Responsibilities for Members of the Kurenivka Camp

Please keep in mind that you are responsible for yourself and your actions, at all times, in every regard, in any way you are involved with the camp. Your membership in the Kurenivka Camp is a privilege - any violation of the requirements below could result in ejection from the camp.

  1. Read the Survival Guide. The Burning Man Survival Guide summarizes the official rules and practices of Burning Man. Most of what it covers is fundamental to the event. All of what the Survival Guide covers is stuff that you should know backwards and forwards to ensure that you do not make an ass of yourself, and that your camp is not denied placement or tickets in future years.
  2. Subscribe and pay attention to camp announcement lists. Jack Rabbit Speaks, BurningMan_Ukraine_tickets, Ukranian Burners Facebook Group and our secret Facebook Group which you was invited after you join us. .
  3. Bring everything you need for your survival and comfort. You are responsible for bringing all of your stuff to be happy and healthy for at least one week in the middle of the desert. Our camp provide showers, power, shade, kitchen, and other options that you may buy into or help organize with other members. Mind you, all of these services do exist within our camp, because members like you step up to organize and participate in them. Even if you do participate in one of these plans, you are still entirely responsible for all of your own supplies and basic needs - this includes survival rations for the duration of the event, just in case something catastrophic happens to your kitchen or vehicle transporting it. This especially means you must bring any medications you may need to thrive under extreme conditions. If you aren't sure what to bring, check out Crunchy Mama's Packing List, or ask the veterans in your camp discussion group.
  4. Assume full responsibility for your own health and safety. By participating in Burning Man you acknowledge that you are assuming the risk of serious injury or death! It is up to you to make sure this doesn't happen. This means you must carry water with you at all times - consider a canteen or hydration pack. It means you must be careful when embarking and disembarking vehicles. It means you must wear lighting at night so that nothing runs into you in the dark. And it means showing good sense and restraint when consuming alcohol or other substances.
  5. Assume full responsibility for your own happiness. Nobody knows what you truly value or what your personal limits are but you, and nobody is ever going to be as focused on maintaining your happiness as you. Hence, it falls on you to seek out the experiences you want, ask questions or seek guidance when you don't know how to proceed, keep an eye on your own property, and bring to Burning Man only those things that you willing to risk losing amonst the confusion and extreme conditions. The willingness of camp members to help each other have a good time is a wonderful thing, but should never be imposed upon, or interpreted as lessening your own personal responsibility to look out for the things that you consider important.
  6. Mean what you say. Burning Man may be a big party in the desert, but it is also the culmination tremendous amounts of time, energy, and money that everyone pours into their projects in an effort to have the maximum amount of incredible peak experiences they can in one week - and that means that it is also damn serious. You never never never want to leave one of your campmates hanging on something you promised or be the reason they lost a day of fun taking care of something that you said you were going to take care of. This means you always want to be clear with your peers, and in your own mind, on whether you are in fact going to deliver on the commitments you made. Whenever it looks like you aren't going to have the time, or you are hitting a wall, or your interests have simply changed and you want to do something different than what you agreed to, its important to communicate very clearlyand well in advance so that they can get to work on a contingency.
  7. Know what you are saying. Consider one of the most common yearly announcements on every Burning Man theme camp mailing list: "I'm bringing plenty of coffee for everyone, so consider that base covered!" in making that announcement, you just took personal responsibility for meeting the coffee needs of everyone in the camp. Perhaps what you really meant was: "I'm bringing 5 pounds of institutional blend coffee from Costco, so I've got about 20 people covered for 1 cup of decent coffee per morning! Any of you gourmets want to bring something exotic to share?"
  8. Step up. If someone is carrying something heavy, lend a hand. If there are dishes that need to be washed, wash them. If a trash bin is overflowing, ask one of your camp directors how the trash is supposed to be dealt with, and take care of it. If you spot something potentially dangerous, like exposed rebar or a loose gas valve, find a way to secure it and let one of your camp directors know about the issue. If you spot someone you don't know wandering through the camp, ask "May I help you?", and confirm with one of your camp directors that this person really is supposed to be where they say they are. If you need guidance, ask one of the camp directors.
  9. Help build the camp infrastructure, pack and unpack the vehicles, and assemble and disassemble the camps. There are about 7 days packing the vehicles, 5 days of unpacking the vehicles and assembling the camp before the festival starts, 4 days of disassembling the camp and packing the vehicles at the end of the festival, and 2 days of unpacking the vehicles after they arrive. The more hands we have, the faster it goes. To truly be a member of the camp, you need to do your part in at least some of this work.
  10. Help with cleanup of the camp. Part of the leave no trace ethic of the event is that we are each individually responsible for our entire camp space being immaculate throughout the week and after we leave. This means that you are responsible for picking up any trash or other evidence of human habitation that you encounter anywhere in our camp space. You are also responsible for spending as much time as necessary walking our space after the camp has been packed up, and picking up any trace of human habitation - this includes feathers from boas, staples from packaging, cinnamon dust from kitchens, etc. In fact, most Black Rock citizens will pick up any trash they find out blowing around on the open playa, to do their part in keeping the desert clean.
  11. Pay your share of camp expenses. It costs a mountain of money to create, transport, power, and maintain all of the infrastructure that makes the camp possible. It costs an additional mountain of money to purchase all the food, liquor, and other consumables that we gift during the festival. Each member of the camp contributes their fair share. To be perfectly clear, all of these dues are to create those magnificent buildings and kitchens and alleys and gifts that make our camp so wonderful - you are not paying for services provided to you as a member - you are paying to make the Kurenivka camp possible, such that we can all take pride in what we have contributed to Kurenivka.
  12. Remove your own trash, and one bag of camp trash. We are each responsible for protecting the environment. This is a "Leave No Trace" event, which means you are responsible to leave no trace - not ashes from your cigarette, not mint sprigs from your drink, not a green bean from your dinner. Please take everything you brought to the event back home with you, and be ready to take one bag of random trash that accumulates in your camp from all those visitors as well. No trash receptacles or bins will be provided. Placing trash, or even asking to place trash in a receptacle belonging to another camp is considered deeply offensive by many veterans of the event. Burning Man will provide only portable toilets that will be emptied on a regular basis. Do not empty trash in the portable toilets.
  13. Properly secure all of your structures. If you are going to build any form of shade or shelter at all at Burning Man, where winds can reach a sustained 70mph, you must learn how to do it so as to minimize the risks that A) the structure blows away and hits someone, B) the rebar or stakes used to secure it impale someone, and C) the guy lines bracing it against the wind trip someone. This means studying how to secure your structure, perhaps learning from the ancient masters, using rebar toppers like you find at any hardware store, placing solar lights to mark where the stakes are, and placing some form of lighting on the guy lines. This will protect your shelter from having some idiot come tumbling through it in the middle of the night, and will also protect that idiot from being injured by your shelter.
  14. Do not exchange money. No vending or other use of money is allowed at Burning Man. Black Rock City is a place of sharing and free exchange within a gift economy. This means you do not buy or sell anything. Sales of handmade items and food items "in order to cover costs of the trip" are not allowed. The only exceptions to this rule are the Center Camp Cafe, which sells espresso and a few other beverages, and CampArctica, which sells ice - the proceeds from both ventures go to the town of Gerlach that so graciously hosts the Burning Man festival each year - and crotchety Burning Man veterans still hate this outpost of commerce.
  15. Do not display or distribute commercial names, logos, banners, or promotional items. This includes the name and logo of your home business or the record label you run out of your bedroom. It doesn't matter if you're a good person or if your company donates to charities. Some people go so far as to remove the tags from their jeans and to cover the Ryder logo on the side of their rental trucks.
  16. Drive no faster than 5MPH when entering or leaving the city. Anything faster than this produces huge clouds of dust, and endangers the lives of your fellow citizens. Remember that pedestrians and bicycles always have the right of way over motor vehicles.
  17. Do not drive cars in the city. Be prepared come to Black Rock City and anchor your vehicle at your campsite. No cruising! Black Rock City is designed for pedestrians and bicycles. Except for public agencies, specially marked Black Rock City service vehicles, and Art Cars licensed by the Department of Mutant Vehicles, no cars or motorcycles are allowed to drive in camp or on the open playa around it.
  18. Observe fire rules. The city fire policy prohibits fires on the unprotected playa surface - burn scars must be prevented. Aerial flares, rockets and explosives are prohibited in Black Rock City and could result in a fine. Hay bales are not allowed. Respect art works - if an artwork is to be burned, ONLY the artist who created it may do this.
  19. Be respectful of other camps. Most camps have public spaces connected to the main roads through the city, and more private spaces within. It is safe to assume that you can enter, pass through, or crash in the public spaces whenever you like, but you should absolutely ask for permission before passing through anything that may be a private camping area. You must also be very careful when traveling the narrow pathways between the tents within a camp - they are frequently tangled with guy lines and exposed rebar that are invisible at night and can injure you severely.
  20. Comply with county, state and federal laws. This means you should comport yourself, with regard to these laws, as you would in any municipality. Burning Man does not promote or condone the use of drugs or public sex acts. If you commit an illegal act in public, it is entirely possible you will be caught - and keep in mind that the handful of law enforcement officers who volunteer for duty at Burning Man would probably rather not have to haul you off in irons, but if you flaunt the law right in front of them, they're going to do it.
  21. Bring your ticket. Your ticket is a revocable license. Violation of Black Rock City rules, or violent or anti-social behavior, can result in revocation of your ticket and ejection from the event without refund. No one under 18 will be admitted without a responsible adult. Tickets run about $480, depending on when you purchase them - they must be purchased in advance - no tickets will be sold at the gate.
  22. Respect public boundaries. The boundaries of Black Rock City are clearly marked and established within an area of the playa that is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for purposes of public recreation. The BLM will establish a buffer zone on the playa around Black Rock City. No camping is allowed in this area. The marked area immediately fronting our city is reserved for works of art. Do not drive or camp here. A specially marked area is reserved for Walk-In camping. No automobile traffic or motorized vehicles are permitted inside this area.
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