First and foremost PlayaNauts is what it is because of the amazing group of friends and strangers that work hard and play hard(er) every year to make that week in the desert one to kind of remember.
On the other hand it also takes some financial backing to make it all happen.
Shade structures, Shower and Kitchen facilities, Generator, Transport and Storage unfortunately do not grow on trees, so we've elected to use camp dues as a way to share the financial expenses of running a functional theme camp.
Due Structure for 2017
For 2014 the camp dues will be a non-refundable* $100.00 per person, with an optional $10 additional for three iron-on camp patches. (Details TBA)
If paid after August 24th it will be $145.00 per person. The reason for the due date is to allow funds to be allocated in time for pre-playa planning, dues are not for fun, they allow us to buy and build the stuff in our camp, and most of the expenses happen long before we reach the playa. Please note that when joining and sending in dues you are committing to be a part of PlayaNauts camp, life happens and emergencies arise, but camp dues are non-refundable (unless we can find someone to take your place)
When you go car-camping, you usually pay a nominal fee for the pre-made camp space, and maybe a BBQ grill and parking, and if your lucky...shower facilities
$120.00 is less than $18.00 per day, and although the financial expenses are way more than that to put everything together the dues help shoulder the cost, allowing us to maintain a solid and updated camp infrastructure, more communal shade, amplified music and communal camp lighting, a good generator, transport of it all to and from the playa and storage throughout the rest of the year.
Where the Due Money goes, in Detail: (2017 update soon)
Storage: Roughly $1500.00 per year for our 10'x 15' storage unit in Sparks NV.
Transport: ARTCAR we use to move camp infrastructure to and from the playa: Roughly
Generator we own it but this is for new filter muffler and drygas $
Shade Structures (up-keep and repair, plus new additional space) $
Shower Facilities$125.00 for new shower this year (we set-up a tent with greywater evap, Bring your own Water (INFO)
Kitchen Facilities (we provide a communal area to cook and eat with camp stoves) this was mostly paid for buy last years camp dues, but we will need more propane, and some minor supplies. $
Bar Supplies: We do ask that people bring alcohol and mixers for communal use, but as a camp we spend: $500.00
Designated camp location (This part technically doesn't cost money and nobody is paid for any work from dues....but we'd like to point out that as part of a placed theme-camp you will know where you will be camped way beforehand and can let friends know where to find you.
so... This in total comes to $4,700.00 and is a rough estimate. Divide that by: 35 people= $134.00 per person. 40 people=$117.50 per person. So the $120.00 per person is a safe estimate because we are aiming for somewhere between 35 and a maximum of 45 people in camp this year.
If at any time you have any questions about dues or how they are allocated, please feel free to contact us
ok, sounds good...
HOW DO I JOIN?
Step 1:Fill out the camper application here. <---(if link doesn't work, see below or contact us) Step 2: Wait for a response, you will receive an email or text with info on how to send Dues. (Please not send Dues before you receive link) Step 3: Start meeting your fellow camp mates through Facebook group, here on the website, and also our mailing list. lastly: Come to Burning Man!