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Wilderness Survival Training & Trek


July 9-14, 2017 Expedition near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA

Designed for hikers, backpackers, traditional skills enthusiasts of any level, scout leaders and anyone seeking to gain confidence in wilderness skills. This course helps you help you achieve comfort in the wilderness, with or without supplies from stores like REI, Cabela’s, or your local grocer.

Learn the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving, fire carrying and more as we travel to one of the best and most beautiful places to live off the land. Learn traditional ways to start fire by friction rendering matches and lighters unnecessary.  Learn to find and build natural shelters in case of wilderness emergencies.  Learn the most critical wild edible plants for survival, and forage for grubs and other delectable insects which are a safe source of protein in survival situations.

We will use the gifts nature supplies us, including natural bug spray, soap and soft bough beds.  We will construct a waterproof lean-to, warm debris beds, safe fire pits, reflective heat walls, and buried hot beds.  You will have the option of building a group survival camp, or constructing your own.

Depending on when you feel ready to embark on a solo survival trek, you can spend 1-4 days putting your skills to the test. This is your own wilderness survival trek, and no matter how you choose to do it, we will work to help you make it the most incredible outdoor experience of your life.

Availability:

Open for ages 18-28 (flexible) with no prerequisite, while others who have attended our weekend workshops or other camps and expeditions in the past may also be welcome. Ages 9-17 may attend the Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain youth camp running simultaneously.

Goals & Skills Covered:

Pretty nice illustration of a bowdrill kit from http://shannonscout.com/webelos/firebuild.htm

The goal of this camp session is to prove to yourself that you can survive a wilderness emergency and begin living in traditional comfort. If you already have some experience, this camp is also a good test to see how to take your skills from the “emergency survival” level to the “primitive living” and “stone age living” levels.

Skills covered during this camp session may include, but are not limited to the following list:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

Course Instructors:

Kim & Chris Chisholm are on hand all week directing our professionally-trained instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum or better student-instructor ratio critical for  high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our testimonials and dating back to 1997!

Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:

Click for Arrival Details: 4:00-4:30 PM Sunday meet at Sahara Creek DNR Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 (just over 5 miles east past Elbe, and 2 miles before you get to the Ashford Valley Grocery gas station to the east) along Hwy 706 toward Mt. Rainier – Paradise. We’ll have food for those who didn’t eat dinner already and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. Or use our transportation – 1:30 SeaTac Airport $75; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $45; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 2:00-2:30 in time for a 2:30-4:30 student-lead survival review workshop and awards ceremony before departing between 4:30-5:00 pm. Or use our transportation to Puyallup Wolf Campus 7-9 pm Friday $45, or Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station 6:00 Friday $65; or stay over and depart  Saturday SeaTac Airport $135. Weekend Stayovers are otherwise complimentary for self-sufficient adults. To add transportation and stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!

Tuition:

2018 Training Camps & Expeditions are $735/week for returning students who register by December 25th, otherwise open to all at $745/week if you make a deposit by February 10th, or $755 by March 20th, or $765 by April 30th, or $775 by June 5th, or $785 if space remains available thereafter. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including survival knife, firesteel or field guide depending on topic.  The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and  stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. Weekend stayovers are complimentary for self-sufficient adults, not including long-distance transportation.

Register Now:

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Course Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

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