Dads happy campers

NIGHT UN­DER THE STARS

Melville Times - - Street Watch -

FA­THERS of chil­dren at­tend­ing Boor­a­goon Pri­mary School are look­ing for­ward to spend­ing some qual­ity time with their kids camped out un­der the stars on the school oval on Fri­day night.

The an­nual Boor­a­goon Pri­mary Cham­pion Dads (BPCD) camp-out re­turns for a fourth year, with more than 100 fam­i­lies ex­pected to pitch a tent for the event.

The camp-out pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for fa­thers to take time out from the bus­tle of daily life to bond with their kids.

One of the Cham­pion Dads, Rob But­ler, said the event also helped cre­ate a sup­port net­work for lo­cal fa­thers.

“Tra­di­tion­ally men don’t com­mu­ni­cate nearly as well as women,” he said.

“Moth­ers are great at it; they’ll drop the kids off at school and have a chat with each other but dads are a lot less likely to make the time.”

Af­ter en­joy­ing a bar­be­cue break­fast on Satur­day morn­ing, dads will at­tend a short pre­sen­ta­tion by The Father­ing Pro­ject, a not-for-profit group started by Perth can­cer spe­cial Bruce Robin­son.

The Father­ing Pro­ject aims to in­spire and equip dads and fa­ther fig­ures to en­gage with their kids.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d466553

De­clan Hanley with son Toby Stephen­son-Hanley (5) and Rob But­ler with Abbey (9) and Will But­ler (11) pre­pare for the an­nual camp-out.

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