On Saturday 25th October a group of Year 4 dads and their intrepid daughters embarked by barge from Palm Beach to the Basin Campground for the inaugural Roseville year 4 Dads and Daughters camp.
As the barge ramp came down the group stormed ashore – tents, mattresses, water bottles and other supplies necessary for a night under canvas were quickly unloaded and moved to the prepared campsite – Camp Cooke!
The dads quickly assembled the tents, in what can only be described as an expert manner, whilst the daughters helped in the best way they could by getting their swimmers on and going to the lagoon for a swim!
The dads quickly followed and an ‘ EPIC ‘ water fight then ensued which, at the risk of sounding biased, I think the dads won with the use of guile as well as the occasional use of overwhelming firepower. As the sun shone down, the girls fashioned a spa in the sand and settled down to discussing the issues of the day whilst the Dads retired to the campground to check provisions for the evening BBQ.
As the girls came back for an afternoon snack, an impromptu game of beach-ball football then ensued between the Dads and Daughters. Your intrepid correspondent can report that it was a hard fought game
with some stand out performances from the girls. By contrast there were some “pythonesque’ performances from the dads’ forward line that saw them demoted to the bench – (you know who you are!!) Safe to say the final result was a win for the good guys (or should I say good girls.)
With dinner-time fast approaching, the dads went to the eskies to secure the meat in a way our hunter-gatherer forebears would have been proud. Mums would be pleased to hear something called a ’salad’ was also produced and an outstanding BBQ with all the trimmings was devoured with relish.
However, as we tore into steaks, kebabs, burgers and the odd snag, the clouds darkened in expectation of an almighty thunderstorm to test the troops. Fortunately a number of former boy scouts were on hand with the Bureau of Meteorology radar app to confidently declare, we were likely to miss the worst of it. With this in mind the fire-pit was prepared in a manner befitting the occasion and with an element of good fortune, the worst of the weather passed us by and some of the largest marshmallows ever seen were roasted on open fire by the girls – and some of the dads.
Even with a significant dose of sugar some of the girls were beginning to flag so we decamped back to our Camp Cooke for some more singing, a high stakes game of UNO and a beautiful rendition of American Pie that Don Mclean would of been proud of according to the YouTube reviews!! (Go on, admit it – you did a search didn’t you!
Whilst the dads were having fun singing, or more realistically forgetting the words to, a number of classic anthems, the girls organised an impromptu pyjama party or two but eventually drifted off to sleep.
Another beautiful day dawned as Camp Cooke slowly came back to life. A few Wallabies (the real things, not the green and gold variety) were ejected from the cooking tent. A few of the girls went for an early morning swim whilst some of our more sprightly dads were spotted going for a run! Breakfast of Bacon and Egg rolls was quickly prepared with military precision and the day got off to a splendid start!
After Breakfast everybody went for another swim and play on the beach whilst negotiations for a walk to see some Aboriginal paintings ensued.
Eventually an expeditionary force was assembled and the aforementioned paintings were viewed after an arduous walk under a baking sun. Unsurprisingly a swim was called for on their return before it was time to pack the tents away, have a sausage sizzle for lunch and get ready for the ferry ride home.
The barge arrived on time and with a wistful glance back to the campsite we waved good bye to our home for the night and settled down for the voyage back to Palm Beach. When we set out to organise this camp, we saw it as an opportunity to spend some quality time with our girls ‘outdoors’, and for the dads to get to know each other better. Mission accomplished!!
It was great getting to know both the other school dads as well as our daughters’ friends better. By all accounts everybody had loads of fun and we are already looking to repeat the event next year. There have even been calls for the camp to be two nights rather than one, which must be the best indication that a great time was had by dads and girls alike.
Mrs F and Mrs G would also like to give a huge vote of thanks to our amazing parents for organising this wonderful opportunity for Dads and girls to have fun whilst getting to know one another better. (Our newer parents in particular would have valued this opportunity.)