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General Information

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Franke Park Day Camp provides children with enjoyable outdoor experiences in a wooded setting which foster cooperation through learning, playing, working, problem solving, and socializing together. Since 1946, Franke Park Day Camp has been serving the children of this community with an emphasis on basic camping skills, nature education, and Native American Lore. Any individual, 4-18 years of age, may register for Franke Park Day Camp, regardless of sex, color, national origin, religion, or disability.

All campers must be of minimum age by June 1, 2016.

Franke Day Camp was presented with a Citation for Excellence from the Alfred Adler Institute of Fort Wayne in 1996 and is the Fort Wayne Park and Recreation Department's longest running children's program. In 2016 Franke Park Day Camp will celebrate the 70th Anniversary Year (1946-2016).

  Description of Programs

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4-5 Year Old Program

A thematic approach exposes young children to the concepts of seeds and plants, trees, animals, and Native Americans in this pre-camp experience. Space is limited to 36 campers per session. Due to space limitations, campers may attend only one session of camp.  

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6-11 Year Old Program 

Nature education, basic camping skills, and Native American cultures are emphasized in the 6-8 and 9-11 year old programs. Campers enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, fire building, outdoor cooking, swamp study, nature walks, arts and crafts, Native American rituals/dancing, games, mudsliding, etc. Space is limited to 156 campers per session. Due to space limitations, campers may attend only one session of camp. 


12-18 Year Old Program 

The Advanced Camper program is open to individuals, 12-18 years of age, who wish to be Junior Leaders (12 years) or Counselors-In-Training (13-18 years). The program involves day camping, overnight camping, Native American Lore, basic camping skills, canoe instruction, nature education, ecology, conservation, camp and community service projects, social activities, and assisting the Franke Park Day Camp staff. For more information, please call 260-427-6000. Space is limited.

Check out the links below for additional information.

Advanced Camper Brochure (12-18 year olds) (includes registration form/swim test form)

Specialized Staff Training

We provide specialized training for our seasonal staff that includes Child Safety and Awareness, Customer Service, First Aid and Infant, Child, and Adult CPR, General Safety Training, among other topics.


Meet the Supervisor and the Camp Staff

The 2016 Franke Park Day Camp supervisor is Chris Freehill.  Chris is returning for his 39th year on staff and his 26th year as the camp's supervisor.  He has many fond memories of his own childhood summers at Franke Park Day Camp.  Chris currently teaches fifth grade with Fort Wayne Community Schools at Forest Park Elementary School.  Chris looks forward to another great summer at camp.

To reach Franke Park Day Camp Supervisor, Chris Freehill, please call the Day Camp at 427-6725 (June 13-August 3).

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Camp Cookbook

For those of you who are curious (or may have an allergy issue) about what we serve at camp, check out the following list for all of your favorite camp recipes:

Tin Foil Stew    
Ingredients - Hamburger, Potatoes, Carrots, Celery, and Onions  (Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Ketchup, Mustard To Taste After Cooking)    

Wrap Ingredients Into Aluminum Foil    

Cook Approximately 10 Minutes On Fire Coals On Each Side  (Cook Hamburger Thoroughly)  

Pork And Beans    
Ingredients - Pork And Beans, Brown Sugar, Ketchup, Mustard  (Chili Powder, Garlic Powder To Taste After Cooking)    

Warm Ingredients In A Large Pot On Fire Coals  

Ingredients - Hotdogs, Bisquick  (Ketchup And Mustard To Taste)    

Cook Hotdog Until Done Over Fire Coals    

Wrap Bisquick Mixture Around Hotdog    

Cook Pig-In-A-Blanket Over Fire Coals Until Bisquick Mixture Is Golden Brown  

Cheese Toastie    
Ingredients - Cheese, Bread, Butter    

Grill Cheese Over Fire Coals Until Golden Brown On Each Side 

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For More Information

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, 427-6000 

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