What Is Melon Camp?

Melondome and Kelp Forest
The Kelp Forest of Melon of Troy.

Melon Camp is a group of folk from all walks of life who come together each year and camp at Burning Man. We're ridiculously well-organized, kind, hopefully literate fruits who don't mind doing some work. Our official name on the Playa changes each year (in 2017 we were called Octomelon) but what we offer remains the same: shade, water, dinner, community and fruit-based love. We hail from all over the world and come in all sizes, colors, creeds and generations. Each year about half of our Melon crop is a Burning Man virgin. For more about us, you can check out our Melon Manifesto

To become a Melon you need to know and be verified by a Melon, register for camp, read your email regularly, pay your dues and do your duties. In 2016 our Melon of Troy's dues were $190 per Melon with a $90 low-income option and we asked each Melon to help camp with at least 10 hours of work. We also offer limited shipping and storage for Melons and help run a regional shipping program for Chicago-based burners.. 

Melon Camp is NOT a "Plug-N-Play" camp. We respect those who choose to Burn that way, but  we don't think they would like camping with us very much. Each Melon Camp is built with fruit-based love, sweat and tears - but it really does look easy when we all pitch in. That's why Melon Camp expects each Melon to participate at camp, and at Burning Man, in good faith.