Bond­ing time for dads and kids

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Jessica War­riner­mu­ni­ d474662

DADS and kids are set to de­scend on Su­bi­aco Oval for one last hur­rah be­fore it shuts its doors.

The Father­ing Project’s Big Camp Out is headed to the sta­dium on Oc­to­ber 14, with fa­thers and their daugh­ters and sons set to camp for a night of fun and bond­ing.

Kewdale’s Ben Harper, a father of two, is go­ing with his daugh­ter Lucca (6). Mr Harper is a big sup­porter of The Father­ing Project.

After ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the group at one school, he brought it to East Vic­to­ria Park Pri­mary.

“I think it’s fan­tas­tic. The dads and kids bond­ing is great,” Mr Harper said.

“The other main ben­e­fit is dads catch­ing up. We don’t get a heck of a lot of time to get to know each other, it’s mostly mums who do school pick ups. I didn’t know a sin­gle dad in my daugh­ter’s class. We have catch ups in The Father­ing Project

“We touch on a lot of sub­jects, like tech­niques for father­ing, how you can spend time with your kids one-on-one, and you can learn from other dads.”

Mr Harper said the Big Camp Out would be a fan­tas­tic send-off for the oval.

“As Eagles mem­bers, we’ve been to a cou­ple of dozen games with Lucca, but to be out in the mid­dle of the sta­dium with dads and kids run­ning amok will be great.”

The event is de­signed for all fa­thers and father fig­ures with their kids be­tween five and 12.

A bar­be­cue din­ner and break­fast will be pro­vided, with the event run­ning from 3pm on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, to noon on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

Fa­thers and chil­dren are en­cour­aged to work to­gether to pre­pare their camp­ing equip­ment and board games for the night.

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Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Ben Harper with daugh­ter Lucca will be at The Father­ing Project’s sleep­out at Su­bi­aco Oval.

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