Members

Member FAQs
Member FAQs
11 March 2014
Following are some frequently asked questions from our members. We chose not to include much content...

Following are some frequently asked questions from our members. We chose not to include much content here because we would rather you learn all the information we provide in the Members’ Area pages.

How to Register

  1. Go to opulenttemple.org/members and login. If you don’t have an account, click on ‘Create an account’ below.
  2. Enter your real name, user name, password, password confirmation, email address, email address confirmation
  3. Fill out the Captcha security passphrase
  4. Click Register
  5. You will see a confirmation message thanking you for registering and that your account must be verified before you may login.
  6. You will immediately receive an administrator email to verify your account by clicking a link.
  7. You will be redirected to a system message thanking you for verifying your email address and that one of our admins will approve and activate your account promptly.
  8. Once we have activated your account, you may then login to opulenttemple.org/members with the credentials you chose during registration.
  9. When logged in, you will have access to the members’ only pages of our site. Register as an official camp member by filling out the form on the Members Registration page.
  10. Enter all required fields and any/all other fields you wish.
  11. After submitting the registration form, go to the Member Dues to read out about our camp dues structure and click on ‘Pay Dues with PayPal’ button.
  12. Send your camp dues, RV service requests, power usage fee in the same PayPal transaction with a detailed description and breakdown of your dues.

What if I change my mind about my plans or contribution/dues level?

No problem, just send us a message here letting us know your plans.

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Meal Plans
Meal Plans
27 February 2014
We are pleased to be working with the Dubgypsy Kitchen this year who is offering a meal plan for a hearty...

We are pleased to be working with the Dubgypsy Kitchen this year who is offering a meal plan for a hearty and healthy brunch and dinner every day. Vegi options available. Info on the menu and payment options (you pay Dubgypsy Kitchen directly) here. *Again – please note – they are not on site this year. We will also have our usual simple kitchen set up for people to cook their own meals in our camp kitchen. You obviously bring your own food but can use our basic infrastructure (microwave, stove top, pans, etc). More info HERE

Dislcaimers

If you have special food allergies or questions about your situation please contact Chef Brian directly. Please know Dub Gypsy Kitchen is essentially a friend of the camp and we have a great track record, but this is not a meal plan provided by Opulent Temple. He is operating as a third-party vendor at the camp so your financial transactions are with him directly, and your expectations around your transaction are to be dealt with him directly. However, if an issue arrises, we would be happy to address it and facilitate resolution.

Let us know if you have other questions. We can say from experience, not worrying about meals at Burning Man is awesome. The down side is making sure you’re at the camp when meals are served, but certainly your friends can make a plate for you and stash for you in your cooler or RV fridge with proper communication with the kitchen staff.

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Hosting Shifts
Hosting Shifts
27 February 2014
You’re like a lifeguard, paying attention, and treating the dance area and camp like you would...

You’re like a lifeguard, paying attention, and treating the dance area and camp like you would if you were hosting a party at your house, discouraging unsafe behavior. Supervision requires responsibility, which equals a certain level of sobriety. But having fun IS encouraged – after all, you are the host of the party and get a front row seat to the best show on the playa 🙂

Signup for a hosting shift

Opulent Temple Hosting Shifts are for the most part CAMP MEMBERS ONLY > Hosting sign up is first come first served. While a HOSTING shift is required of our Working Camp Members only, it is viewed as VERY VERY cool for a Non-Working Supporting Member to still be involved with a Hosting Shift Commitment.

Some guidelines about HOSTING SIGN UP PROCESS:

  • Be SURE you want the shift you sign up, for since later changes require manual processing
  • Try not sign up for your friends unless absolutely necessary
  • IF signing up for a group of friends, be sure to input each person’s full info (EMAIL) and ensure that hosting policies are well known. Consider yourself responsible to confirm/remind the shift time with them!
  • Consider stepping up during prime time since it helps us keep the dance floor safe and allows more people coverage to respond to emergencies when they are most likely to happen. Stepping up for the prime time shifts is a good way to pitch a hand for the camp as it helps us maintain safety and keep the vibe positive at our dance floor
  • Though you should obviously be prepared to be there your whole shift, based on conditions there are times when we cut you loose for an hour to come back and switch with someone else to take a break. The last shift of the night usually has some people cut loose early.
  • Stand-by for upcoming limited roles to help out in the kitchen at Opulent Temple

HOSTING SHIFT CAPTAIN – an opportunity for leadership

If you are a RETURNING CAMP MEMBER and have had experience with a hosting shift at OT @ Burning Man before with interest in a temporary leadership role, please email OpulentTemple@Gmail.com if you would like to instead volunteer as a HOSTING SHIFT CAPTAIN which is a point person who patrols all the Hosting Shift stations and is the eyes and ears of all issues regarding vibe and safety.

STANDARD HOSTING SHIFT

Hosting means you will report to a HOSTING SHIFT CAPTAIN who will assign a designated area that is your post to guard, usually for the purpose to ensure safety for all, for example:

MANDATORY PRE-PREP:

  • attending the camp meeting on your hosting day to check in
  • report for your shift ON TIME or early – report to your ‘Hosting Shift Captain’ next to the backstage gate (campside)
  • Remaining generally sober enough to respond on your toes to any emergency, including reporting medical emergencies and speaking to emergency staff !!!

SHIFT DUTIES:

Arrivine on time or prior to the start of your designated shift, meet your HOSTING SHIFT CAPTAIN backstage at the gate closest to the camp entrance to receive your assigned station or task

Sticking to an assigned area to make sure:

  • that the back stage entries are secure for camp members only
  • that people aren’t laying their bikes in the middle of the dance area
  • that people aren’t climbing our visual towers or fire poofers
  • that people aren’t behaving unsafely on our star stage
  • that random people aren’t trying to enter the O-pod (performers only)
  • that no one is climbing the O-pod in anyway unless for camp maintenence
  • that safety signs are lit up and not wind blown
  • that things like cords and shit are secure so people aren’t tripping over them
  • of course, picking up moop each morning (and inviting others to help)
  • Opening shift: turn everything on
  • Closing shift: turn everything off
  • TIPS ON CHOOSING A SHIFT:

    • PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING > viewing these shifts as a privilege, rather than an obligation, will help make the volunteer experience much more meaningful for you – instead of aiming for the slot that seems ‘easy’ try and sign up for where we need you most
    • we need the MOST help in the middle shift and towards end of week!!
    • some people choose to host during their favorite OT DJs performing since you know you will want to be at Opulent Temple on that night and will not feel tied to the camp during a time when you would prefer to roam
    • select a time where you can commit to maintain a level of sobriety to guard your post to re-act quickly to emergencies
    • if important to you, coordinate amongst your friends to be hosting on the same night (requests will be accommodated only as they are possible)
    • if caffeine is needed to keep energy level up, remember that hot coffee and espresso drinks are sold at center camp 24/7, when in doubt – ask your HOSTING SHIFT CAPTAIN

    Each person must sign up them self and understand the guidelines. Quantity 1 slot PER email entry. If you MUST sign up for others, please check with them before committing anyone to a specific day and time AND input the email address and contact info of anyone you sign up for. Changes to sign-ups must be made manually so please choose carefully, thank you.


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    RV Services
    RV Services
    27 February 2014
    The following RV services and rentals are available to our camp members. BLACK/GREY WATER PUMP SERVICE:...

    The following RV services and rentals are available to our camp members.

    BLACK/GREY WATER PUMP SERVICE:

    Opulent Temple works with a third-party vendor to schedule black/grey water pump service on the playa. More info coming soon…

    *Note: We are not responsible for RV serviciving vendor, their schedule or thoroughness with schedule routes. Since this is Burning Man, there will be times where service schedules may not be met in a timely fashion, but we will do our best to advocate for the camp to get the service that is expected and paid for. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.

    FRESH WATER REFILL SERVICE:

    For those of you in RV’s, you have the option to purchase water to re-fill your RV from our central bladder. This needs to be pre-purchased before BM. It’s $1.00 a gallon. We’ll have a hose on a rolling cart that hooks into the main bladder tank, that can reach your RV.

    You must handle your own refills. We do not do it for you, but one of our OT vets can show you how to do it yourself. (Ask the Day Lead to help you). It’s as easy as turning on the right faucets and standing there while the tank refills. Most RV’s have a 50 gallon tank. A proper quick playa shower should only use ~ 3 gallons so depending on the amount of showers in your RV, flushing, dish washing etc. you can try to calculate. 2 people in an RV doing quick showers daily + other use will likely need 1-2 refills in a week, with more people, naturally, you’ll need more.

    To pre-purchase water for refills, send a paypal before you leave for BM to: donations@opulenttemple.org and make sure to include whose RV the payment is for. Buying more water on playa if you do not pre-purchase enough water won’t necessarily be impossible, but it will pose some challenges we prefer to not deal with. If they do happen, it will require cash. Questions?

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    Member Dues
    Member Dues
    27 February 2014
    Camp Dues All member dues are due by August 19th. We do NOT accept dues at Burning Man. We will quickly...

    Camp Dues

    All member dues are due by August 19th. We do NOT accept dues at Burning Man. We will quickly reach capacity for our camp this year. Remember, your spot in the camp is only secured once you have paid your dues. If you have registered but we reach capacity before you have paid your dues you will not be camping with us, sorry.

    Options for your level of participation and associated dues:

    • Working Member: $100
      This is open only to returning camp members or known referrals. Working Members commit to help with two days of Set Up (regardless of arrival day), do a 4 Hour Hosting Shift, and help with Strike on Sunday from either 10am-5pm or 12n – sunset (your choice). Early arrivals are only available to Working Members.
      • Two days of setup: For example, if you arrive on playa Monday afternoon, you’ll first set up your camp, then once done make yourself available to the Day Lead for help around the camp for the rest of the day, all of the next day Tuesday, and the morning of Wednesday to complete a 48 hour cycle.  Given the scale of our camp, in this example, it’s unlikely we’d need you all day Tuesday and into Wednesday, but we do consider you ‘on call’ for help as it’s needed.  (ie – you show up to the Daily 12n meeting and don’t just disappear). Following through on this expectation is paramount to being a Working Member of OT.
      • Hosting Shift: the shifts are during our nightly events, for 4 hours.
      • Strike: Work on Sunday from either 10am-5pm or 12n – sunset (your choice).  We will collect a separate $500 collateral deposit check which will be torn up if you indeed honor your Strike commitment. However, if you don’t show up at your agreed upon Strike shift, we will keep the deposit in full.
        • If you don’t want to help our camp with set up and Strike, you’ll want to sign up as a Supporting Member (see below).
        • International Members: Your Strike deposit can be paid via PayPal for $100USD. We guarantee a full refund, in cash and on-playa, immediately after your Strike commitments are met. We promise!
    • Participating Member: $250
      This is open to anyone camping with us. Participating members have no set up responsibilities regardless of arrival day but DO take 1 Hosting shift AND help with Strike on Sunday from either 10am-5pm or 12n – sunset (your choice).
    • Supporting Member 1: $400
      No work responsibilities but you still must be an awesome person, naturally. Help still welcome and appreciated!

    Power Fees:

    All power fees must be paid by August 19th. Limited on-playa requests for power plug-ins can possibly be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis and with a $275 “dummy penalty” to the power vendor.

    • $100 per RV – plug into the camp power grid so your own generator isn’t used. (RV’s only)
    • $50 for tents using an AC unit or other heavy power draw.
    • $20 for tents using minimal power for lights, re-charging phones, cameras, etc.

    For more information on power see Plugging Into Camp Power on Camp Overview page.

    Payment Methods:

    PayPal

    Please pay dues via the Camp Registration form.

    Check

    You may also submit your camp dues via check or money order to:

    Sacred Dance Foundation
    306 Arguello Blvd #202
    San Francisco, CA 94118

    Please include a clear message in the comments section of the check about what and for whom the dues are intended.

    Again, if you are a Working Member, we require a mandatory $500 Strike deposit check. We will not deposit this check unless you do not honor your hosting or Strike shift. If you are submitting your dues via PayPal, please send your Strike deposit check by mail to the above address. If you are submitting your dues via check, please send a separate check for your Strike deposit — do not include the deposit with your dues on the same check.

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