Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is there an age requirement?
People of any age can participate in an Over the Edge event. However, anyone under the age of 18 requires a parent or guardian signature on the legal waiver, as well as a parent or guardian on site the day of the event.
2. Is there a weight requirement?
Over the Edge's equipment safety standards require that people must be between 100 and 300 pounds to rappel safely.
3. Do I need to have rappelling experience to participate?
None at all! We will train you and help you to feel comfortable on event day. All you need is the courage to step Over the Edge in support of Wakeman Boys & Girls Club!
4. Number of Total Rappelling Spots:
5. How many stories will I be rappelling?
16 stories (248 feet)
6. What are the fundraising levels and minimums?
Individual Rappeller: Minimum $1000
Register at this level if you are an individual representing yourself as a fundraiser, or if you are representing your company or other organization when you rappel.
Fearless Leader: Combined Team Minimum is based on number of rappellers in group
Consider this level if you are a group of two or more individuals who want to combine fundraising efforts (donations go towards individual goal AND collective group goal) and rappel around the same time on event day. Contact Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org to register a multi-person rappelling team.
7. How do registration fees work?
We require a registration fee of $50, which will go towards your fundraising minimum. We charge a registration fee since there are a limited number of spots and we are seeking rappellers who are committed to supporting Wakeman!
8. Is there a deadline to raise the minimum amount?
The fundraising deadline is the day of the event. If you have not raised your minimum by this time, you will have the option to sign a credit card guarantee in order to secure your spot on a rope. Your card will be charged the difference between what has been raised and the minimum. You will still be able to continue fundraising for 30 days past the event, at which point we will credit your card back the amount that has come in since event day.
9. What time will I rappel on September 14?
Two weeks before the event, you will receive your scheduled time to rappel. You may request a morning or afternoon slot once you have reached your fundraising minimum! (Please note we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate specific times.)
10. What if it rains on September 14?
We plan to rappel rain or shine! However, thunder, lightning, or high winds can cause a weather delay or a postponement of the event to the next day.
11. Where should I park on the day of the event?
Parking will be available in the People's United Bank Parking Garage, which is attached to the building and accessible from Water St/North Frontage Rd. There is also metered street parking throughout downtown Bridgeport.
12. What will the day of the Over The Edge event be like?
The final details are still being worked out, but plan on a festive, fun day filled with food, music, and fun. Rappelling begins at 9am and ends at 5pm but the party goes all day! Each rappeller will be announced when they rappel and cheered when they land. Bring your friends and supporters!
13. Can my supporters pay with a check?
Yes! You can collect checks made payable to Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and send them to the address below. These donations will be input manually and will be reflected in your fundraising total!
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club
268 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824