covered by AnswerGirl
- The questionnaire is open now until noon on April 30th
- The questionnaire has been revamped for 2014, mainly to improve the flow
- Also new for this year is a 33-character limit for the names of theme camps. This isn't intended to stifle anyone's creativity, but to help with listings and maps.
- Also also new for this year is an 8/1 deadline for early arrivals pass requests. As in previous years, you specify the number of early arrivals passes that your team needs when filling out the questionnaire. But as plans and needs change it's sometimes necessary to request a change in the number or the early arrivals dates for your crew. The 8/1 deadline will allow placers to be better able to process and accommodate requests, where possible.
When working on your layouts, please consider alternatives to the RV fortress.. Other shapes such as an L or cross or x... Make it inviting for participants and neighbors, think 'pockets of interactivity'
Factors for placement include: Past performance, interactivity, acculturation, moop map score, number and kinds of ranger calls, what your requests are.
New camps ... tell us a lot about what you're trying to do... Communicate your excitement and inspiration, in as much detail as possible. Tell us about your capability to do all the things you're planning to do.
New camps of old burners ... tell us what camps you came from.
Use the comments field to provide additional information about your camp!
Camps that have not been placed in previous years ... Can ask why they didn't get placed. Send email to email@example.com with camp name and sector you requested in the subject line.
Is it possible to get sample answers? ... No! The placement team doesn't want to fence you into prefab ideas and canned responses, we want to see your creativity and originality and self reliance.
See also Tips For A Successful Placement Questionnaire
Heavy Equipment and Outside Services
covered by AnswerGirl
- Heavy Equipment, you now need to work out your own heavy equipment needs, rentals and possible shares. As the event has grown in size, the heavy equipment team has remained largely the same, which results in Burning Man being less likely to casually cover random camp needs.
- People arranging deliveries and other outside services for their camps should review this page. Questions about the Outside Services (OSS) program can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
- OSS vendors need to apply to Burning Man for a pass EACH year, they also need to get a Special Recreation Permit (SRP) from the Bureau of Land Management. The OSS vendor questionnaire closes on Wednesday, July 2nd. The BLM process can take longer, so if you're looking to work with outside parties for deliveries or to provide services, get with your vendor to get their applications started sooner (rather than later).
As has been posted elsewhere, Vehicle Passes are required for 2014. For more info on Vehicle Passes, see the Ticketing FAQ. If your camp will need additional vehicle passes, they will be available for sale in the after-market, via STEP, and in the OMG sale. They will not be sold at the gate.
Burner Express Bus Service
- Burner Express will be expanding significantly, including the possibility of camps booking an entire bus, and additional stops/cities. More information will be forthcoming.
- Burner Express site will go live on April 20th.
Turnkey Camping - Challenges and solutions
covered by Charlie Dolman
- We are seeing an ever-increasing number of turnkey camps, with less interactivity and participation. Less or non-acculturated participants who hire a producer to coordinate their camp.
- There are every conceivable shade of gray as far as types of turnkey camps
- One example: Autodesk turnkey camp, their producer is paid to organize the camp, she makes sure that the camp expenditures are matched by their donations to art projects, and to make sure that everyone in the camp is also volunteering throughout the city.
- Burning man is looking to create ways to bring these producers and participants in so that they improve acculturation.
- BMan sent volunteers around to turnkey camps last year to gather data. Some camps had no interest in participation or acculturation, but many did.
- A turnkey camp producer summit is being planned for June
- BMan also wants to engage with turnkey camp owners and producers, to help with both acculturation and civic engagement. Within the wider community, not just within the camp.
covered by Charlie Dolman
- 9 side has become significantly more densely populated than 3 side.
- Burning Man is looking to try and get more camps to consider the 3 side. If you have ideas or suggestions, please email email@example.com
covered by Ranger Tool
- ESD main base is at 9 o'clock plaza, opens on Monday before the gate
- 3 o'clock plaza gets set up a few days later
- ESD will have theme camp liasons to help coordinate with big camps throwing big parties, to arrange for ESD/ranger coverage
- Camps can also get a MURS radio if they want to have radio comms with rangers and ESD
- Camps should have a designated sober person walking the crowd and keeping an eye open for people who may need help, make sure people are safe, be mindful of predators/creeps, engage with rangers for support
- Overall there were fewer calls last year, even though the city was bigger.
- Sexual assault is still a growing concern and is a top priority.
- If you have a large camp, you may want to have a ranger in your camp. Find out about ranger training by going here.
covered by Ranger Judas (head of Black Rock Ranger fire safety team)
- Flame effects are allowed at camp, get with the fire art safety team to get it tagged and inspected. Go to the ARTery, they're there the entire week before the gates open, as well as during the day during the event.
- Have fire extinguishers near every flame effect location or fire source. Do not leave flame effects or burn barrels unattended. Tiki torches are okay, if they're being managed safely.
- Do not store your extinguisher near your fuel. Think safe distance, so that if it's on fire, you can safely grab the extinguisher to put it out.
- Burning Man has specialized resources for Lasers and drones. Drone resources and info is through the airport, and lasers is through the ARTery.
covered by Retro
- 51 rows of non-compliance in 2013. That ranges from people who didn't pick up their permit in Black Rock City, to unsafe handling, to serving food without a permit.
- If you're serving food to the public, or your kitchen will be preparing food for 125 or more people, you need a permit.
- Go here for more information about guidelines, as well as to apply for a license. If you have further questions, write to them.
covered by Charlie Dolman
- BRC/BLM/Earth Guardians joint program, going through the city looking for environmental compliance issues. Visit1/Stage 1 look for issues and document it, let ppl know how to fix it. Stage 2, followup visit (by rangers)to make sure it's resolved. If not, Stage 3 is visit by law enforcement.
- The goal is not punishment, it's to educate and help correct problems.
- If you'd like to have someone come check over your camp or project, get in touch with Earth Guardians
covered by DA
- Burning Man is the largest leave no trace event in the world!
- #1 MOOP issue on playa - wood
- Wood moop is on the decline, because people care.
- Trash is moop, tent stakes are moop, rebar is moop...Everything is MOOP!
- Cardboard and other small trash is no longer allowed in public burn platforms, because in those spaces it catches fire and floats into the air - either becoming a fire hazard or becoming more MOOP! Camps need to make their own plans for burnable camp trash.
- Resto isn't shaming camps who moop, that's not what they're about.
- Dumping large qty's of fresh water is a prroblem. Sprinkle over an area or take it home.
- Leaving bottles of water, rebar, etc, "for the resto team" or dpw... Is not a thing.
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- Gate will be searching your vehicles, even early arrivals. Plan and pack your vehicles accordingly.
- If arriving before noon on Wednesday before gate, you need physical ticket in hand, in addition to valid early arrival and vehicle passes.
- Deliveries need to have necessary credentials and passes. Work with outside services, etc. to get that sorted out in advance.
- Slow down! Gate road 10mph, city 5mph
- 95.1 gate radio station
- Get gas in a bigger city than Gerlach. The fewer vehicles pulling off the road in Gerlach, the better.
- Expect long waits in/out, and plan accordingly
- Listen to BMIR for exodus times
Comfort and joy organizes a food drive in Nixon for the local tribe. They're accepting donations of canned goods in Nixon, look for the bright neon flags during Exodus.
- If you need to contact the Placement Team for any reason, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your camp name in the subject line.
- In addition to the Placement Newsletter, camp leaders can get great information and connect with each other via Facebook groups for each placement zone or here on ePlaya. More information about FB resources will be posted to the Placement Newsletter later in the season.