
What if I WANT to sleep inside but the dorm is full?
You have a few options, the gymnasium floor, the floor in various common spaces, and the dorm-room waitlist.
First, the gymasium floor will be available for folks who want to sleep inside. It's a wooden floor, so it might be loud, it might be warm (there are fans, but no a/c), and it will definitely be dry. We'll ask folks to stop using the space for recreation at around 9 pm and we'll ask for quiet hours from 10 pm until 6 am... you might want earplugs!
If you're willing to pack up your stuff each morning, there is floor space in the main building where you can sleep: in the social room (often in use for music until very late, and used for yoga pretty early), the recreation room downstairs, and the library. There are also lounges with available floor space for sleeping in the main dorm (second floor of the main building), and on both floors of the other dorm building. Any of these spaces that are meant to be shared should be treated with consideration for others... don't spread your stuff out across the entire room. :-)
Your other option is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask to be placed on the indoor space waiting list. Please indicate in your email if you're willing to sleep on a top bunk. You'll have to have a 7-day ticket – no weekend tickets for inside space – and it will be first-come, first-served after we assign rooms to folks who buy tickets before you. We can't even guess now how many folks will choose the indoor space, so we make no promises... but if you have a hotel reservation and would rather be in the dorms, we should be able to let you know if you can have dorm space about 10 days before the start of camp.
Do I need to work during Peace Camp?
Each person should plan to do 1 or 2 volunteer shifts. Most of them are two hours long, and they are all pretty easy jobs - we've decided to hire Scattergood staff to do the food prep and cooking and to supervise dishwashing. Sign-up sheets for volunteer shifts will be near the registration table.
Cool fact: Irving Treadway, Scattergood's head cook, will be in charge of our meal service. You may also remember him as a Great Peace Marcher!
Why are tickets so cheap? Burning Man is $415 for the same length of time and doesn't include food!
We have worked hard to keep spending minimal and we don't have the intense infrastructure expenses of Burning Man. Scattergood Friends School is charging us just enough to meet the expenses that they will incur from our site usage. We are paying for food and food preparation, but it is also very inexpensive – much of the food will be grown and produced on site with student-farmer labor which means it will be of higher quality and will have a lower impact on the planet. Our administrative overhead is incredibly low and we have no paid staff. Thanks for understanding that we have kept options to a minimum to make things simpler for our organizing leaders and to hold the line on ticket prices.
What are my transportation options for getting to the event?
Please explore the detailed Transportation to Iowa page.
By air: There are many options available for flying to the area, ranging from 30 to 200+ miles' drive from camp.
By train/bus: There are comprehensive details on the Transportation to Iowa page for getting to Iowa City, which is 15 miles from camp.
By car: West Branch is conveniently located near the interstate highway (I-80 runs east-west). Camp is located 3.0 miles from exit 254.
Is it going to be hot? Is there any air conditioning?
It might be hot, it might be rainy, it could be windy. It might even be cool overnight, though you may remember most midwest summer nights as steamy warm. Prepare accordingly! People will be able to sleep indoors on the floor of the gymnasium, but it might be quite warm in there. The school buildings including the dormitories are not air conditioned, with the exception of two classrooms that we will set up as cooling rooms for people who need a break if they overheat. Those rooms are not set up for sleeping.
What will we DO during Peace Camp?
We have a long list of events lined up for you, and encourage more information sessions, discussions, and classes to spring up organically. Our goal is for you to leave Peace Camp with all the tools you need to be an effective activist in your community and we are adding more workshops to meet this goal.
- service projects
- rallies, marches, and protests
- no-talent talent shows
- sports of all kinds – bring your frisbee, ball, or kite
- yoga classes
- morning and evening circles
- meals together
- late-night shenanigans (nothing dangerous, but plenty of hilarity)
- campfires and music
- swimming or cooling off in the pond
- EVERY camper should take either the single, stand-alone non-violence training which will be offered three times during the week, or the three-part non-violence trainer training
In short, if you want to make it happen, bring it! We will have basic audio-visual equipment and there is free wi-fi on site.
Should I bring enough cigs and adult beverages to share, or will I be able to buy them on site?
There are a number of important rules that we all need follow while at Scattergood:
- Scattergood Friends School prohibits the use of tobacco or illegal drugs and the possession of firearms on the campus at any time.
- Scattergood Friends School provides a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted on the campus at any time.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed on the campus.
We reserve the right to intervene in inappropriate behavior, and will ask people to leave the site if necessary.
I can't camp, so I need a hotel. Are there hotels nearby?
There are a few modest hotels very close by, and Iowa City twenty minutes away has many hotels including some three- and four-star properties. For more information, see the Hotels page.
I am bringing my RV but require electric/water/sewer hookups. Are there RV parks nearby?
There are some RV parks within a reasonable distance. For more information, see the RV Parks page.
You didn't answer my question? Now what?
Ask your question in an email message, and if we think it's relevant to lots of folks, we'll add it to this page with our answer! If we think it might be specific to you, or you ask us to keep it private, we'll just reply to you. Send your message to email@example.com and it will be answered by someone from Peace City.