The effort to give our camp power and distribute it, keep our wastewater contained, and always have the bass pumping, is crucial to our ability to function as a contributing camp on the playa. Each section of our utilities needs long-term planning and logistics, material management, and skilled labor to implement. In 2017, our camp switched from multiple small personal generators, to the large 25kW commercial generator that powered all our camp lights, AC units, charging stations, and sound system. The genie is out of the bottle, so we’re tasked with improving efficiency in funding and grid layout in 2018. We’re planning a safe electrical cord system to supply power to individuals participating in the electrical grid. We hope to have lighting along walking paths to create a more safe nighttime environment, too. Our desert robot DJ booth was built new in 2017, and this year our entire sound system has a new manager who’s giving it a redesign. After a couple close calls with heat exhaustion and overconsumption the previous years, we’ve called upon our resident medical professional to lay out some basic first aid supplies and DIY instructions. We had some capacity & pumping issues with greywater last year, so in order to facilitate our shower & kitchen waste water, we will increase our pump schedule and possibly add another tank.
POWER GRID: The generator runs our sound system and camp lights, but it also cools our living spaces. If you would like your yurt or Shift Pod to be connected to the generator’s output, the additional dues amount is $120/site. We anticipate there will be 10-15 sites connected to the system. These additional funds will justly supplement the generator rental & fuel costs.
These structures are the backbone of our camp life. They are were we take shelter, get nourishment, refresh our dry, cracked bodies, and recreate our minds. The process is two-part, maintenance or improvements, and the construction of the structures in Black Rock City. Every year after the burn, we take stock in what worked well and what needs improvement, in design and/or with new materials. We form plans, buy supplies, and coordinate in order to accomplish our structural needs for each playa build. Because once we’re on the playa, in the heat of the desert, we need these to come together quickly and efficiently. The goal is to develop a set of instructions for each construction, both large and small, in order to schedule each task accordingly among capable build members.
Each structural component has its own manager to estimate the construction and material needs, but each project requires many more members’ assistance to be able to make the framework of camp a reality. If you are interested in any part of these projects, please contact their respective managers for additional information.
STORAGE & TRANSPORTATION
STORAGE & TRANSPORTATION
Playatech furniture, shade structure parts, bike racks, bowling alley panels, decor fabric, bar lumber pieces, cuddle puddle pillows & bedding, pyramid plywood & studs, solar panel kits, shower base & pipe frame, Carl Saigon monkey hut, rugs, kitchen utensils, cookware, dishes, stoves, propane tanks, tools, stakes, ratchet straps, and metric tons of playa dust!
Currently, nearly all of it lives in San Diego or Fernley storage units. Which means that we have to load and unload all of it multiple times between its stored location and trailers and trucks. The storage units, the truck & trailer rentals, the sketchy motel stays in Fernley pre-Burn, plus the fuel it takes to transport everything, all cost money. Cleaning and sorting is no small part either. While the magic of Burning Man raises your spirits and sets your heart aflame, the reality of managing this dusty mess is a critical element to that magic.
Development, hosting, and management of camp website. This has truly been a labor of love. When the original idea came about, it was tossed around as something exciting, but un-doable for our 2017 burn. However, Jeremy came to the rescue and make it all possible. He is creating something integral to camp that will be continually improved and updated. This site will become a fantastic resource to connect, plan, and build momentum!
Jeremy is a graphic designer who has ten years experience in website development and design. Last year he unofficially managed our camp bar like a boss, so we figured an upgrade in responsibilities was in order.
Every year when we hit the playa to build our camp, we want to have the best plan already in place to make the construction go as smoothly as possible. This means designing a layout (to scale) for all the elements of camp. We have tents, yurts, Shift Pods, RVs, shade structures, pyramids, lights, shower, greywater tanks, generator… you get the idea. It’s A LOT. We will have two main inputs for the layout. First, our website will have a graphic for the basic camp layout. This is where members will find their spots once they’ve paid their total dues amounts. Secondly, Ellena is working in AutoCAD to produce a scaled drawing that will allow us to mark a grid and reproduce our drawing in real life on the playa! This will help immensely when it comes to our build schedule for those arriving before Sunday of burn week.
On the return home from her first burn in 2017, Ellena volunteered to develop a new camp layout, designed in AutoCAD, in order to increase her camp contribution potential. Her background in engineering gave her the skills and knowledge to make it happen.
These rockstars help tremendously by managing the budgets for our camp. Each individual contributor is a project manager responsible for their own section of the camp’s finances. They work together and closely manage the dues and fundraising contributions, expense spending, and assist project managers to meet their budget needs and goals.
Audra, the all around pro-organizer and third-time burner, has been the treasurer for her Anesthesia Dept at the hospital where she works for seven years. Sean has a successful career as a strategy & operations consultant for corporate and government entities, and has been a dependable, caring camp member since 2014. Kevin is a financial assistant in NYC, and has brought his fun-loving, can do attitude to our camp for the past 4 years.
EVENTS & PROMOTION
EVENTS & PROMOTION
We will have 5-6 hours of disco house by TBA DJs, and pop dozens of champagne bottles to share during the music. In addition to this, we have smaller events throughout the week, including massage, yoga, and healing sessions. We would also like to throw a small 2-3 hour event on Friday afternoon called Deep Fry Day, where french fries, tater tots, and other snacks are given out during the DJs deep house sets. Stay tuned for more event info, DJ lineups and wellness outreach descriptions.
Kelley is returning to the burn for her second year, and will be utilizing her skills as a professional event coordinator for this year’s many activities. Angel, Alanna, Liz, and… others will be in charge of multiple components of the events contributions.
Our camp promotion sticker program will be supported by artistic contributions from Gloria, Sara, Kellie, and Jeremy. Anyone else interested in submitting designs should contact these folks to collaborate & compete in the selection for camp promotion stickers.
We have evolved and changed over the years, but the primary components of love, inclusion and creativity remain the same. Our main public spaces include a DJ lounge & bar area under our shade structure, meditation/decoration pyramids, two lanes of bowling, and the Carl Saigon retreat & soup kitchen. Our private camp spaces are the cuddle puddle and kitchen areas under the shade structure. The camp members who have contributed for consecutive years know the serious effort that goes into these projects. While their work may seem elegant yet simple, its difficulty lies in the management of materials (old & new), upgrading the designs of multiple locations that only exist for one week in the desert, and finding motivated and skilled individuals to help fill in the gaps.
This will the third year in which Sara has contributed to camp decor, both before the burn and during the playa build, so she decided to take her turn at the reigns. She is monumentally supported by her two decoration pillars Kellie and Courtney, along with Alanna, Chelsea, and Katie. Together this group will transform a framework of basic structures into creative spaces that invite, intrigue and inform the playa of our camp’s personality!
After eating poorly for several burns, we decided to create a meal plan for those interested in contributing. We later expanded the meal plan to be a camp-wide project. Monday through Saturday at 6ish, we meet and have dinner together. This provides a much needed way to reconnect with each other amid the chaos of the week. Our daily vegan meals are prepared by different volunteers each day, along with others who help clean up the kitchen afterwards. The level of prep involved in bringing & storing ingredients (both fresh and dry) to Black Rock City is intense. We were generously gifted a refrigerator by Brian & Courtney Maltais in 2017, which has helped considerably. We hope to improve our leftover food storage and general kitchen etiquette this year. Additionally, if enough people are motivated to donate funding, we would also like to provide a small breakfast of eggs, toast, etc on a few days of the week.
Alanna only spent one year apart from our camp, so this makes her fourth burn with us and her fifth in total. Every year with us she has taken the meal plan to heart. The conscientious menu, healthy ingredients, and food transportation into the burn makes this her baby. Ryder is fresh off his first summer as a vegan food vendor chef/owner at multiple festivals and events, and this will be his 45th Burning Man and the eighth with our camp.