Modern life’s hectic pace often means dads and sons are robbed of much-needed quality time together.
For a group of South Australian dads and their young men, this year’s GENTS Fathers & Sons camp helped create space in their busy calendars to bond and explore the meaning behind the saying, “with great power comes great responsibility”.
Camp Coordinator, Hamilton McNicol, says 20 dads and 30 young campers had the time of their lives, making lasting memories.
“From racing billy carts, archery, and pitching tents, to cooking food and sharing testimonies around the campfire there was no shortage of things to do, and lessons to be learned,” Hamilton says.
Dads worked with their sons on activities using a 4-step apprenticeship model: 1) I do, you watch. 2) I do, you help. 3) you do, I help, and 4) you do, I watch.
Each dad walked away from camp with a road map to build healthy practices with their boys, including regular Bible reading and prayer, plus some special memories too. “Bonding time was awesome”, says one dad, while another dad agreed, saying he loved “spending a few quality moments with my son and meeting some great dads”.
The great news is that even more dads and their boys will soon be able to enjoy this camp too.
“SU NSW sent a couple of dads along so they can begin their own Father & Sons Camp. It is so good when SU can work interstate to see ministry grow and families impacted,” Hamilton says.
Thank you for making ministries like GENTS Fathers & Sons possible.