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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. 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, 2022.

Description of Programs

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4-5 Year Old Program

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6-12 Year Old Program 

Campers (grouped by age 6-8 and 9-12) enjoy a wide range of activities including hiking, fire building, campfire cooking, swamp study, nature walks, arts, crafts, games, the famous mud slide and much more. Registration is limited to one session per camper.

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13-18 Year Old Program 

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.


Flashback Friday - Franke Park Day Camp

Chris Freehill gives a brief history lesson about the 75 year legacy of Franke Park Day Camp.

The 2022 Franke Park Day Camp supervisor is Chris Freehill. Chris is returning for his 45th year on staff and his 32nd year as the camp’s supervisor. Chris has many fond memories of his own childhood summers at Franke Park Day Camp. He is currently teaching 3rd grade at Forest Park Elementary School.

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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 

For More Information

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation, 427-6000 

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