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 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 2018
For 2018 the camp dues will be a non-refundable* $150.00 per person, (Details TBA) the sooner you send your dues, the sooner can lock in your spot for 2018 If paid after August 1st it will be $170.00 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 so if your plans change let us know and we will work out a refund in the event you cannot attend
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
$150.00 isnt too bad and although the financial expenses are way more than that to put everything together the dues help shoulder the main expenses, allowing us to maintain a solid and updated camp infrastructure, more communal shade, amplified music and communal camp lighting, a new artcar build, 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 some Detail:
Storage: Roughly $1500.00 per year for our 10'x 15' storage unit in Sparks NV.
Transport: We are working on a solution to transport to the playa but at the moment the artcar is going to be playa only $1200
ARTCAR: The car is being chopped and turned into full-time playa vehicle, so its no longer transport :$1000
Generator we own it but this is for new filter muffler maintenance and running gas $250
Shade Structures (up-keep and repair, for ex this year we need two new roof tarps) $100
Shower Facilities for new shower this year (we set-up a tent with greywater evap, Bring your own Water (INFO)$100.00
Kitchen Facilities (we provide a communal area to cook and eat with camp stoves) this includes 4 Propane canisters $125
Bar Supplies: While we do ask that campers bring alcohol they personally enjoy or would like to share with camp, as a group we get PBR and inexpensive alcohol and spend $600.00
LIGHTS: New LED lights for camp common area :$100.0
Swag: Xain's making Laser cut pendants at cost for the entire camp :$250.00
GAS:on playa gas for use of the artcar :$300.00
Benches: New PlayaTech Benches for common area :$200
Designated camp location (This part technically doesn't cost money and nobody is paid for any work at all....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 $5,725.00 and is a rough estimate. Divide that by: 35 people= $164.00 per person. 40 people=$144.00 per person. So the $150.00 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!