Giant Sleepover 2014

This year will be our 11th ‘Giant Sleepover’ and it is promising to be the biggest and best yet!

We use this 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 and so on.

This crucial Fundraising activity supports the quality and diversity of experience we provide for our members, of which we are rightly proud.

So, what is happening?

  • We will use the event to raise group funds, via sponsorship forms given to our Members.
  • We will offer excellent prizes for the most money raised by individuals (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. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will sleep in one of our halls, 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!)
  • We will feed everyone with Dinner (on the hoof) and Breakfast.
  • All participants will receive a GSO badge (our own design).
  • Activities are planned to include Equalizer, Bouncy Castle, Inflatable Assault Course, BIG Slide, Gladiator, Youth Centre Sports Challenges and much more for all to have as much fun as possible!
  • We will need Parent Help to make the event a success so please refer to separate email nearer the time.

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

Logistics – Your child should register at the Hall on Saturday 14th June at 2pm, bringing their Kit & Sponsor Form. We will log the amount they are raising.

Download a copy of sponsor form

After the various activities everyone will stay overnight at the Hall and will be due to leave at 10am on Sunday morning after breakfast. We will return the Sponsor Form (where necessary) prior to departure to enable any outstanding money to be collected. Money and forms are to be returned to the Section Leader as soon after the event as possible or your child can bring it all on the day.

Your child 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 Scott McPherson who raised a magnificent £243.50! The event was a massive success. 149 young members took part, raising over £8000 after Gift Aid! This is our ONLY sponsored event of the year and we could beat 2013 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 Child’s Section (see below) to let us know if he / she will be attending or not. Can you include in the email, your child’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!


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. This is also the case for anyone who wishes to supply possible prizes.

If you have a problem with email please hand a note in to your child’s Section Leader.

Yours in Scouting
The Leader Team