|Posted on April 17, 2016 at 2:35 AM|
Unit Commanders and Members,
I wish to take a bit of your time and explain how Camp Siman will work and how the money will be used. First I want to thank those of you who have spent time working on the site. Second I want to thank those of you who have supported our events, to date we have had four and it was you who made them happen. Next for those of you who have not attended any of our events, I want to encourage you to try to make time and come out and enjoy this great site.
On a personal note, Camp Siman has been a most wonderful gift to me from Mary and Mike Siman. These past 16 months have keepet me alive, the winter months are very difficult for me and the past two winters have been very mild thus I have been able to get out of the house and stay active and do something which I truly enjoy, working outdoors. My past experience as a volunteer trail worker for the State Parks Department in bedded the desire to sculpt the land in such a way as others may enjoy it. I greatly appreciate any help I can get but I am quite OK with doing it myself. The feeling of accomplishment of meeting goals and creating something which others can enjoy just completely satisfies me. So if you are afraid to attend any of our events thinking that I will shove a chain saw into your hands and put you to work, well please stop thinking that. All I want is for you to come out and enjoy this new premier tactical re-enacting site which I have been blessed to create.
Now, back to business. As the Property Manager and Event Coordinator for Camp Siman it is my job to figure out how to make this site work best for our hobby our group and the owners.
So here is the deal. All events will have a $15 gate fee per person. Military vehicle owners who use their vehicle for the event are free and that means only the vehicle owner not the crew or passengers. All vendors are free unless they participate in the event then they will pay the gate fee. Vendors must bring there own tables and fly's ect.
Camp Siman Events, read 6th Corps LHG STL MO and FSSF 6-3 will sponsor all events unless (for now, more on this later) you are an HRS Chartered unit, then you will sponsor the event and apply for the HRS insurance.. But the individual units that make up 6th Corps LHG STL MO may host events. Unit Commanders if you were to host an event your group will receive $5 for each paid re-enactor participating in an event. The other $10 will go into the Camp Siman Event bank account. So if an event had 100 participants your group will receive $500 at the end of the event, no waiting, the other $1000 will go into the Camp Siman Event bank account.
What does it mean to host an event? Unit commanders will submit to me all of the details of the event and I will create the Eventbrite page and the Facebook event page. The reason behind this is simple, I want to use the exact same format for all Camp Siman Events so that in time re-enactors will know what to expect and they will be able to navigate through our events the same way each time. You will be the POC for the Event and you will be responsible for all aspects of the event with out any interference from me with the exception of Safety and protecting the property owners. You will create the entire event in every way. You will run the event in the way you want to.
What am I doing with all of this money? As of now, we have $250 in the bank. Proceeds from events will be used for improvements to the property. First is replacing or repairing/painting the gates # one, two and three and adding several gates in the interior of the property and then some road work to make the property more vehicle friendly which will enhance the events. Then I want to offer gas bounty for Military Vehicles to get them out to our events. Then by 2017 I want to be self insured, (more later I have an idea), so we can host Viet Nam, Civil War, air soft and other types of events.
This year we have 6 events scheduled and I may add one more. Too many you say! NO, thus far we have had an attendance under 20 per event. I want to fill the calendar and hope that re-enactors will start to wonder just what is this place called Camp Siman with the hope that they will start showing up. I live on the premise that if you build it they will come.
Now, the May event the FSSF 6-3 will host, (all proceeds from any Force hosted event will go into the account), the July PTO event is open for a host,(Aussie's interested), the October MTO event is looking for a host and I may post one for August so it needs a hosting unit. Here is a chance for your group to make some money to do that special project or to upgrade that piece of equipment.
I have a vision and it is Camp Siman the new premier tactical re-enacting site in the Midwest, please join me and lets make this happen.
Here are the 6th Corps Groups which are eligible to host events.
68TH ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION, 14TH ARMORED DIVISION
FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE, 6TH CO, 3RD REG /45TH INFANTRY DIVISION HRS
SECOND 25TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION, 25TH BRIGADE 7TH DIVISION HRS
343rd RIFLE DIVISION, RED ARMY
116th INFANTRY REGIMENT, 29th INFANTRY DIVISION
22 INDEPENDENT PARACHUTE COMPANY, 6th BRITISH AIRBORNE DIVISION
29th PANZERGRENADIER REGIMENT 3rd PANZERGRENADIER DIVISION
326th Airborne Engineer Battalion Charlie Company 101st Airborne
Gebirgsjager Regiment 139, 3 Gebrigsjager Division
Please ask me any queations any time.
Property Manager and Event Coordinator.