Advent Sleepout Challenge

The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a national campaign to fund local homeless projects in England.  Church Urban Fund are challenging youth organisations, community groups, churches, and individuals throughout England to “sleep out” this Advent, and help transform lives and communities across the country.

By giving up a night of comfort that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted, this challenging experience brings home the daily reality of life for many homeless people in England. You could sleep out in a Scout hall, church or community hall, garage, or a garden shed! You could even spend the night in a local stable and reflect on the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph.

For more information on The Advent Sleepout Challenge and how you can get involved check out the website at

This a great activity for the Scouts to participate in as it offers opportunities for learning, building and bonding! It gives your Scout group the chance to create an everyday adventure without having to leave their local community or area.

Why not use the Advent Sleepout Challenge as a night for badge collecting!


  • •  The Advent Sleepout Challenge is a great way for Scouts to earn their Fundraising Badge whilst learning and having fun.
  • •   The evening would be a great opportunity for Scouts to earn their Entertainer Badge. Perhaps groups could work together to create a piece of drama about what it might be like to be homeless during Christmas or perform some Christmas Carols for their families!
  • •  Scouts could work towards their Chef Badge providing some much needed tasty food for everyone taking part.


Here are a few other ideas of how the Advent Sleepout Challenge can be adapted to suit local Scouting groups: 


  • •   Encourage and develop team work by building a cooking fire or campfire together
  • •  Build a shelter out of cardboard boxes and teach your Pack/Troop/Patrol/Unit urban survival skills
  • •  Provide minimal ingredients and work together as a group to plan and cook a really frugal meal
  • •   Utilise the Church Urban Fund resources to teach Scouts about issues of poverty and homelessness
  • •   Create a ‘stable’ with bales of hay and animals, either using your scout hut or use a local stable or barn venue


The Church Urban Fund will provide a number of resources and tools for you to run your
Advent Sleepout Challenge as smoothly as possible, these include:


  • •    Presentation on how to host your own Advent Sleepout Challenge
  • •    Planning information and instructions, posters, disclaimer forms, risk assessment, health and safety information
  • •    Registration and online donation platform
  • •    Interactive map of events happening across England
  • •    Video Content
  • •    Ideas and activities for your sleepout challenge
  • •    Blog with ideas and stories of others involved
  • •    Support from the CUF central staff where needed


If you have any other questions or queries, then please contact Anastasia Bartlett: or on 0207 898 1644.

Geoff Vanderplank