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Day Camp Day Camps at Lake Sammamish – Week 1 – Wilderness Sampler & Advanced Survival

July 23-27, 2018 Wolf Camp Week 1 of 6 at the Hans Jensen Group Camp, a hundred-acre facility off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.

Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 for children ages 6-12, grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences. Extended care is also available as early 8:00 am and as late as 5:00 pm (except Friday afternoon) with pricing and other details described below. Camp includes optional wading/swimming and games/archery during lunchtime, depending on park rules, weather and other factors.

A special series of family classes also takes place simultaneously for parents this week only.  Or choose our other day camp options at Lake Sammamish, Puyallup & Olympia.

Intro & Advanced Camp Descriptions & Itinerary

Advanced Nature & Survival: Click for description or register below for this option only open to campers who attended one of our prior camps in previous years.

The Wilderness Skills Sampler for ages 6-12 has no prerequisite and introduces a variety of wilderness skills that Wolf Camp offers.  If a specific interest is sparked, participants can register for other day camp weeks where focused themes are presented. Ages 9 and up can also choose from our overnight camp themes.  Our skills sampler is designed to introduce our curriculum of navigation, search & rescuelanguage of the birdswildlife tracking. top 10 most important plantstop 10 most important wild medicines, tool safety,  bow drill fireEagle’s Nest Shelter and more:

Monday Wilderness Skills Sampler Itinerary:

Morning Session: Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass

Tuesday Wilderness Skills Sampler Itinerary:

Morning Session: Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Traditional Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel

Wednesday Wilderness Skills Sampler Itinerary:

Morning Session: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft

Thursday Wilderness Skills Sampler Itinerary:

Morning Session: Literal Language of the Birds
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session: Tracking & Trailing Animals

Friday Wilderness Skills Sampler Itinerary:

Morning Session: Rawhide Drums to Leather Pouches: Traditional Animal Hide Crafts
Lunchtime: Choice of Swimming, Archery & Nature Games (depending on park rules; bring lunch)
Afternoon Session:  Parents are invited to attend closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30.

Note that itineraries are subject to some amount of change based upon location, weather, instructor preference, and natural resource availability. Advanced Nature & Survival is only open to campers who attended one of our prior camps in previous years.

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, 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!

Pickup/Dropoff Times & Directions: (scroll down for extended care options)

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with extended care options described below. Drop off at Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029, with arrival between 9:15-9:30 and pick up between 3:30-3:45. Be sure to go to our reserved Hans Jensen Group Camp with entrance across the street from the boat landing, not the main state park entrance. The facility is a privately-rented, hundred-acre property managed by the state park but not open to the public, located ACROSS FROM, NOT AT the East Lake Sammamish Boat Launch. We are actually on the opposite (east) side of East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

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


2017 Summer Day Camps at Lake Sammamish are $345/week. To reserve your spot for weeks still available, make a $75 deposit 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.

Standard Discounts: You will 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.

Scholarships: This is the only week we offer scholarships at our Lake Sammamish location. Click here for merit scholarship and financial aid information and be sure to apply well before the June 5th deadline because spaces often fill by late spring. Alternatively, all ages can also attend our affordable family classes this week which follow the same schedule as the sampler day camp.


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.

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)

Register securely via PayPal: (account not necessary for debit and credit cards)

First – Choose Camp Dates:

Next – Choose Camp Themes:
Participant Name & Age:
Your Cell Phone Number:

Or email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch, and once you’ve attended a program, please review us on our Better Business BureauYelpGoogle pages.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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.

Day Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Day Camp Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Extended Care Options

If you want to drop your camper off at the park before 9:15 a.m., or pick up after 3:45 p.m., you can take advantage of our extended care option available on-site at the park from 8:00-5:00. There is no extended care available at vanpool rendezvous points. Campers utilizing this option will have a dedicated staff member leading them in activities, sometimes joining the overnight campers when appropriate.

We charge the equivalent of $6/hr. for before/after care.  We have parents write down the time when they “sign in” and “sign out” so we can keep track of that throughout the week, billing at $1 per 10 minute increment before 9:10 a.m. and starting at 3:50 p.m. Parents can pay their bill when they pick up at the end of the week on Friday. Please indicate your approximate drop-off and pick-up times upon registration.


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