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Why Sleepout?

This dream can become a reality if todayʼs youth, tomorrowʼs leaders, understand and care about the problem. Sleepout will provide many opportunities for awareness and education in the vital mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community. Sleeping in a “box shelter,” hearing and seeing stories of homeless families who have made the move to independence and permanent housing, and sharing each otherʼs experiences will bring this ministry up close and personal for our youth. With their help, the Shreveport-Bossier community can indeed become a place where no family is homeless. 

 
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When is Sleepout 4 Independence?

Saturday April 29 through Sunday April 30, 2017

 
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Where will it take place?

Independence Stadium will host Sleepout and give participants the ability to sleep under the stars so others wonʼt have to. 


Independence Stadium
3301 Pershing Blvd
Shreveport, LA 71109

 
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How many can participate?

Only 700 youth registrations are available because of stadium capacity. Participants can register as teams or individuals.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or team sponsor. Waivers/releases are provided and required to be signed by parents.

Up to 700 campers will get to personally experience and understand something of the homeless experience. They will come together as a community to break the cycle of homelessness in families, by sleeping out in boxes, tents, sleeping bags – the same items homeless families must rely on for shelter from a cold and rainy night or a sweltering Louisiana day. Participation will come from faith-based youth groups, Scouts, college students, middle and high school students and others. Campers will enjoy fellowship, DJ music, fun activities, food, late night movies, an awards ceremony, and a joyous Sunday morning. 

 
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How much does it cost to participate?

Each participant (including chaperones) will register online with a $25 fee.

Click here to register.

Campers are encouraged to raise more than the minimum by asking friends and family to sponsor them for Sleepout. They may also form a team to raise the largest amount of money and be recognized during the awards ceremony. This website is a great way to organize, solicit donations and manage teams. 

 
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What is the Build-A-Box Shelter Challenge?

Campers are challenged to be creative and design a “box shelter” for their overnight accommodations! The only materials that are allowed are items that a homeless family might gather such as cardboard, rope and tape. The shelter contest will have winners in categories such as Best in Show, Best Design and Best Theme/Education, judged by community leaders at the event. Click here for guidelines.

 
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How do I maximize my Sleepout experience?

No need to leave those smart phones, iPads or other smart devices at home. Campers can stay in touch with each other, with friends and with the world by letting people know what theyʼre doing to end homelessness on social media sites.

Start creating the buzz that will attract sponsors, build teams, encourage donations, and spread the word that the cycle of homelessness CAN be broken and THEY are going to be part of it.