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!

2015 Plan for the Playa

MOOP-MAP-2014_DAY-6_3500wThis week we received some glorious news with a full and 100% Green color on the MOOP map from Burning Man. The Restoration Team inspects the entire city and puts down grades where MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) is found. Green means good, yellow means you left your boner, and red means you fucked up.

2015 Sun Guardians

Our camp plan from last year (see pictures in the sidebar and other 2014 posts) is going to take another leap this year into growth and presentation. We are already running and have the basic paperwork structure all written, it will be just over 5 months before we start seeing projects come to fruition.

Plan-AOur budget is growing too and with good reason, we have something to be very proud of. With each year our infrastructure grows a little and so does our ability to deliver.

  • 2013: est budget $1200
  • 2014: est budget $3000 (spent 3500)
  • 2015: projection of close to $5000

2014 also saw some very fortunate deals, but all those details are in the 2014 Trip Report. However, the plan for 2015 is looking fabulous but we need some real doers like we had to make this really take off.

We will handle camp fees through Eventbrite this year instead of money sent through paypal alone. One of the things we are emphasizing is not only some degree of transparency, but really an important drive to make sure we are set to reach everything we are gripping for.

What Sun Guardians Brings

Creating this project means we are a part of the city. We are a part of what makes Burning Man work. Our unique take serves the city and all the people who come and partake who appreciate it. We saw amazing turnouts at our 2014 events in camp when the announcements were handled right and this year we are going to blow it out of the water.

Planning ahead

Plan-AWell, maybe by now you saw the work already put into 2015. It’s been hard letting go of the planning. Next year seems so exciting already if not expensive and more complicated. Just take a look at the foot print we are looking at in the map I built here on the side.

Thinking about joining the Sun Guardians? Well, most of what you need to know is here. I will be adding the camp fee information in the near future but the links in the right column will take you into what you need to know. Feel free to explore.

The image below is for the wheel of destiny. This is an inverted deconstruction of the piece I am hoping to see built for the playa.

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2014 Trip Report

We are going to look at a lot of things from the week because the camp is becoming a stronger presence and is slowly commanding a more need for professional roles to make it successful. From 2013 to 2014 there was 110% growth  and 200% demand for leadership. We think we accomplished these things in general and kept to the core of the camp, but we also asked all of you from 2013 and 2014 to give us feedback.

On a personal note I saw some points where I failed and should have done better but hearing from you all via the survey has so far proven to be very helpful. The best part was that in my opinion Knot-O and I felt like a Yin/Yang voice in camp leadership.

Fund Raising

This was the first year we put a camp fee into play and it seems to have been successful for covering the costs of creating the camp over all; well, mostly.

  • Most camp mates paid $120/person with exceptions*
  • There were donations from members over fee: about $350 total
  • Some members paid a little extra for water and vodka
  • We also charged riders in the van used to brought the camp out: $400
  • The total funds raised were approx $3400./ and we almost broke even

Huge thanks to Giorgio who managed a solar panel through Black Rock Solar, a direction we will do again in the future if we can implement it. We were a green camp. All the money went to the camp and between CMonster and I not a lot extra came out of our pockets. I suspect a lot of you put extra to make this happen and it is greatly appreciated.

Where did all that money go?

We have none of the infrastructure from last year so everything was bought new(ish). Matt owned one of the car ports and gave it to me at a good discount. I bought the second one in SLC and had them sent together for only $40 since I could not find them in the bay area.

Good deals were had and much was bought through Amazon. There was a lot of money spent on general items for the temple and all you saw.

Many members contributed out of their own pockets to make it work whether they were given a break on the camp fee or not. Those investments were so appreciated and we hope those contributors know they were appreciated.

*exceptions

If a member was bringing a major element of the camp out of their own pocket the $120. fee was waived and there were only 3 cases where this happen.

Fund Raising Conclusion

If there are any questions about this money or where it went please let Toaster know. There was a fairly detailed trail of the money made.

Who’s Who

We had quite the diverse group of people who came together and if we make it to 2015 it will be interesting to see how that lays out. We are seeing 2013 members saying they might want to come back and it looks like some 2014 family will also be returning. I think in the individual comments this was the best feedback we have seen.

Survey Says

Not every question was a required question. People could skip any one or more they were not comfortable answering. But most people answered them as completely as expected.

While we asked you to write the year you attended, all respondents put down 2014.  We were hoping to hear from people who joined the camp in 2013 as well. However, with a less than 50% response to the question many said they might return in 2015.

 

While the results of the following questions can seem harsh in their delivery, it should be noted they are not unexpected and unwanted. This feedback is what we need to make future camping better with Sun Guardians.

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Quotes: Feedback from people surveyed:

The camp members were great and drama was minimal. With more delegation and more democratic/team structure I think the camp could take on a more ambitious schedule/shape/mission without a lot of extra work.

Overall, great work! The planning and organization is greatly appreciated and helped to make my burn a wonderful experience. I think that being more open and welcoming to guests will help to make the Sun Guardians camp more inviting, and pleasurable. After all, the spirit of BM is inclusive, not exclusive. Being able to interact with the general population as it goes by, as well as being courteous and welcoming to guests that do stop in, is part of what makes Burning Man unique. 🙂

Would look towards a more structured meal plan for next year.

Camp mates were fun, friendly with no drama! I love my new friends.

I loved our camp. I think our strongest asset was the diversity of the group – young/mature, gay/straight, mellow/wild – tied together by the common tread of respect for our camp members and leaders. Our camp theme/mission statement was not as strong as I think the leads intended, but the spiritual aspect of camp was not a draw for me personally. Our monk party was definitely not as popular as expected, but that was a blessing as we were were not super prepared for it. I think everyone had an amazing experience and real bonds were created. Next year, I think Scott or “camp lead” will benefit from assigning committee chairs once the roster is confirmed — definitley need a kitchen chair, a party chair (if planning to host anything), and a chief engineer. The role of engineer is a lot for one person, but someone with experience and know-how is absolutely needed to create sound structures and systems. I believe the Sun Guardians had a FANTASTIC burn, but I can’t help to attribute that to a bit of playa magic and contributions form strong camp members like Hunter and Giorgio, among others.

In terms of drug use, I think there was a lot of personal use. This was not a problem, per se, but I think that it would be something to aware of and maybe tell new campmates so it can be anticipated. I think things that went best were things that had an individual who was delegated to manage. Perhaps having better defined roles would help camp logistics run more smoothly. Overall I think there is room for improvement, but the “status quo” was really amazing!

You delivered on the objective to be a safe sane camp with a nice mix of decent people. I truly enjoyed everyone’s company. I didn’t see anyone completely wasted or out of control and very much appreciated the group which could have fun together but stay within their limits. Had great conversations with most people in small impromptu groups from 7 am to as late as 2 am just hanging around. Alwways made a point to come into the tent and say high to others when I returned. Nice conversation with Jim and Durwood late one evening. The Monk party had good camp participation but unfortunately didn’t draw in others. Perhaps some type of workshop or activity would have kept people engaged in the party for a longer time. Not sure what could have improved or if an improvement was even necessary. So many competing shiny things to do! One minor item is we didn’t have enough seating for everyone together which seemed to cause some folks to congregate in the kitchen vs everyone sitting together for dinner. Not really a big problem. Meals were super excellent and I appreciate all the work everyone did in planning to feed the group. The highlight of the camp was returning around 5 noshing a bit, socializing, dinner circle and dinner! For a smaller camp you guys did fantastic. I can see the benefits of scale and logistics with the larger camps where meals and water are arranged in advance (which I don’t think goes against self reliance if in advance the camp responsibilities are specialized along areas of responsibility). On the other hand the larger camps may not just be able to achieve the same vibe of group dynamics and depending upon each other that I felt at Sun Guardians.

– For the most part, SG was a well-run camp with good energy and a wonderful group of people. I think people generally want to be helpful, but they may not know how to help specifically on a day-to-day basis (beyond the regular assigned roles). – Maybe inviting camp mates to attend a short, voluntary morning briefing (Here is what is on Scott’s mind or what he’s worried about/driving him crazy.) This would help align us all with the concerns about the camp and direct our energy towards helping/problem solving. – Some small discreet signage would be helpful to reinforce some expecations/rules (e.g., to discourage too much socializing in the kitchen, to honor the sacred space/activities of the temple). – I would encourage leadership to help communicate your expectations and present problems/issues proactively or collaboratively. Taking a less punitive approach when possible would make us feel better about our participation.

It was a great experience. There could be more focus on the theme of the camp beyond the classes that were offered. Most of the campmates didn’t seem interested in yoga spirituality or art, which I’m totally ok with, but is an issue when trying to establish the character and recognition of the Sun Guardians as a theme camp. There was never any drama beyond people’s personal issues and everyone got along. It really did feel like a family and felt like we all had each other’s backs. There could have been better communication when people left to take their trash and food items from the kitchen. I’m sure those who left their food were doing it out of kindness for those remaining but there needs to be a discussion of what needs to be left and what taken. Overall, an extremely positive experience and props to Toaster for really giving this camp his all! 🙂

Toaster: you are a beast. I heard from lots of people about problems in other camps…and I only heard good things from Sun Guardians about this one. You made something special!

Toaster’s Notes

Overall the feedback has been very positive and any detractors and people who are moving on have their reasons. The data above was collected from 16 voices and my feeling is very good. I am so excited that I have started beginning planning for 2015 already.

I feel inspired on many levels by the feedback, discussions in camp, and the possibilities of what we can do in 2015 so I started working on that already. The new theme announcement will be coming out soon as well as some cool ideas that will further enhance the effectiveness of our camp.

Positives and Negative

I know, no one wants any negative vibes and especially in writing. But there is a distinct balance in this feedback that will lead to better things in the future.

  • Thanks to everyone for putting their best forward in spite of a personal drama played out in camp; which would not have happen the way it did.
  • The meal system will get a full upgrade; we did not fail but it needed to be stronger then what it was. And, my fault for not printing out the list before hitting the playa.
  • SG is not a plug and play camp and everyone needs to do their share. On the other hand there were some real superstars. Not going to put names out there either way, but those who really stepped up ricked it.

There were a couple incident where someone cooked a meal for themselves and I did not see where there was any consideration for anyone else in the camp. Cooking bacon? Make enough for everyone. Eggs? Make enough for everyone. I do not think the question should have even been asked… but on the other hand someone was making food for people anyway so wait and eat with the rest of the crew.

Within the same scope of issues, we had a lot of sloppiness in the kitchen. In this case, everyone dropped the ball a little and messes at breakfast were left for people at lunch and so forth.

To avoid messes like that in the future we will move the pantry and make more shelving for that. This will separate out the presence of too many people in that space except as needed.

Coolers need to be managed a lot better and the system for next year will answer that. Water was not drained off enough daily.

2015

Stay tuned for next year and come back if you can.

 

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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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.

How we start

Building a camp like this is not the mission of any single person. It is going to take people to get involved. To participate. To help build it.  I propose we get a committee to manage the concept of the camp that includes:

  • structures
  • camp design
  • camp theme
  • camp infrastructure
  • camp activities
  • blah blah blah…

My goal is to keep it simple and entertaining. Here is the Reader’s Digest version:

We setup the camp in a way that is not only protective to us who are living there, but welcoming to those who might visit. A group of us arrive early and get things setup while a group of us remain behind and take it apart when it is all over. Nothing too complicated, just some car ports attached together and a parachute over the top for shade.

There is no “camp fee” perse”. No, but any community needs support. So all campers, each individual, will be expected to bring a meal to the camp. It may be 2 meals. This way everyone eats. AND… for those who are worried about having to be at camp for each meal – don’t. You only have to be there for the meal you commit to cooking.

Community also mean cleaning up after yourself, cus your momma is not camping with us. unless she is, and I doubt she will want to clean up after you either. Each person takes a share of the trash with you. All trash is separated as recyclables, burnables, and trash that has to be packed out.

Bonuses are we get a shower or whatever. Each piece of the camp has to come from the members of the camp. We will work that out over time. Is that simple enough?

Yes, I am modeling my idea off other camps I have been with in the past AND camps I observed. The concept is unique and since we will be in/around the gayborhood we should attract a great energy.

Proposed config for 2013

As some of you might be aware my plan for 2012 was a little on the extreme side. I planned on building a whole temple with scaffolding and towers with incense pots and all kinds of cool shit. This year I saw what some camps did and want to emulate a smarter concept.

Above is the AstroPups who had a somewhat similar setup in 2012, but they definitely stepped it up since whenever this is from. I am proposing creating a space for the camp with a lot of the same elements as last year but far less complicated. Using carports like these we can do something really freaking cool.

Above is my plan so far with enclosed space for tents and camping while maintaining a welcoming space for guests and events we can run. This might include yoga, tai chi, meditation or whatever we end up doing. It is Burning Man, while spiritual we can also have fun.

Car ports, new anyway, run about $300 each but we have a long way to go before we get there and can curb those costs a lot.

Doing it this way gives all involved a place protected from dust and the sun… but it also provides a designated area for guests.

Without camp fees we can work together to get the nomenclature for the camp by begging, borrowing and stealing car ports like shown in the AstroPups pic above.

I am making this proposals before we have even got started so we have time to modify them over time. BUT, I do think I am on to something.

  • no camp fees
  • everyone who camps is responsible for a meal be it lunch dinner or breakfast; so it could mean 2 meals for some and three for others, but it will be kept light. Dinner is the important one… AND that does not mean that anyone, but who is cooking that night, need be there (nothing is carved in stone but be responsible)
  • everyone is responsible for MOOP and taking a share of the camp trash out
    • GIVEN THAT!!! All camper will be responsible for minimizing MOOP which means leaving all unnecessary packaging out of Burning Man and we will be separating all trash: Recycle, burn, and other

So far that is all I got and that is all general right now. We got 11 months to make it work………….

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