Do you like feeling the gratification of putting in a hard day's work?
Do you enjoy the outdoors and working with like-minded people to get a big job done?
Have you heard about this cool thing called Work Weekends?
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT!
WHAT ARE WORK WEEKENDS?
We all head out to Armadillo before the burn to get the land ready for the event. Work weekends are used to clear roads, move deadfall, mow trails, and carve out campsites. Sometimes we create new sections and sometimes we maintain what already exists. It mostly requires clearing dead branches and felled trees from established areas, moving the wood or using it to outline existing trails, and mowing down tall grass.
WHEN ARE WORK WEEKENDS?
Work weekends generally start in late August and go through the end of September. The specific dates change every year, so check out the Myschievia calendar for this year's dates (and integrate it with your own so you don't forget!).
WHO CAN COME?
You don't need a ticket, or even to intend to go to Mys this year. Several burners have attended work weekends who just wanted to volunteer for the community, but were taking a year off the actual burn. Many new burners decided to start their experience at work weekends, as well.
Every work weekend will have at least one LLC member, a Land Ops lead or assistant lead, and the landowner onsite during the duration of the work.
Kids that are old enough to help out are welcome. They need to be supervised by their parent/guardian at all times and minor waiver needs to be signed. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to use power tools.
Dogs that are supervised and behave are also okay but also need to be supervised the entire weekend.
IS THIS A PARTY?
Not really. We work. Most of Saturday and Sunday will involve lots of manual labor. After work ends on Saturday, we all relax and hang out, usually around a campfire (unless it's too hot). Libations are had, food is eaten, and stories are told. It's more like camping with friends.
SO THERE WILL BE A BONFIRE?
If there is no burn ban and it's not too hot, we will likely have a small firepit. But no, there won't be anything you could call a bonfire.
WHEN CAN I SHOW UP?
Each work weekend, the Land Ops lead or assistant lead is on land with the LLC member du jour by 8 pm Friday night. The landowner is usually onsite before that. If you want to show up Friday night, great! Just try to get there at a decent hour, understanding that we'll need to be up-and-at-em early the next day. You can burn in anytime Saturday before noon. We'll leave the gate open.
WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
Most of the crew rolls in Friday evening, the rest Saturday morning.
Friday, we set up tents and cars, make a game plan and chill.
Saturday we begin work by 9am at the latest. Work continues until 5-6 pm, or if the heat sucks, a little earlier. Then we all go off-shift, as it were, and chill out.
Sunday, we wake and work by 9am, but only on small projects. Most people flee by noon Sunday, (with the exception being if there is a work weekend over Labor Day Weekend, which goes through Monday).
You can leave whenever you're ready to head out but we'd love for volunteers to stay at least until the work is done on Saturday!
CAN I DRINK WHILE WORKING?
We're going to be using chainsaws and mowers and gators and vehicles. Own your experience and be responsible while the work happens. Stay baseline. Don't endanger yourself or others. There will be plenty of time for of-age participants to drink after work ends. But if you're 21+ and like a cold beer during the work, we won't stop you.
On that note, you WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WAIVER UPON ARRIVAL and this waiver will basically say that you can't sue any of us if you do stupid shit.
WILL THERE BE PORT-O-CANS?
Yes. Same rules as the burn - nothing in the portos except human waste and toilet paper.
IS CAR CAMPING ALLOWED?
Absolutely. Find a shady spot to park and crash out in your ride!
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Everything you would bring for camping in the woods for two days while clearing detritus.
Personal supply list
DO YOU ALLOW PEOPLE TO LEAVE AND COME BACK?
Unlike the burn, if you need to go into town to get something, it's totally cool. Hell, you can even stay overnight at the Wildflower Inn or a motel in Daingerfield overnight and come back, instead of camping. We won't judge.
WHAT DO WE GET FOR THIS?
First off, you get the knowledge that you helped make the burn itself happen. It seriously CANNOT happen without work weekends. The NTXB community is all about volunteering, and if you drive a few hours to spend a weekend or more to sweat and haul wood and make the hundreds of campsites available? That's something you can be proud of!
Secondly, the LLC grants Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) tickets to volunteers who attend work weekends. This means you'll have two tickets reserved for you for next year's burn. You still have to pay for them, but you don't have to worry about them selling out!
Third? Work weekends are just a hell of a lot of fun. Hard work with friends and new faces fosters a level of camaraderie that you don't get in a lot of other situations. You also get sweet swag, like stickers, patches, or even tees!
Because of the holiday, we can extend the work weekend over Labor day through Monday.
That's right! You can come chainsaw, haul, chop, and hack with your friends for four whole days.
And look! There's even a sweet and adorable puppy on land you can love up!
Head on over to the shift sign-up sheet, click that Pre-Event tab, and get your name on the list of bad asses who will be clearing the land for our temporary community September 1st through 4th.
See you there!
HIPPIE KAI YAY MOTHER LOVERS! Let's get this shindig started, ya scallywags!
Got an event you're excited to bring to the Piney Playa? Here's where you can register such shenanigans.
Thinking you'd really like to utilize our Rodeo FEG space? We have event registration for that, as well. Come play! Just remember, the effigy will close Saturday at 3pm to prep for the incident so make sure you finish your event by then.
Calling all Theme Camps!
Have you registered your theme camp yet? If not y'all better get to it lickety split! This year Theme camp Registration closes Aug. 23rd. That's less than a week away!
THEME CAMP INFO, MAP, AND REGISTRATION
For any theme camp related questions, tip your hat at GoldStar.
If you are planning to bring an RV to Mys, it's high time you register it! As a reminder, you MUST register RVs using the RV registration form. Registration closes Aug 23rd.
RV INFO AND REGISTRATION
For any RV-related questions, give Havoc a holler.
Why so soon?
We know it can be stressful to not be able to plan where your theme camp is going to be until the last darn second before you've got boots on the ground for the event. So we're closing registrations earlier so that we can draft a preliminary placement map that can be sent out to select Theme Camp Leads. That way y'all'll know where your hitchin' post will be. This gives y'all time to plan and possibly head out to work weekends to assess, clear some brush, and really make a comfy spot for your shenanigans.
-Havok, City Planning Lead
Tickets for Myschievia 2023 are completely sold out.
There will not be a second sale of tickets for this year. After all critical volunteer tickets were purchased, we have very nearly reached our ticket cap.
Need a ticket? Have a ticket you want to sell?
Join the Ticket and Rideshare Facebook Group!
Once you've found a match, use the ticket exchange form here to transfer them.
There will be no Texas Ticket Fairy for Myschievia this year.
**If you're selling tickets to someone or purchasing tickets from someone, BE WARY OF SCAMS. NTXB LLC is not responsible for loss of tickets or funds if you get hornswoggled!**
Thank you to our volunteers for continuing to show up! This doesn't happen without you!
As many of you know, Myschievia's home was hit pretty hard by storms this year. Tons of fallen trees are blocking the auxiliary roads and are laid over where our campsites go.
We need your help to move all of these trees and debris. The sooner, the better.
Bring your trucks and trailers to haul these big trees!
Bring axes, chainsaws, and limb loppers to make them easier to handle!
Not comfortable with motorized sharp things? Weed out underbrush and toss around fallen tree limbs with us!
You have four weekends to choose from - 8/19, 9/2, 9/16, and 9/23 - or, hell, be there for all of 'em.
Join the Land Ops Facebook group for more info or reach out to Snuggles, your land lead, here.
Register to volunteer and sign up for shifts by following the instructions here.
Do you have an art project you'd like to bring to Myschievia?
Could you use a little help funding it?
Apply for an art grant!
You may submit your application until the deadline of Tuesday, August 15th at 11:59pm, CST.
Submit your application here!
Myschievia Emergency Assistance Team (MEAT) members are licensed, certified and/or trained medical volunteers. Before you put your name in a volunteer slot for MEAT, remember that most roles call for certifications!
Duty Chiefs - current active professional license (EMT, RN, MD, etc)
MEAT 1/2/3 - current CPR certification
Tender - no certification needed
Just a friendly reminder!
And, hey, thank you for volunteering your time. We appreciate you!
Bringing your big rig to Myschievia? Register them shits!
RVs include: motor homes, camper-vans, caravans, travel trailers, camper trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, popup campers, teardrop trailers, truck campers, toy haulers, tiny homes, converted box and flatbed trailers.
Read all the info and register here:
RV INFO AND REGISTRATION
For any RV-related questions, reach out to Havoc here.
Is your theme camp ready to rock? Tell us about it, stud!
Helpful hint: Get the campmates together before filling out your registration to make sure your all of your needs for space are listed.
New this year: A MAP! Request the quadrant(s) you'd prefer instead of asking for "...the space next to that one camp with that weird tree..." to help out the theme camp team.
See the sweet mappy goodness, read about how to register and get your camp sorted here:
THEME CAMP INFO, MAP, AND REGISTRATION
For any theme camp related questions, reach out to GoldStar here.
The shift sign-up page for volunteering is ready to take your name!
Head over to the Volunteer Registration page to read the fine print before you sign up! Make sure you've filled out the volunteer form here before you sign up for a shift or your shift will be refused.
Don't know what any of these spots are for? Check out the Volunteer descriptions here!
More questions? Reach out to your Volunteer Coordinator, Zinger, here.
2017-2023 Information Manager, Viv, is an Amazon potato who lives under a bridge, occasionally popping out to throw cabbages at edge lords.