Each member of camp is responsible for dues. The amount of dues is based upon their use of the facilities. If a member sleeps under the shade structure, the dues are $100.00. 

Your dues go for:


One of the Ten Principles is Radical Participation. There are a number of duties each member is expected to participate in:


The evening meal is the only meal we share. Dinner is at 7:00pm. Breakfast and lunch are on your own. That being said, many times members bring extra food and share it during that time - like bacon and eggs, tatter tot caserole, hot dogs, etc. The camp has an array of cooking equipment including 5 Dutch ovens, two Coleman stoves, and all the pots, pans, and cutlery required for cooking most meals. If you are vegeterian, or have food alergies, we recommend you make special arrangements

Each person is responsible for signing up for one entree, one salad, and one desert for the week. Most evenings we will have at least two entrees, 2 salads, and 2 deserts. Early on, a member volunteers to coordinate the food and each member is responsible for working with that member. 

We have never had a shortage of food. In fact, our camp is known for its gourmet meals on the playa. A good example is our normal Friday meal of ribs, potatoes, home-made ice cream and cobbler.


Keeping clean on the playa is impossible and you should give up all pretenses of cleanliness prior to arrival on the playa. In fact, at the Greeter's station - if you are a virgin - you will be required to roll around in the playa dust. But, it is mighty nice to wash off all that dirt and dust at least a couple times during the week. 

We have an enclosed shower stall. Navy showers are mandatory (NO exceptions) and we provide Dr. Bronner's Soap (biodegradeable and excellent for playa use)

We recommend you bring some body wipes for daily cleanup. Also, we have a foot soak basin each evening in which you can soak your feet in vinegar water (it breaks down alkali) and we provide moisturizing cream. It feels mighty good to have happy feet.


Our shelter is made of sun reflectant UV tarps and cover an area of over 4,500 square feet. It is important that you spend most of your afternoon in the shade because at 4,000 feet elevation, the sun will cook you. If you choose, your tent can be under the shelter and all ice chests are on tables under the tarp.

Drinking Water

One of the Ten Principles is Radical Self Reliance. Each person is responsible for bringing enough drinking water for themselves. We have a camp water thermos which we keep filled and iced. Most people provide their drinking water to the common container making it easy to stay hydrated. We recommend bottled water for this purpose because our health is so vulnerable out on the playa.

Potable Water

In addition to pure drinking water, we need clean water for washing dishes, showering, keeping cool. Bring adequate water for your stay.


Keeping our perishable food cold is critical if we are going to maintain our health on the playa. Therefore, we have made ice a camp issue, not a member issue. Your dues pay for ice. Someone from the camp makes an ice run almost daily. It is your responsibility to keep your ice chests serviced.


One of the Ten Principles is Decommodification. We are getting better at this every year. We make every attempt to recycle all materials that are recyclable with one garbage can for garbage and one for recycling. We also recycle melt water from the ice chests. This water is used for the showers.


One of the Ten Principles is Leave No Trace. Each member is responsible for keeping our camp and the playa clean. Each member is responsible for picking up any items that do not belong on the playa whether or not it belongs to that member. We are a Leave No Trace event and Camp BUI takes this seriously. Before we leave our camp on Monday, we walk the area and pick up anything that is foreign to the playa.


We have established a number of traditions over the years and are working on increasing our presence both in the area of I and 2:45 and the entire playa. 


How to Become a Member

One of the Ten Principles is Radical Inclusion. Camp BUI is a non-exclusion group of people who come together each year to enjoy each other and the Burning Man experience. Our camp grew out of friendships that were established off of the playa but has grown to include many members who simply happened to camp near us or wandered in. 

Not everyone is suited for our camp so we have initiated a sponsorship model whereby a current member is selected as a sponsor to help aculturate any new member to the etiquette of not only our camp, but of Burning Man in general. 

At the end of the week the camp decides if it is a good match or not. There are some attendees whose values and goals do not match our camp and it not fair to current members, nor to the new attendee, to not have your goals met at the event.