Wed, September 5, 2018

Sheldon College’s oval will be transformed into a massive camping ground for fathers and students from Kindergarten to Year 6 for a Fathers’ Camp Out.

More than 800 people will attend the annual event on Saturday 8 September and tough out the elements with a kaleidoscope of tents displayed on the College oval in Brisbane's Bayside.

The Queensland school will hold the event to highlight the important role dads play in their children's lives.

Sheldon College’s Acting Head of Secondary Sport, and father of three, Mr Scott Easdown will host the guests over the weekend.

“Fathers will have the opportunity to spend time with their children away from mum and to get together and be part of the Sheldon College community on our grounds,” he said.

"We need that time for the dads, to spend some one-on-one time with their children and for bonding.

"The children love to spend the time with their dads.

"Just giving them 24-hours together where there are no other distractions makes a difference to their lives.”

The Fathers’ Camp Out will raise funds for Kenyan students Stanley and Purity’s school fees at the Sunrise of Africa School. The donations will cover the 2019 school fees demonstrating the importance of giving to help those less fortunate.

Proceeds from the event will also raise money for Queensland farmers struggling during the drought. 

Daytime activities will include swimming, obstacle courses, arts and crafts, dodgeball plus sporting games such as tennis and touch football.

At night three open-air screens will entertain attendees with the football finals for Rugby League, AFL and Rugby Union, all being aired on large screens. 

In the lead up to the event, Fathers will also have another treat with the opportunity to attend the Father’s Day Themed-Assembly on Friday featuring well-renowned Australian Olympian boxer Jeff Horn who will be filming a 20-minute ICANIWILL educational documentary on the College campus.

Approximately seven separate barbecues will feed the brave souls during the camp-out with hundreds of sausages, steaks and bread rolls being dispersed.

The College also acknowledges the generous sponsors and donations for the event.

Sheldon College educates around 1500 students from 15 months through to Year 12 in the non-denominational co-educational College set on 56 acres in Brisbane’s Bayside.