Memphis hosts 5th annual training camp for dads - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis hosts 5th annual training camp for dads

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Census figures reveal only about one-third of children under the age of 18 in the city of Memphis come from two-parent households.

Many children do not have active, or present, fathers, which studies show can increase risky behavior.

The City of Memphis celebrates Father's Day weekend with an annual event called the Training Camp for Dads. The event aims to help men become better husbands and fathers, while showcasing great dads across the Mid-South.


Bobby White, the organizer of the event, said there will be activities like zip-lining and rock climbing.

White explained that each session will be run by a father, called a coach, who will deal with topics like locker room chat, social media concerns, and overcoming fears of failing.

“None of these dads we consider experts,” White said. “They are just men who are doing the very best they can and they're trying to share with other men in their roles as husbands and fathers.”

Mike Arnold is a father and one of the coaches this year.

“This is an investment into the family. Fathers are essential to the growth of the family, the sustainability of family,” Arnold explained.

White said this year will be the first to allow teenage sons to attend the event.

“This isn't a thing about shaming anyone. This is about celebrating those who are doing their best and encouraging others to do better,” White said.

“It's helped me to be a better father quite frankly,” Arnold said.

The event is free for any dad. People who register also receive free child care and a complimentary lunch.

Our own Andrew Douglas will be a coach for one of the sessions this year. You'll find him rock climbing alongside other dads.

To sign up for this event, click here.

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