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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFO ON REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?
Start here. You can get event details and even directly donate – or have your friends, family, and community members donate money on your behalf by registering yourself as an individual, team, or joining someone else’s team. It’s fast and easy to use – plus you can email your friends from your HQ!

IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?
If you are going to camp overnight at Reggie’s Sleepout, yes. There is a $25 registration fee for campers, which provides an event t-shirt, food (mac & cheese, pizza, and snacks), entertainment, security, and more. The $25 goes towards your fundraising goal (applied at check-in on the day-of). You can register here.

If you just want to come for part of the evening, you can get a guest wristband at the gate or event check-in. Guests must leave the event by 11:00 PM.

DO I NEED TO RAISE MONEY?
We definitely encourage fundraising. The money donated at the event directly supports youth receiving services from Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. There are some awesome incentives for raising money, including a sweatshirt, stadium blanket, Bluetooth speakers, and more.  We have prizes for the top fundraising team too!  Here’s just a sampling of what your donations help our youth attain:

+ $25 will provide 3 sets of I.D.’s for 3 youth (which is required to obtain housing and employment)
+ $50 will purchase 1 monthly DART bus pass, so a youth can get to school, work, and shelter
+ $100 will supply over 50 meals at our Youth Opportunity Center+ $100 will supply over 50 meals at our Youth Opportunity Center
+ $250 will provide 15 survival backpacks (with food, hygiene products, and more) to youth living on the streets
+ $500 will give 10 nights of safe shelter for 1 youth

WILL ANYONE SPONSOR ME?
Yes! Ask everyone you know, “Will you sponsor me?” You’ll be surprised at the number of people who’ll support you. Ask people at work, your friends and families, members of spiritual groups or other organizations, your neighbors, or anyone you know. You can even ask them to go to the website and donate online on your behalf. No amount is too small.

WHERE DO I SEND THE MONEY TO WHEN I COLLECT IT?
Send your donations – cash or check – to:
Iowa Homeless Youth Centers
Attn: Reggie’s Sleepout
612 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Checks should be payable to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers. Donations can be brought the day of the event from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Also, if you would like to donate money directly and aren’t able to sleep out, you can make a general donation online at reggiessleepout.org

IS A MINOR CONSENT FORM NEEDED TO ATTEND?
Yes. It’s important that parents/guardians complete the minor consent form for those participants who are under 18 years of age. Parents and guardians should bring the minor consent form to the registration table at the event. The minor consent form can be downloaded here: Minor Consent Form

WHAT ABOUT KIDS AT REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?
Absolutely, the more the merrier! We just ask that anyone under 18 be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. 

WHERE DO I SLEEP? 
Bring a cardboard box, enter in the Boxed-in Design Contest, a pup tent (no stakes) or simply a sleeping bag to sleep out under the stars.

I NEED A CARDBOARD BOX BIG ENOUGH TO SLEEP IN – WHERE CAN I GET ONE?
There are many businesses in town where you can find larger boxes. Appliance stores, grocery stores, large electronic stores, furniture stores. We’ve contacted the major ones, and they’re always willing to help out.

HEY, THIS IS IOWA, SO HOW CAN I STAY WARM?
Most importantly, bring a tarp or a layer of cardboard to put under you box, tent or sleeping bag. Do not bring a cot to sleep on. It’s much colder than sleeping on the ground. Wear a hat — preferably wool — all night long, as well as clean, dry wool socks. There will also be a warming tent.

WHAT ABOUT RAIN?
The Sleepout goes on, rain or shine. You’ll find some covered shelter onsite in case of rain. If it looks like rain, you might want to bring a poncho, coat or slicker.

AM I SAFE?
Of course, safety is a major priority. There will be onsite security, Des Moines Police officers field marshals and a first aid table staffed by trained volunteers.

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE AT REGGIE’S SLEEPOUT?
Definitely. An evening meal will be provided along with water, coffee, and hot chocolate. We don’t allow gum, food, drinks, or snacks. Please observe this rule. IHYC is responsible to keep the stadium clean. This is a tobacco and alcohol-free event so there will be no tobacco and alcohol allowed on the premises and violators will be escorted out.

CAN YOU LEAVE THE EVENT AND COME BACK IN?
Yes and no. In order to maintain security for the event, the doors will be closed at 10:00 p.m. If you leave after 10:00 p.m. you will not be allowed back in.  Minors are not allowed to leave without a chaperone.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO AT THE SLEEPOUT?
We have a host of activities throughout the night of the sleepout.
1. Enter the Boxed Design Contest. Set up is from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Judging begins at 7:00 p.m. Awards are presented to winning boxes in the areas of Educational, Creativity and Livability.
2. Entertainment will be going on from 3:00-10:00 p.m.
3. Reggie’s Got Talent. Bring your singing voices, poetry, dance moves and more to our talent show.
4. We will have outdoor activities throughout the evening.