FAQ

General

What is Over the Edge?
Over the Edge is a Canada-based special events company that provides signature events for nonprofit organizations anywhere in North America. Participants are invited to raise pledges in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of going over the edge of a local building. The Over the Edge crew handles the technical aspects of the event and Girl Scouts recruits rappellers to participate in the event and raise money on their behalf. For more information about Over the Edge USA, please visit overtheedgeusa.com.

Is Over the Edge safe?
Yes! Over the Edge has never had a single incident or accident at any event since their inception in 2003. Every Over the Edge event is set up as an industrial worksite and as a result is compliant with all federal and state OSHA Fall Protection Standards and OSHA Federal and State Laws. To read more about safety, visit the Over the Edge site.

Is there a minimum age limit to rappel?
Yes, you must be 18 and sign our waiver at the time of the event.

Are there weight restrictions to rappel?
Yes, participants must be between 110-350 pounds to safely fit into the harness equipment.

Do I get to practice before the big rappel?
Yes! You will have the opportunity to practice before your big rappel. This practice session will help you get used to the harness, rappel device and technique for descending the building!

Is there a registration fee?
Yes, all participants must pay a $75 registration fee to begin the fundraising process (Toss Your Boss organizations should contact Ashleyn Przedwiecki at Ashleyn.Przedwiecki@girlscoutsrv.org before registering for your packet of information). Essentially the participant must only raise an additional $925 to go Over the Edge, since the $75 fee counts towards your fundraising goal.

Fundraising

What does the money raised at Over the Edge benefit?
Over the Edge benefits Girl Scouts River Valleys and our amazing renovation of Camp Edith Mayo and Program Center—a dynamic space for girls and the community to thrive.

I don’t have any experience fundraising; how do I do it?
When you register to go Over the Edge you will be prompted to create your own personal fundraising Web page. You can add photos, upload videos, and change the text on the page to help encourage your friends and family to support your Over the Edge efforts to benefit Girl Scouts River Valleys!

But don’t worry, we have many resources to help you meet your goal including the Edger Toolkit you’ll receive when you register.


How do I raise enough money to go Over the Edge?
  • You can collect “online” credit card donations by sending your friends and family a link to your personal fundraising page.
  • You can also collect cash and check donations by using this form. “Offline” donors should include your name in the memo line of checks, and checks should be made out to Girl Scouts River Valleys. Don’t forget to record these donations on your Firstgiving page by entering in the amount under “Amount Raised Offline.”
  • Cash and check donations can be mailed to Girl Scouts River Valleys by May 30, 2016 for our processing. We don’t encourage you to mail cash—either drop it by one of our offices, get a cashier’s check to mail, or contact us to discuss turning it in on event day or by May 30, 2016.
    • It is important that we know that the check/cash donation should be credited to you, so make sure that information is available when you send in cash or checks. After May 30, please hold on to any cash/checks you receive as donations, and let us know you will be bringing them when you to check-in on event day.
    • If you have questions about donations or the accounting process, please email FDGifts@girlscoutsrv.org.
    • Our office location for mailing: Girl Scouts River Valleys c/o Over the Edge 400 S Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55107.

Is the $75 registration fee counted toward my fundraising goal?
Yes! Essentially, you are contributing $75 toward your own goal and asking friends and family to help with the remaining. When you register, the $75 fee will be added to your fundraising page.

How do I add “offline” donations to my fundraising page?
  • If you receive cash and checks from donors, you can add these donations to your fundraising total by logging in to your fundraising page.
  • Next, click the “Your Fundraising” tab, and select “Add Offline Donation.”
  • You’ll be prompted to enter the name of the donor and the amount he or she donated. Once you click “Add Donation,” the donation will appear on your fundraising page and it will be counted in your total.
  • When Girl Scouts River Valleys receives the cash/check in your name (you should mail these in, see above!), we will confirm the gift and you’ll get an email letting you know the donation was received.
  • If you have questions about donations or the accounting process, please email FDGifts@girlscoutsrv.org.

Are donations tax deductible?
Yes, online contributions and checks are tax deductible. Your online donation page through Firstgiving will automatically issue your donors a receipt for their gifts. This receipt can be used as support for a tax deduction. Additionally, Girl Scouts River Valleys will issue receipts for all donations that are sent in to the office as long as we are provided with donor information.

What happens if I do not raise at least $1,000?
  • Each individual participant must reach the minimum $1,000 to go Over the Edge by event day. However, there is no need to worry, many fundraisers are surprised by how quickly you can fundraise when you ask!
  • Please note, your credit card will be charged the remaining balance on event day if minimum is not achieved (June 9, 2016).

Day of Event

What happens the day of the event?
The event takes place Thursday, June 9th, for an all-day celebration. The rappelling takes place from 9:00 am to 5 pm—plan at least an hour of your time for your experience. You can choose your time slot once you meet your minimum!

Can I rappel with a camera or other valuables?
  • We constantly worry about objects being dropped over the side, so personal cameras are not permitted. You won’t have a free hand to take photos anyway!
  • We will have professional photographers on the roof and you’ll receive the images after the event.
  • On event day, you will check-in droppable items like keys and cell phones, or jewelry that can get caught on things. No phones are allowed on the roof!

What should I wear when I rappel?
You’re going to be walking down the side of the building so wear good shoes. No sandals, slip-on shoes, slippers, flip flops, high heels or steel toed boots are permitted. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. The harness goes around your legs, waist and shoulders, so it is best to avoid anything bulky. Long hair must be tied back. You will be given a pair of gloves and a helmet to wear while you rappel.