As some of you may already know, for some time now, Spring staff has been working to make our legal structure properly match what it is our community is actually doing. The goal was to smooth staff’s interactions with the great piles of paperwork out there in world, as well as to codify some of what our intentions and basic understandings are. If you’d like to know about what what we look like on paper in the eyes of the law, keep on reading!

While Spring is now a nonprofit corporation (legally speaking) we are still the same old Spring at heart.

In December 2015 Spring Forum for Alternative Community, LLC changed into Spring Forum for Alternative Community, Inc. We are now a nonprofit in the State of New Hampshire that is applying for IRS 501(c)(7) status. This FAQ will hopefully answer most the questions you have about it.

What is a 501(c)(7)?
A 501(c)(7) is a ‘social club’—one of many categories of nonprofit defined by the IRS. They do not have to pay federal or state taxes on income BUT donations to a 501(c)(7) are not tax deductible. A 501(c)(7) exists for the benefit of its members and its events can be for pleasure, recreation, or other purposes.

How is this different than a 501(c)(3)?
When most people think of a nonprofit, they think of a 501(c)(3), otherwise known as a ‘charitable organization.’ They exist for the public good. Groups such as the Red Cross and many homeless shelters are in this category.

What is membership about?
Since 501(c)(7) organizations exist for the benefit of their members, Spring has to define who these members are. Details are in the Bylaws, but generally, attendees automatically become members once they arrive at their second conference. Membership is renewed every year when attending the event. After three years of not attending membership lapses.

For the sake of new membership, if you attended Spring in 2015 you became a member when you arrived at Spring 2016.

Other than the fact that Spring is run for their benefit there are no special privileges or discounts reserved for members, but we may work on a secret handshake in the future.

Does this change the role of staff?
Staff is the board of directors for the 501(c)(7), with three officers: secretary, treasurer, and president/executive officer. (The position of executive officer has no special powers and is required to fulfill the guidelines of the 501(c)(7) documents.). But staff still operates as it always has. The new structure actually better represents what we have always been.

If I give money to Spring, will my donation now be tax-deductible?
Sadly, no. Although Spring does not need to pay State taxes, and will not have to pay Federal Taxes once we obtain a 501(c)(7) designation, those benefits do not apply to individuals giving to the organization.

Why not stay a LLC (Limited Liability Company)?
LLCs are usually intended for groups of investors that form a business partnership. The LLC isn’t taxed; instead revenues flow to the individual partners who have to claim income from the LLC on their individual tax forms… it isn’t really a good fit for Spring.

What about Sputnik?
Sputnik was the first to become a nonprofit. Spring and Sputnik staff’s were able to share knowledge and resources as they went through the process together (thank you Sputnik staff!).

Does this mean we’re forming an umbrella organization?
Staff’s priority was to find a more appropriate legal structure for Spring. Whether or not to pursue an umbrella organization will have to be taken up later, but becoming a nonprofit doesn’t rule out or hinder the possibility of forming an umbrella organization in the future.

How can I learn more?
The two documents that define Spring (or more accurately Spring Forum for Alternative Community, Inc.) are the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. Links to these documents are below:

http://www.springsummercamp.org/docs/Spring_FFAC_Articles_of_Agreement.pdf

http://www.springsummercamp.org/docs/Spring_FFAC_Non-Profit_Bylaws.pdf

If you have any questions that aren’t covered here or would like clarification on anything send us an email at out shiny new Spring staff gmail address staffofspring@gmail.com.

Best fishes,

Spring staff
(Aleks, April, Bryce, Coran, Josh, Lorraine, Lulu, Reeve)

Note: this was drafted, for the most part, by Spring 2016 staff but not sent out until now.

Here are the Spring 2016 workshops

Creativity, Technique, & Problem Solving: In Theory and In Practice with Rose L
Although primarily a DIY Lets Make Art workshop, we’ll include discussions on the differences and connections between creativity, technique, and problem-solving. Also, art for yourself vs art for others, and the importance of creativity in our day-to-day life *and* for humanity in general. Collaborative projects are greatly encouraged. If anyone is interested in painting or drawing lessons, I can provide that.

 

Anti-Capitalist Positivism with Will
PLOT TWIST: Let’s talk 99% less about how much we hate the status quo, and fill that space instead with suggestions for an alternative (this is the positivist part) structure to society. Over our time at Spring we’ll examine a variety of alternative systems (or tweaks to systems) that we might wish upon the world instead and then critically examine those suggested systems, looking for weaknesses, dependencies, and what it would realistically take to get us from here to there.

Disclaimer: Your workshop leader is decidedly pro-capitalism and is working on a phd in Law and Public Policy. He has a master’s degree in community planning and development. He’s running this workshop for two reasons: 1) He REALLY would love to understand what a better alternative to the status quo is, and 2) it worked really well during a pilot run at Sputnik.

This will be a moderated discussion workshop.

 

Acting Like Men, with Kat M, Goshman, Sophie and Sandy
“Carry yourself with the confidence of a mediocre white man.” – Heben Nigatu

This workshop will explore Typical Male Behavior (TMB). We will discuss and practice different aspects of TMB. What you get out of this workshop is the experience of practicing these behaviors and what that entails. This is not about empowerment, and we do not recommend you behave this way after this week. This is NOT a self-improvement plan; it is an experience that will be uncomfortable to you and everyone around you. No men allowed.

 

Spring Fighter XVI with Coran
Do you like watching epic fight scenes!? Enjoy action movies?! Have you ever seen a fight scene and thought “There is no way I could do that and look that cool.” Well you are wrong! At Spring Fighter XVI you will learn how to fake a punch, fake getting hit and with enough time learn to fake a full fight!

Everyone is welcome, will take into account any previous injuries, no experience required! Bring clothing you are comfortable in moving in, etc. sweats and tee shirts. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Build Stuff with Cat
Cat is moving into a new apartment immediately after Spring and has a few carpentry/furniture finishing projects to complete! So she’s bringing them with her! Glen Brook has a wood shop and Cat has a decent toolkit, too. Cat’s mostly going to be focusing on her projects: Building a bed frame and two nightstands and refinishing a 19-teens secretary desk. You can come help and learn how to do some of these things! You can bring a project to work on (don’t forget sandpaper–ask if you don’t know what grit you need)!

 

Games with David
David is going to play games! Come play games with him!

 

 
If the workshop you want isn’t listed, this is a DIY conference, so email Jake and tell him about the workshop you want to run!

Hello SPRINGERS, Spring community, People who are awesome!

As you may know over the past few years Spring staff has been working on making Spring a non-profit. A lot of time, thought, and energy has gone into transforming boiler plate documents into something that will work for the Spring Conference and still meet the requirements as legal documents for a non-profit. And now we have reached the final stages!

We have put the most recent drafts of both the Articles of Agreement and Bylaws in Google drive (links below) to give you all a chance to look them over and comment before we start the incorporation process. So, if you are so inclined, please take a look at both documents and make comments or suggestions directly in the Google docs.

Articles of Agreement: https://goo.gl/MxHr0M
Bylaws: https://goo.gl/p7Phn5

We hope to be able to take the next steps with this after the Open Staff meeting on Nov 15th and officially be a non-profit by the end of 2015. In aid of this if you plan to comment please do so by Nov 14th. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read them both through. Your input is greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions about the process as a whole feel free to contact April directly (april@morefrogs.com)

Here’s more info about the Open Staff meeting: http://www.springsummercamp.org/?p=353
Please, RSVP [ https://goo.gl/oMlM9Z ] if you are thinking of attending, it’s helpful for us to know how many people are attending or hoping to attend.

Also, if you haven’t filled out the Kids at Spring survey you can fill that out here: https://goo.gl/3TCpUF

Thanks and thanks for being awesome!

Much love,

2016 Spring Staff
April, David, Jake, Kelly, Lorraine and Thor

Hello Springians!

We have a new date for the Spring 2016 Open Staff Meeting: Sunday, November 15th, and it will be at Parts & Crafts in Somerville, MA.

We are hoping that with more notice more of you all with be able to attend. So, if you are planning to attend, aren’t sure but are considering it, or know you can’t make it but still want to help or have something you want to say, please let us know via this RSVP form: https://goo.gl/oMlM9Z

The full details of how this Open Staff meeting will go, which is different from how they have been in the past, are below.

Much love,

2016 Spring Staff
April W, David W, Jake A, Kelly T, Lorraine G, Thor T

P.S. Please let us know if your contact information has changed recently, so we can make sure you don’t miss out on any important future communications!

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The details:

This year the Open Staff Meeting will be a bit different than in years past. We’re holding it early in the year to solicit assistance and feedback from the community before the bulk of the planning is done. Only six of last year’s seven staff re-applied, and we received no new applications, which means this year’s staff will need a lot of help from the community to make Spring 2016 happen.

The main agenda item for this meeting is to find volunteers to take on the planning and execution of individual tasks and events. Volunteers won’t necessarily need to attend future staff meetings but they will need to be in regular communication with at least one member of staff.

In aid of this we began brainstorming a Big List of Tasks that are needed to make Spring happen that we feel will would work to be handed off. You can see it here: https://goo.gl/0r34Eb

If you are interested in working on any of these things either by yourself or with a partner or committee please come to the meeting and help us out. And if you are interested but can’t make it to the meeting let us know that too and we’ll work out how to get you involved. Also, let us know if you think there are things that should be on this list that aren’t. Maybe you’ve got an awesome idea we haven’t even thought of?

The goal is for this meeting to be more a conversation with the community, working out ways to make the best conference ever with involvement from much more of the community, rather than the more presentation style Open Staff Meetings that we’ve had in the past when it takes place much later in the process.

The meeting will start at 10AM with a ring-style check in, and then move on to the list and figuring out how to get everything done. At some point in the middle we will break for a potluck style lunch, so please make sure to bring something yummy to eat or drink (but no alcohol, please, in keeping with the Spring spirit).

Hello Springians!

The Open Staff Meeting for Spring 2016 will be Sunday, October 4th at Parts & Crafts in Somerville.

This year the Open Staff Meeting will be a bit different than in years past. We’re holding it early in the year to solicit assistance and feedback from the community before the bulk of the planning is done. Only six of last year’s seven staff re-applied, and we received no new applications, which means this year’s staff will need a lot of help from the community to make Spring 2016 happen.

The main agenda item for this meeting is to find volunteers to take on the planning and execution of individual tasks and events. Volunteers won’t necessarily need to attend future staff meetings but they will need to be in regular communication with at least one member of staff.

In aid of this we began brainstorming a Big List of Tasks that are needed to make Spring happen that we feel will would work to be handed off. You can see it here: https://goo.gl/0r34Eb

If you are interested in working on any of these things either by yourself or with a partner or committee please come to the meeting and help us out. And if you are interested but can’t make it to the meeting let us know that too and we’ll work out how to get you involved. Also, let us know if you think there are things that should be on this list that aren’t. Maybe you’ve got an awesome idea we haven’t even thought of?

The goal is for this meeting to be more a conversation with the community, working out ways to make the best conference ever with involvement from much more of the community, rather than the more presentation style Open Staff Meetings that we’ve had in the past when it takes place much later in the process.

The meeting will start at 10AM with a ring-style check in, and then move on to the list and figuring out how to get everything done. At some point in the middle we will break for a potluck style lunch, so please make sure to bring something yummy to eat or drink (but no alcohol, please, in keeping with the Spring spirit).

If you’re planning to attend, or aren’t sure but are considering it, please let us know via this RSVP form: https://goo.gl/a65SWZ

Much love,

2016 Spring Staff
April W, David W, Jake A, Kelly T, Lorraine G, Thor T

P.S. Please let us know if your contact information has changed recently, so we can make sure you don’t miss out on any important future communications!

Here were the workshops for Spring 2015

Daring Greatly with Sarah
In this workshop, we’ll dive deep our personal relationship with fear, our fears themselves, and how we want to transform them. We’ll use the safety and support of the group, Glen Brook, and the Spring community at large to stretch our boundaries, expand our comfort zones, and question our assumptions while compassionately engaging with what scares us. Through discussion, group activities and challenges, and extraordinary feats of derring do, we’ll figure out what it means to be courageous, and hopefully come away with heightened self-awareness and some badass new superpowers we can use in our everyday lives.

 

Let’s Write a Book with Bryce
Write genre fiction, (Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk, Post-Apocalyptic, etc) with a fun group dynamic. We can plan the whole piece together and write some each day, adjusting the plan as we go. We likely won’t finish the whole thing, but if there are 5 of us writing two pages a day for 7 days that’s 70 pages. After Spring we can continue working on it over the internet.

 

DIY Canvas and Leather Adventure with Thor
Tips and tools to create personalized bags, pouches, backpacks and the like. There will be a limited stock of canvas, leather, Velcro, snaps and zips on hand, as well as old bags, leather jackets, and backpacks to deconstruct. Create something new or re-purpose something old.

 

A Pattern of Patterns with April
A discussion group centered around noticing patterns and habits in our lives, and working to create new patterns and/or change existing ones. This will be a largely informal discussion where we share strategies for changing and creating patterns and habits, talk about changes we would like to make, and encourage each other to follow through and keep the changes up after Spring. Drawing and doodling patterns during the discussion is strongly encouraged. (If this sounds familiar that may be because this workshop also happened at Spring 2014.)

 

Building Things and Walking in Funny Ways with Lorraine
Stilts and slack line (more description to come).

 

TableTop RPG’ing with Anthony
In which we explore the collaborative storytelling possibilities of table top role-playing games, in this case using the D&D 5th edition core rules. The workshop will involve character creation (this will be completed on the first day of the workshop), some mini-quests (playable in one session), and ideally a longer quest to fill out the week. Accessible to long-weekenders and full-week Springers, this workshop should serve as an introduction to tabletop role-playing games for the new gamer, and as an exploration of collaborative storytelling for all players.

For those interested, there is some helpful introductory documentation online at dnd.wizards.com (not required reading, but it might help move things along). Also, a snarky webcomic (see alt text) for perspective. I will bring several sets of polyhedral dice, but those who have dice are encouraged to bring them, too.

 

Games! with Tashin and Will
Inside games! Outside games! Board games! Card games! Frisbee golf! Play all the games! (more description to come)

 

Be-in with Jake
Not quite sure what to do? Want to do different things every day? Why not do it together?

 

Hello everyone!

This year’s Spring open staff meeting will take place on Sunday April 12th at Parts & Crafts — 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143.

The open staff meeting gives you, the enthusiastic Spring attendee, the opportunity to see and participate in the inner workings of making Spring happen. Staff will present some of the big changes and decisions on the table this year, and listen with attention and gratitude to your feedback and ideas about Spring.

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Here are the Spring 2014 workshops

Making and Breaking Patterns with April
A discussion group centered around noticing patterns and habits in our lives, and working to create new patterns and/or change existing ones (with a bit of group support to help you along). Drawing and doodling patterns during the discussion is strongly encouraged.

 

Spring to the MOON! with Will
No longer known as ‘An Explosively Good Time.’
Also no longer known as ‘Fun with Flying Phalluses’
Also no longer known as ‘The Rickety Rocket Racket’ 
Come learn the fundamentals of model rocketry, hands-on, with your host: Will! Rockets will be entirely scratch-built from as many reclaimed materials as possible: paper towel and wrapping paper tubes, plastic and paper nose cones, parachutes out of crappy shower curtains. It’s not quite upcycling, but it beats shelling out $20-30 for a rocket kit! Motors and launch equipment provided by your workshop leader along with a ton of supplies.
Remember always, however, that this is Spring. Anyone can make a rocket. You are encouraged to make yours fabulous. To this end we will be working extensively in the Art Barn. All Rockets will need to pass a basic safety inspection before being considered for flight.

 

A MARVEL-ous Superhero Role Playing Game with Coran
Have you ever wanted to fight along side the forces of good? Fly through the sky with Superman. Swing through a city with Spiderman. Beat up villains with your brains and brawl with Wonder Woman. Or… talk to fish with Aquaman? Well, you can’t because I don’t want to get sued. But, you can still play superheroes if you want. You could have a telekinetic speedster, or an animal controller brick of a bloke. Who you get is up to the die; how you play… well that’s all on you.

 

DIT Fit – Do it Together Fitness for a DIY Conference with Denise
This workshop is a chance to play and make extra endorphins to enhance your week. Its always easier with a buddy…or ten. As a group (DIT!) we will choose from a variety of body moving, sometimes blood pumping activities to suite our mood and the weather that graces our little slice of heaven that is Glenbrook. Options to choose from include but are not limited to: taking a run through the pastoral neighborhood, tetherball championships, dance class in the barn, playing outside in the rain (obligatory hot cocoa and lounging afterward), swimming, locating and occupying climbable trees, acroyoga in the field, playing kickball, and frisbee. Creativity and endurance is encouraged, along with generous victory cool downs where we lie in the grass. Additionally, if you are wanting to try your hand at teaching a yoga class, sharing your acro skillz, or becoming a drill sergeant to a troop of running free spirits, then this may be the morning workshop for you. Don’t be intimidated, without stillness there is no movement, and there will be plenty of both.

 

The Person & The Poet: A Poetry Workshop with Seb
In this workshop we will engage in a critical study of contemporary poets such as Louise Gluck, Anne Carson, and John Berryman and we will also create a space for us to write and workshop each other’s work. We will do a lot of reading, writing, and sharing.

 

Using Spring As A Jumping Off Point To Create The World You Want with Lydia
This workshop will be a space for us to muse over what makes Spring what it is. We will discuss the world-changing implications of creating this kind of community and ways we might apply our experiences here towards transforming society. In this workshop we will look at the inspiring, the practical, the social, the political, the liberating, the far-fetched, the personal, the challenging, and the pragmatic. As we consider the world-changing implications of our own experiences in community we will also look at what we can learn from other movements and groups. Let’s share our dreams and make big things happen!

 

Be-in with Bryce
Bryce has no idea what he wants to do. He has a vague inkling that it’ll be outside and maybe involve a game or building something… Or both. So if you are similarly indecisive come join him and whoever else shows up that day and figure out something to do.

 

 
If the workshop you want isn’t listed, this is a DIY conference, so email Jake and tell him about the workshop you want to run!

Hey there! Are you wondering what the schedule for Spring 2014 looks like?

You’re in the right place.  This is draft 1.4, and we’ll update it if anything changes.

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00

Arrival

8:00

Wake up and woo woos

Wake up and woo woos

Wake up and woo woos

Wake up and woo woos

Wake up and woo woos

Wake up and woo woos

Tours / welcome wagon / find your room / Mailbags

8:45

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Breakfast

Workshop sign-up

10:00

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Games &

one-shots

10:30

Workshops

Workshops

Workshops

Workshops

Workshops

Clean up!

Hooray! Brunch Buffet

12:30

Lunch Prep

Lunch Prep

Lunch Prep

Lunch Prep

Lunch Prep

Lunch Prep

12:00

Orientation

1:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1:30

Break

2:00

Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon Meeting

Afternoon Meeting

Closing Circle

2:00

Week-long workshops

2:30

One-shots

 Free time

One-shots

Free time

Big Group Check-in

Free time

One-shots

Free time

One-shots

Free time

Goodbye Spring! See you next year

5:00

Dinner Prep

5:30

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

Dinner Prep

5:30

Dinner

6:00

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

6:30

Rings

7:00

Rings

Rings

Rings

Rings

Rings

8:30

Big Group Game

8:30

Bonfire

Dance Party

Free time & Workshops

Auction

Coffee House

10:00

Worship

10:00

Worship

Worship

Worship

Worship

Worship

Hello everyone!

The Spring Open Staff Meeting will take place on Sunday March 23rd, from 9:30am – 4pm at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA.

The open staff meeting gives you, the enthusiastic Spring attendee, the opportunity to see and participate in the inner workings of making Spring happen. Staff will present some of the big changes and decisions on the table this year, and listen with attention and gratitude to your feedback and ideas about Spring. This year we decided to try hosting the Open Staff Meeting at a potential alternative conference site called Earthdance ( http://www.earthdance.net ). If you’d like to hear a little more about why we decided to do this, and how its being paid for, you can check out this news post on the Spring website:

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Hey there campers!  The open staff meeting is coming up very, very soon, and we (2014 staff) are really looking forward to seeing you there.  It’s a great opportunity to hear about planning for the 2014 conference and share your ideas with the community.

This year the staff members decided to rent a new site to host the meeting, and we want to be sure you know why.  So here’s our thinking behind the renting of Earthdance.

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Here are the workshops from Spring 2013

The World of Small Craft with Sandy
Let’s make things and hang out!Each day will focus on a different material and/or technique for making art and/or crafts. There will be several project suggestions at a variety of experience levels to help you explore making art and/or crafts.Because everyone can be creative, and anyone can create, this workshop is open to both newbies and professional artists (and anyone in between). You should be able to find things to make that are both challenging and accessible regardless of experience or skill level. The projects will also include useful crafts, small gifts, and art for art’s sake.Because we only have a week, and a limited suitcase size, each project idea will be for something small enough to fit into a mailbag and finish in one day.

 

Spring Remix! with Anthony
We’ve had Sproing! (Spring, the musical), and we have Coffee House every year. We have conversations deep and humorous. But we haven’t answered the question: “Will it blend?” In this workshop, we will grab snippets of Spring, short or long (with consent from those recorded), cut them up, mix them together, and throw it at the wall to see what sticks. Many stock loops and audio clips will be available to add, but at least part of the workshop will focus on recording pieces of Spring, and use of “found audio.” I will provide computers/software for recording and editing, as well as recording equipment (microphones, etc.), but if there’s something you really want to record, feel free to bring it!

 

Board Game Workshop with Dan
As usual, we have an abundance of games of all kinds available to us. Board games, card games, party games, you name it! Whether you’re looking for a several-day-long epic RPG or a casual 10-minute card game, there will be plenty of others willing to play, and you might even learn a new game. We sometimes even have game designers play-testing their newest creations!

 

Write On! with Athena
Let’s manifest a creative space to climb up our writers blocks and find our voices. I’m hoping for us to share our writing goals and then satisfy them, however modestly. We will find a quiet nice place to be…and we will write. We will encourage each other along throughout the week. This won’t be so much a “learn a new writing style” workshop as it will be a “dust off your writing goals” workshop. Hopefully by the end of the week, that poem/story/biography/etc that has been spinning around in your head for a while will have made its way onto the paper. In other words, this is a do-it-yourself writing workshop, with a little help from your friends. Because it’s always better that way, isn’t it. 

 

Inclusion and Oppression: Hard Work, Deep Love, and Dreams with Choya
Spring is transformative and powerful because we try to create a space where every person in our community can feel safe and loved enough to express their most authentic selves, free from some of the externally (and internally) imposed constraints of our day-to-day lives. In this workshop, we’ll get into our community values in order to talk about what that means to us, individually and communally. To support and anchor our conversations, we’ll create a shared understanding of oppression, power and privilege, and consider various parts of our identities (both socially charged, like race and gender, and less-so, like food preferences, hobbies or family situations). We’ll compassionately rise to the challenge of being our best selves – and, oddly, it will be fun! This workshop will use gentle facilitation, transformational discussion, personal reflection, activities and creativity.

 

Co-Listening/Peer Counseling with Lydia
In this workshop we’ll be learning how to listen effectively to each other and the role that can play in clearing our minds and healing from old hurts. We are all born wanting to connect, collaborate, learn and celebrate. We all experience social conditioning and emotional hurts which interfere with our ability to think clearly and flexibly. By taking turns actively listening to each other we will tap into our natural emotional healing process (through laughing, crying, talking and being present with each other) and support each other in reclaiming our full humanity.