• Posted August 10, 2018
    HEY!! WE MADE IT!!

    Great news everybody! We squeaked by with an anonymous donor coming in at the end to reach our goal!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO CONTRIBUTED, WHO SHARED THE PROJECT, WHO HELPED MAKE IT HAPPEN AND WHO INSPIRED THE WHOLE CONCEPT! Because of you, it's gonna be the Explorers' biggest year on playa yet!

    Now we shall take your hard earned cash and pay for all the things! We will be sending out perks starting this weekend. If you picked the LOAD 'ER UP!! perk, please keep an eye out for an email asking how you're going to want to, well, load it up. Deciding between all the perks won't be easy, but we know you'll make those hard decisions.

    We can't wait to get out on playa with all the kids and their adults to show 'em the behind the scenes of Black Rock City!!

    Much playa love,

    Stacie (Mamacow), Bianca (Momma Bear), Joe and Bill (Massive)

    ps. Technically the campaign will still be alive for the next 30 days. Feel free to donate or visit blackrockexplorers.org for more information!!
  • Posted August 08, 2018
    Author: Paula Alyce Scully
    WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING

    We are in our FINAL 36 HOURS in our crowdfunding campaign for Black Rock Explorers! It’s a truly amazing program connecting all kinds of people all over the playa with each other, often who otherwise wouldn’t have a reason or chance to meet. The full spectrum of participants (not just parents) mention it all the time: seeing the wonder of Burning Man —- both sensory and mental — through the eyes of a child brings a new and unexpected dimension to the experience.

    In the past, a small handful of parents involved in the program have funded all of the gifts, materials involved with running events, and prep costs personally — sometimes to a total of $2,000 per year for one family — leaving the impression that everything we do and gift is an inconsequential amount of money. As part of our move to a new camp and taking the program to a much more public profile, we decided that inviting the community in to help us cover the costs would not only help lessen the load, but more importantly, draw more people in to feel more connected to the program.

    Here is how we will spend the money;

    Stickers (2000 4") - $520
    Stickers (100 2x3” “Explorers Were Here") - $40*
    Stickers (300 4” clear for pendants and more) - $120

    Buttons (BRE - 550 3”) - $200*
    Buttons (BRE- 100 1.25”) - $50*
    Buttons (varied badges custom to each field trip - 300+ total) - $200
    Buttons (additional, hand made) - $100

    Patches (300 3.5”) - $500
    Patches (50 8”) - $600

    T-shirts (100 - differently sourced) - $200
    BRE silkscreens (4 at 20”x24”) - $180
    BRE large flag silkscreen (1 at 24”x36”) - $75
    Inks and necessary tools (squeegees, 5 large ink bottles, rags, more) - $300
    Three stations (raised surfaces, wash buckets) - $200

    Large carabiner stainless steel mugs (50 at $13.50 per)- $675
    Canteens (50 at $8.25 per) - $450

    Hosted dinners (food and drink to serve 25+ people) - $100
    Mutant vehicle maintenance (commensurate with wear and tear of dedicated usage for BRE) - $500



    TOTAL $5,010

    Anyone who has run a theme camp or big program on playa knows that number and list covers a fraction of the actual costs. We are hoping to raise enough funds that we don’t need to do another crowdfunding campaign next year, as we will have bought in bulk and will hopefully conserve gifting to last 2 years (without being stingy!). Yes, if you attend events, you will very likely receive stickers and buttons and maybe even a patch or two for being part of things, and everyone can make their own t-shirt and of course we’ll be gifting t-shirts to all the kids. However! Every perk you get pays for 10 others, again and again, so you’ll be able to truly participate in that gifting!

    So PLEASE, take a moment and donate to our program, and share this post and tweet the link and tell your friends and neighbors. The button is at the bottom of the HatchFund page, or you can click on the link in the first comment. If the hassle of setting up all your info in HatchFund is too daunting, any contribution via PayPal to blackrockscouts@gmail.com will result in us making sure you get your equivalent perk (although that’s a much bigger headache for us). We really need your help, and we are working INCREDIBLY hard to bring the biggest year of this program yet to Burning Man!!

    Posted with love and gratitude

    Massive

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