Photos from a typical week at camp
Be ready for an exciting week at Franke Park Day Camp. We have so much packed into every day you won't want to miss even a minute of your day!!
If you are in the 4-5 age group, your tribal home will be the Cherokee bull pen inside the Nature
Lodge. Look how friendly and inviting this place is for you!
If you are in the 6-11 age group, you will find your bull pen in the Long House. You will keep all
your basic supplies in your bull pen and it will be your home base.
Next stop, Singing Tree! You will learn a lot of new songs at
Singing Tree and have lots of great laughs too!!
We then raise the flag and say the pledge of allegiance.
Depending on the day we may head out to Bloody Gorge, make tie die shirts, have pudding contests, go on a nature hike,or explore Spy Run Creek...check out these photos of our day...doesn't it look like MESSY FUN????
I need to remind mom that I should wear old clothes and shoes for the week
as I will be having too much FUN to worry about staying clean!!
What about a pudding contest? The first one to completely lick the plate clean is the winner!
After this it is time to hit the trail. That means a quick trip to the Long House to gather up the supplies that we all need, a restroom break, time for bug spray and a final check before we head out.
Once we get to our camp site, time for us to gather our wood for our fire.
This particular day we decide to try building a fire in the creek! It is a fabulous success!
Once we have our wood secure on the creek, time to start the fire-the hard way! It takes us some time but is worth it!!
Before we leave camp we must fully put out our fire and complete our Fire Permit.
On hot days we get a chance to cool off with a trip down the Slip N' Slide!
We have time this day for some fun games...and we especially like the bucket game on a hot day! This really cools us off.
Next stop to pick up our tie die shirts so we can wear them for our Friday Pow Wow if we want.
Have you ever wondered what is involved in being chosen for the Fire Hoops Dance?
On a Thursday in July CIT's audition for this privilege. You must pass certain elements in order to
perform the Fire Hoops Dance at the Big Pow Wow in August.
As our week winds down on Friday we are successfully led back to camp by the 11 year olds.
It is time to get ready for the Pow Wow at 2:00 pm. Our counselors help us with our costumes
and our face paint.
Before too long it is time for our trip down to Tribal Council to report in on our activities.
Each tribe gets a chance to perform for the Council.
Some of us have special props to add to our dances.
All ages perform even the CIT's!
Mom don't be alarmed by the smoke...it is all part of the camp tradition that is 69 years
Every Friday it is a special day for the 11 year olds at camp as they receive their dog
tags at the end of the Pow Wow! They survived all of their challenges and now are
eligible for this next step.
At 3:00 pm it is time for final songs at Singing Tree.
The flag is lowered and the end of the camp for this week
draws to a close. It is a bittersweet moment... full of lots
of memories of the week.
70th Annual Big Pow Wow
You won't want to miss this annual tradition.