Back in November 2015, the DUCKs – Fathering Project Schools Group of Kensington Primary School – hosted a camp out. The event attracted a great attendance – a total of 180 dads and kids attended the camp out! Perfect weather and the green, spacious surrounds of the school oval set the stage for an awesome event.
Dads and kids trickled in from 4pm and started setting up camp. Some dads were even lucky enough that their kids stayed to help! By 6pm a fully-fledged tent land had sprung up around the oval.
The games they played
The kids were largely entertained by each other during the afternoon. The giant soccer ball and tug of war rope were a big hit! Dads showed off their impressive strength on the tug of war and the kids enjoyed themselves tremendously!
Dinner bell caused a stampede!! The kids were definitely famished after the activities set for them.
No doubt the two highlights of the night were the fires/marshmallow roasting and the multiple games of spotlight. As soon as the fires were lit the kids were lined up ready to go. David recalled 7kgs worth of marshmallows had been burnt to varying degrees by the time they had finished!
The chaos of 100 kids playing simultaneous games of spotlight was classic. Thankfully the glow stick prize for being caught meant the dads could at least see them running around in the dark!
Bed time was an ‘interesting’ experience…
By 9 or 10 p.m. most of the kids had gradually made it to bed and the Dads weren’t that far behind! Fireworks, police sirens and someone in the neighbourhood playing music until 2am made for a fairly patchy night sleep.
No stopping the kids though – by 5 a.m. the next morning 90% of them were up running on the oval! Talk about dedication!
Bacon and egg sambos get the morning off to a good start. The staff at Little Banksia were only mildly freaked out by the order of 60 takeaway coffees at 6.30 a.m.! They did a great job and the coffees were much appreciated.
A quick clean up, thanks to all the volunteers and everyone managed to just get off the oval in time for cricket at 8 a.m.!
David Mundy, leader of the DUCKs, says: “I think everyone who was there would agree we had a fantastic night at the Dads and Kids Camp! The plan is to have this camp out every year.”