Welcome to "Orphanage Camps"

The Orphanage is a group of three camps, based on the original
founding concept of the Orphan camp in 2010.

Announcing the Orphanage in 2017!

Orphan Endorphin and Orphans Too are joining forces again this year in Black Rock City.

We will be creating more interactivity than ever before, our proximity means we'll have more Orphans in the same place to help pull it off!

In 2017, we will feature the Orphanage Brewery & Bar, Daddy Warbuck's Cigar Lounge, Captain Ron's Fishing Shack & Hoist, Vodka Infusione Booth, the Condom Dispensary, Relationship advice chat circle, and more craziness we haven't thought of yet!

The Orphanage Brewery & Bar is one of the most popular bars on the playa, featuring dozens of microbrews and homebrews from award-winning brewers. Regular events include Miss Hannigan's Happy Hour, Midnight brewing sessions, Bar Sing-alongs, Alco-aerobics and more! The Bar is the social heart of the Orphanage camps, and is open, all week, pouring cold beer down the throats of our fellow dusty burners.

Fun at camp

camp history

A Bit of History...

In 2010, the Orphan camp was established for “loners who didn’t want to be totally alone”. Orphans who either couldn’t talk anyone into going with them; or their friends had ditched, or couldn’t get a ticket; or they were originally blazing on alone and fearless! There was no theme, no duties, and no fees.

The original Orphan Endorphin camp grew in popularity and size over 2011 and 2012, and we filled up fast. Not wanting to exclude anyone who wanted the Orphan experience, we spun off satellite camps. Modeled after the “mothership” these camps developed and evolved based on the character and mood of their populace. In the past, we’ve had satellite camps feature a high-rise scaffolding structure, a custom washing machine burn barrel, and a mobile coffee delivery wagon.
In 2013, we expanded again, moved the camps from the 3 o’clock side to the other side of the city, and became even more crazy! All three camps were located on the 8 o’clock radial, with Orphan Endorphin at B street, Orphans Too at H, and Li'l Orphan Annex at I. We added community shade structures for tents and established the Asylum Bar at Orphans Too. The Orphanage Bar at Orphan Endorphin enhanced its reputation as being THE most popular 24/7 ‘dive bar’ to hang out at. Frank, our magic transvestite goat mascot, became the victim of what is now known as the “Frank Wars”, and suffered humiliation and mutilation at the hands of the ‘rebel scum’ at Orphans Too.

In 2014, we expanded yet again, with more community shade space and more interactivity. The “three camp” model worked really well. Orphan Endorphin was located at a prime location at 7.30 & B, at the mouth of the 7.30 portal. Orphans Too was at 7.15 & H, and Li'l Orphan Annex was at 7.15 & J. The Orphanage Bar served copious quantities of beer, much of it brewed by our growing community of Orphan Homebrewers. We created the battle arena and brought Hippie Hunger Games to the playa for the first time at Orphan Endorphin. The Asylum Bar at Orphans Too became a popular suburban bar. Li'l Orphan Annex was a huge success, and served as a haven of relative peace and quiet on the edge of the city. The “Frank Wars” continued, and Frank even made it on a plane to take a flight above Black Rock City.

2015. Damn, it was dusty! Despite the wind, we successfully set up our biggest camps yet - more shade, more interactivity and more campers spread across our three camps. Orphan Endorphin was at 7 & A, Orphan’s Too was at 7:15 & E, and Li'l Orphan Annex was at 7:15 & J. The Orphanage Bar provided was a refuge from the weather with all the finest beer you could drink! Our homebrewers brought our ciders, meads, and gallons of homebrewed beer. We even had a midnight brew session on a particularly chilly night. When the weather climbed back up in the afternoons, we served ice cream to delighted passersby! We managed to hold the CARnival of Death Race when the dust died down. Our campers brought out projects including an incredible interactive light dome, and a cozy cuddle puddle yurt that was a popular spot to hide out from the weather. The Asylum Bar was back with even more delicious beer. Li'l Orphan Annex celebrated the marriage of two of our campers!

The Orphanage camps get stronger every year. In 2017, we are attempting a village model. We intend to combine powers of all the great people we’ve collected over the years, while maintaining autonomy of each camp and their campers.


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Principal Principles

Here Are The 3 Camps

Orphan Endorphin Camp MORE

More interactivity, more campers, more craziness!

Orphan Endorphin in 2017 will include campers who have already camped with one of our Orphanages in the past. Newbies must be sponsored by a member if you want to join! Our campers are the lifeblood that keeps the interactivity going and the beer flowing, so expect to participate if you join us.

We share infrastructure including a community kitchen, showers, evap pond and tent shade. The location is likely to be busy and loud, all week. We discourage RVs because we wish to encourage openness and connection between our campers.

Adoption fees (non refundable):
$150.00 USD or $205.00 USD with OSHIT rental.

We are accepting 40 campers for 2017.

OE camp photo 2015

Orphans Too MORE

Moving on up!

Orphans Too is taking on a new role this year by taking over the bar operations. New people are encouraged to join Orphans Too, and even if it's your first burn, we will treat you like family! Orphans Too campers are some of our most enthusiastic members and will step up in 2017 to help run interactivity in the Orphanage.

We will feature the same amenities as Orphan Endorphin, including a kitchen, showers, evap pond and tent shade. We are set up primarily for tent campers, so if you are planning on bringing an RV, we may not be able to accommodate you.

Adoption fees (non refundable):
$150.00 USD or $205.00 USD with OSHIT rental.

We are accepting 30 campers for 2017.

OT camp photo 2014

Li’l Orphan Annex MORE

Providing a peaceful place for our party people

Li’l Orphan Annex offers a peaceful retreat for our quiet-seeking campers who still want to participate in the Orphanage activities. We are laid-back, friendly folk who take pride in our radical self-reliance, while enjoying each other’s company. We encourage new members and experienced burners who prefer a little more independence.

The Annex offers community shade and a fully-equipped kitchen. We reserve land in rural Black Rock City, where your chances of getting a decent night’s sleep improve. There is no shower or evap pond, and no tent shade.

Adoption fees (non refundable): $60.00 USD

We are accepting 20 campers for 2017.

How Do I Sign Up

Registration is now open for 2017!