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Part-Time Apprenticeship: The Survival Scout Semester

Artwork by Joanna Colbert – Design by the Wolf College

The Survival Scout Apprenticeship is a wilderness skills apprenticeship holding an ethic of cultural conservation. It may be repeated for an additional semester to earn Survival Specialist certification upon accreditation. Kim & Chris Chisholm will be your guides throughout the apprenticeship.

2018 Dates are February 10 – June 16 and includes all the Saturday Workshops taking place each weekend, Wolf Journey Study Days, as well as guidance through the Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Courses with emphasis on Book III – Trail of the Wildlife Tracker, Book IV – Trail of the Survival Scout, and Book V: Trail of the Ancient Artisan.

Tuition totals $1,950 including all courses, workshops and craft materials. Complete our simple registration process by December 25th or email us to be put on our our list for this program or our other apprenticeships.

Wilderness Survival Scout Apprenticeship Schedule

February 10, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Paleo Diet & Lifestyle Workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

February 17, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Harvesting & Crafting Natural Plant Fibers workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

February 24, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Leather Hide-Tanning & Parfleche Drum Workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

March 3, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; South Sound Sustainability Expo from 10:30-5:30 in Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

March 10, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Archery Workshop I: Making Bows & At-Latls workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

March 17, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wolf Journey Study Day from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

March 24, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Archery Workshop II: Making Arrows & Darts workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

March 31, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Backcountry Navigation & Leadership workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 7, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wildlife Safety, Awareness, Tracks & Trails (Bear, Elk, Cougar, Coyote & Other Critters) workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Mt Rainier just 30 minutes from Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 14, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Understanding Birds and Their Voices workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 21, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-5:30 at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market Earth Day Celebration followed by campfire cookout at Blue Skye Farm. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

April 28, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wolf Trackers Conservation Training workshop from 10:30-5:30 just 30 minutes from Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 5, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Tracking the Teanaway Wolf Pack from 10:30-5:30 along the Teanaway River near Cle Elum. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 12, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wilderness Survival including Bow Drill Fire Making workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 19, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wild Edible Plant Foraging & Herbal Medicine Making workshop from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

May 26, 2018 Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Edible Seaweeds & Shellfish of the Salish Sea workshop from 10:30-5:30 at Deception Pass WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

June 2, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Subsistence Shore Fishing on Piers, Rivers & Lakes workshop from 10:30-5:30 near Tacoma WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

June 9, 2018 – Apprenticeship Gathering with Chris & Kim from 9:00-10:00; Wolf Journey Study Day from 10:30-5:30 in Puyallup WA. Work on Wolf Journey field exercises at home during the week.

June 16, 2018 – Graduation Campfire Party from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Choose Your Participation Level

There are three levels at which you can participate in this program. First, you can simply enjoy the course and graduate by attending weekly classes or workshops during one semester, and completing introductory field exercises from Book I – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist and Book IV – Trail of the Survival Scout.

Second, you can work toward a Survival Scout certificate by completing the above work, the equivalent of two semesters of classes and workshops, and passing evaluations including Outdoor Awareness Level III, Ethnobotany Level I, Ethnozoology Level I, Ethnogeology Level I, Track & Sign Level I, Trailing Level I and Environmental Pedagogy Level I.  which are available to take in May and September.

Third, you can become a certified Survival Specialist by completing the above, spending the equivalent of one summer of expeditions and two semesters of classes and workshops with us, and passing the above evaluations to Level III, completing Book II – Trail of the Traditional Herbalist, Book III – Trail of the Wildlife Tracker,and Book V: Trail of the Ancient Artisan.

Complete our simple registration process by December 25th or email us to be put on our our list for this program or our other apprenticeships.


You can also begin by making a non-refundable deposit via PayPal: (account not necessary for debit and credit cards; we’ll call or email you with follow-up info asap)
Participant Name & Age:
Cell Phone Number & Anticipated Start Date:






We’re looking forward to receiving your application, but feel free to call or email us so we can clarify any questions you have. There is so very much to gain and to give in this program, so we’re looking forward to sharing it with you. – Kim & Chris Chisholm