Summer Camp, not just for kids anymore!

Summer Camp, not just for kids anymore!

The AMPLIFY Project is excited & honored to be taking part in the “Make a Difference” area yet again this year at Summer Camp Music Festival being held at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL from May 23rd-26th. One of the premier music festivals in the Midwest and country at large, Summer Camp will be starting the festival season off right with a four day long extravaganza sure to excite the senses, open the mind, free the spirit & inspire positive change!

The musical lineup (countless of which are partnered artists) alone makes it a not miss with 3 days of both moe. & Umphrey’s McGee plus Trey Anastasio Band, STS9, The Avett Brothers, Thievery Corporation, Yonder Mountain String Band & Big Boi just to name a few. (click here to see the full lineup). Yet in addition to musical delights Summer Camp also offers attendees the opportunity to harness their collective energies towards positive change in their “Make a Difference” area.

“The ‘Make A Difference’ area at Summer Camp is a space for collective consciousness. We invite you to come increase your social and environmental awareness by exploring everything the “Make A Difference Area” has to offer. Learn about the work of different nonprofit organizations. Hear inspiring stories of how artists and activists are taking steps towards positive change and getting involved in our workshops. Participate in activities, such as yoga and the Green Raffle. And, relax in the Soulshine Tent to acoustic sets performed by some of your favorite bands. With activities around the clock, the Make A Difference Area will provide you with an eye opening, and maybe even transforming, experience.”

We could not have said it any better than that! We will be joining other great & varied organizations this year such as Conscious Alliance, Buffalo Field Campaign, HeadCount, Peterson Garden Project, Happy Hour Heroes, Rock the Earth & Regen STL.

AMPLIFY Drug Policy Reform Info & Action Center

We will have a full roster in attendance; Our FL & PA Regional Organizers, the founders of UNF SSDP & creators of Co-Creative Communal Consciousness, SSDP & AMPLIFY Natl. Staff plus DanceSafe volunteers will all be setting up starting Thursday through the end of the festival Monday morning. While there we will be distributing drug policy reform informational materials, the soon-to-be revised Summer ‘13 version of our revolutionary Festival Safety Guide, DanceSafe factual drug info cards, ear plugs & condoms, free water, 5-HTP, Rock Salt plus other harm reduction supplies.

AMPLIFY Harm Reduction Center

Our “AMPLIFY Chill Lounge”, debuted at Rootwire ‘12, will also be making an appearance to once again provide festival goer’s a safe, cool & calm environment to relax if needed. Our volunteers will be manning it late into the nights keeping it stocked with plenty of free water, blankets and good vibes all in an effort to prevent unnecessary police intervention and/or off-site medical transport during psychedelic emergencies and other substance related situations easily preventable or treatable on-site by trained personnel.

AMPLIFY Chill Lounge

But don’t worry we’re not leaving all the action for late night! Throughout the 4 days count on art raffles & giveaway opportunities in conjunction with Black Ink Art and other visual artists, artist meet & greets/signings at the table, a brand new “The War on Drugs is a War on _____” photo booth PLUS an hour long art & activism workshop in the Soulshine Tent PLUS Acoustic Set with a mystery AMPLIFY artist… Come on, we can’t tell you everything! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for this announcement, you’re gonna like this one, we promise.

Partnered artist performing at Summer Camp so far include;

  • Umphrey’s McGee

  • EOTO

  • Big Gigantic

  • Papadosio

  • Zoogma

  • Rubblebucket

  • Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad

  • IndigoSun

We could not be more pumped to head back out to the Midwest for this and hope if able you would consider joining us! Summer Camp has graciously offered us two “3 Day Festival Passes” to raffle off to supporters in order to raise funds for our activities and help bring more socially conscious people together. Directions below:

  1. Simply donate $5 (or more) to SSDP HERE (indicate SCMF contest in Notes Section)
  2. Re-share this blog post on Facebook to “Public”. Making sure to tag SSDP, AMPLIFY and SCMF.
  3. Take a screenshot of the post on your timeline and send to
  4. Contest ends at Midnight on May 2nd, winner will be announced May 3rd.
amplifying But don’t worry! If unable to attend you can still contribute to the cause by donating to our recently started KickStarter campaign. All proceeds raised will go towards printing of our Festival Safety Guide & purchase of harm reduction supplies and informational materials for free distribution. Stay tuned this week for more details about this exciting opportunity. There could truly be no better way to start what will surely be the biggest & most successful Summer for the AMPLIFY Project yet, with plans already in the works to set up at over 6 national & regional music festivals. Not to mention, immediately following many of us will be headed to report on our work & progress over the last year in San Francisco for Club Health ‘13, but that’s a story for another post…