Are you interested in being a Zone Guide? Make sure you join the Facebook Group for important updates!
Over the next several weeks, I will be giving updates on the city and what to expect so that you can be informed and do you job to your best ability (assisting participants find their camping spot and direct traffic flow) during the event. Please make sure you read them and ask any questions you may have.
Thorni, the City Planning Lead, and I have been working together to develop this here Zoning Map!
It has our city broken up completely into zones to make things easier for safety, site ops, sound, and us! Our department should get both the art maps and the zone maps so that we have both, should we need them. For the rest of these updates, I will use the picture above as a reference.
As it stands right now *and is subject to change*:
Zones Q2, Q3, E4, E5, and E6 are going to be quiet, open camping zones. They will have an amplified sound curfew between 2 am and 7 am. The language of this policy will reflect and be incorporated into the existing sound policy. (All of the Q zones are likely being renamed.)
Zones L2 and L3 are going to be expanded into Hog 1 and Hog 2. Those expansions are going to be open camping zones. Open camping will also be allowed in zone L4, BUT our department will be responsible for ensuring open campers are not taking up space allotted to the theme camps placed there.
Zero tolerance policy for large vehicles or trailers or RVs on the lower field. I mean it, and I expect it to be enforced by the shift supervisor if I am not working. If you need help enforcing this policy, ask the rangers to assist you. I will be on call for City for much of the burn, as well. Art cars are the exception, as vehicles loading or unloading gear. After that gear is loaded or unloaded, those vehicles need to be moved to parking.
We went to land this weekend. Clarified some past issues with the landman and made some solid plans for the city. The focus will be on creating a new road in Dagobah so if it is super muddy again, we can still get vehicles into that zone. We will start a new trail basically where the line separating zones E and H are. It should be walkable and will be marked off with pink tape and/or flags.
Speaking of, all of the city roads and trails will be marked with pink tape and/or flags on both sides. The idea is that if a person or vehicle are in between the pink, they are on an actual trail or road.
If an unregistered RV or trailer show up to the event, and RV open camping is full, they will be placed in parking, ensuring that the entrance to Road Rash does not get blocked. Again, if you need help enforcing this find me or a ranger.
Thanks for reading all of this! If you have questions, email here or ask in the Facebook group!
Zone Guide Lead
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 the property (Armadillo Acres) for 4 different weekends, before the burn, to get the land ready for the event. In years past, as the ticket sales increased in volume, Work Weekends were used to clear new campsites on the lower field, and also along Longleaf, Hidden Creek, RoadRash, and Quebec trails. Most recently, we created an entire new camping area that is now known as Dagobah, up by the Crossroads.
This year, we will NOT be creating new campsites. Just maintaining what exists. It will mostly require clearing dead branches and felled trees from already established areas, and moving the wood to the lower field or using it to outline existing trails.
WHEN ARE WORK WEEKENDS?
Sept 20 -22
Check out the Myschieivia calendar 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 WWs past who just wanted to volunteer for the community, but were taking a year off the actual burn. Also, I have met at least 5 people who were new burners, who decided to start at WWs.
This is a good place to note that every Work Weekend will have at least one LLC member, myself, 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 like the burn. We work. Most of Saturday and Sunday will involve clearing vegetation and hauling it downfield. After work ends on Saturday, usually around 5-6 pm, we all relax. We hang out, usually around a campfire, and chat. Libations are had, food is eaten, and stories are told. It's rather intimate. In some ways, many of us have noted we like WWs almost as much as the actual burn, but it's not the same vibe. It's more like camping with friends.
SO THERE WILL BE A BONFIRE?
If there is no burn ban, we will likely have a small firepit. If there is a burn ban, there will not be a campfire. We may burn extra vegetation at the Burn Scar on the lower field, or maybe not. We'll just see. But no, we're not having anything you could call a bonfire.
WHEN CAN I SHOW UP?
Each WW, I intend to be on land with the LLC member du jour by 8 pm Friday, at the absolute latest, possibly as early as 6 pm. The landowner will be onsite by mid-afternoon. If you want to show up Friday night, cool. Hopefully everyone shows up by midnight, but if someone is coming in later than that, just let me know, and I'll stay up.
Or you can burn in anytime Saturday before noon. We'll leave the gate open.
WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
In my experience, most of the crew rolls in Friday evening, the rest Saturday morning. Friday, we set up tents and cars, and chill. Sat, we begin work by 10 am 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 10 am, but only on small projects. Most people flee by noon Sunday, and I want to officially be off land each WW by 2 pm Sunday.
And yes, you can leave early on Saturday, after work is done.
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. 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, I 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 PORTO-JOHNS?
Yes. Same rules as the burn - nothing in the johns except human waste and toilet paper.
IS CAR CAMPING ALLOWED?
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Everything you would bring for camping in the woods for two days while clearing detritus. Bring water. Bring food. Bring medical supplies that you need or may need. Bring a tent, or if you're car camping, prep your car/van/truck. Bring trash bags and pack your shit out.
Bring any equipment you can for clearing vegetation. Loppers, string trimmers, machetes, shovels, chainsaws, etc. Bring gloves and clothing that protects against sun, bugs, and wood particles. Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and eye protection.
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?
Well, first off, you get the knowledge that you helped make the burn itself happen. It seriously CANNOT happen without WWs. The Burn 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, indeed.
Secondly, the LLC has confirmed that anyone who shows up and works at any WW will be on the list NEXT YEAR (2020) for early Volunteer Ticket purchase.
Third? Work Weekends are just a hell of a lot of fun. I wouldn't have done them for 3 years and volunteered as Land Lead this year if they weren't. As noted earlier, in different ways, they're as much fun as the burn itself.
Also, those participating will get a limited edition commemorative gift of some sort like a sticker or a patch.
In my times, WWs have had an attendance as low as 9 people, and as many as 22.
I'll be very, very happy if we can get more than 22 during the work hours this year.
Reach out to me, your Land Ops Lead, here.
Join the Work Weekend Facebook group here.
Land Ops Lead
We're a little under 2 months out from the event and there's some good coverage on the volunteer shifts. But there are still lots of open slots and lots of really good shifts left!
**REMEMBER: You must sign-up for and ATTEND two or more volunteer shifts that equal a total of 8 hours to be eligible for a volunteer incentive ticket code for next year's event.**
This means you can purchase your ticket early and don't have to worry about any general admission kerfuffle!
REMINDER: You must check-in at VHQ before your shifts in order to receive credit for shifts worked. It is your responsibility to check-in and we won't take lame excuses! Help us help you.
TRAINING: For any Safety Departments such as Ranger, Sanctuary or MEATs you must attend a training before you are able to work your shift. If you have questions about attending a training feel free to reach out on any of our Facebook pages, check our official calendar, or message the lead of that department. There is also on-site training available for Ranger and Sanctuary on the Friday of the event this year.
If you want to volunteer but might have physical limitations or are not able to attend a safety training before the event, there are still other departments that would love to have you:
Volunteer Headquarters is a great place if you have physical limitations and is also great for first-timers! You get to sit in the shade and greet/check-in all of the volunteers as they check-in for their shifts. We also help volunteers who would like to sign-up for extra shifts on-site. This is a wonderful way to meet new people! I am also looking for an Assistant Lead this year. The Assistant Lead shadows me during pre-event setup, works a few shifts at VHQ as well as on-call with a radio, and helps with post-event analysis.
Zone Guides are the wonderful people who help guide people to their camp location when they arrive at the event. They make sure everyone gets where they need to go and that everyone stays organized! This is a fun, low stress position and sometimes they'll even let you use a megaphone!
Parking is responsible for making sure all cars get parked in the right spot and are organized. You'll be really grateful for them when you're exhausted on Monday and can easily find your car so you can make a quick exodus.
Burn Perimeter gets you a front row seat to the burn! These volunteers make sure perimeter limits are maintained and ensure the safety of both our participants as well as our safety volunteers during the burn.
We all know Leave No Trace is one of the principles that helps ensure we are able to host this event from year to year. Earth Guardians are the magical people who help keep us all accountable and make sure the land is prettier than when we arrived. Please note: you are still responsible for your own trash and MOOP. Earth Guardians are just an extra set of eyes and hands to make sure we don't miss the small things that are easy to overlook. We will also need extra hands on deck for burn scar cleanup. These shifts are only an hour long, but we all know that many hands makes light work!
We're getting closer everyone. Let's make this shit happen!
Do you have a theme camp you plan to set up at Myschievia this year?
Have you registered your theme camp with the City department?
Do that here!
Are you unsure if your camp lead actually took the time to register or if they flaked again?
Check the Theme Camp page to see if your camp is on the list!
Remember, theme camp registration closes September 6th... only SEVENTEEN DAYS away!
Your media team has been working hard on making sure you're staying informed but we've also been having a great time looking at photos from the last few years.
Because we can't keep them all to ourselves, we've decided to slap them up on the ol' website to share them with all of you!
Click here for the new Myschievia Gallery!
Are you good with power tools?
Do you have a construction background?
Do you know about building things that are earth-friendly?
Come be a part of the META team!
Can you follow directions?
Are you proficient at keeping people fed and/or hydrated?
Can you lift heavy things over your head like the Hulk?
Come be a part of the META team!
Are you excited to share your love of all things taxidermy? Do you consider yourself an expert in the ways of Jediism and want to spread the word? Want to teach others how to speak to rocks?
Let people know about your amazing class/meal/social gathering/party!
Event registration for Myschevia 2019 is live. Click here to do the thing!
The Volunteer Schedule is live!
Would you like to keep tabs on what's going on with NTXB, Myschievia events, theme camp fundraisers, and local burner socials?
YOU TOTALLY CAN.
The official Myschievia calendar is public and can be subscribed to by anyone!
calendar.mys at gmail dot com
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iPhone: to add to your iCloud calendar, follow these steps.
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Want your event added to the calendar? Email the web lead with information and we'll get you set up!
I know everyone is super eager to start signing up for their shifts and I am super ready for that madness to begin! I am waiting on some final approvals from the Leads on their shifts before I release the shift spreadsheet. You can expect sometime early next week for that to become available.
In the meantime, the Volunteer Form is up and running and everyone can start filling this out. As a reminder: you MUST fill this out before signing up for any shifts. If this form is not filled out, the leads will not be able to approve the shifts you request on the spreadsheet. PLEASE fill this out first!
Two new things that are changing this year:
We understand that volunteerism is a hot topic every year, and it will continue being a hot topic every year moving forward until we all die, I am sure! We know the system is not perfect and every year we try to get just a little bit better and adjust our behaviors based on prior experience. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we explore new ways of doing things.
If at any time you have questions, concerns, or need guidance on navigating your volunteer shifts; please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the lead of the department you are interested in volunteering in. Also feel free to check out the Volunteer Page for a little insight on what each position will entail. Please also try to be mindful that we ourselves are volunteers with jobs and responsibilities outside of this event and may not be able to answer in the immediate moment. However, we will do our best to answer questions as soon as possible. We value your efforts and know this event would not be able to happen without our volunteers!
2019 Volunteer Coordinator
2017-2019 Web Lead, Viv, is an Amazon potato who lives under a bridge, occasionally popping out to throw cabbages at edge lords.
2019 Information Manager, The WOHL, is known for his distracting attention to detail and a stunning laser-quipped third eye.