2018 TC Speed Dating

The Name of your Camp?What type?Placed?Base City (Cities)What is your camp schtick? Keep it short.Link to your campAuthorized poster: Your NameYour email and phone number and any notes you think I need.
Mudskippers Urban Decay CafeTheme CampYSan FranciscoFucking amazing fruit smoothie cafe, and a Whitney Houston party that is Playa famous.https://www.mudskippercafe.comYeswesleyburns16@gmail.com, 3522815038
The Love BubbleTheme CampYSan FranciscoA safe haven for Human Connectionhttps://www.lovebubble.camp/Karen Jeffrey(415-450-7554) kjjeffrey@gmail.com
Gender BlenderTheme CampYSF Bay AreaWe create safe space for Trans/Genderqueers identities and host/promote gender affirming/explorative eventshttps://www.genderblenders.org/Cyndi Veecyndi@genderblenders.org 626-975-8425
Buspatch Black Rock CityJust a group of peopleYOakland, CAWe bring a slice of off-grid vehicle dwelling community from the bay area to BRC.https://www.facebook.com/groups/buspatchbrc/Sparrsparr0@gmail.com 615-495-8127 http://buspatch.com
Gobi Heaven Armor Camp/Beijing Burner ClubTheme CampPending Application (Only if never placed before)East BayWe serve Mongolian Milk TeaTBDYeschenjay@gmail.com, 650-580-6651
8-bit BunnyTheme CampYSF, East Bay, SLCWe run an amazing sauna with a fun bar.www.8-bitbunny.comDavid Singerdavid@ramaboo.com
Burning GlobeTheme CampYBerkeley, CAInteractive Shakespeare. https://www.facebook.com/groups/556296087862378/about/yeslisaanneporter@yahoo.com, 510-316-0397
Monkey Bar Theme CampYBay AreaTea Service and an art carhttp://www.landofmonkey.comScott4155959027
The Love BubbleTheme CampYSan FranciscoWe are a safe haven for human connectionlovebubble.campKaren Jeffrey (Ginja) and Lisa Ann Caparra (Cinnamon Girl)kjjeffrey@gmail.com, 415-450-7554
SextantTheme CampNOakland Sextant gifts Black rock City citizens with the hazards of high voltage, high altitude, high velocity and high alcohol content. You are welcome to play with the musical 32ft tall Tesla Coil, enjoy drinks up at v?nderbar - our bar in the sky, then continue to ascent the 52ft Tower for an incredible view, and ride the Zipline to your next adventure!www.facebook.com/sextantcamp/Martina Bucciantoniomartinabucciantonio@gmail.com, 510-520-7568 It's very likely that one of my Sextant member, Dylan Hogan, will do the presentation (I will attend the entire event)
Playa Bike RepairTheme CampYSan FranciscoWe offer free on-playa emergency bike repair www.PlayaBikeRepair.comLoren GellerLoren@PlayaBikeRepair.com
Astro CatsTheme CampYSan Francisco, CAWe serve daytime cocktails, nighttime sake. We have aerial performance and workshop. We have interactive games. We have space for fire jamming, Cyr Wheel. We have workshop and practice of Capoiera. We will serve tea too.https://www.facebook.com/groups/Astrocats.2014/Lancelot Kaomeisterkao@gmail.com

Art Car Update for June

I got an email from DMV asking for more information. I am not sure how I can tell this story in just pictures and disconnected text, so I am going to try and put something together here and tell a story that will hopefully lead to approval. The art car: “Monkey Car” was once called “Dr Brainlove” and it is owned by Brainlove’s people and I am leasing it from them for 2018 with an option to continue into 2019. Work began in January and we have been working on it almost every other weekend since to turn it into a Chinese Junk boat with an effigy of the Chinese Monkey King on it.


We plan on turning it into something along this line:

A rendering in color of what we expect it to look like as “Monkey Car”

We will build it to look like a typical Chinese Junk one might see floating around in any harbor in Hong Kong inspired by Chinese Mythology. We are struggling on hos to represent the Monkey King but have found a form we might be able to install mounted over the cabin. We still are hoping we can put a full figure on the vehicle if we can.

  • a cool feature will be a monkey roar projected off the nose instead of a horn that will be really loud and short signaling the arrival or movement of the vehicle.
  • it will have some sound inside mostly for people riding. It is not going to be a huge system, we do not have the bandwidth to make something designed to be an entertainment system but focus on our mission to be a conveyance for citizens of BRC.

Over time: (See gallery linked below for more images: USE ESC key to exit Gallery)

We are at a crucial point in the process with fund raising and continuing with the project. We raised about $5.5k so far and are a good way through with the project with setting the stage for skinning and getting l.e.d.s installed for exterior lighting. The images below show some of the progress. The video below shows our recent installation of the sail masts we installed that will be made out of cargo netting so they do not catch wind.

Youtube Video Updates:

I am literally pulling everything I have together to share on this car as it stands and as it will be. I hope this finds a sympathetic ear as we are building something new specifically for 2018. We are focusing on this year with the main purpose of being of service.

A little story

Monkey Car and the theme camp ‘Monkey Bar in the Land of Monkey’ are inspired by a couple things. First of all we are trying to bring some cool whimsy to the event for us and our community with the whole thing. Our camp is hosting a tea-bar and doing some cool interactive events. Our art car is planning on doing the same and making the most of the event by being of service. BUT!!!! We are monkeys and we do not like robots… monkeys wish to conquer the soulless robots and frolic with our fellow hominids and see the beautiful art!!! Oh and the Gorrillaz 2007 Album DARE… oh yeah! Journey to the West by Jamie Hewlett (singer and writer for the Gorriallaz).

Now Just Imagine: Hearing this… as the art car emerges on the playa this action packed music for its riders!

This is a International School Bus that is 45 (or so) feet long with the passenger part removed. It is in excellent shape and has been fit with extra cooling systems for use at Burning Man. We are fund raising on Hatchfund right now here: https://www.hatchfund.org/project/monkey_car if you want to see that. Here are our videos as they are posted for fund raising and more:


The Monkey in Monkey Bar

Why Monkeys? Why this? I feel this camp is finally hitting it’s point of maturity where it is ready to go into the next phase of its reality. We were Sun Guardians for 5 years. That was a camp that provided the playa with a Hindu Temple (Psuedo) with devotion to honoring the Hindu gods that we featured every year. There was meaning behind each one like Ganesha’s fun nature and reminder that we can over come barriers in our lives. Like Hanuman’s playful and devoted nature (loyalty to so important to me),  and then in 2017 we featured Kali Maa at a curious time. She is the goddess of death and destruction, but also life and renewal. It was not my intention to end Sun Guardians but it became the right time to do it.

Sun Guardians felt heavy. It was very serious and it was part of my journey about learning to run a successful Theme Camp. Success in the fact that we were able to bring this thing to Burning Man and keep people alive and safe. My goal was to create something everyone could stand in front of and be proud of. That learning experience was fraught with wins and losses. I found such joy with my camp mates and so blessed especially with the people that took on leadership roles in camp. I also failed some people and those were definitely the hardest lessons out of the whole thing.

Through this journey I learned a lot. I learned to listen and be a little more patient. I learned to pull back and get another point of view. The voices that have been there to lead me off the ledge have been profoundly appreciated. I do not have to be an authoritarian to make a camp successful. My personal fears and anxiety does not need to lead me through this process.

So here comes Monkey Bar. This camp is now designed to be more light and fun. Monkeys are cute and fun. Monkeys live in Troops and are very connected to each other. They frolic, play, and yet contribute to the community as a whole. In 2017 I took Wednesday off from camp and ate a piece of candy that apparently had a lot of something on it that made the following 12 hours quite the adventure. In the course of the I saw a manifestation of Hanuman AND the Monkey King that gave me a huge sense of peace and safety. So I want to share that with other people.

Monkey Bar will serve Tea and sass during posted time slots. We will welcome people to our air conditioned bar. Based on the theme of the evening there will be challenges with trivia or jokes from bar tenders. All in good fun!

Monkey Car is an art car that will carry the theme of the camp into the playa for adventures that not only serves the camp but the community as well.

We are eliminating the yoga and meditation classes in camp as it seems there are a lot of resources already on playa from other camps with great programs.

If this camp appeals to you then fill out our application form and be prepared to pay the $500 Camp Fee. There is another obligation coming into the camp, which includes the production of 1 meal for the camp that be as complicated or simple as you want, but have to meet some standards for what a meal is. We have 2 meals a day with a complete meal program provided by campers.

Why $500 camp fee? This is not a cheap endeavor to make a theme camp and keep all the resources for the year. Storage alone if about $3000/year and just getting the basic to Burning Man is about $12000. For 30 people that comes to about $15000 which should cover the budget. Any extra funds will go toward Monkey Car. Many established and well functioning camps have the same budget out there.

With all sincerity I hope that you see the value of this camp and will want to be a part of this amazing magic. Thank you!

New Branding

I am so excited about the new branding of the camp. I am thrilled with the ideas this is spawning. I am also really glad to have a developing team for this project and its associated project; the art car. All the branding was changed over as of this post and while Sun Guardians as a web address, twitter handle and Facebook page has 5 years of history associated with it we are not ready to justs drop and walk from.

Looking ahead to 2017

Hi folks… since we began some of the initial footwork in getting ready for 2017 it is important to let potential campers know that there have been a lot of lessons learned that will see corrections. We have received a lot of accolades for our organization and structure. Our infrastructure has been top notch, but I sold a big chunk of it to help pay the bills in 2016 and to reduce the bandwidth on the camp.

If you saw any previous posts on here talking about 2016 Trip Reports it is clear there was a lot of frustration and holes we fell into in certain areas. Let me be clear that I take on the responsibility of all those problems. The support from leads in camp was above board and one had too much on their plate and not enough help.

Reboot for 2017 with a new deity: Kali the Goddess of Death and Destruction. But Kali is also creativity and renewal. Sun Guardians: Dead Monk Society is a chance to create a platform for new ideas and new leaders to come forward. Ideally someone will step forward and take over the camp logistics from me in 2018. Not that I am leaving the camp, but it is a chance for someone else to take the reigns and maybe chart something of a new path.

Camp fees are going up. As demonstrated the last 2 years, the 200$ / person is not enough. For all the resources the camp provides and for the health and well being of our Theme Camp the camping fee is going to be $300 / person and put everyone on the same level. Even me.

We have some new temple design and a new backstage we need to develop and curate. There is still a question if we can use the shower Doug built. These are just some of the things that will be discussed in the 11/17 meeting and are listed in the agenda. (Link will take you to the Agenda in Facebook)

We will have some changes in leadership. I need people who will work together and leaders of the camp need to communicate and make decisions we would all make and support each other like we have in years past. This is one area that never faulted.

Sorry this has gone as long as it has. I want to make everyone a promise that this is going to be the strongest year yet. But with that comes higher standards and expectations from you AND ME. I am amazed how wonderful our team has been. It can only get better… and so can I.

Love & Light

4/7/2016 Video and Notes

Here’s the notes captured from the video published by Scott April 7, 2016.

Action Items
  • Make meetings if you can
  • Communication between group is key
Next meeting for all camp members – Wednesday April 13
Camp leads meeting – April 23 @ Kevin’s
  • The Sun Guardians camp has gone from a standalone camp to a village where other camps are included
  • The Sun Guardians camp is an Asian inspired place/pseudo Hindu temple.
  • This year the camp has distinct features
    • Frontage
    • Courtyard – the features in the courtyard need to be inviting so that people want to engage and participate
    • Rootist Temple
  • Camp projects/lead – list published on April 7 which priorities A, B or C added to denote priority
    • Camp sign/Doug
    • Shower/Doug
    • Prayer flags – 4×6” with quote/inspiration/your choosing – send/give to Scott
    • Kitchen sink/tbd
    • Bike racks/tbd – will share with Rootist Lounge.  The Aids LifeCycle bike rack pattern will be used
    • Hexadrome/tbd.  Biggest and most complicated.  Have paint; will need lighting expertise
    • Wheel of Destiny/tbd
    • Zoetrope/tbd
    • Temple decorations/tbd (both interior and exterior)
    • Tea house decorations/tbd.  Already have camouflage netting and spare wood.
  • Budget
    • New storage taking a big part
Remember Sun Guardians is fun and a big family where strong relationships are formed.

Burning Man 2016 Ticket Sales:

-Directed Group Sale tix and Main Sale tix will remain $390
-Low Income Sale tix will remain $190
-2 levels of limited Pre-Sale tix increase to $990 and $1290
-The new mandatory Nevada “Live Entertainment Tax” of 9% will be collected from you at the time you purchase a tix
-Nevada still hasn’t answered Burning Man’s inquiry as to if/why the 9% tax applies to Burning Man
-If Nevada sees it Burning Man’s way (“Hello, Hell? Is that snow?”) the 9% collected will be refunded
-Vehicle Passes increase to $80 for 2016 yet are not subject to the 9% tax
-See tix sale info on BurningMan.org at http://bit.ly/1PiXeNj
-See tix sale 2016 Important Dates at tickets.burningman.org
-You must register to participate in any tix sale
-To register, you must have created or updated your Burner profile in order to buy tickets. Do that NOW at profiles.burningman.org

Meeting on 1/13/2016

We met online today using Google Hangouts and it ended up working really well. I like the idea of meeting in person, but this is a great tool for sharing the meeting for those who need to catch up after.

We talked about camp fees and the process of getting people registered for the camp. At this point we are expecting about 25% of the 2014 camp coming back. We are alos looking into the group for new leaders who can help drive the camp. Changes include:

  • Mary is taking a stronger role for the kitchen and Kevin says he is going to help back her up
  • Kevin is also another good candidate for being more in a lead role in camp in general
  • Doug is taking the lead on a couple projects he says he can build at home including:
    • the sign letters
    • the new shower
  • We have some additional projects in the groups tab at the top that are also needed
  • We talked about the camp fees and they seem fair. We are including a level that allows people to opt out of the kitchen scenario and food plan
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