So last night 17 of the OSR scouts put themselves through an evening of sleeping rough at St. Michaels School in Stoke Gifford. The evening started at 8pm with the scouts undertaking a 5 mile hike to simulate the sort of distance a homeless person may have to travel looking for food or other items to make their lives a little more comfortable. This follows on from The Julian Trust evening a few weeks back, the homeless charity gave the scouts information about rough sleeping and the scouts wanted to experience it for themselves.
When they returned to the school they were given cardboard to make shelters for the night (it was expected to be about 2 degrees and raining in the morning). A hot meal and drink and then to bed. There was a lot of excitement at first but everyone had some sleep waking at 6.30am to dismantle their shelters and get back to their warm houses and comfortable beds. Everyone had a fabulous experience one that they will never forget, but what we must remember is there are people that have this experience every night.