UPDATE: for 2016 PlayaNauts Also, We have space for a few more campers!!! Apply Here<--- For everyone else, Come party with us! And keep your eyes open for the Scarab Car!
We are a group of friends from all over the world whom rendezvous once a year to Live, Work, Play and Party hard while Participating in the pure awesome all that is Burning Man.
We created a Theme Camp as our primary contribution to the community of BRC, in 2014 we will be known as the "PlayaNauts" meaning: "explorers of the playa" (if you don't know what the "playa" is at Burning Man, you should stop reading this and go do some research (see "Playa Dust")
This is the rough layout plan for 2014's camp grounds
Green area indicates our Public space, White is our camping area.
We come from all over, and usually base our set-up operations in South Lake Tahoe, but this year we'll be operating out of the San Francisco Bay area. Once we arrive to Black Rock City, we are always in the 9 o'clock neighborhood, usually around C-F street, last year (2013) we had a prime spot right on the corner of 9 and F, kitty-corner to all the non-stop good times at Duck Pond and about a block from DISTRIKT and their bass-laden day parties. UPDATE: WE GOT PLACEMENT for 2016 ON 9:15 and Arno!!! see you there!!
We have a few planning meetings throughout the year, and one pre-playa set-up party (TBA) but our camp is of course focused on the week of Burning Man. This year that's August 30th - September 7th
Why the F not? We believe that "Theme camps are the interactive Core of Burning Man" and a playful challenge to the vast reductive desert landscape, an expansion of the infectious and celebratory nature of the event...Plus, we all are going out there regardless, creating a camp allows us a avenue to collect and focus our artwork, music and participatory creativity and lastly, we just needed a place to put our bar ;)
Lots of planning and hard work on and off-playa allows us all to enjoy an organized, fun, supportive "Home Base" for all of our BRC adventures. All camp members help shoulder the yearly financials, in the form of camp dues, if you are not familiar with camp dues or have any questions, details can be found on our FAQ page
10 REASONS TO JOIN A CAMP
1) The support of a close group of friends and the special (often lifelong) Burner relationships made. When problems develop, battery problems, bicycle breakdowns, Sickness (dehydration, substance misuse, sun-stroke) it's nice to have helpful camp mates.
2) Considerable logistical help - Coolers, hauling water, Cooking equipment, Kitchen Facilities, propane, shade structures, transporting gear, storage of said gear, Grey-water system, shower facilities, (shower partner/s?) etc
3) Plenty of 1-on-1 tips and tricks from veteran Burners and their network of Burner contacts - (Helpful for many reasons ex: arranging ride shares, where to stock up, how not to make the common virgin mistakes etc)
4) You can start to get a feel for what BM is all about by meeting (virtually or physically) with camp mates months prior to reaching the playa.
5) When with a placed camp you're usually camped closer to the Esplanade (the inner street) and folks actively head for theme camps, so much of BM will come to you if you hang at camp- you're in the thick of the action unless you retreat to your tent
6) The weather is harsh, conversations can be deep and intense, and activities are diverse and sometimes extremely trying. It's nice to have friends around, a shoulder to cry on, and others to laugh with.
7) It's good to have a built-in group to talk with about experiences and things to try. When you lose your friends at 2 o'clock (at 3:00am) you know that you can head back to camp and meet familiar faces to head out with again.
8) Being part of a theme-camp is a fun and exciting (and somewhat convenient) way of making a contribution to BRC.
9) You have many people to help out with a camp project - consider your camp a blank canvas for your imagination and your camp mates willing assistants.
10) Possible early entry to BRC before everyone else. (sure it means working hard to set up your camp, but you get to skip the crazy long lines)