Ignite! Under 18 (Kids) Policy*

Please carefully review these guidelines and expectations if you plan on bringing burners under the age of 18

Ignite! is delighted to welcome burners of all ages. To provide a safe experience for all participants, we have created these guidelines and expectations for families bringing burners under the age of 18 and ask that all participants review them.

Every participant under 18 must be accompanied by an adult (over 21) who will be responsible for them for the duration of the event – to be referred to as a ‘designated adult’. If the designated adult is not the parent or legal guardian of the under-18 participant, they must bring a signed and dated letter from the individual’s parent or legal guardian authorizing guardianship for the duration of the event. All designated adults must sign a form and list the names and ages of all participants under the age of 18 for whom they will be responsible before entering the event.

Families are encouraged to bring all materials needed to meet any special medical needs a child may have (epi pens, inhalers, etc). Families are also encouraged to note allergies or medical conditions on the child’s wristband at the gate. With the consent of the parent or guardian, ESD/EMS personnel will be made aware of anyone under 18 with medical conditions or special needs.

Families and designated adults are strongly encouraged to bring a current photo of any participants under 18.

Does Ignite have restrictions on where under 18 participants can go?

The community and the organization work together to provide guidance for parents/guardians regarding art and experiences that may be appropriate for under 18 participants. Theme camps and playforms are asked to self-designate as green, yellow, red, or purple based on their age-appropriateness. The color-coding designations are as follows:

  • Green (Rated G to PG) – The theme camp is friendly to all ages. 
  • Yellow (Rated PG-13) – The theme camp may have some mildly inappropriate events for younger burners. Under 18 participants are welcome with supervision. Supervision is defined by being in sight and earshot of each other.
  • Red (Rated R) – The theme camp may have some activities that are inappropriate for some attendees. Supervised kids of all ages (under 18) are welcome at the discretion of the theme camp. Within red areas supervision is defined as being within touching distance of each other.
  • Purple (NC-17) – The theme camp is hosting adult-themed activities and minors are not allowed regardless of supervision.

All public areas, including the common areas of the pavilion, the road, the burn field, and playground are considered yellow zones. The entire neighborhood of Kindleton is considered green at all times.

The following considerations also apply:  

  • All participants under the age of 18 must be supervised in accordance with the color code by an adult at all times.
  • “Supervision” is defined by being in sight and earshot of each other within green and yellow areas. Within red areas “supervision” is defined by being within touching distance of each other.  

If a theme camp or participant encounters issues with a participant under 18 lacking supervision, the theme camp or participant should contact a Ranger, IPA, or BOD representative. Supervision issues will be grounds for removal from the event of the person under 18, their designated adult, and any other children who are signed in with that adult, at the discretion of the event organizers (IPA and BOD).

Participants under 18 are expected to adhere to the same guidelines as all other participants. Behaviors such as wandering into others’ tents or personal camp areas, interfering with others’ personal belongings, or failure to abide by community principles and standards are not acceptable. If a person under 18 is found behaving in a way not acceptable to the community, they, along with their designated adult, will meet with a Ranger lead and IPA representatives to discuss corrective measures designed to prevent such behaviors from occurring again, up to and including expulsion from the event. Expulsion could include the participant under 18, their designated adult, and any other participants under the age of 18 with that adult. This will be solely at the discretion of the IPA and/or representatives of the Transformus BOD.

Other examples of behavior from a person under 18 and/or their designated adult that could result in being asked to leave include but are not limited to:

  • If a participant under 18 is observed engaging in behaviors unsafe to themselves or others (examples include but are not limited to: getting into the lake, unruly behavior, unsafe behavior around vehicles, or failing to respect fire), there will be a meeting with the IPA and other appropriate individuals. Unsafe behavior could result in removal from the event of the underage participant, their designated adult, and anyone else under 18 with that adult.
  • Consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 will result in removal from the event of the underage participant, their designated adult, and anyone else under 18 with that adult.
  • Anyone under 18 is not to operate golf carts, ATVs, or art cars even if they are a licensed driver.
  • Removal of wristband or attempts to alter a wristband may result in removal from the event of the underage participant, their designated adult, and anyone else under 18 with that adult.