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In our increasingly busy lives, it can be hard sometimes to find the time to connect with our kids in any meaningful way.

This is why NSW Sport and Recreation have joined forces with the Pathways Foundation to hold a series of YoungStars father-son adventure camps.

The purpose of these camps is to create a space for dads to bond with their sons while building confidence and self-esteem in their child and sharing their experiences of fatherhood with other dads.

The first weekend will take place at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre on Father’s Day weekend, September 6-7, with another two to be held at Berry Sport and Recreation Centre on October 18-19 and November 15-16.

Paul Doorn, Executive Director of Sport and Recreation said, “In today’s busy world, quality time too often means shuttling kids from one activity to the other. This weekend brings fathers and sons together in a way where they really spend time together doing fun things like setting up camp and playing games.”

“Whilst most men know how important it is to spend time with their boys”, said Paul Henley, Director of Pathways Foundation, “there can be many obstacles to getting away for a camping weekend. Why this program works so well is that families only need to bring a tent and sleeping bags, we do the rest.”

As well as building confidence and resilience in young boys, the weekend also offers fathers the chance to share with other dads their experience raising sons.

Watch the YoungStars video here.

The first YoungStars camp will take place at Milson Island Sport and Recreation Centre on September 6-7. The second and third will be held at Berry Sport and Recreation Centre on October 18-19 and November 15-16.

For more information about YoungStars call Sport and Recreation on 13 13 02 or visit www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/youngstars.

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  • Dads need to take the time to communicate with their children, especially their sons.
    Some boys are bad communicators as their Dad doesn’t communicate to them nearly enough.
    When have a Dad that has to think about what he is going to say, unfortunately their sons (and daughters) tend have the same issues.

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  • My hubby never spent one on one time with our kids,mshe always felt uncomfortable and said they wanted he more then him anyway. Now they’ve grown up, he regrets it as the kids do naturally gravitate to me. I did try to tell him years ago, now it’s too late

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  • cheers for the article. gotta love family bonding

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  • What a great idea. I have all boys and they would love this.

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  • i think its very important for the boys to have a weekend away

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  • This would be great quality time together.

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  • Would love for my son to have such father son times when he gets older.

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  • Great ideas for father and sons to have a get away

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  • If only my ex husband liked camping like my boys & I do…

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  • Thank you for sharing a good read

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  • What a great idea!

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  • Father and son bonding, gotta love that.

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  • Ive only got daughters but I know my girls would have loved to have a camp with Mum when they were little.

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  • That sounds like a really great program.

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  • It would be a great idea if the Scouts could do this and learn skills from each other.

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