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!!
Take a look around our great Nature Center as you meet up with your counselor and
your fellow campers in your tribe.
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 MUDDY 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!!
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 and a final check
before we head out.
On Friday's the 11 year olds have an opportunity to earn their dog tags
so that means no talking for them (from the time the flag is raised in the
morning until it is lowered in the afternoon) and they must build their own
camp fire and cook their own food...all without talking to their fellow tribe
mates! It is quite fun to watch and many of the 9 & 10 year olds...wish
just for a day...they were 11 too!
One of the best parts of camp is gathering wood for the fire
and cooking our food. Somehow you really appreciate it out in nature!
On hot days we get a chance to cool off with
a trip down the Slip N' Slide!
We may also go on hikes in the woods or sit under a tree and enjoy a story.
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 65 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.
Our staff will be back in 2013 so don't miss the FUN!
2014 Big Pow Wow
The date for the 2014 Big Pow Wow will be August 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm. You won't want to miss this annual tradition.