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The Dirty Scouts Jamboree

General Information

The Dirty Scouts Jamboree is the tongue-and-cheek name we've given to the annual meetup of misfit travelers from the online community Squat the Planet. This event is an excellent opportunity for both veteran and newbie travelers alike to hang out in real life, learn from each other's experiences, and possibly find others to travel with after the event.

What happens at the Jamboree depends largely on what you put into it; previous years have included workshops on lockpicking, amateur kendo fighting tournaments, a shooting range, tours of the slabs via school bus, trips to the hot springs late at night, and sight-seeing adventures to the salton sea; so who knows how wild shit will get this year. Expect to meet some amazing people, play music and swap stories around a campfire, watching a few travel films at night, and generally partying our asses off at the library bar that will be serving drinks long into the night.

This year's event will take place:

November 8th - 10th, 2019 -- in Slab City, California.

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Workshops / Event Schedule

The 2019 schedule is TBA, but the following link is from the 2018 event to give you an idea of what to expect:


Location Details

About Slab City

If you've never heard of Slab City before, it's an area of southern California that was formerly a military base, but now exists as a popular snowbird retreat. It has as few as 100 residents in the summer and as high as 1100+ during the winter. Portions of the military base still exist as concrete foundations that give the Slabs it's name. It's located next to the Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range, which often puts on quite a show at night (and sometimes during the day) as the military performs practice maneuvers and drops various kinds of ordinance throughout the fenced off area. You can often see (and feel) the bombs going off between the Slabs and the Chocolate Mountains in the distance.


There's a lot of things to do and places to explore throughout Slab City, including "The Range" run by Builder Bill, who puts on a live open mic night every Saturday. This is often the best opportunity to mingle and meet other folks living in the Slabs all in one place. In addition to local bands, it's not unusual for bands from as far as Los Angeles and San Diego to occasionally show up and perform.


Slab City is also home to the infamous Salvation Mountain, a huge mural painted around "The Tanks", it's own hot springs, and a decent sized piece of desert to explore. Within driving range is the Glamis sand dunes, the mud pots, and all kinds of exploration opportunities around the Salton Sea.

About the Library


Andrew @VikingAdventurer and Cornelius @Cornelius Vango , curators of the Slab City library have been kind enough to host us once again at the beautiful Lizard Tree Library located right next to the canal (so it'll be easy to beat the heat)!

As a thank you, we're asking that anyone attending the event this year bring at least one quality zine to donate to the library. Think of it as paying the price of admission; although we won't be turning anyone away, the library could really use your donations to expand it's current collection of materials. If you'd like to help out further, click here to see a list of other materials the library needs!

For those that don't know, the Lizard Tree Library in Slab City was a place where folks can leave books and take books for the whole Slab community. Unfortunately after the original owner passed away, it went neglected for quite a long time, until Cornelius and friends came along, and they've been hard at work rebuilding it, so if you can help out in some way while you're there, please do!

The above video features @Cornelius Vango interviewing @VikingAdventurer about his first day as the new head librarian. If you haven't been before, this video gives you a good idea of how the library operates and what they're all about! Check it out and subscribe to both of their channels!

Awesome! I'm sold! How do I get there!?!


The closest town to Slab City is Niland, which is on the 111 highway, approximately 36 miles north of El Centro, California. Niland is a three mile walk from the Slabs. It's not difficult, and 90% of the time if a slabber sees you walking along the road and they have room, you'll get picked up.

By Car: If you're coming via San Diego or from the East, you should take the I-8 freeway to El Centro, then head north on the 111 highway. If you're coming from Los Angeles, you should take the I-10 freeway east to the 111 south. Northeast, you should come via highway 78.

By Bus: The closest you can get to Slab City via Greyhound is El Centro, California.

By Train: A north/south bound UP train actually goes right through Niland, but almost 90% of the time it doesn't stop there or anywhere near it, it just goes right through. Best bet would be to make your way to Indio, hop off there and hitch the remaining distance to Niland. If someone can provide more detail on this, please let us know.

Important! El Centro actually has a daily metro bus that goes to Niland for the amazing price of one dollar! So if you're hitchhiking or arriving via Greyhound, we highly recommend taking this bus to cover the last 36 miles to Niland. Unfortunately it only leaves once every few hours between 5:45am and 8:45pm (and does not run on sundays). You can find more information at http://www.ivtransit.com.

How to get from Niland to the Lizard Tree Library:

In case there's any confusion about where to go, this map shows how to walk from the main drag of Niland to the Lizard Tree Library in the Slabs!

What to Bring

What do I need to bring?
  • At least one zine for the library (What's a zine?)
  • The usual travel gear, pack, sleeping bag, etc...
  • A hammock/tent will probably be extremely useful.
  • Water! Bring at least a gallon. You can refill water at the library, but after the even you'll need to get your own by refilling in Niland.
  • Food! So you don't starve. We usually feed everyone for lunch and dinner, but the rest of the time you are on your own!
  • If you want to help out the library, bring any building supplies you can or something from their wish list.
Where can I get supplies?
  • The nearest grocery store is in Niland (a three mile walk from the slabs).
  • If you can chip in a few dollars for the weekend, you can drink off the library's water supply, but it costs us money to get it carted out there, hence the requested donation. You can also buy filtered water for $0.40/gal (bring a container) at the grocery store. Some folks have drank the canal water without problems, but do so at your own risk.

Costs, Volunteering, Etc

How much does this event cost?

This event is completely free, although you're expected to bring the supplies you need to survive in the desert.

Can I help out or volunteer?

Absolutely! We need people to bring food, booze, vehicles, money, or their own two hands to help set up and clean up after the event.
  • If you'd like to host a workshop please navigate to the Jamboree discussion area and create a new thread for it so we can discuss the details!
  • Make a post in this thread if you'd like to volunteer to help setup before the event or clean up afterwards.
  • Do you play music or have a band that would like to come out? Let us know and we'd be more than happy to give you a time slot to play.
  • We are always seeking suggestions for movies to screen a the event; just post a thread in the discussion area.
  • The Library needs various supplies to sustain itself; here's their wish list if you'd like to help out!
What else should I know?

While you are allowed to camp inside the library grounds during the event (please ask an organizer where you should set up), If you would like to stay in Slab City afterwards, we ask that you move your camp outside the boundaries of the library area. Just ask any member of the library and we will be more than happy to help you find your own camp site where you can spend the rest of the winter season.

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