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Franke Park
Sherman Blvd.

(260) 427-6725 (in season)
(260) 427-6000

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, this popular camp provides an environment which fosters cooperation, problem solving and socialization as well as the dirty, muddy, outdoor fun kids of all ages enjoy! For more information or to sign up, visit or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that Franke Park Day Camp won First Place in the category “Places To Go/Things To Do/Summer Day Camp” in the Fort Wayne Newspaper’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards that were published on September 23, 2018, in the Journal-Gazette!

All campers must be of minimum age by June 1, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: Campers (with the exception of CIT's) are limited to one camp session.
Registering for more than one camp session will result in cancellations of the additional session (s) and a refund less processing fees.

Summer 2019 Day Camps Brochure

The 2019 Franke Park Day Camp Brochure will be available in the spring.  Check back in February for the complete information.

Franke Park Day Camp is located in  Franke Park at 3411 Sherman Blvd. The parking lot is located between Pavilion #2 and the playground.

M, T, Th, F             9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays           1:00-7:00 p.m. 

AM Camp Care 6:30-9:00  a.m.
PM Camp Care 3:30-6:00  p.m. 

The 2019 Freehill Community Award

The Freehill Community Award is a scholarship that will cover costs of one week of camp for one child that has never been to camp before.

To celebrate and honor Chris Freehill’s fifty years as a camper and employee at the Franke Park Day Camp, the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has created the Freehill Community Award (FCA).  For half of a century, Chris Freehill has carried on the spirit that Franke Park Day Camp’s long-time director Dennis L. Gerlock ignited in 1950 and continued through his retirement in 1975.  Gerlock sought to give campers an outdoor summertime experience that centered around three important themes: basic camping skills, nature education, and Native American lore.  Chris has not only carried on these traditions for decades, but while doing so has also fostered an inclusive environment that celebrates community and camaraderie.

The FCA is for children that have never attended Franke Park Day Camp and will cover costs associated with attending a full week of Franke Park Day Camp including: enrollment fee, AM/PM care, and a camp t-shirt.

Check out additional details about the Freehill Community Award and submit your video starting February 1st, 2019.  Award deadline: March 31, 2019.

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Camper Information

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Day Camp ends every Wednesday evening with an open house, staff introductions and a special program of songs and skits from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Parents and family members are encouraged to attend and join the fun. Franke Park Day Camp t-shirts will be available for purchase at this time.


Each session of camp closes with a pow-wow on Friday, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., where the campers will perform authentic Native American dances and receive their feathers and/or dog tags. The weekly pow-wows help campers prepare for the Annual Big Pow-Wow at the end of camp. Family and friends are invited to attend.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

Campers from all sessions throughout the summer are invited back to participate in the annual Big Pow-Wow and reunite with the friends they made during camp. The program features authentic Native American dances around a big bonfire. Family and friends are invited to attend this traditional Franke Park Day Camp finale!

For additional information:

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, 260.427.6000

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