Houpla is a Burning Man theme camp that focuses on introducing new people to the Burning Man community and burner culture, particularly the Burning Man 10 Principles. We’re very interested in meeting new people and helping them have their first Burning Man experience! That said, veteran burners are also most welcome! In this camp, we all work together to provide the right infrastructure to keep trips out into the wilderness fun, comfortable, safe, and easily accessible to your typical new burner. Each year, the camp attends:
We help folks get sometimes hard-to-find tickets to Burning Man and regional events, host a variety of new-burner-type activities, and make sure critical community infrastructure needed for new burners stays in place, including:
- The Annual All About Burning Man Church Night
- Conference calls to answer questions real-time during often-confusing Burning Man ticket sales
- The Houston Burning Man Community Truck
- The Houston Burners Art Car
Location and Activities
The camp typically requests placement on the 9 o’clock side at Burning Man. Key camp activities include:
- Evening shared meals (on a volunteer basis…no meal plan)
- Daily art car tours and ice/fuel runs
- Nightly art car deep playa music zone/art tours
- Fire pit gatherings
- Volunteer activities (last year we volunteered en masse to work perimeter at an art piece burn!)
- Camp setup and tear-down (everyone helps!)
- Ceremonies (last year we had a camp marriage and celebrated an engagement!)
In-Camp Burning Man Resources
- A camp art piece/gift to the community
- Kitchen infrastructure
- Water barrels/water delivery
- Shade structure
- Bike racks
- Showers and evaporation pond
- Fire pit
- RV servicing
- Electrical generators/lighting
- Daily ice runs
- Common area couches, chairs and tables
(We take a lighter footprint to regional burns.)
What Does the Camp Not Provide?
Despite the camp’s great infrastructure, you’ll still need to provide some things on your own, including:
- A tent, yurt, teepee, RV, or other place to sleep. (Tents provided space under our camp shade structure.)
- Food and anything else you want to drink besides water. (We have folks volunteer to cook meals for the camp each evening, but these are not guaranteed.)
- Personal gear such as bikes, camelbaks, clothing and costumes, bedding, and toiletries
- Transportation for your personal gear. (Folks are welcome to put their gear on the Community Truck, but this is a separate project from Houpla.)
- Tickets and parking passes. (Though, we’ll help you find tickets to buy as best we can.)
Sample Packing List
Looking for more information on what to bring to Burning Man? Check out our Packing List.
Key Upcoming Dates
Here’s a list of key dates for those interested in Burning Man 2018:
Wednesday, January 24th: Pre-Sale Registration Opens Friday, January 26th: Pre-Sale Registration Closes Wednesday, January 31st: Pre-Sale Starts Tuesday, February 13th: Directed Group Ticket Sale Registration Opens Wednesday, February 14th: Low Income Ticket Sale Application Opens Friday, February 23rd: Directed Group Ticket Sale Registration Closes Wednesday, February 28th: Directed Group Ticket Sale Starts Wednesday, February 28th: All About Burning Man Church Night Wednesday, March 21st: Main Ticket Sale Registration Opens Friday, March 23rd: Main Ticket Sale Registration Closes Sunday, March 25th: First Camp Organizational Meeting Wednesday, March 28th: Main Ticket Sale Monday, April 16th: Low Income Ticket Sale Application Closes (if not filled up sooner) Wednesday, April 25th: Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) Opens to Ticket Buyers Wednesday, May 16th: Second Camp Organizational Meeting Wednesday, May 30th: Last Day to Request Delivery/Shipping Changes for Tickets Wednesday, June 13th: Burners Express Bus Plus Ticket Sale
- Mid-June: Ticket Delivery Begins
- Thursday, July 19th: STEP Closes for Buyers
- Wednesday, July 25th: OMG Ticket Sale Registration Opens
- Friday, July 27th: OMG Ticket Sale Registration Closes
- Wednesday, August 2nd: OMG Ticket Sale
- Saturday, August 18th: Houston Community Truck Load at Burner Warehouse
- Tuesday, August 21st: Houston Community Convoy Muster/Rollout at Burner Warehouse
- Sunday, August 26th: Burning Man Gates Open
- Saturday, September 1st: The Man Burns
- Sunday, September 2nd: The Temple Burns
- Thursday, September 6th: Houston Community Convoy Returns to Burner Warehouse
- Friday, September 7th: Houston Community Truck Unload at Burner Warehouse
Camp Dues and Deposit
Houpla Burning Man campers pay dues and a deposit. For 2018, this amount is $295. (The dues portion is $195, and the deposit portion is $100.) Deposits are returned to those campers that help setup or tear down the camp and do their fair share of in-camp chores.
Deposits also act as a cost buffer for the camp, going to cover any unbudgeted expenses. Should unbudgeted expenses occur, the deposit return consists of whatever camp money remains after these unbudgeted expenses.
(Houpla typically does not have dues or a deposit for regional burns.)
Lock In a Spot by Paying Your Dues and Deposit
Please note, dues are non-refundable as we spend this money to purchase gear and supplies for the camp. Deposits are returned after Burning Man as discussed above.
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Want to Connect with Us?
Join our Houpla group on Facebook! Also, to help us plan the camp, we’re putting together a list of potentially interested campers. Please fill out the survey below to express interest and get on the mailing list for this project.