3rd Macclesfield Upton Priory Sleepout Extreme!
The 3rd Macclesfield Upton Priory Scouts Sleepout Team were back again this year to take on their 3rd challenge. This year they decided to mix it up a little bit.
This is the 3rd year that 3rd Macclesfield Upton Priory Scouts have had their Advent Sleepout. This year the sleepout took place at Holy Trinity Church in Macclesfield. As a twist, a small number of Explorer Scouts from Macclesfield and Congleton District slept in the graveyard at the church (thanks to the Reverend for allowing this to happen).
The evening plan was to set up the sleeping areas, scouts in the chapel – sleeping on the floor or making beds out of the chairs, whilst the explorers made shelters out of groundsheets and cardboard in the graveyard.
These shelters had to be warm and dry as it was to be a wet and very windy night. Martin Hardy, Scout and Explorer Leader commented, ‘whilst we are often camping and on occasions sleeping in bivouacs, the opportunity to sleep in a graveyard was a truly unique and rare occasion. The shelters were arranged around the graveyard to show respect for those who reside there, but also to enable us to have the best possible experience.’
During the evening, before the traditional hot chocolate, we ran activities explaining how people become homeless and what support there is available to them. Many of the scouts commented that they didn’t realise how many reasons there were to be homeless and were grateful for what they had at home.