You may have heard that the 2006 Gathering in Tacoma, WA had so many early registrations that registration had to close while plans were made for expansion. Although no one was turned away in the second phase of registration, many Friends only heard a message that the Gathering was full.
The 2013 Colorado Gathering Has Room to Grow
Here are some of the reasons we don't have to worry about registration numbers in 2013.
- The University of Northern Colorado is a much bigger campus. The FGC dorms contain more rooms than we think we'll need, and the University can provide even more dorms to the Gathering if we need them.
- We are planning for the same attendance as we had in 2012 in Rhode Island (and for more people than attended in 2011 in Iowa). In 2006, we thought fewer people would attend the Gathering than attended the (eastern) 2004 and 2005 Gatherings. We were wrong, and we have learned from our experience!
- Early registration processes have changed. Everyone who registers between April 3 and 14 is treated the same. This means that if 50 people sign up during early registration for the Quaker Astronauts Training Workshop (not a real workshop) which has a capacity of 30, the person who registered April 3 is no more likely to get in than the Friend who registered April 14. (However, to date we have been able to place all early registrants in their first or second choice workshop.) Similarly, Friends registering during Early Registration will have equal access to popular housing or meal options (e.g., coop cooking).
Although it is possible that we will reach capacity and close registration, we would not expect to do this until well after the Early Registration period.
Whether you attended the 2006 Gathering or not, please join us in Colorado this summer!