Booragoon PS dads are happy campers


Declan Hanley with son Toby Stephenson-Hanley (5) and Rob Butler with Abbey (9) and Will Butler (11) prepare for the annual camp-out. 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. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d466553

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.

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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.