Camp Registration & Dues


To be a Burning Melon you need to first register and pay your dues. No exceptions. Here’s how!

Register Your Melon Self

Registering for camp is easy! You just need to get the registration link while registration is open. If you look around it shouldn't be hard to find. If this is your first year camping with the Melons, ask your friend who is referring you for the link! Other things to know:
  • Camp registration for 2019 opens 12:01pm PST on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 (the day after the Main ticket sale). 
  • Camp registration closes 12:01pm PST on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 (the day after the OMG ticket sale). 
  • The camp size cap for 2019 is 80.
  • If you are a first time Melon, you must be referred by a returning Melon. 

Pay Your Dues

Burning Man the event is a gift-based economy. But unfortunately Burning Man itself is not so much. Building a Melon camp with all that entails costs dough, so we ask Melons to pay dues. They are $228 for regular dues and $108 for reduced dues (for more on reduced dues, see below).

Melon dues must be paid via debit or credit card at the point of registration. Full refunds of dues will be available up until registration closes (12:01pm PST on Thursday, August 1st, 2019).

More On Referrals

It is such an honor when a Melon refers someone to camp, and this has happened literally hundreds of times over the last eight years. We want to keep a good thing going while adding steps that strengthen camp culture and keep our camp size manageable. So this year we’ve got a “Melon years plus one” referral quota. It goes like this:
  • A Melon can refer as many new Melons as the number of years they’ve camped with us, plus one. Ex: if it’s your 3rd year, you can refer up to 4 people (3+1).
  • Referrals can be replaced if plans change. Ex: your quota is 3; you refer Amit, Snowflake, and Yuko; Yuko backs out; now you can refer Emi.
  • Veterans are responsible for calculating and monitoring their own quotas.
  • Veterans will have more responsibility/accountability for their newbies than in past years, for example, the default expectation is that the veteran will be camping with the Melons in 2018. And that they will make sure newbies are familiar with Melon ways of doing things (*cough* and our Manifesto *cough*).

Even More On Referrals: Step By Step

This quota thing is a bit new to us, too. So let's break it down shall we? Before camp registration opens:
  • Referrers calculate their referral quota (years previously camped with melons + 1)
  • Referrers plan out who they will refer, discussing and checking in with potential referrees
  • Referrers guide referees through the ticket buying process: sending reminders, directing them to, answering questions
  • Referrers and referees make a plan for camp registration, and make sure they have the correct email addresses for each other
After camp registration opens:
  • Referrers register first and submit the correct email addresses for their referees
  • Referrers do not need to list all of their referrals when they initially register: they can add, remove, update and change referees later by modifying their registration, using the custom link in their emailed registration receipt.
  • Referrees then complete their registration, with the correct email address for their referrer
  • If referrees register first OR email addresses do not match, the referree's registration will be rejected and their dues refunded
Not so bad, right?

More On Camp Size

Vague intentions regarding camp size caught up with us in 2016, and while we were able to accommodate everyone (barely!). Therefore camp size will be capped at 80 melons in 2018.   While registration is open an up-to-the-minute counter of remaining spots will be visible below. After the cap is reached the XVC may make exceptions at their discretion.

Is camp full?  When will camp be full?

Great questions, literally no one knows the answer to the 2nd question! Here are hard numbers, updated in real time, that you can use to make your own best guess:

The number of remaining spots:

Here's a chart showing when those spots have been filled:

Here's the chart from last year:

More On Reduced Dues

As our camp has grown, the cost to camp with us (ie. registration) has increased to support an ever-more-awesome playa home. Like a patch of casabas, crenshaws, and sharlyns, one of the best things about the Melons is our beautiful variety. We realize that the registration cost may be prohibitive for some and we want all prospective melons to be able to make it to the burn! Some guidelines for those using this option:
  • Did you apply for a low-income ticket to Burning Man?
  • Would the registration fee prevent you from camping with the melons?
  • Are you underemployed or unemployed?
If you can answer YES to any of these questions, you may want to consider the reduced dues option. Please note that we are testing Reduced Dues on an experimental, honor-system basis. Please opt in only if you think you need it. Seriously, don’t ruin it for everyone.

Meanwhile Anyone can donate to support Reduced Dues – even if you're using Reduced Dues yourself (almost like a DIY sliding scale...). If donations exceed the Reduced Dues need, excess will go towards camp infrastructure.

What About Shipping Burner Boxes and Stuff? Where’d That Go?

Good question! And the fact that you are asking it means you probably want to email the XVC, eh?