Advanced Day Camps with Prerequisites at Lake Sammamish

• July 1-3, 2019 Adv Sampler (1 prereq, ages 7-12)
• July 29 – Aug 2, 2019 Adv Herbal (2 prereqs, ages 7-12)
• Aug 5-9, 2019 Adv Wildlife (2 prereqs, ages 8-12)
• Aug 12-16, 2019 Adv Artisan (3 prereqs, ages 8-12)
• Aug 19-23, 2019 Adv Scout (3 prereqs, ages 8-12)
• Aug 26-30, 2019 Adv Survival (2 prereqs, ages 7-12)

Although our “introductory” day camps are already more specialized than any other kids outdoor program, we also know that many of our camp graduates are thirsty to go deeper before they are old enough to spend nights away at our in-depth overnight camps. Our regular camp themes are absolute prerequisites, very specialized, in-depth and necessary before advanced groups to succeed. Further, we only accept campers into advanced weeks who showed group leadership during introductory camp weeks.

July 1-3, 2019: Advanced Skills Sampler for campers returning from the prior week or years, with price reduced (see tuition below) to reflect the short week. Also consider our Wilderness Family Classes and Independence Day Fun-Run talking place simultaneously this week. The itinerary for the Advanced Skills Sampler includes a taste of all of the advanced camps taking place later in the summer:

Monday: Experience an introduction to Advanced Scouts in the morning, including how intense its workouts, philosophy and games can be. In the afternoon, check out what Advanced Tracking is like, including an introduction to our ongoing animal den survey, hiking out to where bears spent the winter.
Tuesday: Hike in the morning to where Advanced Survival participants will create their survival camp at the end of the summer, preparing the site for debris huts and more. In the afternoon, continue with the advanced survival prep with a group fire-making challenge.
Wednesday: In the morning, get a literal taste of Advanced Herbology, and in the afternoon, experience an introduction to the unique Advanced Artisan.

July 22-26, 2019 Lake Sammamish – No Advanced Camp This Week: Choose from Wild Cooking & Herbology, or Wildlife Search & Rescue, or Wilderness Survival Craft.

July 29 – Aug 2, 2019 at Lake Sammamish – Advanced Herbal Medicine:  Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft or Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 6-11, or Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 7-12 who have graduated from two camps with us, at least one being Wild Cooking & Herbology.

August 5-9, 2019 at Lake Sammamish – Advanced Animal Tracking: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft or Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-11, or Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-12 who have graduated from from two camps with us, at least one being Wildlife Search & Rescue.

August 12-16, 2019 at Lake Sammamish – Advanced Pioneer Artisans: Choose from Wildlife Search & Rescue or the Blue Skye Pioneer Camp for ages 6-11, or Advanced Pioneer Artisans for ages 8-12 who have graduated from at least three camps with us.

August 19-23, 2019 at Lake Sammamish – Advanced Ancient Scout: Choose from Wild Cooking & Herbology or Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 6-11, or Advanced Ancient Scout for ages 8-12 who have graduated from three camps with us, at least one being an Advanced Day Camp.

August 26-30, 2019 at Lake Sammamish – Advanced Survival: Choose from the Wilderness Family Camp for all ages, or youth with prerequisites can choose Advanced Wilderness Survival for ages 7-12 who have graduated from two full weeks with us, including either Wilderness Survival Craft or a prior Advanced Day Camp.

Advanced Camp Itineraries

Monday: The first day of any educational experience must emphasize community building and getting participants onto the same page. Once instructors feel that the campers are working well together, a community discussion and will take place to decide group learning priorities for the week. Participants in Advanced Day Camps will come with varied experience, so after initial team-building exercises and based on what focus campers decide, campers will run through an intensive review of skills to make sure everyone is prepared for deeper learning.

Tuesday: The second day will focus on a priority chosen yesterday by the advanced campers. • Campers in the July 29 – Aug 2 Advanced Herbal Medicine day camp will choose from skills in our Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics overnight camp running simultaneously at Lake Sammamish. • Campers in the August 5-9 Advanced Animal Tracking day camp will choose from skills in our Wildlife Safari overnight camp curriculum. • Campers in the August 12-16 Advanced Artisan day camp will choose from skills taught in our Archers, Artists & Artisans overnight camp running the following week at Lake Sammamish. • Campers in the August 27-31 Advanced Ancient Scout day camp will choose from skills in our Secrets of the Ancient Scout overnight camp running simultaneously at Lake Sammamish. • Campers in the August 19-23 Advanced Ancient Scout day camp will choose from skills in our Secrets of the Ancient Scout overnight camp running earlier in the summer at Lake Sammamish. • Campers in the August 26-30 Advanced Wilderness Survival day camp will choose from skills in our Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain overnight camp curriculum.

Wednesday: The third day often focuses on developing tool skills needed for successful accomplishment of the chosen group focus. Instructors may divide campers into sub-groups to focus on tools safe for each camper. For instance, campers who are ready for training with our survival knives may be in one group – usually campers ages 10 and up with great attention to fine motor skills – while younger campers and those with less motor skill control would get training on efficient use of relevant landscaping and carpentry tools.

Thursday: The fourth day often focuses on completion of projects chosen as focus for the week. For instance, if Advanced Animal Tracking campers chose to focus on trailing deer as hunters, we would spend the day tracking them down, whereas if Advanced Herbal Medicine campers chose to focus on wilderness herbal first aid, then we would head into state forest lands to finish gathering and processing their herbal kits. Advanced Wilderness Survival campers who chose to focus on making fire by friction with bow drill fire kits would finish those today, or if Advanced Artisan campers chose to focus on tanning rabbit hides, then today would be spent on the final step required to soften their hides into leather.

Friday: The last morning usually consists of nature and survival challenges which test campers’ skills, such as timed survival scenarios, timed challenges to track down animals, or tests to heal wilderness first aid injuries. The last afternoon will consist of advanced campers teaching workshops to intro campers and parents on the skills they mastered during the week.

Camp Leaders

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 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!

Pickup/Dropoff Times & Directions:

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care drop-off no earlier than 8:00 and pick-up no later than 5:00 except no aftercare on Friday afternoon. Located at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029, with normal arrival between 9:15-9:30 and normal pick up between 3:30-3:45.

Remember that camp is located at our reserved Hans Jensen Group Camp with hidden entrance across the street from the boat launch, not the main state park entrance. The facility is a privately-rented, eighty-acre property managed by the state park but not open to the public, located ACROSS FROM, NOT AT the East Lake Sammamish Boat Launch. Look for a gravel driveway on the opposite (east) side of East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

There is no aftercare on Friday. Instead, parents are invited to join us for special workshops and closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30 on Fridays. The schedule includes classic songs and stories from 2:00-2:15, special workshops for parents from 2:15-3:00, and camp graduation awards from 3:00-3:30. Please join us for closing ceremonies to help campers integrate the skills they learned back into their life!


Our three-day advanced sampler camp running July 1-3 is $225 for campers returning from previous years registering by December 31st, or $230 for everyone registering by February 10th, or $235 by March 20th, $240 by May 5th, $245 by June 10th, or $250 thereafter if space remains available.

All Other Summer Day Camps at Lake Sammamish are run Monday-Friday and will cost $375 for returning campers registering by December 31st, or $380 for everyone registering by February 10th, $385 by March 20th, $390 by May 5th, $395 by June 10th, or $400 thereafter if space remains available.

Additional Discounts: You will also receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer.

To reserve your spot for weeks still available, make a $100 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival. The only additional expenses you may incur for camp are that you will need to pack a lunch and snacks every day, add extended care if desired, and of course all campers need health insurance. Tuition includes choice of Wolf Camp Book or Organic T-Shirt at your first camp with us, and Washington Firesteel or Orienteering Compass at subsequent camps.

Scholarships are available if you apply for financial aid before spaces fill, usually by late spring.


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: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.

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