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Passing The Torch

Dearest Community,

Five years ago, I attended the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference, seeking to bring home knowledge, tools and inspiration.  Every session spoke in some way about how rangers help make what I love possible, and I came home with a mission.

With the guidance of those who rangered before us, with the trust of those who answered the call, and with the immeasurable support of our friends, families, the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society, Kindle Arts Society, Black Rock Rangers, and the Regional Ranger Network, and YOU – we built BC Rangers together.  I won’t re-state history and statistics here, as you can find it all in our annual reports.  The nutshell, is that we weathered the challenges, knocked it way out of the park, and I have no doubt that we’ll continue to do so.

It is with so much love and gratitude that I offer both my resignation as Director of BC Rangers, and my promise of support during the transition to a new, sustainable leadership structure.  Andrew Martens (Ranger Bzkrk), who was my first ranger trainer, will be serving as Interim Director, and I invite you to read his note below my message..

I have been so moved by the compassion and drive shown by the people in our community, and although it may sound cliché, the future of BC Rangers IS you.  When you wear the logo, you are a lighthouse: a beacon for others to know they are not alone.

Shine bright.
-Claire Roberts / Ranger Kazmira

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Hello friends,

By now you have heard that Ranger Kazmira has resigned as Director of BC Rangers, though she will be continuing on as Registrar. As her final act, I have been appointed as the Interim Director of BC Rangers.

I understand that change brings uncertainty, and you may be wondering what the future looks like for BC Rangers. One of the goals that we discussed for BC Rangers is to better distribute aspects of leadership in the future, to prevent burnout. In December, I will be reaching out to a number of our veteran Rangers for input into what our leadership structure could (or should) look like, and to see who is able and willing to assist in that process. My aim is to have our team in place early in the new year, to be announced along with the publication of the 2018 Annual Report.

Ranger Polka Dot has been assisting in the succession planning process, and I would like to express my thanks for her invaluable contributions as we go through this period of transition.

BC Rangers has a solid foundation in place. I hope that you will help us build upon it in 2019 as we continue to support GVIAS, Kindle Arts, and our local communities.

Thank you,
Ranger Bzkrk
Interim Director, BC Rangers

Dustcovery & SeaCompression!

There are TWO upcoming events on the calendar that would love to have you:

First up is SeaCompression, in Seattle WA, on Saturday Oct 20 (that’s real soon!)

BC Rangers – Thespian
It’s not too late to get your ranger decompression on down the road in Seattle. It’s a great warm-up for Dustcovery.

SeaCompression, western Washington’s sanctioned decompression, is just around the corner (Oct 20th, Seattle, Wa). It’s a chance to breathe in that clean (no more forest fires!) Puget Sound air, spread some good will among burners and muggles, and have a fabulous time!

If you are interested in Rangering a short shift (2 hours), please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/HQfk4ksfkPKNniy33

One shift will get you half price to the ticketed areas; two shifts will get you in free. We’d love to have you!

RangerLove,
Thespian, Mokie, and BruteSquad

Next up is Dustcovery, in Vancouver BC, on Saturday November 17

Dustcovery needs you!!!

This is Ranger Hardpack, the ranger lead for Dustcovery. I am getting things going, and shift sign-ups for Dustcovery should be available soon.

If you intend to ranger the event, please fill out the volunteer page found here: http://dustcovery.gvias.org/participate/volunteer/

Please stay tuned for communications as we get things moving on this end.

Can’t wait to see you all there!!

June 2018 Ranger News

In This Newsletter:

  • Training News
  • Event Tickets
  • Otherworld & BitF Shifts Opening Soon
  • 2017 Annual Report

Training News

Already Attended 2018 Training?  A very belated thank you those who have already refreshed your training this year: You are now in Good Standing, and eligible to ranger at any event supported by BC Rangers until April 2019.  It’s easy for us to get in touch with Ranger Leads in other regions, so if you are interested in rangering elsewhere, we’d be very happy to vouch for you, and let those Leads know that you’re trained & ready to volunteer.  We are very grateful for your commitment to our amazing community. If you’d like to give us training feedback, we’d be very happy to receive it.

Still Need Training?  Rangers are required to attend training every year in order to be in Good Standing and walk shifts. All pre-Otherworld trainings are now complete, however, if (theoretically) you would attend a 4-hour ranger training at Otherworld, please let us know as soon as possible.  For those planning to ranger at Burn In The Forest, there is one training left, on Saturday June 30th.

Event Tickets

If you are already trained and do not yet have tickets to the events you’d like to ranger at, please let us know, and we will do our best to help you find tickets.  No promises though!

Otherworld & BitF Shifts Opening Soon

If you have completed a training, or are registered for one, you will receive an email with links to Shift Request Forms for both OW & BitF, very soon.  We have just a few more ducks to line up, and we’ll be ready for you!

2017 Annual Report

Better late than never?  The BC Rangers 2017 Annual Report is now available HERE.
You can also see the 2016 Annual Report and Lifetime Review HERE.

Thank you Rangers, we love you, and look forward to rangering with you!
– BC Rangers Leadership Team

PS!
We want to keep you in the loop, but we also don’t want to annoy you.  You have our promise to never spam you, and to only contact you about rangering opportunities, socials and events, but if you’d like to opt-out, you can unsubscribe with the link at the bottom, and you can still stay up to date by checking our website.

May 2018 Ranger News

In This Newsletter:

RECRUITING
• Training Team
• Social Coordination Team
• Otherworld Ranger Lead Team
• Burn In The Forest Ranger Lead Team

TRAINING NEWS
• Registration Open
• Victoria Training Location Confirmed
• Vancouver Training Locations Needed

NEW!
• Ranger Lead Team Structure

GRATITUDE
• You rock!

Recruiting

Join the Training Team
Every year, we train 100+ rangers in two cities, and the more trainers we have, the better!
We can accept a maximum of SIX new Trainers In Training this year, two at each regional training, (May 27, June 9, June 30)
If you’ve been a ranger for 2+ years, have good social capital, and are interested in becoming a BC Rangers Trainer, we’re ready for you.  To become a Trainer In Training, let us know, and you’ll receive a training manual and phone-orientation with an experienced Trainer.  You’ll also be invited to pre-training planning call(s) for your chosen training(s), and we’ll mentor you as you participate in training(s) as a Trainer In Training.

Join the Social Coordination Team
Our Social Coordinator Ranger Rayven Time is expanding her department and is seeking a Vancouver-based volunteer counterpart. Let us know that you’re interested!

Join The Otherworld Ranger Lead Team
Applications the Otherworld Ranger Lead Team are now OPEN!
Email us and let us know that you’re interested in joining the Ranger Lead Team, and what role you feel best suited for. See below for the new Ranger Lead Team Structure!

Join The Burn In The Forest Ranger Lead Team
Ranger Bzkrk is Ranger Lead for Burn In The Forest, and is an excellent mentor!
If you’re interested in joining the BitF Ranger Lead Team, email us and let us know.

Training News

Registration Open
All rangers refresh their training every year, and all trainings are now accepting registrations. If you haven’t registered yet, but intend to ranger in 2018, please sign up!

Victoria Training May 27: Location Confirmed!
Many thanks to Ranger Wavelength for arranging Fierce Martial Arts Studio for us!
If you are not yet registered for the May 27 training and you’d like to attend, please register HERE, and if you’d like to participate as a Trainer In Training that day, please let us know!

Vancouver Trainings: Location(s) needed!
BC Ranger Training is looking for a temporary home! Would your collective home, condo common room or office or warehouse possibly have space for us?

We have three trainings in the works and no home yet:
• Vancouver, Saturday June 2 Black Rock, 25-30 people, 9-6pm
• Vancouver, Saturday June 9 max. 40 people, 9-3pm
• Vancouver, Saturday June 30 max. 40 people, 9-3pm

We rangers are a tidy bunch, we will leave your space cleaner than we found it. We drink a lot of coffee, we sit and talk about how to help our events stay safe and we practice some scenarios where we act out challenges that might come up and give our new rangers a chance to try out their rangerly skills.  A free space would be ideal as our trainings are provided free of cost, but we could potentially pay a small fee for space if needed.

New Ranger Lead Team Structure

As our events grow, so does Rangers, and Ranger Lead has become too big a job for just one person, or even two. As an exercise, we divided & exampined all Ranger Lead responsibilities, and realized that it should actually be a four-person TEAM!

• Role 1: BCR Admin/Liaison (centralized BCR support role, presently served by Kazmira)
Pre-Event: Coordinate with Board/Producer(s) as needed until Ranger Lead Team is formed, access BCR resources, training registrations, shift scheduling, comms, etc.
Post-Event: Receive report & feedback from Ranger Co-Leads and Production, and perform any final coordination or followup needed.

• Roles 2 & 3: Ranger Co-Leads:Two Co-Leads will divide Ranger Lead responsibilities as they are comfortable, and are accountable to BCR and the Event Producer.
Pre-Event: become super familiar with both BC Rangers and the Event’s policies & procedures, attend Production meetings, be point people for event-specific ranger inquiries & coordination.
At-Event: brief & support Khakis, attend Production meetings, perform daily check-ins with HQ & Khaki, handle onsite ranger issues in a timely & rangerly manner.
Post-Event: provide a report to BCR Admin, perform any followups needed, with BCR support if needed, handle any event-specific wrap up duties (volcor, afterburn report etc), send feedback forms & thank you notes.

• Role 4: Logistics: This is a good role for the Ranger-Lead-Curious!  Ranger Logistics reports to the Co-Leads, and is focused on ensuring that all physical aspects of Ranger HQ are in order.
Pre-Event: attend site visit, ensure HQ infrastructure is arranged (power, shelter, etc), ensure BCR inventory gets to the event (tables, signs, shirts, lams, swag, etc).
At-Event: ensure HQ is set up & supplied, arrange refreshments, distribute BCR inventory as directed by Co-Leads, radio management sign in/out (if applicable at event), ensure HQ is packed up & transported at end of event.
Post-Event: provide inventory/report to BCR Quartermaster

Gratitude

Our collective creativity is astounding, and it is a great honour to contribute to such a vibrant, supportive, and growing community.

We’re looking forward to rangering with you!

Ranger Kazmira / Claire Roberts
Director, BC Rangers, on behalf of the BC Rangers Leadership Team

BC Rangers Leadership Restructuring

It’s an exciting time for BC Rangers, and we wanted to give you a preview of what’s in store for 2017. You’ll see a lot of activity from us in the coming weeks, as we launch a robust recruiting drive, prepare for the coming training cycle, and more.

As you will see in our forthcoming (first ever!) BC Rangers Annual Report, we are growing quickly. To support this interest while preparing a foundation for further growth, we will be making a number of structural changes to BC Rangers Leadership.

Most notably, we will be retiring the Regional Coordinator roles, and forming a single BC Rangers Leadership Team, consisting of rangers from both Victoria and Vancouver. Each member will lead one facet of BCR responsibility, and work closely with each other, to build an integrated and supportive Leadership Team. It is our vision that this unification, combined with formal documentation of policies and procedures, will help reduce individual burnout, improve communication, performance consistency, and provide solid guidance to new ranger leadership for years to come.

In the coming weeks, we will publish role descriptions and application instructions, and expect to have the new Leadership Team in place before our regional training cycle begins in April. In the interim, while I am leading this restructuring effort, Ranger Yonder serve as as Events Liaison, ensuring that event-related BCR responsibilities & expectations will be met during this period of transition.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed to our ranger mission, and we thank you for your continued support in serving our beloved community.

With gratitude,
Claire Roberts / Ranger Kazmira
Director, BC Rangers

When Not To Ranger

Even though we emphasize that rangering is not about us, it’s about the participant, it’s also important to know ourselves.  It’s important to recognize when we’re not able to ranger, or when we’re not the right ranger for the situation.  We need to know our limits, and know when to kick it sideways.

Sometimes when we’re off duty, we’ll be called on to ranger, and if you’re sober, and feel that you can, by all means say yes.  But remember that it’s OK to say no, and you don’t need a reason.
It’s always OK to say no.

Say “no” if you’re not sober
If you’re not sober, it is incredibly important to say no, with no exceptions.  We know that intoxicants can cloud our judgement, and we may perceive things differently or react differently, than we would when we’re sober.  No matter how great a ranger we (or others) think we are, we are not as effective when we’re not sober, and in training, we say that an inebriated ranger damages our social capital as a group.
However, it’s not just one sided, and and perhaps we don’t explain the other side enough.

If we try to ranger while intoxicated, we put OURSELVES at risk.  Encountering a stressful incident when our judgments and inhibitions are artificially shifted, may impact US more intensely than it would if we were sober.  We may have a harder time coping with our experience of the situation, and this can have lasting effects.

Say “no” if you’re triggered
Sometimes we find ourselves rangering a situation that triggers  us.  Once we are triggered, we are no longer unbiased, and if our focus is on controlling our own fight-or-flight response, we are not fully present for the participant and their concerns.
Although we say it in training, it bears repeating: If you are triggered, you do not have to soldier through!  Kick it sideways to your partner, and if your partner is also unable to ranger the situation, kick it sideways to Khaki.  You never have to ranger anything that is hurtful to you.

Supporting “No”
As Khaki, we’re here to support you, especially if you need to say no.
You are NEVER alone.
In difficult situations, it’s important for Khaki to be able to recognize when someone is no longer able to ranger, even if the ranger themselves do not recognize it.  Khaki may step in and help ranger the situation directly, or they may call for other resources.  And, even as Khaki, if something is beyond your experience or ability to ranger effectively, it’s OK to say no, and find someone to kick it sideways to.
Our ranger community is growing, and many of us have additional skills and training, but often, we don’t find out until after the fact that someone needed that extra support.  It’s important for rangers to know they can ask for that support, and it’s important for Khaki to know what support is available, and where to find it.

Culture of Feedback
For many of us, rangering is how we express our love for our community, and as individuals, and as a group, we want to keep learning and growing.  In order to do that, it’s important to us that we hear what you think.  Let us know if there are ways we can do better.

Burn In The Fraser 2015

Thank you for once again, rocking it hard!

It’s unfortunate that I was too sick to attend BitF and see everyone in action myself, but I’ve heard only good things. All reports say that the event was amazing, the Rangers were rockstars, and that everything pretty much went off without a hitch.  How wonderful!

We have some important thank-yous to offer to folks who played critical roles in making Rangers happen this year:

  • To our Black Rock Ranger Trainers: Africa, Riff Raff and Mockingbird, who traveled from Calgary and Seattle to train us.
  • To Riff Raff specifically for his work on the Regional Training Guide, and for Rangering me when I needed it.
  • To Rangers Zeitgeist, Roslyn, and DiverDave, who are constant sources of support for us year round.
  • To Roadhouse Interactive, Limbic Media, and ADM Structural, for allowing us to use their spaces as training venues.
  • To GVIAS and Kindle Arts for their generous support in our Ranger mission.
  • To Rangers Viress and Got A Match, for their hard work in making the first Black Rock Ranger training in Victoria happen, and for their tireless efforts as Ranger Leads for Otherworld.
  • To Kayte for wrangling a location and hosting Vancouver’s Green Dot training.
  • To everyone who came out to learn and participate in the various Regional and Black Rock Trainings.
  • To all the Rangers who walked shifts at Otherworld and BitF.
  • To my awesome team of Khakis, who held it up when I was falling down: Cucumber, Flourless Cake, Hardpack, Main Tank, and Yonder.
  • To the BitF Production team for totally rocking Mission Impossible.
  • To Laura & Mika for their Volunteer Coordinator mojo.
  • To Brian, who single-handedly facilitated our brand new BC Rangers T-shirts: He vectorized our logo, recommended a great printshop, drove me to pick them up when I was sick, and delivered them to BitF for me in time for the first pair of Rangers to have them on their shift.
  • To Bitchez, for making our BC Rangers sign.
  • And last, but not least, thank you to our THIRTEEN regional rangers from BC, who intend to walk their Alpha shift in the desert this year.

Thank you, sincerely, for bringing your love to our community, for your Ranger Fu, and for helping to make our events a compassionate and supportive place.

Much gratitude,
Rangers Kazmira, Yonder, and Hardpack

khakis
BitF Khakis: Main Tank, Hardpack, Flourless Cake, Cucumber and Yonder

Schrödinger’s Ranger

Schrodinger's RangerAlphas! We are excited for you!

As you prepare for your trip to the desert, you are probably thinking about your Mentor Shift, and you might be worried. We are not surprised! We were nervous too.
Until your Mentor Shift, you are Schrödinger’s Ranger, and to help ease your quantum anxiety, we want to offer a few words of advice and encouragement.

First: Breathe.
The path that brought you here is already long and significant. If you think about why you’re doing this, there’s a good chance that your answer is something along the lines of “I like/want to help people”.
Passing or failing a Mentor shift isn’t going to change that about you, and no matter what, your community will still support and appreciate you for all the things you already do.

Second: Rangering at Burning Man *is* different than rangering regionally.
The philosophy is the same, and the tools are the same, but it’s a bigger place, with potentially bigger concerns, and in extreme conditions to boot.
Sometimes folks don’t do well in the desert (for whatever reason), and that’s ok….it doesn’t mean those people can’t be amazing Regional Rangers.

Third: It’s an opportunity for personal growth.
Regardless of outcome, the things you could learn about yourself (and others) along the way are valuable.
You will be with Mentors all day, and they will give you feedback as you go. Try to take that feedback, remind yourself that it’s not personal, and act on that feedback with the intention of becoming a better Ranger.

Fourth: On Bonking
You might not! Don’t let your fear of bonking, or the pressure of being observed let you forget your Ranger Fu. You can do it!
But… if you DO bonk, remember that bonking your Mentor shift doesn’t mean you bonk at being a great person, it just means your Mentors didn’t think you were ready to be a Ranger. Maybe they’ll give you advice for what you need to work on, and encourage you to try again next year. If this happens, I invite you to come home, digest that feedback, and ask for support from your fellow Regional Rangers. We can help you work on those areas that need improving, and we can give you feedback while Rangering local events, so that you can feel confident in trying again.
Maybe your Mentors will tell you they don’t think you’re suited to be a Ranger, and if this happens, remember that you’re not the only one. There are many, many people who are fantastic at all sorts of other critical jobs, and you can take their feedback and funnel it into something that would really benefit from you involvement. It’s also possible that YOU will decide that you’re not ready or not suited to be a Ranger, and you may self-bonk. If your Ranger path ends in the desert this year, that’s ok….You don’t HAVE to be a Ranger, but you DO have to give yourself credit for trying it out, and know that your Regional community will love you, whether you’re wearing a cool hat or not.

Now. Go review your Ranger Manual, familiarize yourself with the map of BRC, and practice making radio calls with a friend. At first, do nothing. It’s not about you. Think, listen, push, pause, talk. F.L.A.M.E. LOGIC-B. I need X, for Y, at Z. You can do it.

And with that, dearest Alphas, we send you into the dust.
You have our love and gratitude, and heaps of support from BC Rangers.
We are looking forward to Rangering with you!
-Kaz

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