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FAQs

 

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?

Our event website (reggiessleepout.org) provides a wealth of information, including:

  • Details about the event
  • Information about YSS, ACCESS, ERP and youth homeless
  • Registration for an individual or a team (or joining someone else’s team)
  • Instructions on collecting and entering donations

It’s quick and easy to use. Plus, you can email your friends from your personal Reggie’s Sleepout page to encourage them to sleep out and/or donate money to support your efforts.

 

WHAT IF I’M UNDER 18, OR BRINGING YOUTH UNDER THE AGE OF 18 TO REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?

For anyone under 18 years of age, parents/guardians must complete the minor consent form. These forms will be required for minors to participate in Reggie’s Sleepout. No exceptions. Completed forms should be turned in at the registration table at Reggie’s Sleepout. Download the minor consent form now.

For youth groups participating in Reggie’s Sleepout, not only will each minor be required to have a completed minor consent form, but they must also be accompanied by a designated adult (age 21 or older).

 

AM I REQUIRED TO FUNDRAISE?

We highly encourage fundraising. The money raised directly supports children and youth who receive services from YSS, ACCESS and ERP. Plus, there are perks for raising money – the more you raise, the more you can earn!

$50 – Event T-Shirt

$100 – Event Sweatshirt

$250 – Event Stadium Blanket

$500 – Wireless Speaker

$1,000 – YETI® Insulated Tumbler

$2,500 – Fly Over Reggie’s Sleepout-Ames in a Cirrus Aircraft

 

WHERE DO I TAKE THE MONEY I COLLECT?

Donations by credit card can conveniently and securely be made at reggiessleepout.org. Campers can also bring donations with them the night of the event to be turned in at the time of registration. Checks should be made payable to YSS. For more information, including a downloadable Donation Tracker, visit our “Donation Form” page.

 

HOW DO I GET SOMEONE TO SUPPORT ME – AND REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT – BY DONATING? AND WHO SHOULD I ASK?

Simply ask everyone you know, “Will you support me in raising awareness and funds to address youth homelessness in our community?” You’ll be surprised at the number of people who will pitch in. Friends at work. Family members. Neighbors. People involved in your faith-based group, clubs or teams. Sponsors can donate on your behalf online. No amount is too small. One way to break the ice – share with others your participation in the “10 for $10 Challenge.” You can also use our donation tracker to help organize your outreach efforts.

 

WHERE DO I PARK AT REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?

Parking is available on the north side of Jack Trice Stadium (ISU commuter lot). We will have signs and volunteers to help guide you when you arrive at Reggie’s Sleepout.

 

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE AT REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?

Yes. There will be an evening meal provided at no charge, along with water and hot chocolate. Snacks will be available throughout the event. No food or beverages (except water) is allowed on the field, and must stay within the designated areas.

If you have a food allergy, please bring your own items to store and eat in the food tent at the event.

 

WHAT CAN I SLEEP IN?

You may bring a cardboard box or structure, a small tent (no stakes), or simply a sleeping bag. Interested in getting creative? Participate in our McFarland Clinic Boxed-In Contest.

 

I DON’T HAVE A CARDBOARD BOX LARGE ENOUGH TO SLEEP IN. WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

Reach out to area businesses that commonly have these larger boxes on hand: appliance stores, grocery stores, large electronic stores, furniture stores, etc. You can also tape* several boxes together to make a larger shelter. Reggie’s Sleepout is a great opportunity to get creative!

*No staples or nails allowed!

 

WHAT ABOUT SAFETY?

Safety is the number one priority at Reggie’s Sleepout. We will have on-site professional security, as well as volunteer field marshals.

 

REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT – AMES IS IN MARCH. YOU KNOW THE WEATHER IN IOWA. HOW CAN I STAY WARM? AND WHAT IF IT RAINS? OR SNOWS?

Reggie’s Sleepout is intended to increase awareness by simulating the experience of homelessness by sleeping outside in the elements. We will hold the event, even with rain or snow. There will be some covered shelter onsite in the event of rain. Based on feedback from past Reggie’s Sleepout campers, we can share the following recommendations to help stay warm:

  • Bring a tarp or layer of cardboard to put under your box, tent or sleeping bag.
  • Do not bring a cot to sleep on. Cots actually are colder to sleep on than the ground.
  • Wear a hat – preferably wool – all night.
  • Wear clean, dry socks (again, wool is a good choice).
  • Bring extra sweatshirts, coats, blankets, etc.

 

CAN I LEAVE THE EVENT AND GET BACK IN?

Yes and no. In order to maintain security for the event, the gates will be closed at 10 p.m. If you leave after 10 p.m., you will not be allowed back in to the stadium. All campers and guests will be required to check in and wear an event wrist band.

 

Do you have a question that isn’t answered here or on this website? Send us an email and we’ll get back to you: yss@yss.org.