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Family Camp at Lake Sammamish

July 23-27, 2018 for All Ages


Experience our fun, skill-building family camp at Lake Sammamish guided by highly trained staff or this location or dates don’t work for you, check out our July 2-6, 2018 Olympia Family Camp & Classes.

Our goal is to offer a very affordable and accessible family camp week at just $275 per family member, for the entire week of classes plus after-lunch activities. You can also choose to have meals with us at $10/adult, $5/child but otherwise, your family will be on your own for all activities outside of our 9:30-3:30 day camp hours of operation.

The programs are located at a beautiful, privately-reserved 80 acre camp property where you can swim, fish, hike and play for hours, near metro areas where you can attend urban activities, shop and get around easily. You can even bring your boat if you have one. We will provide you with fishing poles and tackle, after-hours access to archery gear and range, suggested on-site and near-by hiking maps, always-open resource library and outdoor gear (binoculars, frisbee, balls, board games, etc), as well as limited firewood and craft supplies.


Saturday: Optional arrival at 9:00 in time to join us for our July 21, 2018 Workshop Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers for $95/person from 9:30-4:30 with special guest instructor if space is available when you register; includes free overnight camping.

Sunday: Optional early arrival if you would like to camp on site at $100/family/week. Your instructor will be available from 6-8 PM for site tours and introduction to other Wolf Camp staff.


8:00 Breakfast at $10/adult, $5/child per meal if you let us know at least a week in advance.
8:30 Orientation for families.
9:30 All-Camp Introduction, Story & Song
9:45 Family Class: Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills (opens page with class descriptions and schedule for olympia, so click the back button to return here)
12:00 Lunchtime.
12:30 Archery, Water Games, Storytime
1:15 Family Class: Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass (opens page with class descriptions and schedule for olympia, so click the back button to return here)
3:30 Camp Music
3:45 Hang out with day camp instructors (parents must supervise children)
5:00 Dinner for those who add this option. Again, be sure to tell us a week in advance which meals you expect to add so we can shop adequately.

Tuesday: (same as monday except orientation and class themes change)

Morning Session: Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters
Afternoon Session: Traditional Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel (opens page with class descriptions and schedule for olympia, so click the back button to return here)

Wednesday: (same as monday except orientation and class themes change)

Morning Session: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Afternoon Session: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft (opens page with class descriptions and schedule for olympia, so click the back button to return here)

Thursday: (same as monday except orientation and class themes change)

Morning Session: Birds and Their Voices
Afternoon Session: Tracking & Trailing Animals (opens page with class descriptions and schedule for olympia, so click the back button to return here)

Friday: (same as monday except orientation, class theme, and no dinner)

Morning Session: Rawhide Drums to Leather Pouches: Traditional Animal Hide Crafts – Have you ever wondered how to make beautiful leather traditionally, and how to honor animal hides with a plethora of uses? Today, we’ll take hides that were harvested during the fall hunt, and honor them by making sure none go to waste. We’ll scrape them clean,  demonstrate how to shape some into parfleche, a drum, and other rawhide tools.  Next, using an ancient egg recipe, we’ll show you how we convert hides into tanned buckskin leather!

Afternoon Session:  Choice of Three Mini-Workshops. Saturday: Weekend meals are not available, but you can continue camping over the weekend at $10/family/night. We also have our Saturday, July 28, 2018 Workshop Wilderness Survival & Fire available for $85-$95 but families will have already covered much of that information.


Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmKim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!

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


Click for Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish BOAT LANDING. 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 – 2:30 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 1:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the Hans Jensen Group Camp for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure is from 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak, Bus or Airport 7:30 Friday for $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm for $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.

Tuition & Optional Meals/Camping Fees

Add Tent Camping with our staff for an additional $100 per family no matter the number of nights you spend with us Sunday-Friday. We cannot prorate this fee, and RV’s are not allowed at this site, with no exceptions granted by park rangers. If you have an RV or trailer, you will need to stay somewhere else, but normal cars/trucks can park with a Discover Pass. Toilets and showers are primitive. Or find your own accommodations such as the near-by Holiday Inn at Issaquah or get a vacation rental house on Lake Sammamish.

Add Meals with our staff but please be sure to let us know at least a week in advance so we can bring adequate food. Cost an additional $10/adult per meal, or $5/child per meal available Monday Breakfast through Friday Lunch.

Registration is now open for alumni, and opens January 1st for new campers:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. New campers can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need

Use paypal now to pay tuition and return to add camping fee if staying overnights:
Let us know if you think you will have any meals with us: (pay at end of camp week)
Participant Name & Age Range:
Your Cell Phone Number:

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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

Click here for our Expedition Agreements

Click here for our Summer Expeditions Packing List

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions