Work Day

1 08 2011




On Sunday, July 31st, Todd, Mojo, Sean, Mark, Peter, Patrick and Sprout spent 3 hours at our storage facility in Potrero Hill to take an inventory of our supplies and practice setting up our tents and shower structures.

We will be putting these two 10′ X 20′ tents together to create a 20′ X 20′ meeting space and Quinceanera ballroom.  We labeled poles and drew diagrams to make on-playa assembly fast and easy.

We tweaked our shower structures and measured how big our evap pond tarps need to be.

  • Privacy Shower:  11′ X 11′ tarp
  • Tandem Exhibition Shower 10′ (or more) X 20′ (or less)

Next steps:

  1. Jefferson will be taking the canvas shower curtain to the tailor to have a snap repaired.  He’s going to repair our glowing sign.  And he’s going to have two new reinforcement braces made for the Tandem Exhibition shower.
  2. Sean and Patrick are going to replace all of the rechargeable batteries (save the receipt guys) in our solar powered garden lights which will be placed around our camp.
  3. Mojo is having a replacement pole cut for the the missing pole in one of our tents (pictured above).  He also got pliable wire to secure the tan tent.
  4. Sprout is going to look for a new and improved platform that we can stand on in the shower.

A few of us will meet at the storage facility one last time so to drop off:

Solar lights, Bike of the Playa, repaired sign, repaired shower curtain, shower braces, new barrel beverage cooler.

If anyone has a few bricks, I think we could use ’em.  And we could always use some new carpets.  If you have a table to that we can share, please bring it.  No need to bring chairs.  We have tons of chairs.  And tennis balls are great for putting over rebar.  We can never have too many of those.








Home: Engagement near 7:30

17 07 2011

Home sweet home.  Engagement near 7:30.

This will mark the 5th year that Camp Stella is located just off of 7:30.  The closest we’ve ever been to the Esplanade is B.  Last year we were at D.  So this year we are one block further in.

We never know our exact location until we arrive on the Playa.  All we know for sure is that we are on not on the corner and that our street frontage is on Engagement near 7:30.  We will be located somewhere in one of the pink boxes indicated on the map above.

We were giving our usual 1,000 square feet (100′ street frontage X 100′ deep).  If we hit our capacity of 30 members, we will be camp Tetris.  If we don’t grow any larger than we are right now, we’ll be Camp Cozy.

Also sharing a 7:30 and Engagement address are:

  • Camp Beaverton
  • Celestial Bodies (Event though this is a bar, these guys are really supportive of us and always have non-alcoholic beverages hand for Stellites)
  • Paradise Motel
Nearby at 7:30 and D is Retrofrolic.
Mudskippers Cafe (formerly Unchartered Terretories) and Comfort & Joy are just a few blocks away at 7:00.

This location should put us close to Porta-a-potties and pretty close to Artica (for ice).

Last Chance to get your tickets to Ride

14 07 2011

Camp Stella will personally deliver this magical Playa Bike to one lucky Burner – on the playa!

Celebrated San Francisco artist Ube Urban was commissioned to paint this delux comfort cruiser. This masterpiece includes a subtle swirl of sparkling sea foam and desert sky blue dusted with glittering gold. Hand lettered details tie into the candy red rims and grips.

Other accessories include a bell, a removable basket (big enough for two bags of ice), a deluxe kickstand, and LED light tubes.

The “Ride of Passage” Giftee will be contacted on Thursday, July 28th. Good luck!

Make a donation of $10 to Camp Stella for two virtual tickets. 5 for $20.

Gate Expectations

14 07 2011

Photo used without permission.

Here’s a link to some important tips on what to expect at the Gate when arriving at Black Rock City and how to make the process go as smoothly as possible for you – now with interactive FAQ and a diagram illustrating Exodus “pulsing”

Camp Stella Packing List

8 07 2011
Jefferson packing the Camp Stella Cargo Van in '07

Jefferson packing the Camp Stella Cargo Van in 2007.

By popular demand, here are the famous Camp Stella packing lists.




Clicking on each link will take you to a new post that will allow you to download the file.

July Planning Meeting

6 07 2011

July 6, 2011 7:00-8:00 PM

Attended by:   Jefferson, Peter, Sean, Peter2, Mark, Patrick, Todd, Emo, Kevin, Matthew, Sprout, Mojo.

Dues Paid members:  15  (with an additional 6 verbal commitments).


Current balance: $1,600

Rummage sale brought in $154.

Ride of Passage:  Our ride of passage fundraiser has brought in $670 to date.  Our target was $2,000.

  • Mojo is in the process of sending emails to every single theme camp.
  • Sprout, Mojo and Matt will try taking the bike out to the corner of 18th and Castro to pedals some tickets next Saturday the 16th.
  • Somebody volunteered to post the an ad on Craigslist.  Who was that?  Sean? Patrick?  Mojo?


Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Todd will need 4 hands to help with Upload.  This is a busy time for everybody so anybody that can volunteer will be really appreciated.  We will meet at our storage facility to load up our Stella truck.


Emo gave us an update on his plans for the Plain Ordinary Whoopie Party.

  • We need a thrift store battery operated boom box to play music.  Pretty sure Sean volunteered to look out for this.  Emo has sourced traditional Quincenerra music.
  • We’ll be making a balloon arch to walk through (backwards?).
  • Each member of Stella is asked to bring a case of beverages for the party.  Party goers consumed 200 Red Bulls at last year’s POWP.
  • Emo will be seeking volunteers to bring chips, salsa, guacamole (Kevin), and cookies.
  • Emo is looking into sourcing a powdered Agua Fresco drink mix.
  • He will be printing traditional Quincenerras invitations.
  • Members of Stella are asked to consider wearing a costume (frilly ruffly dress or cheesy tuxedos were two suggestions).

Emory will start preparations on Thursday morning.  Then, directly following the 3:00 AA meeting, members of Stella are invited to lend a hand in setting up, decorating and preparing for the party.  As a group, we’ll head out to the Billion Bunny March and return to host the party which starts officially at 8:00 PM.


This is the person that ensures that we have cold beverages available at each meeting.  This involves a couple of ice runs throughout the week, adding drink mix to ice water.  Peter volunteered for this position.  Thanks Peter!  Stella will reimburse you for ice.

Mojo has signed up to buy a replacement cooler for the one that busted.  We will have two coolers for meeting beverages.  Thanks Mojo!


Sunday, July 31, 1:00 PM.  Meet at the parking lot of our storage facility.

We will do a dry run setting up our meeting tents.  We know that we have one missing pole so we are planning to take a similar pole to a hardware store to find a match that we can use in it’s place.

This will also be a time for us to take one last inventory, set up our shower structures and measure the area needed for our evap pond tarps.

On Saturday Sean has volunteered to take the solar power garden lights and replace the batteries.  He will pick up the lights at Work Day and take them home to do the replacement.  Sean, please buy the rechargeable batteries that you need and seek reimbursement from Todd.

Jefferson volunteered to take home the Camp Stella sign and repair it.


We will need a volunteer to coordinate Family Dinner.  More on this later…


Every camp is required to have one person responsible for MOOP (trash) management.  At Stella, we each do our best to be responsible for our own trash.  However, we all sometimes need gentle and loving reminders to keep up the good work.  When trash starts to become a problem, we may need a tough love reminder, as a group.  On Sunday, the Beautification Director ensures that we scour our camp area in a grid formation.  We are responsible for cleaning up our own trash and for the trash that blows into our camp.  And as a reminder, each member of Black Rock City is asked by the Borg to plan to spend at least one hour cleaning up the city, outside of our camp.

We will be looking for a volunteer who can be gentle and tender but will dish it out when necessary.   In rare cases,  diplomatic skills have come in handy with our neighbors.  We will have a good sized camp this year so this role is important.


Group concience was that we develop a layout prior to heading out to the Playa.  We will count on Daddy Don to arrive on the scene first to anchor and protect our space until the first vehicles arrive to protect our borders.  We will try to shelter the “Family Tent” with RVs and our truck – but in a way that we can enjoy watching the parade of Burners strut down the street.  We have decided to put both meeting tents together to create a 20X20 meeting tent space.

We have plenty of chairs but are requesting that members bring tables.

Jefferson will be issuing a footprint role call once our space has been assigned.  At that time, please forward special requests.

First Planning Meeting Minutes

30 01 2011

Camp Stella is getting an early start this year with an unprecedented January planning meeting.  On Wednesday, 1/26/11 six of us met at the home of Sanddog.

  • Jefferson
  • Emo
  • Jamie (Sprout)
  • John (Mojo)
  • Todd (Sanddog)
  • Will

The main topic of this meeting was MONEY.


  • Current balance:  $0.00.
  • Treasurer:  Position open
  • Sprout (and soon Todd) has been gifting storage space to Camp Stella for months.


We are hoping to raise money quickly so that the Camp can take over financial responsibility of the storage facility.

In fact, we have set a goal to raise enough money to pay for the storage facility from now through Burning Man and through, at least, the spring of next year.  Our “reach goal” is to raise enough to pay for storage through the following Burning Man.

We are also planning to have around $1,500 in transportation expenses.  So considering expected miscellaneous expenses, our first pass at a budget is $5,000.00 + storage for September through next spring.


We determined the following dues structure:

  • $75 from now until the Ides of March
  • $100 on March 15th
  • $125 on April 15th
  • $150 on May 15th
  • $175 on June 15th
  • $200 on July 15th


One of the most feasible and exciting ideas that came out of the meeting was the concept of developing…

The Ultimate Burning Man Bike online raffle.

Here’s how it would work:  We would obtain a bike to be elaborately decorated.  It would essentially be a Burning Man dream bike appointed with lights, bells, maybe a basket, and decorated lavishly.  The winner will claim the bike on the playa at Camp Stella.

Raffel tickets would be sold to Burners around the world online 24/hours a day.  We are thinking that this may be an attractive raffle for Burners traveling from afar.

We also talked about developing other items to sell online.  Some of the items we discussed included a Survival Kit, stickers, and magnets, among others.

Also being planned is a rummage sale (perhaps at the Castro Country Club) and a fundraising event such as a Mystery Science Theater 3000 style movie night with celebrity drag queens adding commentary throughout the movie.


The next meeting will be Thursday, February 17th.  We’ll continue the discussion about fundraising and begin a dialog about outreach.