Round 'em up, Campers!
As we are all Earth Guardians at our upcoming shindig, let's sail down the trail of LEAVE NO TRACE! Together, we can make a yeehawin' impact by keepin' our surroundings as clean as a freshly swept saloon floor.
Here's some tips to help us be responsible stewards of our beautiful range:
Don't Bring Trash
Batten down the hatches and leave behind the excessive packaging. Strap on your reusable bags and aim to cut down on waste at every turn.
Lasso Them Shinies
Make sure your glitzy bits, bottle tops, and such are roped down tight to your gear. If somethin' tumbles off, it's become MOOP (Matter Out Of Place).
Trail Check Before You Ride Off
Before you mosey on from any spot, take a gander 'round and make sure you ain't dropped nothin'. If you spot somethin' amiss, be neighborly and pick it up, and dispose of it properly to honor the spirit of community. Lost and found round up at Volunteer HQ!
Keep MOOP Out of the Outhouse
Dispose of personal hygiene items like wipes properly, and don't go leavin' 'em scattered about the prairie or in the portos. Keep a bag for wipes and a bag for trash, and when they've served their purpose, toss 'em where they belong, in your trash at home.
Don't MOOP in the POOP
Dispose of them personal hygiene items, like them wipes, in a proper manner. Don't be abandonin' 'em in the big blue boxes. Keep a bag for the wipes and a bag for trash, and when they've served their purpose, toss 'em where they belong, in your trash at home... And remember, don't be stowin' your phone in your back pocket – lest ye be riskin' an unfortunate accident!
Separate Your Recycling
If the wind be in your favor and ye can separate them recyclables, do it like you're sortin' through your treasure chest. Crush them cans like you're squeezin' gold from a doubloon, and make use of multiple MOOP buckets if you have 'em. Keep 'em under wraps like a treasure map, so nothin' escapes.
Appoint a MOOP Wrangler
Choose a trusty hombre or hombre-ette within yer camp to be the MOOP Wrangler. They'll be the rootin'est, tootin'est varmint in charge of organizin' the sweep.
Roundup the Pre-Exodus MOOP
Before we pack up and hit the dusty trail, gather 'round like a posse and do a thorough MOOP sweep of your campsite. Pick up anything that don't belong in the natural landscape, from zip ties to the shiniest of trinkets and all else that glitters.
Leave No Trace
Remember, it's our sacred duty as Earth Guardians to MOOP it before we mosey on out. Don't be lettin' our campsite become a snake pit of clutter. Leave the land as pristine as a clear desert sky at sundown!
Let's ride out as Earth Guardians and be the kind of folks that'd make even the toughest cowpoke proud. Your little ol' actions can make a big difference, partner.
-Your Earth Guardian Lead, Dogma
Do you want to help the META team but haven't been able to make it out for a build weekend?
We still need assistance moving structures and prepping for burn on Saturday and Sunday during Myschievia.
Help prep the effigy for ignition Saturday from 3pm-7pm!
Help prep and move temple on Sunday from 5pm-7pm!
Please fill out the volunteer form and sign up on the shift spreadsheet so we can track your volunteer hours and know how much help to expect! Get all the info on how to volunteer here.
Registration will close on Sunday, 10/1 for mutant vehicles so get your apps in ASAP if you intend to bring your motorized monstrosities to the burn.
**Mutant vehicles must be registered in advance - if you don't register ahead of time you'll be leaving your MV in parking with your normie car!**
Get the info on how to register here.
MORE DMV NEWS:
Thanks to tons of help from the AAA team and City Planning, we have taken several steps to help burners with mobility needs get around our beautiful city. If you check out the official map, you can see several different Bus Stops placed around the city this year so that Burners who need or want a ride can head to the nearest bus stop and wait for pickup by local Mutant Vehicles! Bus Stops are marked on the map with a horny blue cow icon.
Important note: Unlike default world bus stops, there's not a set schedule for pickup times. So, if you're at a bus stop (or generally wandering around the burn) and you see a Mutant Vehicle headed your way with a GREEN license plate, this means that Mutant Vehicle is open to providing rides! Flag 'em down, say howdy, and see if they're headed the same way you are!
It's here! It's here! This year's map is here!
Special thanks to Havoc and eXo for this thing of beauty. For a downloadable PDF, check out the Maps page.
There are still several important shifts we need covered so there's plenty of opportunities for you to step up!
-Medical. May require training. Onsite training: 8pm - 10pm Friday-
Friday 7pm - 1am and 1am - 7 pm
Saturday 7pm - 1pm
This is normally the busiest shift and need volunteer to help out fire team so it's EXTRA critical!
Sunday: 7am - 1 pm, 1 pm - 7 pm, and 7pm - 1am
-Mental health. All shifts require training. Onsite training: 6pm - 8pm on Friday-
Saturday: 1am - 9am and 9pm - 1am
Multiple shifts all day Sunday and Monday!
-General safety. All shifts require training. Onsite training: 1pm - 5pm on Friday-
Multiple Thursday night shifts!
Multiple Friday early morning shifts!
Multiple Saturday early morning and evening shifts!
All day Sunday and Monday!
-Get a front row seat to the effigy burn! One shift only!-
Saturday: 7pm - midnight
OTHER IMPORTANT SHIFTS
Friday: 4pm - 8pm, 8pm - 1am
Saturday: Noon - 3pm, 3pm - 7pm
Thursday: 4pm - 8pm, 8pm - midnight
Friday: 8pm - midnight
Saturday: Noon - 3pm
Hop over to the Volunteer Registration Page to fill out your intake form and pick your shift. We need your help to make it happen. We appreciate you!
We're getting down to the wire so this post is gonna have a whole pile of information! Take your time. Take a bathroom break if you need to. We'll get through this together. You can do it!
Make sure you sign up for your volunteer shifts by Thursday, September 21st or you won't get a sweet printed badge this year. THAT'S ONLY THREE DAYS AWAY!
Fill out the volunteer registration form and sign up for shifts here!
Meet us at Armadillo Acres around 7pm on Friday, September 22nd or whenever you can get there Saturday. Day trip or camp the weekend with us. We'd love to see your faces for this final weekend!
Site Ops will be loading up all the infrastructure at the warehouse in Dallas, then unloading at site after load out. Facebook event is here. Discord event is here.
Come help load out on Friday or join us at the final work weekend for unloading and effigy/temple assembly. More hands make less work!
Event registration ends Wednesday, September 20th, if you want to see your event on the printed list. You can add your event digitally until October 1st.
We're only 16 days away, y'all! Are you freaking out yet? Let's get ready to rodeo!
Safety Volunteers: Thanks for riding this bronco with us. We were able to get back up, dust off our chaps, and hop back into the saddle. We have another certified trainer for the CPR/First Aid training! We will be reverting to the original timeline as listed below. Please reach out if you have any questions.
MEATS, Rangers, and Sanctuary volunteers who have not already had training this year.
Saturday September 16th
09:30 AM - Earliest arrival
10:00 AM - CPR and Morning Department Training
11:30 AM - Afternoon Participants can begin arriving
12:00 PM - Snack Break
12:30 PM - Radio Training and ICS Drill
2:30 PM - Snack Break
3:00 PM - Afternoon Department Training
5:00 PM - Go Home! (Our host has requested that we be out asap after 5 as they have another event shortly after)
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO TEST FOR COVID-19 SATURDAY MORNING. The last thing we want is to have the entire safety team down with Covid for burn, and we have immunocompromised volunteers joining us on Saturday. #CivicResponsibility and whatnot.
7700 Swan Park Dr, Denton TX 76210
Corner lot, plenty of parking, but carpool if you can. We are in an HOA but we've had no noise or neighbor complaints so far, let's keep it that way. 3 dogs live here, a gentle giant and 2 old Chihuahuas. Please don't bring any more pets. There is a bathroom downstairs and upstairs. If you are bringing a service animal please let me know so we can expect their presence with you. VIRTUAL TRAINING will be simulcast for Sanctuary.
If you can’t attend, ON-LAND TRAINING will be done on Friday. Rangers from 1-5 pm, Fire from 5-6 pm, Sanctuary from 6-8 pm, Meats from 8-10 pm. Please reach out to your Lead to see about additional virtual training opportunities.
Note: Please complete your independent ICS training prior to the Expo if you are not previously certified. If this training is not completed by burn you will have to be reassigned
Roles that require FEMA Training - ICS 100: Shift Supervisors and MHA
Roles that must ALSO have FEMA Training - ICS 200: Leads and Duty Chiefs and MHA
You know the drill - it's a burner event, so bring along everything you need, but at the very least bring a folding chair or a comfy floor cushion, your water, and anything else you know you will be wanting. We will be feeding you.
Make sure you sign up for your volunteer shifts by Thursday, September 21st or you won't get a sweet printed badge this year.
That's less than one week away!
Fill out the volunteer registration form and sign up for shifts here!
We’re 22 days away from the craziest rodeo a pirate has ever witnessed. I know we’re all equal parts excited and stressed: excited for the adventure and community that awaits us, and stressed as we hot glue the final googly eye to the labor of love art piece we’ve been working on for months, add that last song to the final playlist, and take the last sample from the gallons of apple pie mead we’ve made.
But here’s the thing – this isn’t a music festival that you buy a ticket for and then show up and enjoy what the musicians have made for you. This isn’t an art show where you walk in, have a beer, and open your heart to an emotional outpouring embodied in a sculpture of a creature that is half capybara, half mermaid, and 100% the love of your life. This isn’t a performance piece at your local community theater where you laugh and cry so hard that you throw an extra $20 in the tip jar on the way out.
You don’t just spectate here, that’s not how this works.
We need volunteers or this thing doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. And our volunteer shift schedule is looking quite BARE in a few places.
Sanctuary, the helpful listeners and keepers of quiet spaces… have no one scheduled during any of the evenings.
Zone Guides, the fine folks that help everyone figure out where they are going… on a very busy day for them, Friday, there is only ONE person scheduled from 4 to 8, and no one covering from 8 until the gate closes. And when I say no one, I mean there isn’t even a Shift Supervisor.
Rangers, the friendly do-gooders of the event ready to sort out any situation… on Friday night, from 4pm until midnight there is only ONE Ranger scheduled and for more than half of that, there is no Khaki/Supervisor either. From midnight until noon the next day, there are NO Rangers. Saturday during the effigy burn we have 3 Rangers, but no Khaki. Sunday during the temple burn we have ONE Ranger and no Khaki.
MEATS, our dedicated medical team… for most shifts there’s at least one person signed up, but, in many cases, that’s all there is: ONE person. During the effigy burn there’s only one. During the temple burn there are none.
The list goes on and on. We need volunteers!
For those of you who have been to so many burn events you’ve lost count… you know how critical volunteering is. You know these events don’t happen without community involvement. You don’t even need to read this because you’re either already signed up (THANK YOU!) or you’re planning on doing it and have just been so busy with the googly eyes. I get it. But we’re all busy. So take 5 minutes, go put your name on the list somewhere, and then we can all stop worrying about it.
For the rest of you, we need your help. Even if you’re the “I don’t need anyone on any shift to support anything” type person, we still need your help. Without volunteers the event doesn’t happen. If the shifts are all empty this year, that helps indicate how many tickets we can make available next year. With fewer tickets, there are, naturally, fewer volunteers and, well… it doesn’t take a math wizard to see that this means we eventually have 0 tickets and no event.
I’m literally begging you right now… VOLUNTEER, please!
Go sign up and Volunteer!
Update 9/15: We found replacement instructors - please see latest blog post here: http://www.ntxb.org/blog/new-moar-safety-extravaganza-updates
Unfortunately our MEATS lead has just tested Covid positive, a risk inherent in her healthcare profession. We appreciate everything Miera has put into prepping the Safety Extravaganza so far.
The bad news for y'all is that Miera is our current CPR/First Aid/AED trainer. This means that WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OFFER CPR/BLS/AED TRAINING THIS SATURDAY (9/16) AT THE SAFETY EXTRAVAGANZA.
Gritt, MEATS assistant lead will be training department protocols for MEATS. If you have been considering learning the fine art of Rangering or developing your skill in active listening, Rangers and Sanctuary will be offering their full training sessions. This may be a good cross training opportunity for prospective MEATS volunteers who would like to broaden their skillset.
Please consider coming out this Saturday even if you can't get your certification at this event. Watch here on NTXB.org for updates about future CPR/BLS/AED training opportunities.
Much appreciation as always for keeping Myschievia safe!
2024 Information Manager: to be announced soon!
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