Category Archives: Feral 2023

Registration Tip: Speed up your check-in!

Feral 2023 is experimenting with the high technology of QR Codes to speed up Registration Check-in time. If you are a registered and confirmed attendee, you will have in your mailbox an email titled: “Feral 2023 – Registration Confirmation”.

Make sure you have it available, either printed or on your phone before you arrive at camp. If you don’t have it, it might take a little more time to find you.

Step 1:

Search for your email “Feral 2023 – Registration Confirmation”.

Step 2:

Make sure your email client is displaying images, your QR code will be downloaded right below.

An example screenshot of a registration email with two areas highlighted: The first is the subject line which reads "Feral 2023 - Registration Confirmation", the second is a link in a message bar above the email content that says "Display images below"

Step 3:

Get to your QR code and take a screenshot in your phone, or print it.

Because Feral is deep in the woods, if your phone doesn’t pick up internet, the QR code will not be displayed next time you open it.

Screenshot from an example registration email that show the part you would need to save; it contains: A confirmation number, a QR code, and the name of the registrant.

We will also make an effort to give  your special QR Code on the bus or on-site as you queue for registration.
As always, if you are having trouble finding your QR Code, worry not, shoot an email to registration@campferal.org and we will be happy to help!

Introducing: TASQS from Camp Feral! + PreOrders and Cabin Requests Close!!

🍅 Howdy campers!

Ketchup here with a visualization exercise for you before you read the newsletter! OK, so first, close your eyes. Now, take three deep breaths.. OH! Exhale after each one! Don’t take three deep breaths without exhaling in between, you might hurt yourself! Now that you’re relaxed, visualize Camp Feral! approaching as though it’s a cloud, floating calmly towards you—fresh air, gentle breeze… and imagine how warm the…

OH CRAP STICKS!! You can’t read this!! You closed your eyes and… I never thought of how I might prompt you to open them. Oh…OH! I’m stuck!!! I can’t guide you through the newsletter! You’ll miss the closing of Preorders and Cabin Requests! You won’t know how to find cabin mates, or volunteer, and will never understand that concept of TASQS!

I’m going to have to run to each of your houses and tell you to open your eyes! YOU CAN’T KNOW THIS YET, BUT I’M COMING TO HELP!!!!

Preorders Close August 14th

When:

Aug 14th 2023

What:

After Monday, August 14th, we will no longer be accepting pre-orders for our t-shirts and hoodies through Regfox, and any new upgrades to patron level we won’t be able to guarantee the inclusion of a patron gift.

What You Need to Do:

email registration to make any changes to your registration, including pre-ordering shirts and hoodies, or upgrading to Sponsor or Patron, before Monday, August 14th.

Cabin Requests Close August 14th

When:

Aug 14th

What:

After August 14th we will be closing the cabin request form and will not be accepting any further requests. This is to help give us time to arrange our cabin list before camp. You’ll find out what cabin you are in and who you are rooming with after dinner on the first night of camp.

What You Need to Do:

If you or a designated person from your group has already submitted a cabin request:

Nothing! Carry on!

If you have not yet submitted a cabin request for yourself or your group:

Go do the thing before August 14! The cabin request form is here: https://forms.gle/MVmTMEc9r6smcwM68

If you need to make a change to your request:

email cabins before Aug 14th.

What if I need to change something after Aug 14th?

Any additional changes after that date will be handled on site. Come to con-ops after dinner and speak with operations.

What happens if I don’t submit a request?

We’ll do our best to find a good fit for you. If there are any issues with your cabin assignment come to con-ops and speak with operations.

Help! I don’t know anyone!

No problem at all! Fill out the request form for yourself and that will help us put you in a cabin with similar preferences.

If you haven’t already, consider joining our discord server and say hi to some fellow campers! We also have forums for cabin roommates and ride shares.

Sign Up To Volunteer!

When:

Now!

What:

We are looking for some eager beavers… er, gophers who would like to volunteer to help out Feral staff on site this year. If you are willing to help us carry some things, set up/tear down some things, or hand out some things you will earn our love and gratitude (and a thank you gift!)

What You Need to Do:

If you are interested in volunteering

You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/yZsq8sX4HFhoP1YU7

I offered to volunteer earlier in the year! Do I need to fill this form out?

Nope, you are all set.

NEW BUSINESS CASUAL VIDEO: TASQS!

You have learned how business is casual. You understand the complexities of Sideways Touchpoint Advocacy, our IP and the heart of our entire business. Now introducing… TASQS!

OK… I’ve was informed that you all probably did not close your eyes, and also my request for everyone’s home address was denied for… obvious reasons. Besides, I don’t know how I would have gotten to at least ONE OF YOU anyways! (Du vet vem du är.)

But that’s all in the past!! I’m so excited for camp that I’m picking up something new to bring… Ill give you three clues as to what it is!

1) It is ubiquitous: everyone has one but everyone always want one that’s better than the one they have!
2) Some say it ‘ties’ you down but I say it ‘keeps you connected!’
3) And last clue: it rhymes with CASTLE!

Gotta keep up with tradition, after all! YEAH!

K.C.

a splatter of ketchup

P.S. I warned you last newsletter, looks like TASQS debut at camp! Are you excited? … no seriously, are you? Because i think I am… am i?

Refund Cut-Off Date, and Sideways Touchpoint Advocacy Explained

🍅 Howdy campers!

Ketchup Coyote’s my name, and newsletters are my game! A game, I mean, I don’t mean that they are a game, I have multiple games, and one of these games that I have is… you know what, not important! SCHEDULE IS UP!!!

Programming Schedule is Up!

When:

Now!

What:

Our 2023 programming schedule is finalized, and available on our website.

What You Need to Do:

To check out this year’s programming

Go to campferal.org/2023-programming-schedule

If you have any questions

Send us an email.

Cabin Requests Opening!!

When:

Now!

What:

We’ll be sending out a form to all registered campers where you can let us know your preferences and make any requests for your cabin. We’ll be using all the info collected to create our cabin assignments for this year.

What You Need to Do:

If you are a solo camper

Watch your email inbox for our cabin request form, and fill it out when you get it!

If you have other people you would like to be in a cabin with

Please reach out and confirm with everyone you would like to have in your group, then pick one person from your group to fill out the request form for all of you together.

If you have any questions

Check out our FAQ for more info. If you still have questions feel free to send us an email.

Find Your Cabinmates!

When:

Now!

What:

Our new discord server has forums set up to help facilitate finding potential cabin roommates and ride shares. If you’d like to get to know other campers ahead of time, feel free to join.

What You Need to Do:

If you are not already in our discord server

You can join here: https://discord.gg/aBcun8YKz5

If you are a new camper

Drop in and introduce yourself!

If you are a veteran camper

Consider offering a ride or cabin space to a new camper.

Updated COVID Policy

When:

Now!

What:

We have updated our covid policy.

What You Need to Do:

Please go to https://campferal.org/covid-policy/ and review.

So, I hope this newsletter allowed you all to … catch up on Feral! news!! Oh hey, if it’s called downward dog, does that mean that you’d normally find…cats up? Hah! I kill me!

K.C.

a splatter of ketchup

P.S. Upper Management was telling me to be on the look out for tasks… well, they misspelted tasks but… I guess… if you see any task… tasqs, let me know???

Final Payments Incoming June 11, Plan a Workshop and Maybe Skip the Waitlist, Our New Camper Discord and More!

🍅 Howdy campers!

It’s Ketchup Coyote here, taking over from uh… “Lucky,” because he had an unfortunate pneumatic tube incident and is on temporary leave. Anyways, here’s all the important stuff for you camping fluffs!

Deposit Cut Off Date Incoming!

When:

June 11, 2023

What:

If you paid for your registration with a deposit, you must have the remaining balance for your registration paid for in full by the deposit cut off date, end of day. Our registration system will automatically bill you the remaining balance of your registration on the deposit cut off date if you have not already paid or cancelled.

What You Need To Do:

If you already paid in full and are still coming to camp:
Nothing! You’re all good to be in the woods. :3

If you have yet to pay in full and are still coming to camp:
Make sure the payment method you used to pay for your deposit has sufficient funds on it to pay your remaining balance. You can either pay in full ahead of time or wait until you’re automatically billed.

If you are no longer coming to camp:
If you know now that you are unable to come to camp and have paid a deposit, please cancel before the deposit cut off date in order to get a full refund.

After the deposit cut off date, the amount you can get back as a refund depends on how close to camp you cancel. You can find all the details in our refund policy.

If you have any questions, send us an email.

Workshop Deadlines and Opportunity to Escape the Waitlist

When:

July 1, 2023 (if registered) or June 10, 2023 (if waitlisted or not registered)

What:

The deadline to apply for a workshop or event is coming up soon! This is includes “longstanding” panels and new ones as well.

We wanted to let people know that we have a few spots reserved just for those on the waitlist who pitch us a workshop or event idea that we want to see at camp!

What You Need To Do:

If you have no interest in running a workshop or event or have already applied for all workshops and events you wish to run:
Nothing! Just sit back and relax. 👍

If you have a “longstanding” workshop or event and have not sent in an application/applications:
Fill out this form before July 1! 

If you don’t fill out this form, even if your event is recurring and pre-approved, we will assume you no longer wish to run your panel and will not add it to the schedule. We are no longer accepting confirmations by email, over social media or via direct messages, only through this form, as it ensures we have all information for our programming and conbook staff.

If you’re registered and paid and wish to run a workshop/event:
Fill out this form before July 1! 

If you’re on the waitlist and wish to run a workshop/event in order to apply to get off the waitlist:
Fill out this form as soon as possible, ideally before June 10!

If you’re not registered and wish to run a workshop/event in order to apply to skip the waitlist:
1. Register for the waitlist here!
2. Fill out this form as soon as possible, ideally before June 10!

New Discord Server for Feral Campers

When:

Now!

What:

We have a snazzy new discord server! Future! Business! SYNERGY!! YEAH!!!

We’ve got channels and channels of dedicated camp chat where you can introduce yourself to the community (whether you’re new or returning), meet our middle and lower management aka staff, meet your fellow campers, organise a ride to camp or to the bus pick-up/drop-off point in Toronto, find cabin mates, get previews for this year’s art and merch if you’re a sponsor/patron and more!

What You Need To Do:

Come join us if you like! Here’s a link! If it expires, come by telegram camper chat here and ask for a link or email us and we’ll send you out a fresh invite through the pneumatic tubes!

Fairview Mall Bus Pick-Up and Drop-Off Location

When:

August 24, 2023

What:

We are happy to confirm that our bus pick-up and drop-off location will remain the same as last year. The bus pick-up and drop-off location is in the north-east corner of the Fairview Mall parking lot off of Fairview Mall Drive. It is about a 10 minute walk from Don Mills Subway Station at the south-west corner of the mall. It is easily accessible by car, TTC or other public transit systems. In case of rain, we have permission to shelter under the parking structure adjacent to our pick-up site.

Spots on the bus are limited, so if you think there is even a small chance you will need the bus, please purchase a spot upon initially registering. You can always contact registration to cancel (and get a refund, if you do so before the refund cut-off date, July 9).

What You Need To Do:

Don’t get lost on the way to the bus and check out our newly updated Bus Pick-Up and Drop-Off page here for all the info, if you’re taking the bus!

Correction: Guest of Honour Terminology

When:

Before the last newsletter (oops!)

What:

There has been some confusion due to a spirited interpretation of faxes from our senior newsletter team. We would like to state that in being promoted to Chief Libations Officer, Blazen will in fact still be the Honoured Guest of this upcoming Camp Feral! event. There was a possible oversight in the budget, wherein an “enthusiastic” staff member billed Camp Feral! for several extra large ball pits. This has since been corrected, and said staff member has been thoroughly reminded of our no ball pit policy. We are a bouncy castle only company.

What You Need To Do:

Prepare yourselves for the delightful company and delicious libations that Blazen will provide at our sponsor’s event. If you would like to ensure you are able to sample our Guest of Honour’s “dragon brew,” and have not registered as a sponsor or patron, please reach out to us and we can facilitate upgrading your registration level to one that allows you entry into our wonderful Sponsor’s Event!

…Is that it? I think that’s it. Hopefully Upper Management likes my Cool New Ketchup Canine Style. 😎 Hopefully you all like it too! Anyways, boss and tomato sauce, that’s all from me, Ketchup Coyoteee! Catch you in the pneumatic tubes~

P.S. Lucky, if you’re reading this, hope you feel better soon, buddy! 🍀

Reminder: The deposit cut off date is June 11, 2023

Hey campers!

If you have registered for Feral! 2023 and have not paid the full amount yet this is your warning that our deposit cut off date is coming up on June 11.

What is the Deposit cut off date?

If you paid for your registration with a deposit you must have the remaining balance for your registration paid for in full by the deposit cut off date, end of day. Our registration system will automatically bill you the remaining balance of your registration on the deposit cut off date if you have not already paid or cancelled.

Can I cancel and get a refund?

Yes, if you cancel before the deposit cut off date you’ll get a full refund.

After the deposit cut off date the amount you can get back as a refund depends on how close to camp you cancel. You can find all the details in our refund policy.

If you have any questions, send us an email

 

Run an Event, Instruct a Workshop

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HEY LUCKY, IT’S JIM.

AS YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THEY CUT THE GOH POSITION AT THE CAMP THIS YEAR. GOH IS SHORTHAND FOR ‘GUEST OF HONOUR.’ THEY SENT ME THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT A FEW MONTHS AGO… I HAVE FORWARDED YOU THAT COPY.

I’VE ALSO SENT YOU A LINK TO A FORM FOR CAMPERS TO LET US KNOW ABOUT EVENTS THEY WOULD LIKE TO RUN, OR WORKSHOPS THEY WOULD LIKE TO INSTRUCT! WE HAVE A NEW SYSTEM FOR KEEPING TRACK OF PROGRAMMING, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THAT EVEN IF THEY HAVE RUN SOMETHING IN THE PAST THAT WE STILL NEED THEM TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION. OH, AND THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS GOING TO BE JULY 1ST!

THE EVENTS/WORKSHOPS SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF THE NEWSLETTER! SNEAK THE GOH STUFF IN. MAKE IT FINDABLE BUT DON’T DRAW ATTENTION TO IT, YA KNOW?
THAT SAID… I AM EXCITED TO SEE HOW YOU’RE GOING TO INTERPRET THIS MESSAGE.

LUCKY… UPPER MANAGEMENT EITHER LOVES YOU OR IS HAVING ONE TOO MANY OF THE CLO’S LIBATIONS. DON’T FORGET TO DELETE ALL THESE INSTRUCTI…

ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU DO YOU.

JIM

PS. YOU ARE FORGETTING TO DELETE, RIGHT? I MEAN… ARE YOU FORGETTING TO DELETE?

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Upper management presents
an announcement

IF YOU WANT TO RUN A WORKSHOP OR EVENT AT CAMP FERAL! THIS YEAR, SIMPLY LET US KNOW THROUGH THIS FORM.

IF YOU HAVE RUN THIS WORKSHOP/EVENT FOR US IN THE PAST, WE ASK THAT YOU STILL APPLY THROUGH THE AFOREMENTIONED FORM.

YOU CAN REACH THE FORM BY CLICKING THE WORD FORM, OR BY CLICKING THE CONSPICUOUS BUTTON BELOW!

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR FORM IS JULY 1 2023

Prerequisites for running an event or workshop:

  • you have an idea for an event or workshop
  • you know what you’re doing/talking about
  • you are comfortable talking in front of people, or are willing to give it a shot
  • your idea allows others to participate/includes relevant instructional activities and exercises
  • your idea does not primarily involve seeds or nuts, completing a fursuit in a weekend, or VR equipment
  • you will be at Camp Feral
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LOOK DOWN HERE!

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Feral official announcement: Blazen the Dragon is not gueest of honour 2023. Official statement below...

“Due to budget restraints, Upper Management has made the shrewd decision to liquidate the Guest of Honour position.

Unfortunately, due to conditions in their contract, we are required to keep Blazen employed until contract end (Aug 28 2023). As such, he will be transitioning into the position of “not-guest-of-honour” while retaining his regular duties as CLO (Chief Libations Officer)”

~ UPPER MANAGEMENT!

An image of Blazen the Dragon

Chief Libations Officer for FERAL and for Camp Feral, but NOT the Guest of Honour in 2023, Blazen the Dragon. Presumably taken before Upper Management decided to end the Guest of Honour position, meaning Blazen is not “the Guest of Honour” but, instead, “not guest of honour.” The distinction is important.

Our wait-list is temporarily closed

Hello “campers”!

Just a heads up that we are temporarily closing access to the wait-list signup form.

When we opened registration on the 10th, our system was flooded and we have several pending orders and duplicate orders clogging up Regfox. For now the wait-list will be closed to prevent new people from signing up while we give our Registration Racoon time to manually go through each order, resolving any issues, and freeing up any duplicates.

We’ll let you know when this work is complete and the wait-list sign up is reopened. We’re estimating it could take well into Sunday (April 16th).

If you have reached out to registration@campferal.org with questions or requests, please be assured that we will be getting to them once the registration pipes have been unclogged.

Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding

Registration had closed and the Waitlist is open

Upper Management is excited about your excitement! Our initial registration cap has been reached, but please continue to sign up for our waitlist in an orderly fashion. We deeply apologize for those that had issues registering, and we ask you please email registration@campferal.org if your issue is persisting. Based on our datasets, we encourage you to register as soon as possible, as there are pending payments stuck in our pneumatic tube system that an intern has been dispatched to unclog, and we will be clearing the waitlist as those are addressed. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Feral 2023 registration is now open

HEY LUCKY, IT’S JIM.

SO, THIS NEWSLETTER IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT ANNOUNCES REGISTRATION FOR THE CAMP. IT IS SENT JUST BEFORE REGISTRATION GOES LIVE SO THE DETAILS NEED TO BE VERY CLEAR: WE RECOMMEND YOU GO BOLD ON THIS ONE! MAKE IT STAND OUT!

HERE ARE THE IMPORTANT DETAILS:

REGISTRATION OPENS TONIGHT: MONDAY, APRIL 10TH AT 9 PM EDT
CAMPERS SIGN UP BY GOING TO https://campferal.regfox.com/feral-2023

SHARE THE NEW CORPORATE VIDEO TOO!

OH! AND INCLUDE A NICE CLOSING STATEMENT, LIKE:

We look forward to seeing you in August! or something like that! Help humanize Upper Management. Sound good??

JIM

PS. …I KNOW YOUR NAME ISN’T ACTUALLY LUCKY. BUT THAT’S WHAT WE’RE CALLING YOU AROUND THE DEPARTMENT! UPPER MANAGEMENT HAS FIRED PEOPLE FOR AN INNOCENT TYPO IN THE NEWSLETTER BEFORE… HENCE, LUCKY! BUT LUCK CAN RUN OUT, SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO DELETE THIS

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PLACE LOGO TEXT HERE

Hey (Furry Name)

UPPER MANAGEMENT

ANNOUNCES…

CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

If camp sells out a waiting list will begin

Join the waiting list early if you miss registration. Those on the waiting list the day registration opens generally are all offered a spot within a couple of months!

Camp Feral – Business Casual

That’s right! Upper Management is proud to announce that registration for this year’s camp is now open!

Click the blue button to go to registration!

If we reach our registration cap, registration will be replaced by a waiting list signup form.

Get on the waiting list as early as you can! Generally, everyone who joins the waiting list on the day registration opens will get a spot at camp, it might just take a month or two!

And here is our refund policy to review in advance of registration.

We look forward to seeing you in August! or something like that! Help humanize Upper Management. Sound good??

~ UPPER MANAGEMENT @ FERAL

O.V.A.F.

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CLICK THIS BUTTON WHEN IT’S TIME TO REGISTER!!
 
HEY <<Furry Name>>
UPPER MANAGEMENT
ANNOUNCES…

CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS

TONIGHT!!!!
TONIGHT!!!!
TONIGHT!!!!

Monday, April 10th at 9 pm EDT
If camp sells out a waiting list will begin
Join the waiting list early if you miss registration. Those on the waiting list the day registration opens generally are all offered a spot within a couple of months!
 
See the new corporate video for Feral and Business Casual
 
CLICK THIS BUTTON WHEN IT’S TIME TO REGISTER!!

That’s right! Upper Management is proud to announce that registration for this year’s camp opens at 9 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) TONIGHT!!! That is, Monday, April 10th!

Click the blue button on this Newsletter to go to registration once it is open in an hour or so!

If we reach our registration cap, registration will be replaced by a waiting list signup form.

Get on the waiting list as early as you can! Generally, everyone who joins the waiting list on the day registration opens will get a spot at camp, it might just take a month or two!

And here is our refund policy to review in advance of registration.

We look forward to seeing you in August! or something like that! Help humanize Upper Management. Sound good??

~ UPPER MANAGEMENT @ FERAL

O.V.A.F.