This is a preliminary list of the event rules. The rules as printed in the program book you will receive at the event will supersede any rules listed on this page. At the event, you will be held responsible for knowing the rules as they are printed in the program book.
Please read and understand these rules. They are for your safety and comfort, as well as the safety and comfort of those around you. If you have a problem with anyone at the event or notice disregard for these rules that could put the event in jeopardy please notify Safety Staff or other event staff immediately. Unwillingness to follow instructions from Safety Staff or other event staff may result in your removal from this and all future Turtle Hill events.
EVENT STAFF AND SAFETY STAFF
- Event and Safety Staff are here to work for your safety and enjoyment of the event.
- If you have any issues we can help you with, please feel free to let us know either by alerting a Staff member or Safety Staffer or by coming to HQ.
- We ask that any orders issued by the Staff or be followed without question.
- If you have an issue with any interaction with the Staff, please feel free to bring it to the attention of the Coordinatrix.
- Failure to obey Staff or Safety Staff may result in your removal from the event without refund.
You must wear your wristband AND badge at all times during the event. The wristband is designed to be worn for the duration of the event. You will not be permitted to enter any portion of the event without BOTH your badge AND wristband. If you lose your badge or wristband, please contact Check-In immediately.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND CELL PHONE USAGE
- Photography and cell phone use is allowed at our event, with the following limitations:
- For the privacy and safety of all of our attendees, you must have the explicit permission of all people in any photograph or recording, including those in the background.
- Photography and/or audio/video recording of those who have not given explicit permission is not allowed, and will result in immediate removal from the event without refund and erasure of said media.
- Out of common courtesy we ask that if you must talk on your cell phone, you do not use it in any public areas such as the play spaces, workshops, poolside, dining hall, HQ, etc.
- This policy may be overridden or altered by event-specific circumstances, so please check the event rules below for any exceptions to these rules.
- Parking is permitted only in the parking field. Your car will be towed if parked in an inappropriate space.
- You may park your car at your cabin or tent site while you are loading in or loading out. When you’re done unloading your car, please take it back to the parking field.
- On-site parking permits are available if you have a Handicapped Tag of some type. These can be obtained from the Check-In staff.
ATTIRE AND DINING HALL RULES
- You must be clothed (street legal) while you are in the parking field.
- While in the Dining Hall, you must be clothed from the waist down and wearing shoes. In other words, no bare butts or bare feet in the Dining Hall. G-strings are not sufficient.
- No sex of any kind, including oral sex, is permitted in the Dining Hall.
LOST AND FOUND
If you find something, notify Safety Staff, and bring it to HQ. If you lose anything, notify Safety Staff. HQ will be located near the pool in the Canteen.
- The pool, if open, is a swim-at-your-own-risk situation. We do not provide lifeguards.
- Please follow the camp’s posted pool rules and any instructions given to you by camp staff or event staff and Safety Staff.
- There is no diving in the pool, nor are food, drinks (other than water), or smoking permitted inside the pool fence.
- If you plan to do any bondage in the pool, please alert an Safety Staff first so we can help assure your Safety Staff.
- Any activity which may result in bodily fluid discharge in the pool, including sex, is strictly prohibited.
DAMAGE TO THE CAMP GROUNDS, BUILDINGS, AND CABINS
- Do not attach or tie anything or anyone to any fixture such as towel racks, shower curtain rods, closet rods, sprinkler heads, pipes, plumbing, pillars, rafters, etc.
- Be careful that your play does not damage walls, fixtures, furniture, or bedding in the rooms or the event spaces.
- All event structures, such as pop-up/EZ-up tents or pavilions are not to be attached to or tied to in any way — they aren’t built for it.
- You will be held personally responsible for any damage you cause or participate in.
- If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Safety Staff or Staff.
SMOKING, ALCOHOL, AND ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES
- Smoking is prohibited in any cabins or on their porches, workshop spaces, the play spaces, poolside, vendor pavilion, in the HQ area, and in the Labyrinth.
- Since this is an outdoor event, smoking is permitted in most outdoor places in the Campground, but we ask that you be considerate if asked to move when smoking and that you dispose of butts appropriately.
- Alcohol is prohibited in any workshop spaces, the play spaces, and poolside.
- Excessive intoxication and any illegal substances, used or transferred, will result in immediate and permanent ejection from the event without refund.
- Please follow any additional etiquette rules regarding smoking and drinking to be found in the event-specific policies below.
Vending from cars, cabins, or other parts of the event is PROHIBITED unless authorized in advance by the coordinator of the event. Unauthorized vending may result in ejection from this and any future the event.
No handbills or flyers may be distributed without advance permission from the coordinator of the event.
- Do not smoke inside or near cabins, on porches, or in buildings. This includes the open-sided pavilions. If you smoke, please dispose of your butts properly; a recycled Altoids tin with sand in it makes a reasonable portable ashtray. Throwing butts on the ground does not constitute proper disposal.
- Do not use grills or camp stoves inside cabins or on porches. Also, you may not dig your own fire pit; you may, however, use a portable fireplace.
- Do not burn incense, burn candles, smoke, or cook inside cabins or on cabin porches! The local Fire Department charges a substantial fine for false alarms. If you cause a false alarm, you will be responsible for paying the fine.
- Please be respectful of and courteous to your fellow attendees — your cabin-mates in particular — when indulging in adult activities.
- We request that all attendees help with cabin cleanup by sweeping the floor, mopping the bathroom floor, and taking the trash out to the big cans at the end of the event. If you re-configured the beds, please put them back the way you found them.
- In the event of a medical emergency remain clear of the area and let the appropriate personnel do their jobs.
- Please respect the privacy and dignity of anybody involved and do not stand around to watch or ask for information if you are not directly involved in the situation.
- Please do not spread any information about the situation.
- Event Staff will communicate with attendees and emergency personnel when it is appropriate.
- Our events recognize the Acronym RaCK. A brief summary of the principles guiding our practices:
- Risk-aware: All participants are well-informed of the risks involved in the proposed activity.
- Consensual: In light of those risks, all participants have, of sound mind, offered preliminary consent to engage in said activity.
- Kink: Said activity can be classified as alternative sex
- If the Safety Staff determines that your scene is unsafe, they may choose to end it for you.
- Attendance at the event indicates that you understand this might happen, and also that a member of the Safety Staff may feel it necessary to cut your rope or other bondage equipment in certain situations. If this happens, the Safety Staff, members, and the organizers of the event are not responsible in any way for replacing the equipment in question.
- We are committed to working with our attendees to ensure safety without having to resort to this, but sometimes it happens despite everyone’s best efforts.
- Please be polite and keep a reasonable distance from scenes and classes you’re not a part of.
- If you wish to observe a class or scene but not participate, please refrain from talking or any other distracting behavior.
- Do not touch other people’s rope, toys, toy bags or other personal belongings without permission.
- If someone asks you to move further away from a scene or class or to be quieter, please do so without arguing.
- If you see safety issues in someone else’s play, please let a Safety Staffer know and they will intervene as appropriate.
- Be considerate in terms of the amount of time you spend on a piece of equipment. Monopolizing a frame or other equipment is not courteous.
- You are welcome to take your play outdoors.
- The Safety Staff may be patrolling the site during specific hours, however, if you choose to play outside of the clearly marked play spaces, you do so at your own risk.
- Play is not permitted in the parking field or near the private residences.
While the house safe word for "Stop" is "Red" and the house "Caution" word
is "Yellow", we strongly suggest that each scene be negotiated with a plan for clearer communication. For example, if your hand is numb, just tell your top it is numb. However, a Safety Staff member will intervene in a scene if the Top does not respond appropriately when one of these words is used. A loudly-shouted "Safe word!" will also be interpreted as a call for outside assistance.
The equipment is there for your enjoyment, however, attendees are forbidden from moving equipment in the play space. If you would like something moved, please see a Safety Staff member.
BLOOD AND FIREPLAY
- Play which is expected or likely to result in broken skin may be done in the indoor play space only and only after acquiring Safety Staff approval.
- This type of play must utilize appropriate barriers and precautions to protect equipment, attendees, and event fixtures from surface or airborne contact or contamination.
- Sharps may not be used over uncovered equipment, and must be disposed of in an appropriate puncture-proof sharps container.
- Some supplies may be available, but you are responsible for providing your own if you wish to engage in this kind of play.
- Participants are expected to thoroughly clean up after this kind of play and will be supervised in doing so by the Safety Staff.
- Indoor fire play is permitted at the event, but only inside the indoor play space and again only with Safety Staff approval. Outdoor fire play is permitted with the approval of the Safety Staff.
We strongly encourage all attendees to practice safer sex and will have supplies available in the play spaces and some of the workshop spaces as needed.
CLEANING AND SAFETY STAFF SUPPLIES
- Cleaning supplies are available in the play spaces.
- If you need a stretcher sheet, please ask a member of the Safety Staff for one.
- You are expected to clean up after yourself, leaving all equipment free of sweat, bodily fluids, lubricants, etc.
- Bring bodily fluid contamination to the attention of a Safety Staff member
- People involved in BDSM scenes must have safety shears or some other cutting device within reach and visible by the Safety Staff during any scene.
Neither the event, its Officers, nor the management, volunteers, owners, or operators of the facilities, nor any agents, successors or assignees of any of the foregoing shall be liable to any attendee for injury to person or property incurred as a result of attendance at this event.
Obey all federal, state and local laws and ordinances.
Prostitution, solicitation, and negotiation of payment for sexual services are ILLEGAL and will not be tolerated. Violation will result in ejection from this and all future THE events without refund.