As of December 2021, proof of vaccination (or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours) will be required to attend Camp ThunderCraft.
Cabins sleep between 4-6 campers, so please be aware that you will be sharing a room with others. We realize that due to COVID, more of you may want the option to share a room with fewer people, or even by yourself. This year you will see options for this on the registration form below, for an additional cost. If you live on Vashon or would like to find your own accommodations on the island and simply join us for the day, you’ll see an option for this as well (with a discounted registration fee).
What you’ll get for your $350
- 2 nights of lodging
- Wine & cheese happy hour
- All meals, treats, drinks & snacks
- A variety of educational classes/sessions
- Roundtable discussions focusing on various obstacles we face as small business owners
- Connecting with your community and other makers
- Ample downtime and relaxation
- Secluded retreat on beautiful Vashon Island
We realize you may feel wary about signing up for an overnight camp while the current Omicron surge is happening. Here are some considerations for this year’s camp that will hopefully help you to feel more comfortable:
- This year we have made sure there are many different options for bunking, depending on your comfort level. There will be single-, double-, and triple-occupancy rooms available (though these are in short supply so we encourage you to register early if this is important to you) in addition to the regular 4-to-6-person bunks. You are also welcome to find alternative lodging nearby or sleep in your van if that works for you, and your registration fee will be reduced accordingly.
- We will be requiring proof of vaccination for all campers/instructors/staff at Camp this year, and the same requirements are true for the staff at Camp Burton itself
- We will be following all state and county mandates regarding indoor masking that are in place at that time
- We will be offering full refunds right up until our final deadline of March 24th should your situation or comfort level change.
The best things about camp, for me, as someone just starting out are as follows: First, just believing I deserved to give this dream a serious go was important. Going to camp was literally and symbolically about investing in myself. Second, talking with people and hearing their stories and being asked to describe and explain my business helped me to clarify what I really want to do. Third-being around people who actually wanted to listen and who generously gave me such thoughtful and creative ideas, who are also going through similar things was extremely validating! Last, but not least, I made connections with people face to face and exchanged contact information thus expanding my support network!
I learned that anyone or can be an artist, and you don’t have to do in life what people tell you. You can live as creative or as colorful a life as you choose for yourself. You can be whatever kind of person or artist you want to be, you don’t have to sit at a desk and make phone calls to have a job, you can host comic book events, art shows. Life is yours to be as little or as much creative as you want.
Loved this weekend! So rich, so beneficial. Loved the camp. Loved the thunder! 🌩⛈🌦Best value EVER in my 19 years in business. So, Thank You for creating the totally affordable, super dynamic, creative business conference weekend EVER. And thank you for the courageous session on “political/personal”. I met amazing women doing amazing things at each moment. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Camp was more than I expected in all the good ways! Had so much fun!! Felt at home connecting with fellow creatives and being about to not only learn together but also build relationships with everyone!
I think the most valuable thing for me was the networking and connecting with other people in my industry. I went in with hopes of learning a ton from the workshops…and while some of them were good, I learned a ton just from talking and connecting with other people.
The networking was amazing at camp. I am so appreciative of all of the people I met. The most valuable thing I learned was to keep going, keep pushing through, and that I’m not alone in my struggles with my business. Every problem I’ve had, someone else has had and has been able to get through.
I got way more than I expected out of camp. I am still glowing even weeks later! There was so much to process, and I’ve made so many awesome connections, and done so much work to my business since the second I got home. It was a truly incredible experience. Thank you so much!
I truly am grateful that this camp was started and that I got to be there for its first year. I can’t even tell you how much I loved being around people who have made their work and their life their art, for so long I have been told that you need to go to college and get a job to live a successful happy life. But this camp and the people there taught me to do what I wanted, do what makes me happy. To not question who I am and to not question if I am an artist or not. This camp has totally changed my perspective on who I am as artist, and has totally cleared my path for what I want to do in the future, when it seemed so blurry. Thank you so much you guys! It was definitely an experience I will always cherish and never forget.
I had an amazing time! Attending Thundercraft has changed things for me both personally and in business over the last year. This year was even better than last, I learned a lot and met some awesome new people! A year ago I attended my first Thundercraft, I entered a cabin with three other women that I didn’t know and we became instant friends. We now meet up monthly and text and chat daily. Not only have I made friends because of it, I’ve pushed through several blocks I’ve had with my business, including pursuing wholesale and making decisions on branding and new product designs. One of the items I came to get feedback on last year, has become my top seller. I came back to camp with new roadblocks and ideas waiting in the wings that just need a little extra push to come to life, hopefully the magic of Camp will prevail once again! This morning I’ve worked down half a dozen items on my to do list, hoping by the time my postcard reaches me in November, I’ll have accomplished or at least started on the pathway to accomplishing my next big goals. Dream big peeps! And, thank you to Kristen & Lindsey for putting on this amazing event!
I took a leap of faith and crawled out of my comfort zone applying for events by @urbancraftuprising for the first time this year. I also spent the last 3 days on the beautiful Vashon island participating in their Camp Thundercraft retreat with around 70 like-minded, creative, entrepreneurial, badass women! Applying for this opportunity was scary. I didn’t know what to expect. The admission fee was hard to justify at the time. Imposter syndrome screamed loudly that I didn’t belong. aaand… all that was squashed! I can’t emphasize enough how valuable the connections, information, and education I’ve gained from this experience has been. The doubt I felt before taking that leap of faith and applying for these opportunities seems trivial and silly in retrospect. I can’t thank the organizers of this event enough for this incredible experience. 🙏 If you needed a sign to take that leap, apply for the thing, or spend a scary amount to invest in yourself: THIS IS IT!