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General Information

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Since its inception in 1946, Franke Park Day Camp has provided unforgettable childhood experiences for thousands of Fort Wayne area youth. With its strong emphasis on nature education, basic camping skills and Native American Lore, Franke Park Day Camp provides an environment which fosters cooperation, problem solving and socialization as well as the dirty, muddy, outdoor fun kids of all ages enjoy!

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

Our youngest campers are exposed to the concepts of seeds, plants, trees,  animals and Native Americans. Registration is limited to one session per camper. 

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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 links below for additional information.

Advanced Camper Registration Information (2016 forms posted in the spring)

Advanced Camper Brochure
Advanced Camper Registration Form
Advanced Camper Swim Test Form

Safety Guidelines

We are very committed to the safety of the children who attend Franke Day Camp.  Please review our Safety Guidelines.   


Meet the Supervisor and the Camp Staff

The 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.  

Read the 2016 Staff Bios (Posted in the spring)

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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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