Wheeling SleepOut FAQ


Q. What is the best way to get Wheeling SleepOut information?

     A. The best way here on this website. You can get all the details for the event and directly donate or have your friends, family, and coworkers donate money on your behalf by registering yourself as an individual, team, or by joining a team. Feel free to email your friends about it from your participant center.


Q. Is a minor consent form required to attend?


     A. Yes. It is important that parents/guardians complete the Wheeling SleepOut Activity Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement  for participants under 18 years of age. Parent/guardian or responsible adult verifying parent/guardian signature should accompany youth participant to the registration table at the event.


Q. Will food be available at Wheeling SleepOut?


     A. Yes, but you might grab a bite before you come. There will be a late evening dinner provided. Salvation Army will be on site through out the event to provide water, hot chocolate, and coffee. There will be a light breakfast Saturday morning. Youth Services System, Inc. is responsible to keep the field clean and in good repair. No food is permitted on the I-470 Baseball Field. This is a tobacco and alcohol-free event.


Q. What can I sleep in?


      A. You can sleep in a cardboard box you design and enter in the Boxed-In Design Contest, sleep in a tent (absolutely no tent stakes allowed in the field) or simply bring a sleeping bag to sleep out under the stars if you're feeling lucky.


Q. I don't have a cardboard box big enough to sleep in - where can I get one?


      A. There are many businesses in town where you might find a box like this. Appliance stores, grocery stores, large electronic stores, furniture stores. We do not provide building materials or cardboard at the event.


Q. Do I bring my entry for the Boxed-In Design contest already assembled?


      A. We recommend you design the box in advance & assemble it when you arrive. You may bring it already decorated, just note the rules about which materials you are permitted to use. Boxed-In Design Rules


Q. It's November, so how can I stay warm?


      A. Most importantly, bring a tarp or a layer of cardboard to put under your 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. The Wheeling Fire Department is donating the use of two large, heated tents which will be located in the food area & will also be used as a warming and activity area, after dinner.


Q. What if it rains?


      A. The event is rain or shine. There will be limited covered shelter on site in case of rain.


Q. What about safety?


      A. Safety is paramount for
Wheeling SleepOut, and we will have on site security, field marshals staffed by trained volunteers. The Wheeling Fire Department will be on site the entire time to provide First-Aid.


Q. Are children welcome at Wheeling SleepOut?


      A. Children are very welcome. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


Q. How do I ask someone to sponsor me and who will do it?

      A. Simply ask everyone you know "Will you sponsor me?" You'll be surprised at the number of people who will support you. Just ask people at school, at work, your friends and family, members of spiritual groups or other organizations, your neighbors, or anyone you know. No amount is too small.

Here's a handy tracker to organize your efforts.

You can invite friends to the website to sponsor you online, through your participant center. 


Q. Where do I send the money I collect?


     A. Send your donations to:

Youth Services System, Inc.
Attn: Wheeling SleepOut
PO Box 6041
Wheeling, WV 26003

Checks should be payable to Youth Services System, Inc. (With the participants name in the memo line.) 

Also, if you would like to donate money directly and aren't able to sleep out, you can make a general donation on line.

You may also bring raised funds to the event on November 3rd. (Donations received at the event do not apply towards the top fundraiser grand prize.)

Q. What if I have additional questions?

A. Contact Sondra Jackson: sjackson@ysswv.com 
or (304) 218-2909