Burn In The Forest 2014

My dearest Rangers,
Thank you for rocking it, and rocking it hard!

The feedback we have received from Burn In The Forest has been overwhelmingly positive: from the participants, the production team, the RCMP, the land owner, and our fellow Rangers. Not all shifts were stress-free, but everyone brought their A-game, demonstrating outstanding Ranger Fu, and truly, this would not have been possible without your heaps of dedication and enthusiasm. It’s been a landmark year for regional Rangers! I am filled with gratitude for the groundwork laid for us by Rangers and Ranger Leads in years past, and bursting with excitement for what is still yet to come. These successes will be a solid foundation for next year’s adventures, and it is my great hope that we will stay connected throughout the coming years, to continue nurturing our budding community of BC Rangers.

Did you know that we broke records and exceeded expectations? When we initially requested a Black Rock Ranger Training from Ranger HQ, we weren’t sure we could get the minimum number of signups (20). Well, we had 72 signups, and 55 attendees! We heard lots of positive feedback regarding the Seattle Trainers, and the quality of their training. Likewise, the Trainers were impressed, not just with our numbers, but with the keen interest shown by everyone who attended. Ours was the largest off-playa training to happen this year, and indeed, one of the largest off-playa trainings EVER. As well, we had a record number of Rangers at Burn In The Forest, with requests for shifts from 36 well-trained Rangers. Although we did have a few thin spots, for the most part, our coverage was better than ever. What an amazing gift of support and community – Way to go!

It’s been such an honour to be with you on this journey, from the first ever Black Rock Ranger training in BC, to Otherworld, to Burn In the Forest, and indeed beyond. For many of us, our work is not yet done!
Burning Man is just around the corner, and there are at least four BC Rangers (two from Victoria, two from Vancouver) who will be walking their Alpha shifts in the desert this year. We send them off with love and gratitude, and hope they return to us as “Shiny Pennies”.

It’s been a pleasure Rangering with you, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again!

-Rangers Kazmira & Yonder
BitF 2014 Ranger Leads, on behalf of BC Rangers