Frequently Asked Questions about Camp Mack Day


Q: What is Camp Mack Day?

A: Camp Mack Day is a Manchester tradition that began in 1939. The first year, a parade led 500-600 students in a march down to the railway station in North Manchester where a special train ("The Big Four") was chartered to carry them to the beautiful shores of Lake Waubee at Camp Mack. The event became an annual affair and has been orchestrated by Student Activities, Religious Life, or Simply Brethren over the years.

Q: What is the purpose of Camp Mack Day?

A:  Camp Mack Day provides faculty, staff, and students from both campuses the opportunity to build community and evoke Manchester spirit. It gives students the opportunity to develop leadership ability within their organizations, the opportunity to develop healthy interpersonal relations, and the ability to explore activities in individual and group settings. It also enhances student engagement and affinity for Manchester by providing students the opportunity to engage with other first-year students, other second-, third-, and fourth-year students and participate in a time-honored Manchester tradition.

Q:     What is the schedule for Camp Mack Day?

A:  Camp Mack Day will begin at 10AM and end at 2PM with shuttles leaving the North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses as early as 8:45 AM and returning as late as 3:15 PM. The schedule is very flexible and is "choose your own adventure" style. You may swim in the lake, go boating, hiking, play games like corn hole, croquet, gaga ball, 9-square-in-the-air, and much more, make smores, go with a group of friends and try the flying squirrel! The only scheduled activities are a service project and lunch.

Q: Is food provided? Do I need to bring money?

A: On the North Manchester campus, dining will be closed on campus. Lunch will be provided free of charge at Camp Mack, and meals will be inclusive to dietary needs (vegetarian, kosher, Hallam, etc.).

Q: Is Camp Mack accessible to those with physical disabilities?

A: Yes, the camp has gravel paved roads that are wheelchair accessible. There are very few spaces with steps.

Q:     What is the flying squirrel?

A:     The flying squirrel is 35 feet in the air. You wear a full body harness; your team pulls the rope, and you (the one attached to the harness) fly up in the air! Sounds fun, right?

Q:     Why is this event under the Religious Life page?

A: Manchester University was founded by and is still affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. Camp Mack is a Church of the Brethren camp. Religious Life, Church Relations and Simply Brethren act as liaisons between the University and the Camp.

Q:     What clothing should I wear, and what should I bring to Camp Mack Day?

A:     We suggest you bring:
- clothes that you are comfortable wearing outdoors
- bathing suit and towel
- sun screen
- sun glasses
- water bottle
- shoes for hiking
- a book
- a hammock if you have one

Q:     Who do I talk to if I have questions?

A:     Email Religious Life!

Q:     Where can I find more information about Camp Mack?

A:     Their website is HERE!

Q: I am so excited to go to Camp Mack! When is it going to be?

A: The date of Camp Mack is a surprise! Keep an eye on the website for more information - the announcement will be made the morning of!