Registration Going On Now For Fathers & Flashlights Campout

August 25, 2010

Registration is going on now for Fathers & Flashlights, a camp out for children and their dads.

Fathers & Flashlights is sponsored by and benefiting the Friends of West University Place Parks Fund, Inc. and is for families and residents that are zoned to West University Elementary School.

The fourth annual urban camp out will be held Saturday, Oct. 23 – Oct. 24 at the West U Little League and Tri-Sports fields, adjacent to West U Elementary.

This overnight camp out gives children the opportunity to bond with dad without traveling far from home. The suggested minimum age is four years, and multiple children from one family may participate.

Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor games, rock wall, moonwalk, music and a buffet dinner.  The event concludes with an early breakfast the following morning.

Check-in runs from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 along University Street, at which time tents may be set-up in designated 14’x14′ plots. Activities are scheduled to begin after 3 p.m.

The cost is $45 for fathers and $40 per child, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of West U Place Parks Fund, Inc. Cash and checks made payable to the City of West University Place will be accepted.

Event registration for residents and families zoned to West University Elementary School is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and waiver/consent forms are available at designated registration sites and online at To participate, complete the registration and volunteer forms, fill-out and sign the waiver/consent form and return to the Recreation Center, 4210 Bellaire, during these business hours:

Monday – Friday: 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday:  8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

New this year is the Fathers & Flashlights Century club, an additional $100 donation to support West U Parks.

Those who donate an additional $100 to the registration fee will become a member of the century club. Members will be given a “Fathers & Flashlights Century Club” sign to attach to the Fathers & Flashlights yard sign.

Members can bring their yard signs to the campout to display outside of their tent.

Fathers & Flashlights is made possible through the help of volunteer moms. A two-hour volunteer commitment is required for participating families, either prior to or at the event. A volunteer form is included in the registration packet and must be completed and turned-in before camper registration will be confirmed. Registered families will be contacted with scheduling details.

For more information, visit, call 713-662-7430 or email

Underwriting opportunities are also available, beginning at $250.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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