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Dad’s and kids camp
For over a decade we’ve been running an annual dad’s n kids camp to the New Forest. This started out as a way of getting dad’s and their kids closer; to prove to Mum we have a modicum of responsibility and to take a bit of pressure off her for a weekend. It has now morphed into a great social event for both the Mum & Dads as well as the children, becoming one of the highlights of many people’s summer and a weekend of laughter with your children.
As you will gather it’s for dad’s n kids only – a mum-free-zone. It is the perfect win-win situation. You get to spend some special time with your child; ‘coc’ around with lots of gadgets; a few beers and some filthy campfire jokes; the kids have loads of playmates and Mum has the weekend off. We wouldn’t suggest bringing children under three. With the cool activities and watersports on offer now, even the grumpy teenagers have to actually admit they enjoy it.
We have a Facebook closed user group that you will be invited to join once booked.
Dates Friday 29 June to Sunday 01 July 2018
New for COC17
- New– shelter building- will yours survive the rain test?
- Treasure Hunt- hidden treasure, explore the estate with maps & riddles.
- Tree climbing- prusiking, upward abseiling tall trees with ropes,
- Low ropes– jump, swing, balance as a team, lots of fun & laughter, perfect for smaller kids.
- High ropes– dead high in the tree tops, who’s brave enough?
- Canoes- ‘red injun’ style open cockpit doubles, more kiddie friendly, with single blade paddles.
- Kayaks– enclosed cockpit, single use, double blade paddles, water based games and battles.
- Sit-on-top Kayaks– double seat, better for the less confident, with double bladed paddles.
- Raft building– working as a team, well that’s the idea, rather damp!
- Zip wire- most popular, long zip across the lake, will stay dry. Its a formidable initial climb.
- Archery- must be 8 years or older to pull the back the string. No Apples on your kid’s head.
I want more– Extras activities can be pre-booked and purchased directly with Avon Tyrell, but do it well ahead.
Photos from our site visit to Avon Tyrrell, see the link to flckr
Despite the rather scary prospect of over 250 of us, once again a fantastic time was had by all. Some of the comments….
As a first timer (but absolutely not a last timer) I just wanted to say thanks from me and my girls for the best weekend ever. Just so, so much fun. Memories to last a lifetime.
Apologises for not even seeing you all weekend – we had a fantastic time – especially surprising as we “don’t do camping” – well done and thanks. Best wishes – Keith , Molly and Alfie COConauts
Great job again Andrew. You were up applying make up when I did my round of goodbyes but two of the others were deputed to give you a hug from me. Hope no hassles with the management there. I stupidly forgot that you needed to put the BBQ on a bricks to protect the grass and then even more stupidly let the boys light it on the second night without cautioning them so burnt two lots of grass. Also the fire bucket thing was low enough to singe that bit so I may have to accept the booby prize for brain deployment. Great to be out in the fresh air for two days. Thanks again. Patrick- Tribal Elder
As a first timer (but absolutely not a last timer) I just wanted to say thanks from me and my girls for the best weekend ever. Just so, so much fun. Memories to last a lifetime. We’re already planning next year.Stuart COConaut
Hi Andrew, Just a quick thank you for a fantastic weekend. As first timers Santi & I really enjoyed ourselves. Terrifically well organized, great fun, great company. We’ll be back! All the best Tom COConaut
“Say thanks to Andrew from me for organising it, although I can’t think of praise more than Madeleine’s view that the only thing wrong with Dad’s camp was that it was too short.” Linda for Simon COConaut
Thank you for inviting us the camp. It is a really fantastic venue and we all really enjoyed it. I thought it was going to be quite busy but in fact there was lots of space and it was nice to pitch next to you, talk to your friends and be right next to the campfire as well. May be a bit too close as we did have an ash cloud over the car and tents in the morning! The boys had a great time riding the trails on their bikes on Sunday – they didn’t want to go home! One thing that I really enjoyed was the fact the children are old enough that you can be more relaxed on camp than some of those first camps I came on when I probably worried about them too much. Many thanks to the COC Squadron Leader! Mark COConaut
Hi Andrew, Many thanks for organising such a brilliant weekend of COC this year. Myself and the lads had a cracking time – loved every minute (except the 5am Saturday wake-up call by one of the smalls). It’s truly one of the highlights for me and the boys. And you are a legend of organisation and community bonding. Great work Mr B – Paddy COConaut
I just wanted to say thanks very much for organising the Dad’s camping trip. The boys (and myself) had a great time (in spite of my cooking) and the raft building was a huge success. Sorry I didn’t see you during the weekend to say hello. Our paths for whatever reason never seemed to cross. Thanks again and hopefully see you soon. Best regards. Bas COConaut
Mr. Bourne, you are a superstar.Thank you for Avon Tyrrell – Absolutely top draw. Kids loved it too!!!!:-) Kind regards, Michael COConaut
Thanks again for organising such a great weekend. Third year now and look forward to this weekend enormously and I know the new chaps had a great time too. The kids say thanks too – They loved it. Moaning that we had to leave and then them sleeping the entire journey home meant a job well done! Thanks again – I realise this is a somewhat thankless task but it is hugely appreciated. Take Care and hope Singing it Back Family Camp is a huge success too.Pete- COCeteer
Just a quick note to say thanks for organising this again. Kids love it and I had a good crack also. I’m already down for the Family Camp and hopefully it may be a little warmer. As long as it doesn’t clash with Le Mans I’ll be there either way. Thanks again. Regards, Tim- COCeteer
As a COC Newbie I’d like to thank you very much for a great weekend. Excellent organisation and the rain didn’t take the gloss off one bit. Best regards Paul- COConaut
Thanks again for doing a great job organising it all, I know all of our crew really enjoyed it. Cheers Rupert- Tribal Elder
Thank you for another fantastic weekend! I loved it. As always a great bit of organisation and relaxed camaraderie, just what any busy shrubbery designer needs. All the best and many many thanks….James (COC private) r.i.c.e.- Supreme Being
Thanks for organising a very enjoyable weekend. Yes the FBI top is Craigs. Can I pop round to get it sometime? Cheers Neil- COConaut
We had a great time, Tom really enjoyed the speed boat, despite the disappointment of the chap crossing his name out (duplicate names!) Tom slept most of the way home, he really enjoyed the opportunity to join in and liked the marshmallow tent at the end of the evening . Looking forward to Le Mans. All the best. Jim- Tribal Elder
…just to say thank you for organising a fab weekend…much fun had by all and thankfully we seemed to fully enjoy ourselves without causing too much mayhem! Am happy with coc anywhere (obviously not in the biblical sense) – keep me posted for next year. The other Rupert- Tribal Elder
Thanks Andrew. We had a blast. Robert says it was brilliant and Matthew said it was the best day of his life. They don’t get out much! Sorry that Tony’s snoring was of Olympic proportion. I am sure that he can get a small operation to sort it out in time for next year. Best wishes Neil- COCeteer
Most enjoyable for a first timer. Would happily go back , but lets see how the Mrs gets on Happy Camping at Mellow Farm. Cheers Jonathan- COConaut
A cracking coc 🙂 thanks andrew we had a ball. I agree that the space, the owners, facilities and weather made it a top draw event as well as the crew of course:> thanks for all your hard organisation work Look forward to going back . Morgan- Supreme Being
Yes thanks for a memorable weekend, nice to catch up and chill out. My little baby (elderly campervan) managed the two trips without a spot of bother …I kind of wanted to keep driving and on to Scotland !! maybe next year, but I certainly have the bug for it now. Excellent venue and nice folks, nice to come away smiling. Thanks for all your organising, fabulous job. Sorry didn’t get to say cheerio, hope to catch up again soon. Ian- Tribal Elder
Wing Commander Bourne. Can I just say a massive thank you on behalf of the guys who were up in the woods. We all had a great time and that is down to you. You are a legend. Thanks for organising a great weekend away and we are all looking forward to next year. Rob (Squadron mascot)- Tribal Elder