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May 2 - 3, 2020 | 5PM - 6AM

SleepOut at Six Flags Great America while raising funds to provide individuals and families in our community with safe shelter & the resources they need to move out of homelessness and into housing.

Only 250 spots available!

let's sleepOut for shelter

Thank you for helping to end homelessness in Lake County by participating in this year’s event!

PADS Lake County is thrilled to partner with Six Flags Great America again for our annual Sleepout for Shelter fundraiser.  We can’t wait to raise awareness and important funds all while having a fantastic time connecting with fellow community members and enjoying Six Flags Great America - including exclusive after-hours ride time only available to SleepOut attendees!


After the park closes, you'll have access to all of your favorite rides in Southwest Territory (with no lines!), including: Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, Raging Bull and Giant Drop!

All proceeds from the event will support the vital programs and services that PADS Lake County provides to the men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our community.

be a digital fundraiser

Want to host a SleepOut in your backyard, run a digital fundraiser, or create your own unique experience instead of SleepingOut at Six Flags? You can still be a part of the event and raise awareness and support for our neighbors experiencing homelessness by creating your own event or digital fundraiser.

Whether you want to create a family event, corporate team-builder, Girl Scout campout, or more, this is a perfect opportunity to bond with your community and let your fundraising creativity shine!



MAY 2 - 3

5:00 pm   Registration & Check-in, Supply Drop-off
7:00 pm   Rally at the Mission Building in Southwest Territory
8:00 pm  Exclusive ride time after hours!

10:00 pm   Program & Camping Activities
11:30 pm  Lights Out!
6:00 am    SleepOut Concludes

*Exact schedule subject to change


Participants Sleeping Out at Six Flags will raise a minimum of $75. By  donating or fundraising at least this amount, you will gain access to the event (including exclusive after-hours ride time!) at Six Flags Great America. Bringing children 13 and under? Just fundraise or donate an additional $50/child!


We highly encourage all individuals and teams to set an additional fundraising goal to encourage friends, family, and co-workers to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness!  In addition to supporting PADS' programs, you'll receive special prizes and incentives  (see Fundraising Prizes and FAQ). Together, we can spread awareness throughout our community!  


  • Groups with children under 18 years of age require one chaperone (21+) for every six children.

  • Upon completion of registration, you will be asked to sign a waiver for participation. Each person staying overnight must sign this waiver. You may send the waiver in advance, or we will have copies available on the event night.

  • To increase the impact of the event, we encourage each of you to sleep OUT - in a sleeping bag, tent, or just on a blanket on the ground. You are responsible for providing your own materials. We will have a limited number of extra blankets to share on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • You may NOT stake tents (or anything) into the ground at Six Flags Great America. You may use weights to keep your shelters stable.

  • Be mindful that you will be bringing your supplies into the theme park from the parking lot.  There will not be dollies or hand carts or anything else available to aid in transport.







student edition

Identify a student team captain to decide what type of event you’d like to plan and form a recruitment strategy. You can join together with any group of friends, but most Student SleepOuts are planned by existing groups: high school classes, clubs, sports teams, youth groups, Boy and Girl Scout troops, social clubs, faith communities, college fraternities and sororities, college residence hall floors, and volunteer organizations.



The first step is to set up personal fundraising page. Then identify the most effective approach for each of your potential donors and go for it. Don’t limit yourself to only one way to reach out to your contacts. Some may be more responsive to a printed letter than an email request. If you want PADS marketing material, let us know in the "contact us" form.



Ask your friends and relatives to forward your online fundraising page link to their list of contacts. Write a brief paragraph about your participation in the SleepOut and why it is important to help the homeless.

workplace edition

Identify a team captain to decide what type of event you’d like to plan and form a recruitment strategy. You can join together with any of your co-workers, but many groups like to use SleepOut as an opportunity to team build with their departments or resource groups.



Not only will the dollars you raise go directly toward supporting the individuals and families in our community experiencing homelessness, but you can also win prizes based on how much you raise.

Don't forget, every participant who signs up for the Six Flags event must raise a minimum of $75, which will grant them access to the event - including exclusive

after-hours ride time!


Individual Prizes


One-day General Admission Pass to Six Flags for 2020 season


PADS T-shirt

Featured on PADS

website and social media




PADS roll-up picnic

blanket - perfect for snacking during SleepingOut and


PADS drawstring bag

Featured on "Top Fundraisers Banner" at

Six Flags Sleepout Event (based on totals as of

April 13, 2020)




Get a Premium Dining Pass added to your Six Flags Season Pass - lunch, dinner and a snack every time you visit. PLUS a Six Flags Sports Bottle for unlimited beverages

Featured in PADS Print Summer Newsletter

'PADS Sleepout Hero' Certificate of Recognition 

2020 Six Flags Season Pass 

PADS Water Bottlle


Featured in PADS e-newsletter


Individuals SleepingOut at Six Flags will fundraise $75 to gain admission to the event on May 2nd.


Team Prizes

Featured on PADS website and social media. 

*Team sizes will be capped at 15 people



Featured on PADS website & social media


Custom selfie frame to use during your SleepOut event (based on totals as of April 10, 2020)

Featured in PADS e-newsletter

Featured on "Top Fundraisers Banner" at Six Flags Sleepout Event (based on totals as of April 13, 2020)


Celebrate your fundraising win at Six Flags! All team members will receive One-day General Admission Passes to Six Flags .

Featured in PADS Print

Summer Newsletter

Team  'PADS SleepOut Hero'

Certificate of Recognition


Any questions, comments or concerns about SleepOut 2020? Pease do not hesitate to contact us at sleepout@padslakecounty.org.



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