How can I get more information on SHIP’s SleepOver for Homeless youth, and about SHIP of Frederick County?
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Is there a registration fee for the SleepOver?
Yes, each camper must register and pay a $ 25 fee. In addition to the registration fee, each camper is encouraged to raise a minimum of $ 150 from friends, family, work associates, classmates, and neighbors – all to help Frederick County’s homeless youth. All it takes is to ask 15 of your friends, family members, and neighbors to donate $ 10 each, and you’ve made the number.
Entrance to the SleepOver entitles the camper to attend the event, receive a commemorative “Shine the Light on Homeless Youth” flashlight, and access to food and beverages, entertainment, activities and games, let alone sleeping outdoors on the Tuscarora School Stadium field with hundreds of their new best friends.
What are the age requirements to attend the event?
The community is invited to attend and participate as a camper in the SleepOver.
Individual children eleven years and older are allowed to camp overnight with an adult, age 25 or older, providing supervision. For teams that include minor age children, an adult, age 25 or older, must be a member of the team, and commits to providing overnight supervision of the minor-age team members. Each adult team member is must register, join that team, and fundraise a minimum of $ 150 for Frederick County’s homeless youth.
Do ALL campers need to sign a Liability Waiver form?
Yes. Each camper, regardless of age, must sign a waiver. For minor age campers, a parent or legal guardian must sign the waiver. All Liability and Minor Consent waivers will be collected at the SleepOver Check-In on Saturday, October 13th. You can download the Liability Waiver here.
Do I need to raise money for the charity?
Yes, each registered camper, in addition to $ 25 registration fee, is encouraged to raise a minimum of $ 150 in donations to help support Frederick County’s homeless youth. By collecting $ 300 in donations, you will receive a commemorative SleepOver for Homeless Youth long sleeve t-shirt in their size. For those collecting $ 600, you will receive a commemorative hooded sweatshirt. Prizes for the top individual and team fundraisers will receive gifts provided by our Premier Sponsor, Mattress Warehouse.
At the end of the registration process, each camper must:
1) create their own individual online fundraising page, or
2) create a new team online fundraising page, encouraging up to five friends to join the team (each team has a maximum of six members), or join an existing team that still have vacancies.
It’s so easy to fundraise – just ask 15 of your friends, family members, and neighbors to contribute $ 10 each, and you’ve made your objective.
Will anyone sponsor me?
Yes, absolutely! Ask everyone you know, “Will you help the homeless youth of Frederick County by sponsoring me.” You’ll be surprised at the number of people who’ll support you. Ask people at work, your friends, your family members, members of spiritual groups, your neighbors – anyone and everyone you know. Send them to your fundraising page, or have them complete the Donation Tracker found at the back of the Camper Info document.
Where do I bring any offline donations made?
All campers can bring their completed Donation Tracker forms and checks/cash to Check-In at the Stadium on Saturday, October 13th. Checks should be made out to: SHIP of Frederick County, with a notation in the memo reading “2018 SleepOver”.
Is a Minor Consent Form required to attend?
Yes. It’s vital that parents/legal guardians complete the Minor Consent Form for those campers who are under the age of 18 – otherwise, you will not be able to enter the stadium and participate as a camper. Parents or Legal Guardians should bring the Minor Consent Form to the Check-In area at the stadium on Saturday, October 13th. The Minor Consent Form can be downloaded here.
What about Event Security?
Of course, safety is a major priority. Experienced and highly trained security will be on-site at the event during the overnight hours at the SleepOver. During the SleepOver, the stadium venue will be closed to the public, and only open to volunteers, event staff, and campers.
Where do I sleep?
All campers will sleep on the grass field at Tuscarora High School stadium.
How do I stay warm?
The weather in Maryland is generally pretty good in mid-October, with warm days and cool nights. Wear multiple layers with head cover, bring ground cover, and a sleeping bag and pillow, and you should be good to go. Do NOT bring a cot. Two person pup tents are allowed, but with no stakes as they would damage the grass field.
What about rain?
Should we anticipate inclement weather, the venue will be changed to Frederick Indoor Sports Center. We’ll advise everyone of the change by 12 noon on Thursday, October 11th, should we need to.
Will food be available at the SleepOver?
Definitely. An evening meal provided by Roy Rogers Restaurants will be provided along with Aquafina water and Pepsi soda products. A Grab & Go breakfast will be provided the following morning as campers prepare to exit the stadium.
We’re not able to allow gum, food, snacks or beverages to be brought in from the outside unless you have allergies or a diet that necessitates special food or preparation. In that case, all items will need to be stored in the food tent for your use. Please observe this rule. This is a tobacco and alcohol-free event; no tobacco and alcohol is allowed on the premises, and violators will be promptly escorted out of the venue.
Can you leave the event and come back in?
No. At Check-In, each registered camper will be issued a wrist band. Only people with a wrist band will be allowed to enter the venue at any time. Campers will only able to leave only if it’s an verified emergency, and only when escorted by a parent or legal guardian.
What is there to do at the SleepOver?
We have a wide range of activities planned throughout the night. After dinner, entertainment on the SleepOver stage will begin, featuring a wide range of song, dance, and music highlighting local Frederick County talent. We’ll conclude with a popular movie on the Big Screen, then adjourn to a surprise for all that is certain to delight.