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By Heather Park


Step-by-step


CAMPOVER W


Celebrate Father’s Day with this fun event that all the family can take part in...


hen it comes to putting together a fundraising event or activity for Mother’s Day the options


seem endless, but all too often we’re stumped when thinking of a Father’s Day equivalent.A campover could be the perfect solution, especially as Father’s Day falls in June. A campover can be pretty much


whatever you want it to be – from a few families pitching their tents on the school field, to a full-blown mini festival in a local farmer’s field. The key is to start off with something relatively small and see how you get on, growing it into something bigger in future years as confidence builds.


Get dads involved PTAs can be very mum-heavy, so this is a great way to involve the men in your school. Survey dads to see what skills they can bring to the event – perhaps they’re a whizz on the barbecue, or could they referee a football tournament? If you’re calling it a Father’s Day


event then it’s important to promote it as being open to all the important men in a child’s life – grandads, uncles, big brothers or carers – and, of course, mums can come too.


Lucy Steel, PTA volunteer, St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Maidenhead, Berkshire (423 pupils): ‘Our campover is a long-standing event. It usually falls on a weekend at the end of June or beginning of July. Booking forms are emailed to the whole school and promoted on our Facebook page at the beginning of May. We charge


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£20 per pitch, limited to 50 pitches. We sell afternoon tickets to those who don’t want to camp for £5 per family. The school field opens at


2pm on the Saturday for campers to pitch their tents, then it’s a case of relaxing, socialising and letting the children enjoy themselves. We keep a large space free in the middle of the field for the children to play in, and we have the swimming pool open (lifeguard and weather dependent). Food is the main profit booster,


with burgers for £2.50 and sausages for £2.00 available on Saturday evening and bacon/sausage rolls for £2.00 on Sunday morning. Campers order and pay for food in advance when booking the pitch so we know numbers for pre-ordering and have less money to deal with on the day. People can also buy food at the event. We have beer on tap, which always makes a good profit, and we also sell light-up toys and glow-in-the-dark bracelets. We hire portaloos so that we can lock up the school overnight. Last year’s profit was £1,941.86. I thoroughly enjoy running this


event as I love camping, and for some families this is their first foray into the camping experience. It’s hard work, but is so rewarding when you see families having such a good time and get such lovely feedback afterwards. If you’re thinking about running a campover my advice would be to go for it. You’ll be giving families a wonderful experience and raising funds – it’s a win-win!’


Step-by-step


Six months before Find a suitable site and check what permissions may be


required. Ensure there will be enough parking for visitors across the duration of the event. Send out a save-the-date to parents.


Four months before Order any equipment you need, such as marquees,


toilets, bins, lighting, generators, staging and a PA system. If you’re holding your event in summer, bear in mind that this is the busiest time of year for outdoor events suppliers, so the earlier you order the better. If you’re using external caterers, get


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