Camp Update 6/5/14

10302744_10152419234736197_8903850995698787330_nWe are meeting again next week to get new members of the camp introduced and get people talking. We are currently at 11 people on our roles and since the last meeting I was forced to implement a camp fee so we could make sure we had all the resources we needed as well as get some of the general infrastructure required.

You GOTTA get on board with the Facebook Group to stay up to date. Some days I make a buttload of updates. I do think I need to make some updates here, too. As our required reading docs have changed too. I will try and get that done tonight.

Effective 5/2014 Meeting Tonight

We are meeting tonight to fill in some gaps. Connect through the Facebook page or the admin here for answers.

 

MEMBERSHIP /  CAMPER APPROVAL – UPDATED

It is vital to be engaged and acculturated (knowledgeable of the 10 principles and know how they apply) with the camp and the culture. Joining us means you are agreeing to abide by the rules we setup with a focus on community and contentedness the camp represents. You also have to engage with us at meetings so we know who you are and visa versa.

Note: we have started meetings already and do not expect to have a full compliment of campers until mid to late July. Right now the max is set for 20 people. Benefits include:

Nightly Dinner | 24/7 Pantry Access | Shower | Super Amazing Community Members!

How to follow Sun Guardians:

– twitter handle @sunguardians

– web site: www.sunguardians.net

Primary communication page is this Facebook page.

CAMP RULES

This camp is community driven and only happens when everyone is invested in the safety and well being of the camp itself.

– Drama Free Zone: Issues? any decision by Toaster or Knot-O are final: we will make every effort to keep everyone satisfied. **NOTE** There were no problems in 2013 and we hope to keep it the same.

– 1 Dinner Meal per Camper: Sunday to Sunday: first come first serve (see more below)

– Fees are relative: see below (updated 5/2014)

– Peace and Quiet: this is a safe and sane camp so if you want to have an orgy this is not the space to have it

– Trash Management: everyone one is responsible (see below)

– Camp Party: Wednesday evening a party will be hosted by the camp

This is a spiritual camp by Theme, not a requirement by those who plan on camping with us. In fact, you do not have to participate in anything except the well-being and safety of the camp  –  AND – the camp party.

WHITE BOARD: A white board will be in the pantry with assignments /  volunteer roles. It will also be a place for messages and announcements to camp members internally and externally. (Toaster has this and pens)

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

  • Scott aka Toaster: Lead producer and manager
  • Scott aka Knot-O: 2nd in command and LNT manager
  • Kitchen Manager: TBD
  • Trash Manager: TBD
  • MOOP Patrol: TBD
  • Setup (Friday/Saturday): TBD
  • Breakdown: (Saturday/Sunday): TBD

EARLY ENTRY

If you are given an early entry pass you are expected to be present for build. You may also be asked to help our neighbors. We requested 8 passes and are still pending approval: July.

CAMP FEE

This camp is community driven and will happen as each participant brings elements of the camp contained in the wish list; a living document under the tab at the Facebook page. What you bring to the table reduces any camp fee; negotiate that with your leads.

No $ Fee: If you can bring infrastructure for the camp as see on the wish list.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/sun-guardians/2014-wish-list/618256801529730

Fee $: Will get you a space to camp, water, access to the food pantry, and shower access (bring your own self cleaning supplies; earth friendly). Send $ to scotters1964@hotmail.com via paypal.

– $100.00 / adult in an RV (must follow all RV guidelines AND participate in camp scenario)

or

– $120.00 / adult in a tent even if sharing the tent

or

– $250.00 / adult if you need someone to bring in your food and water for you and you may be assigned a meal night with something easy to cook

or

– PREMIUM DEAL: we will set you up with everything you need for a price depending on what all that is and how many people in your party. Negotiate with Toaster on that deal if it is a fit for you.

– plus –

– $20.00 into Ice Jar / person for the week

– 2 Liters of Vodka (If you are sober then not to worry, bring something else)

Ice Management: a rotating person will be required for a daily trip to Artica for ice needs of the camp. This will be posted on the white board; it may be in 2’s; volunteers welcome. Each camper must add to the ice jar. (see fees)

Water Management (5/2014): You bring enough water for you + 1/2

Why the stress over the water? Everyone need to hydrate and the best ting to do is get a 5 gallon container and fill it up on Gerlach or fill it up somewhere along the way. Have enough for you, your showers, and plan a portion for the community. Everyone will be thirsty and there will be gatorade (or similar) to keep you alive.

Vodka Management (5/2014): Vodka + Gatoraide allows your body to stay hydrated and be ready for the day all at the same time.

After breakfast 2 people will make a trip to Artica with money from the fund and bring ice for everyone’s cooler.

MEAL SYSTEM**

Each camper must select a day to make dinner for the camp; a meal that consists of a protein, grain/starch/ and veg. Something like tacos/fajitas is a great way of making all those things happen in one shot, but let’s not have 8 nights of tacos. If you need suggestions see below, but in the meanwhile we also have dietary needs: If you have a dietary need please COMMENT on the document below and add your allergy or need to the bottom of this document.

Choose a night to make dinner approximately 6pm (Edit this document)
– Sunday – (your name) – Menu

– Monday – (your name) – Menu

– Tuesday – (your name) – Menu

– Wednesday* – (your name) – Menu

– Thursday – (Knot-O) – Curried Coconut Chicken and Vegetarian Alternative w/ Brown Rice

– Friday – (Toaster) – Burritos, Guac and Chips

– Saturday* – (your name) – Menu

– Sunday* – (your name) – Menu
* special event on these night might require an adjustment to meal time

NOTE: Some campers do not eat meat so please make a non-meat option. See this list as a guide:
– Pescetarians: Scott K/Toaster,
– Vegetarians:
– No Gluten:

Campers are NOT REQUIRED to be present unless you are scheduled to be in that night to make dinner. You can trade and make notes on the whiteboard that will be in the kitchen. You will have access to leftovers!

Schedule Full??? make a lunch instead…

Dinner Circle: Each night before dinner we will gather in a circle, holding hands and have a mini camp meeting. This so when announcements are given, plans shared if desired, and the menu for dinner is announced. It is a tremendous community building tool.

PANTRY**
What will you bring to share? All campers are asked to bring extras to share. here are some suggestions:
– nuts
– dried fruit
– gatorade powder or gallons
– water (big jugs – no individual bottles please)
– last year extra avacado was a big win

TRASH MANAGEMENT
Scott Knot-O is our LNT manager
Official Trash Manager: this person is required to manage the 3 R’s for the camp BUT! It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure recyclables, burn barrel and landfill garbage is safely managed. EVERYONE must be a part of this and listen to the Trash Manager and LNT manager when asked.

**LNT / 3 R’s
LNT = LEAVE NO TRACE – keep it clean. Then make sure it stays clean.
3 R’s = Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

CLUE: If you go shopping on the way in remove and leave behind as much pf the packaging as you can. If you pick up pop-tarts. then get rid of the boxes. Bring the absolutely minimum in.

SCHEDULE EVENTS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday

–  camp activity: erect camp

 

Monday

– NOT IN SUN GUARDIANS CAMP :Official Queer Burner Meet & Greet :  7pm (details to follow)

 

Tuesday

– scheduled class: Individual Meditation Workshop; Guided 1:30pm @Bobby Hedglin-Taylor

– scheduled class: Rootist Yoga 3:33pm @Mike Pierce from Vegas

 

Wednesday

– NOT IN SUN GUARDIANS CAMP : Naked Bike Ride : 11:00 am

– camp activity: 6:00 pm hosted party *

 

Thursday

– scheduled class: Individual Meditation Workshop; Guided 1:30pm @Bobby Hedglin-Taylor

 

Friday

– NOT IN SUN GUARDIANS CAMP :Gay Pride Parade Participation for those who wish : 12pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/457110094390042/?ref=4

 

Saturday

– scheduled class: Individual Meditation Workshop; Guided 1:30pm @Bobby Hedglin-Taylor

– camp activity: partial breakdown (non-essentials)

 

Sunday

– NOTHING SCHEDULED
*asking all camp members to partake
T – not confirmed

2013 Cargo Cult : Trip Report

camp PlanIn it’s inaugural year Sun Guardians manifested on the playa exactly as it was originally conceived. It is hard to imagine that this idea came from a sketched image to reality. It came to life thanks to the members of the camp that made the vision come alive.

Sun Guardians did not charge a camp fee this year because we asked everyone to bring the elements that would erect the camp. Everyone was asked to bring equipment from a “wish list” at a minimum of $100 value (approx.) including pantry items the camp would share.We finished with 10 campers and spent a lot of time enjoying each other.
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The early players were Disco, Justin and Nathan who brought the lions share of the camp.  Although I may have conceived of the camp and taken a leader role, it is a combined effort that made us a success.

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Sun Guardians: Yoga | Art |Spirit

This is a spiritual camp associated with the Gayborhood though were far enough that we were not even in the gayburbs. Our camp was positioned at 7:45 & I on the corner with a lot of really great people. Our neighbors were amazing on 3 sides. However, we had the misfortune of a group of fratboys on our backside.

Most of our campmates were not spiritually orientated, but came to Sun Guardians featuring the low-key calm of the camp’s intention. We hosted small events that included yoga and heart circles. We also offered a couple parties at Sunset.

Sun Guardians: Leadership

In order to keep the environment as light as possible, it was decided that the decision makers for the camp would be limited in number. In other words, anyone could bring an issue to assigned leaders and we would resolve the issue if it all possible.

  • Toaster: the creator of the Sun Guardian concept would take the helm as captain of the ship; decision maker.
  • Disco: was 2nd and in charge of logistics and security; decision maker.
  • Nathan and Justin: were also instrumental in logistics and planning.
  • Campmates also included: James, Joe (Peaches), Matthew & Carolina, Alain, Tom

Burning Man 2013

The building of the camp went flawlessly and the week flowed nicely. Justin and Nathan scouted our location and had 2 of the 4 structures up by the time Toaster and Richard arrived on site. Thanks to the amazing communication we were able to make sure all camp mates found us as they arrived on playa in the days that followed.

Camp Dynamic

Everyone got along well and very very few problems were noted through the week. These will be addressed in time, but bottom line all went well generally with absolutely no drama all week. The members of the camp got along quite well and often went on excursions together including spending time on the Crisco Disco art car a couple nights.

Changes for 2014

  • we are looking for all camp members to be involved in setup and breakdown when possible.

Tent Placement

Almost all tents were placed inside car-ports with extra protection against the elements making it comfortable for residents to enjoy their space at nearly any point of the day; which is a lot for being in the middle of a sunny desert.

Changes for 2014

  • tents will be placed away from kitchen space and places were camp mates assemble to allow for more privacy.
  • tents will be grouped but still have extra sun protection for late sleepers

Food Plan

Each camp individual was tasked to pick one night out of the 8 nights on playa to prepare dinner for the camp. Only the producer and a helper volunteer would have to be there, campers were not required to be there for dinner, but anyone who did stick around were guaranteed food and people who were not there for service had access to leftovers or pantry items as desired.

Pantry: camp members were asked to bring a snack food to share for the camp like nuts, dried fruit, coffee, chips or whatever. We also had asked member to bring plenty of water, gatorade or gatorade powder and/or additional booze (specifically vodka).

Changes for 2014

  • better defined dinner menus; actually what constitutes a meal as a protein, starch side and or vegetable. Although a third of the camp was vegetarian/pescaterian there was a disconnect on how people eat in both directions. Meat eaters also needed better consideration for their dietary needs while vegetarians needed a better food balance as well.
  • better cooler management; there were raw eggs floating in cooler water and not enough ice to keep some foods from spoiling.
  • better ice schedule; every day people will be assigned to make sure coolers are iced down, purchase ice and store it.

Camp Plan

As shown at the top of the page the design of the camp and the result (see images) was a complete success. It was designed to be a temple. As the residents change next year so will some of the overall plan. We used 3 carports for the basic construct or the temple with a huge sheet of alluminet covering the guest section of the camp.

Changes for 2014

  • the next camp plan will be similar but reorganized as noted in the tent placement section. The main hall for yoga will also take new shape so it is not a hanging fabric, but a solid ceiling.

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2013 Camp Events List

Sun Guardians will be hosting several events and our Facebook Group has all of the listed there as well as on this site. In order to provide more information please see all the links here with some explanation of what we are offering.

Find Sun Guardians at 7:30 & E or a sign directing you to our actual space. We will be taking space in this area, as we were not a placed camp.

Camp Party: “Come as your Favorite Deity” [>>]

  • Wednesday @ Dusk (7pm) [facebook]
  • The party will include a pre-recorded music selection and specially made cocktails for our guests and knosh on some snacks. Please bring your own cup and dress to impress… because it could get you a special prize!
  • When it gets close to 8:30 we will be joining the Crisco Disco Mutant Vehicle and making a spin through the playa before heading to their camp to continue the party with Cowboy Crisco.

DiscoPup’s Jazz Happy Hour [>>]

  • Thursday @ Dusk (7pm) [facebook]
  • DiscoPup will be hosting a small party by invitation

Rootist Meditation and Yoga Workshop [>>]

Heart Circle [>>]

Any of these thing confuse you? Wondering what they are about? Follow the links in the above or scroll down for more information.

“Come as your Favorite Deity”


Come as Jesus, Vishnu, Moses or whomever. Even just as an angel, devil or demon. This is the ethereal Cargo Cult mixer and ho-down. Radical self expression encouraged, but ONE RULE, we don’t bring bad vies. I don;t care what kind of devil you are you are one that likes to keep the party thumpin.

Jazz Happy Hour


On Thursday, I’d like to host a low-key, low-impact, jazz happy hour at Sun Guardians.

The jazz (true New Orleans, Kansas City and New York City jazz… not the present day Kenny G crap that passes for jazz on your local “quiet storm” station) will be provided by my extensive collection, loaded up on an iPod and played through a reasonably powerful sound system I intend to bring to the playa.

I would like to offer specialty cocktails, most we can pre-make here and bring with us, and (if I can find it, or have it shipped to me) New Orleans’ own Jax beer. I’ll start working on recipes. It would be, of course, bring your own cup. I’m open to providing cups, but would rather not, as it increases chances for MOOP within the camp.

The happy hour would start just as the sun begins to slip behind the mountains to the west of the playa, and end just before it gets completely dark. I’m thinking no more than 2-3 hours.

I don’t want to list this in the WhatWhereWhen guide. Rather, I’d like to invite people who have participated in the camp’s various classes earlier in the week to return to Sun Guardians to reconnect with their classmates in a familiar environment, but different situation… if that makes sense.

Also, music-wise, I’m open to morphing the music from jazz to general party music, nothing too hardcore, but easy early t-dance type stuff. Suggestions welcome.

 

Rootist Meditation and Yoga Workshop


Have you been wondering what is Rootism? Have you been wondering what is Rootist & PHY yoga? Well then, wonder no more:

The Rootist understands that the path of oneness forks many roads. There are infinite possibilities from which we may choose along the way. It’s the journey.

We will learn from our experiences as we evolve as humans, and we may hopefully learn to peel away the layers of illusion fostered by maturity and our life experiences. Through study and inquiry we may also find common threads from the ancient teachings linked to modern expressions of spirituality.

We may even sense unity at some point.

What is beautiful about life is that there are multiple unique levels of exploration within each of us. Each layer can reveal a different angle or new areas of focus for growth evolving us to become prismatic.

Our potential is driven from the main spirit channel, the heart – the keeper of our spark. Our breathing, the spiritus from which the word spirit evolved, is feeding the spark.
Self-Awareness happens when we identify and tap into the roots of our beliefs with evaluation and reflection.

Rootism is the belief that the truth is all around us always yet often hidden like a gem in the rough waiting for us to discover it with great enthusiasm. It is a spiritual game of hide and seek. The greatest task for the seeker is to polish and refine new meaning from what we have experienced and create a greater vision for ourselves.

The first step toward awakening is to explore the roots of all things. At the breakthrough from illusion there awaits our Highest Self applauding our newest discoveries like a happily awaiting friend.

Ultimately there is only ONE truth. Unveiling the universal teachings is the Soul’s truest journey where courage is learned from being in the mystery with an open heart.

See also: https://www.facebook.com/events/519302994809232/

 

Heart Circle


Speak honestly and truthfully from the heart, be brief, and listen attentively to others, do not cross talk or interfere with what someone else is speaking.

The process is not one of making strong arguments for or against something, or convincing one another of right or wrong, but a process of becoming still and quiet, connecting with collective wisdom. When the truth is spoken on some issue it is seen and heard as such…..it rings true.

It’s listening without reacting or intending to respond, listening without being influenced by long-held images, memories or firmly held position, listening instead with a beginners mind. This is not to say that all is serious. Wholeness includes all forms of experience, good and bad, light and heavy, joyous and sad, trivial and significant. Everything is an invitation to look deeper, sense more fully.

The power of a circle lies in our seeing and feeling exactly what is, and suspending the noisy internal and external responses that get in the way. There’s no right and wrong way to do participate in a circle or to do a circle. There are only honest efforts to hear, see and say what is most real at any given moment.

Meeting on Tuesday

We will be meeting again on Tuesday online so people can connect from anywhere in the world. https://www.facebook.com/events/196478507177997/ or www.sunguardians.net

See the Files section of Facebook for all of the details as they exist so far.

This next meeting we need people to captain some items like MOOP and Trash and some other little things that we will all end up helping with anyway.

Changes and updates – great things

We met last week and will be continuing the dialog tonight. The fund raising strategy in the previous post has been changed as we are making headway already by far. Yes, by far.

We set up a shopping list on the Facebook page and we are taking bits of it with stuff we already have or stuff we purchase for the health of the camp. The infrastructure is something very important to me because I want to present something amazing. AND I think the rest of the camp wants that same amazingness too.

Can’t see the Facebook pages (see the Files tab on the page)? Then add your comments on this page letting me know and I will help out.

  • 4 (up to 5) car ports (linked below the dotted line below)
  1. carport1 – Scott
  2. carport2 – Richard 10’x30′, with “walls”
  3. carport3 – N/J will buy one
  4. carport4
  5. carport5 (substituted with monkey hut) – Nathan and Justin
  • 1 parachute –  Scott
  • center beam support pole – Scott
  • huge tarp for floor
  • carpet remnants for floor
  • stakes, rope, tennis balls (Richard has some rebar) (Scott too) (N/J have a bunch of tennis balls to cap rebar stakes, will get more)
  • shower bag 1 (Richard has one, plus PVC pipe for a shower structure)
  • shower bag 2 (we have two shower bags to bring, as well as a full shower system… i’ll post some pictures of it in the comments below)
  • water dispersal system: tarp, large frame, (Richard has a large sheet of black plastic)
  • Grill 1 – Scott
  • Stove top – N/J (and we have several gas canisters too)
  1. gas canisters (Scott –  6)
  • Cooking tools
  • Snacks: broken down packaging with all extra packaging left off playa; minimal trash. Suggesting nuts, dried fruit, candy bars, cookies, chips
  1. 25$ – Scott
  2. 25$
  3. 25$
  4. 25$
  • pantry items for the camp: snacks, water, soda
  1. water jugs (10 gallons) – Scott
  2. water jugs (10 gallons) – N/J
  3. water jugs (10 gallons)
  4. water jugs (10 gallons)
  5. water jugs (10 gallons)
  • bar items: boooze, mixers, ice
  1. Vodka 2 Liter (Cheap – x2) (N/J can pick up in Fernley on the way in)
  2. Vodka 2 Liter (Cheap – x2) (N/J can pick up in Fernley on the way in)
  3. Vodka 2 Liter (Cheap – x2)
  4. Vodka 2 Liter (Cheap – x2)
  5. Vodka 2 Liter (Cheap – x2)
  6. Mixer – Gatorade – 20 liters
  • Dry Ice
  • Regular Ice
  • signage
  • art supplies for class: newspaper, starch, water based paints

The rest of the items will come together over the next 70+ days, so no one should worry. If you can take on some of the items then we’ll need to add that to the Facebook file called “Shopping List”.

By covering expenses in a collaboration we can still make an amazing statement.

Budget

Was working on the budget for infrastructure and supplies to bring this concept to the playa and it looks good.

The project is not destined to be an overly managed and complicated setup. Campers are not being asked to do much more than if they were camping on their own; that is to say clean up, make some food, and maybe help out with a couple events.

The next major task is fund raising because I would rather do that than charge any kind of camp fee. Then buying the items listed on the spreadsheet in Google Docs and getting them to playa.

I still maintain that this should be not unlike a group of friends camping together. No, you do not have to do yoga to be a part of camp.

BRC for 2013

After my experience with 2012 Burning Man it is time to make a new journey. When we started planning SG for 2012 there was a very aggressive plan that can be seen on the Facebook page. This year I will be looking at another camp’s model for the structure and setup.

Since it is late in the day and I have been updating web sites all day I will get more into it this week.

Will be looking for people genuinely interested in helping to make this happen. We will be looking to camp around 7:00 or 7:30 and E.

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