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ESD Camps

Camp 3 aka Fire Camp

Camp 3 is located directly behind the ESD Medical Station at 3&C.  Fire Camp is the main fire station for Burning Man. Camping is open to all ESD volunteers and typically fills up fast once opened. Fire Camp sports a fantastic group of residents, a delicious opt-in (for some $$) meal plan, a shower, communal hangout areas, and lots of themed activities throughout the week.

Camp 9 (Organized)

Camp 9 is located directly behind the ESD Medical Station at 9&C.  Camping is open to all ESD volunteers. Camp amenities include a food plan (you pay a fee and get fed gourmet playa fare), a shade/bar area with tables and chairs, some power for recharging your devices, a shower (limited use/water supply), and lots of themed activities and parties.

Camp 9 (Open)

Open Camp 9 is located on “the back forty” of ESD Station 9’s organized camping area… technically around 9:10.  This is no frills, no amenities camping (except for a small amount of power to charge up your stuff with and have some nice lights and music at night).  No meals (unless you want to cook enough to share), no shower (unless you want to build one), and no real official camp layout to speak of.  If you don’t bring it, they probably don’t have it. This camp is full of a bunch of good people who just want to make a home without a lot of structure or responsibilities outside of cleaning up after themselves.  Sometimes they freely collaborate on dinners, a board game could pop up out of nowhere, they may throw a bar up next to the road and serve to those coming by.  It’s whatever you want, or nothing you want.

Camp 73

Camp 73 is likely located somewhere near the 7:30 plaza (it seems to change year to year) and is hosted by the Communications Branch. “Comm Camp” (affectionately known as CommUnism) is designed to be another low-frills option for ESD volunteers of any branch.  Since there are low frills, your only responsibility here is to take care of yourself and your camping space and keep the common area free of MOOP.

What they offer: Space for you to camp (RVs, cars, or tents), toilets, and sometimes some WiFi.

What they do NOT have: Kitchen/meal plan, sink/grey water, power for your trailer, potable water, showers, trash receptacles, recycling receptacles, camp dues, or MOOP.

Rebel Camp

What happens when the Fire Camp is bursting at the seams and we need a place to put more people? A Rebel Camp is formed! Rebel camp charges a fee similar to the other supported camps, has a gourmet meal plan, a shade/bar area, some power for recharging your devices, and a showering spot. Their location is TBD each year but likely close to the 5:30 radial somewhere.

The ‘Burbs

The ‘Burbs (typically located near Camp 3) were organically formed in 2013 when a few of the people arriving pre-event to help with set up got together and set up camp just before the rainstorm. More people came, hippie fishing ensued, and a camp was born. There are no amenities here except some shade. This camp grows in a creative and organic way every year and is filled with ESD volunteers from all branches. You can camp anywhere in the large space that suits your fancy.

Want to volunteer? Go to the Burning Man website to participate!