Giant Sleepover 2013

When? Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June

Where? Scout Hall, St. Meddans Street Troon

It’s that time of year again when we run our “Giant Sleepover”, an event with 2 main purposes: firstly to give our members a really fun experience and secondly to raise much needed funding, which is used entirely by our group to further enhance our members experience in Scouting. Examples of where we use the money include (but are not limited to): camping equipment, indoor and outdoor activity equipment, upgrades to the hall infrastructure and games equipment. This crucial Fundraising activity supports the quality and diversity of experience we provide for our members, of which we are rightly proud – not to mention the fact that it is our main fund raiser!

So, what is happening?

  • We will use the event to raise group funds, via sponsorship forms given to our Members.
  • We will offer prizes for the most money raised by an individual (on return of money collected).
  • It will run from 2pm on Saturday and will finish at 10am on Sunday.
  • As usual, all our members (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers & Leaders) will be invited to the sleepover. Scouts will pitch tents to sleep in, Beavers and Cubs will sleep in the hall, the Explorers will have their usual ‘all night’ Fire and many of the Leaders will be staying awake to provide supervision overnight (nowhere else to sleep!)
  • All participants will receive a GSO badge (our own design), which they can wear on their uniform on the left sleeve.
  • Activities are planned to include Bungee Run, Football in MUGA, Bouncy Castle, Sumo Wrestling, Combat Hockey, Inflatable Assault Course, Youth Centre Sports Challenges and (new for 2013) Aquaballs for all to have as much fun as possible!

We will need Parent Help to make the event a success so please volunteer!

Kit
Non-Uniform, Sleeping Bag & Mat, Toothbrush & Paste, Sleeping Attire. (Nothing else needed – Simples!).

Logistics
Your son should register at the Hall on Saturday 15th June at 2pm, bringing with him his Kit & Sponsor Form. We will log the amount he is raising. After the various activities he will stay overnight at the Hall and will be due to leave at 10am on Sunday morning after breakfast. We will return his Sponsor Form (where necessary) prior to departure to enable any outstanding money to be collected. Money and forms are to be returned to his Section Leader as soon after the event as possible or he can bring it all on the day.

Your son will need to raise a minimum of £15 to help cover the event running costs. The hope is that many will raise more than this. Last year the top prize went to Kieran Fulton who raised a magnificent £215!

The event was a massive success. 144 young members took part, raising over £7000 after Gift Aid! This is our ONLY sponsored event of the year and we could beat 2012 if everyone puts in a huge effort! Most people found it easier to collect the money prior to the event and bring it with them on the day – bearing in mind it is very close to the summer holidays, this really really helps us.

Please email us at the address for your Son’s Section to let us know if your son will be attending or not. Can you include in the email, your son’s Name and Section. Going by previous years we will have the vast majority of the Group taking part. It is like a Giant Party for the Group and we get to raise funds in the process!

Contacts:

In previous years we have had companies offering to sponsor part of the event, e.g. The Food for the event or the cost of one of the Inflatables. We would be more than happy to hear from anyone who has any suggestions or indeed any contacts who may be willing to offer sponsorship.