“This is our second Chick-fil-A campout. It’s the first time we slept in a parking lot. It wasn’t really that bad. I’m a youth pastor, so it wasn’t any different than a lock-in,” Brad said.
On Friday, the Calhoun Chick-fil-A parking lot was transformed into a campsite for 58 campers during the restaurant-sponsored father-son campout May 13-14.
Brad said that the activities were fun and allowed him to bond with Brady.
“There were activities you could do with your son like the climbing wall and inflatable jousting. I liked the climbing wall, watching and helping him, and being able to race with him and watching him enjoy that so much,” Brad said.
Campout activities included a boxing inflatable, joust inflatable, climbing wall, campfire with smores, a midnight milkshake, music and door prizes.
Six-year-old Jacob Black said his favorite activity was the climbing wall.
“He was a little timid on the rock wall the first time going up, but after going up one time with me he must have climbed it about 30 times,” said his dad Tyron Black.
“They had it planned very well. They also had smores around the campfire. It was a neat experience,” he added.
There was also a special giveaway, including Chick-fil-A food for a year - a value of 52 chicken sandwiches. The winner was Joshua Fromm.
Jonathan Purser, owner of Calhoun’s Chick-fil-A and organizer of the event, said he learned the value of quality time by hosting father, son campouts.
“Campouts get us away from the distractions and interruptions of life and allow us to focus on our relationships in the beauty of nature,” he said. “Unfortunately, fathers are often too busy to spend quality time with their sons. Little boys need their daddys to teach them what a man looks like.”
Purser said the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. introduced the concept and he is hoping that it will become an annual event. In the future, he also hopes to create a Great Date night for parents in the fall and will continue to host the annual Daddy Daughter date night.
Chick-fil-A first opened in 1999, and is located on Highway 53 East in Calhoun. The restaurant is actively involved with many schools, churches and community organizations. Visit Chick-fil-A’s facebook page to see more pictures of the father-son campout.