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April Board Meeting

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Photo by tiarescott – CC 2.0 license –

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

All monthly board meetings are open to the public. There will be 15 minutes at the beginning of the meeting for public comments, but if you think you might need more than 5 minutes to address your issue, please contact to request a place on the agenda.

Apogaea Ranger Training – 2nd training, March 18th

Ranger-curious? Ranger-committed? Wondering how to become an Apogaea Ranger?


This is an *official* Apogaea Ranger training. Successful completion of this training qualifies you to walk a shift with Mentors at Apo or any other BM Borg Sanctioned Colorado Regional that is conducting officially sanctioned Ranger Mentoring in Colorado.


Every Apo Ranger needs to attend Apo Ranger Training every year to be eligible to Walk at Apogaea.  Re-certify early so you’re ready when the volunteer database opens! Bring friends that are ranger curious as well!

 This is the first of what we hope will be 3 trainings. We had one in February, this nextone is on March 18th, and a 3rd one likely in Boulder (or maybe in-between, let us know if you can host!) at the end-ish of April-ish.

Just as Black Rock Rangers from anywhere are always welcomed to Ranger at Apo, Apo-qualified Rangers who have successfully passed their mentor shift are are often welcomed to serve ranger-ly purposes (small r) at many non-sanctioned, non-logoed community events (not as Rangers, but as volunteers for those events).

Click here to RSVP

The Deets:

What: Apogaea Ranger Training
When: 18th March 2017, 10am to 3:30pm
Where: CADA, 290 E Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80203

Enter through black door between the two Crossroads Trading Company entrances and up the stairs to the left.

Questions? Email or call Ranger Laugh Track at 303-520-3191 (or you can PM me on FB at Ronica Roth).

February Board Meeting

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Photo by tiarescott – CC 2.0 license –

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fusion Factory
3563 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

All monthly board meetings are open to the public. There will be 15 minutes at the beginning of the meeting for public comments, but if you think you might need more than 5 minutes to address your issue, please contact to request a place on the agenda.

Agenda: TBA

Apogaea Town Hall Meeting

Board Meeting July 2013Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 pm, Fusion Factory

Social Gathering to follow the Town Hall

This is an opportunity for the Community to discuss:
1. Policy discussions on consent, eviction, bans and Code of Conduct
2. Safety and Liability
3. Future of Apogaea regarding Purpose, Infrastructure and Healthy Growth

New Apo Board Members, plus Your 2016 Census Results

Funny board

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First, we’d like to announce…

Welcome Apogaea 2016 Board of Directors!!

Votes are in and we are excited to announce the newest additions to the Board of Directors!

There is a total of 9 board member spots on the Board and every year Ignition elects three new board members for 3-year terms! In addition to our 3 full-term positions, the new board elects new members as vacancies occur. The new Board of Directors were voted in by the 19 Ignition members that participated.

Please welcome our newest members of the Apogaea Board of Directors!

Patrick Richmond

JC Ward/Gritty Kitty

Kristen Laughlin Vogt

The BOD has yet to vote on officers. These officers will serve for 1 year of their total term.

The Census has been released!

First off, I would like to start by giving some accolades to our Ignition team, Mission Control, and Board of Directors for rocking so hard this year! The event was pulled off beautifully. Everyone worked really hard to get the new land ready and solve any issues that the new land presented. All in all, a very successful event.

Let’s begin with some general statistics:

18% of our population this year were brand new fresh meat VIRGINS! The 81% of the population that had been to a Burn before most had been to Decompression and Burnal Equinox. Way to support your local Burning community! These awesome Burning veterans had also been to represented Colorado by attending other events! 24% attended Burning Flipside, 16% Element 11, 12% Transformus, 10% Lakes of Fire, 10% Aguero Man, 9% Alchemy, and 9% Playa del Fuego.

On to what you guys thought about the event itself:

87% of you thought that the timing of this year’s event was perfect with a distant 2nd being 7% stating that it conflicted but you made it work! In terms of ticket costs, 58% of you thought that the price was just right whereas 23% thought that it was expensive but you made do. At 65%, most of you thought that the money that we receive from ticket sales is well spent. Many of you (22%) said that we make so much happen for so little and you wonder how we do it! I’ll tell you a secret: It’s all magic and fairy dust! However, 12% of you thought that you we should have provided more infrastructure and land. Please remember, there were a lot of land changes that we made before this event started. We had been on Floston Peak for a long time. Since this land is more spread out, the infrastructure that we had was also more spread out. It was better last year anyway!

Signing the waiver is really important, while 90% of you signing it is good, what happened to the other 10%?! The Survival Guide was read by 70% of you, the Who What When Where Guide was read by 68% of you, and 96% of you looked at the Event Map. Many of you (47%) thought that we put a fair amount of thought into the 10 principles and had no complaints; a third of you thought that you saw examples of the 10 principles wherever you looked; and 19% thought that we were doing it wrong and could have done better.

Some statistics getting onto the land:

most of you had a descent experience with ticketing. 86% of you had a great time at the gate. Some of you 94% of you had little to no complaints about the parking shuttle, and many of you thought that your experience from gate into the event was better than you expected. The greeters did a great job and most of you thought that as well! Parking did a great job on new land and we can’t thank Nolan enough for getting this off without a hitch! Many of you were very pleased with the waiting lines to get onto the property.

Let’s talk a bit more about the land:

27% were indifferent to the land, not horrible but not exceptional either. 33% thought that the land was good, and 23% thought that the land was exceptional. Let’s work together and find some land that we all love dearly and can be happy about. We are still deciding whether or not we will sign land contracts again at this spot. Stay tuned for more information! The population was kind of all over the place about the number of portapotties available. This is definitely an area that needs improvement and we will take this into account next year. Thanks for letting us know! At least we kept them well maintained and looking nice for the most part!

Other key departments:

The sound team did a great job and the vast majority of you thought that sound levels and music coordination was handled very well this year and that the diversity of music represented was a great. There were a lot of complaints of there not being enough bagpipes. Maybe next year we can have a bagpipe parade!

The placement team was on fire this year! Most of you thought that they did a decent job! Of course, the art this year was amazing! You loved how the art grants were handled. Go CATS! Thank you for all of your hard work. You had so much amazing art to choose from and you chose well! The Effigy got some really mixed reviews but the Temple was out of this world!

Rangers and BAMF did a great job this year. Most people were able to get the help that was needed! 84% were familiar with the Rangers and knew how to contact them when needed. Apogaea Security Squad did a great job, as always! Parking enforcement did a great job and most people were pleased with their experience. De-Greeters have a hard job but most people were very happy with their experience. Exodus did a great job, too!! Leave No Trace did a great job and most people had heard about LNT before or during the event. Rangers and BAMF are obviously well loved by our community! Some comments: “Rangers are love!” “Medical was great!” Thanks for being awesome!!

There were many many hugs going around. Your favorite art installations and Theme Camps were Speleobox, Jedi Fire Simon, The Owl, Sound Puddle, Camp Wardrobe MalfunKtion, Hamster Wheel, Truffala Oasis, OctoPussy, Biodiversity Fire Sphere, and LacadaisicL. The general consensus on the land was that it was beautiful, very spread out, lots of cactus, great for biking, and there were ankle eating divots.

Board Elections 2016 are opening!

Photo by Dirty Santa

Photo by Dirty Santa

Hello, Apogaeans!

As we wave the finishing flag for several of our board members, we now open the nominations for new members to join.

Are you interested in becoming integrally involved in Apogaea? Do you love the event and want to implement your ideas for improvement? Do you have strong leadership abilities and a passion for the local burner community?

The two-week nomination period ends on July 20th, 3 days after the town hall BoD meeting, where there will be a time for Q&A for those who would like to interview the candidates before the voting period opens. The voting period will be from July 20th to August 3rd, when the winners will be crowned! The new board will take over at August’s BoD meeting, which will be announced at a later date

We currently have 2 openings for a one-year term, 2 openings for a 2 year term, and 3 openings for a 3 year term. So if you would like to really take your involvement to another level, please let us know! Thank you!

All inquiries and applications can be sent to



Please include your NAME, EMAIL, PHONE, CITY and answer the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in being a part of the Apogaea Board of Directors?
  • What is your initial vision for what you would like to accomplish on the board?
  • List any previous volunteer experience, including experiences with Burning Man, Apogaea, or other regional events:
  • List any accomplishments you have that exhibit strong leadership skills:
  • Can you commit to working through the completion of Apogaea?
  • Can you commit to attending at least one monthly meeting?
  • Have you previously attended an Apogaea board meeting?
  • Can you commit to answering board related emails in a timely fashion and fully participating in online discussions?
  • Can you commit to working at least four mandated volunteer shifts at the event?
  • Can you commit to keeping discussions and decisions of the board confidential?
  • List your education (all degrees/professional certifications obtained):
  • Do you have any work experience in the past 10 years that provide specific skills, fields of enterprise, or other information which would be relevant to work as a board member?
  • Do you have previous experience specifically as the board member or officer of a corporation?
  • Are you computer literate? Are you comfortable using Google Docs?
  • Please attach your current resume if you have one.

› Contact with any questions.

Thank you for your participation!
Apogaea doesn’t happen without dedicated volunteer support!

WWWW Entry Deadline

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The deadline for WWWW entries is 11:59 p.m FRIDAY MAY 27thIf you have an awesome happening that you want everyone to know about, please submit it by then!

To submit an event to the WWWW: Go to, register or log in, and enter your event’s information. That’s all there is to it! 🙂

Please reach out to us at with any questions.

The 2016 Survival Guide is now available!

SG Announcement ImageAttending Apogaea takes planning and preparation in order to keep yourself happy and healthy before, during and after the event. Please become familiar with what it takes to be prepared by reading the Survival Guide. We are on new land this year, so even if you think you know everything there is to know about the Apogaea, read the Survival Guide.

THE SURVIVAL GUIDE IS REQUIRED READING! Feel free to use color-coded highlighters for the most important stuff. There will be a quiz at the gate and they are authorized to punish you for failing to adequately prepare (they are really creative too, so don’t mess with Gate). #ReadtheSurvivalGuide

A graphics-free version is also available if you need a copy without background art for printing.

Get a Guaranteed Ticket for 2017!

Ticket2017Hello Lovelies !

I’ve got some good news for you.  If you are already a ratified Ignition Member, a Spark Volunteer, a Directed Ticket Volunteer, or just a Volunteer with 6+ hours of Volunteer time in the Volunteer Database….. AND you purchase your ticket by April 25th……THEN you are going to get a guaranteed ticket to APO 2017.

If you sign up for Volunteer shift of 6+ hours and pay for your ticket by the 25th… then you are going to get a Guaranteed Ticket to APO 2017.

To register for volunteer shifts at the event, click the following link:

If you sign up for your shift(s) and flake….then you get disqualified.  Don’t be that guy.

Volunteer Database is OPEN!!!!!

VolunteerDBThe 2016 Apogaea Volunteer Database is now open!

If you have a ticket already, click here to check to log in to your account or create a new one if you haven’t volunteered before:

Although there are volunteer tickets available, you will need to go through the specific department in order to make arrangements for qualifying for one of those tickets. Signing up here will not qualify you for a ticket.

To contact a department directly, click on the email addresses here:

It is so fun to volunteer! And seriously, it is the cool thing to do. Coordinate with your camp and friends to be a group during a shift. Costume themes highly encouraged!

Questions? Email