Our Rules and Guidelines exist as a manner of keeping the community safe for the many people, animals, insects and environment the community exists upon.
As a community of diverse people it is quite common to run into disputes which are difficult to solve.
Over the years there have been a few very basic guidelines to provide an atmosphere of protection and peace.
As time went on we were able to come to consensus on finalizing a drafted list which upholds our common vision, mission, goals and values.
This list serves as our basic solution to ensuring all at ARC 38 goes well.
1a) Individuals are solely responsible for their bodies and personal belongings. The community is not liable for injuries or damaged/missing property.
1b) All community belongings must remain on Arc 38 property and returned to their designated place when not in direct use unless otherwise voted by the community.
1c) If you find something unattended that you wish to utilize you must request permission from the owner or bring it up during a meeting.
1d) If you see tools or supplies being stored or used inappropriately you are responsible to correct the situation and inform the community.
1e) Personal belongings left in community spaces that are not intended for community use will be removed and relocated to the lost and found bin after 48 hours of observation. Property in bin will be brought to the attention of the community during meetings to discover proper ownership and/or placement of the item. Items that remain unclaimed for over a month are offered up for community use or personal grabs. If multiple people want the same thing they can decide possession by a fair game of chance.
2a) The acts of lying, deceit, manipulation, fraud, coercion, conspiracy, provocation and any other psychologically destructive behaviours committed against the will of individuals and/or the community shall not be tolerated.
2b) Property theft of any sort may incur a search of your personal spaces and belongings following a meeting in which this is agreed upon as the right course of action.
2c) Non-consensual purposeful physical harm forced upon others against their will shall ultimately lead to a permanent ban from the Arc 38 and it’s grounds unless otherwise noted in a meeting. The first two occurrences of such an act incur warning, the third calls for permanent ban.
2d) Substances considered illegal by New York State Law are not permitted upon the grounds, responsible alcohol consumption is to be permitted by persons over 21 but is not encouraged. This community wishes to harbor a safe environment for all individuals, neighbors and the community.
FOOD STORES AND WILDERNESS FORAGING
3a) Wastefulness shall not be tolerated. If you see others committing repeated unsustainable actions, please address the issue with individual/group and bring it to the attention of the community.
3b) Exclusively personal food items must be labeled with your name and the purchase/storage date or they could be eaten or composted by someone else.
3c) Wilderness foraging must be done responsibly and at your own risk. You must only remove 3/4th at most of what you find so the organism can sustain itself and reproduce. Harvest only those foods and medicinal herbs which you may properly process in a timely manner as not to waste after harvest.
WILDERNESS RETREAT AND STEWARDSHIPS
4a) Campsites left unoccupied for one month will be checked for perishables and items at risk of damage. The individual will be notified and the community shall designate a specific individual to undertake the check.
4b) At the beginning of October, each year, all who have a campsite remaining will be notified to dismantle their campsite by the end of the month. After October 30th any remaining campsite will be dismantled and property will be distributed through the remaining community. If you are at risk please remove your campsite as soon as possible or contact an individual who can remove your campsite and your belongs from the property. Arc 38 is willing to offer some assistance.
4c) No sentient beings are to be drove off, harmed, hunted, trapped or fished on Arc 38 grounds unless otherwise stated in a meeting.
4d) Stewardship of the wilderness means to preserve natural beauty and protect living organisms. Please refrain from destroying and altering the natural habitat, keeping our impact low preserves our home.
MEETINGS AND PROPOSALS
5a) Regular member meetings will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are working on the grounds and will not be able to attend a meeting please notify someone ahead of time. A notebook will be designated for acknowledging those in attendance, topics discussed, progress report and seasonal topics of focus.
5b) Proposing group projects to the community is a serious undertaking and requires consensus, transparency, group mentality, allowing group contribution and a simple process. The process begins by first stating an idea during meetings to check for initial approval, disagreement, discrepancies, opinions and suggestions. After the initial discussion there should be information gathered to draft a written proposal, this includes stating a goal, instruction, compiling a supply list and the physical tasks which must be undertaken or delegated. This process continues until the proposal is approved during a physical meeting or any means of telecommunication, whether physical or not is to be determined ahead of time and the community is to remain informed.
5c) Members have 3 days to respond/vote on proposals or they will be exempt from the vote. If the community is notified of inability to participate ahead of time this can be extended until the member is able to participate. However, the community may determine a final date by which extension may no longer be applied in order to address time sensitive proposals.
5d) If a meeting comes to agreement on a proposal though the community was not properly informed of the proposal nor the date or means by which the discussion is taking place then the proposal shall be null.
6a) Visitation to the community by persons without membership is limited to 72 hours. If persons without membership wish to be here for longer than 72 hours they must either contribute physical labor, physical resources or monetary resources depending on the persons ability and community approval.
6b) It is good to inform the community of possible visitation one week ahead of the date of which a person wishes to visit in order to address accommodations.
6c) Members who wish to bring visitors must also announce their visitors ahead of time and ensure their visitors are properly accommodated for.