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, 2017.
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.
Description of Programs
4-5 Year Old Program
Our youngest campers are exposed to the concepts of seeds, plants, trees, animals and Native Americans. Registration is limited to one session per camper.
6-11 Year Old Program
Campers (grouped by age 6-8 and 9-11) enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, fire building, campfire cooking, swamp study, nature walks, arts, crafts, Native American rituals/dancing, games, the famous mud slide and much more. Registration is limited to one session per camper.
12-18 Year Old Program
The Advanced Camper program provides a more in depth outdoor experience for Junior Leaders (age 12) and Counselors-in-Training (ages 13-18). Check out the link 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 2017 Franke Park Day Camp supervisor is Chris Freehill. Chris is returning for his 40th year on staff and his 27th 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 12-July 28).
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
Ingredients - Cheese, Bread, Butter
Grill Cheese Over Fire Coals Until Golden Brown On Each Side
For More Information
Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, 427-6000