Blue Skye Camp Descriptions for Puyallup & Lake Sammamish
Join us for the fourth year of this great camp theme if your child is the creative type who loves to work with their hands and soil, delving into the history of pioneers as well as re-enacting their discoveries.
Blue Skye Farm & Pioneer Camps are inspired not just by pioneers who traveled here over the Oregon Trail from the east, but also by immigrants who traveled over the Pacific Ocean from the west, all landing on shores where the Coast Salish people had lived since migrating here themselves over the land bridge from Asia ten millenia prior.
July 8-12, 2019 Blue Skye Farm Camp at Clark’s Creek in Puyallup
Monday: Tour of Blue Skye Farm gardens, orchard, chickens, rain collection and compost systems. Our story begins with Ezra & Eliza Meeker, founders of Puyallup who traveled the Oregon Trail in 1852, including the path of the old Tacoma-Puyallup Trolley Route that Ezra founded past our old farmhouse where the Wolf Camp home office is now situated.
Tuesday: Tour of neighborhood farm horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and more. Our week’s story turns to the original residents of the area who were stripped of many traditional food sources in the 1800s when immigrants plowed their park-like oak prairies which had been maintained by controlled burning over the millennia.
Wednesday: Tour of neighborhood fish hatchery, artesian springs, old growth forest, and creek restoration projects. To honor traditional Puyallup & Nisaqually root crops, acorns, fish and game which are held so dear in our area, we will teach campers how to process acorns into flour, craft fishhooks, and more.
Thursday: Harvest & Sell Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Lettuce at the Blue Skye Farm Stand. Last year, Blue Skye Farm sold produce every Saturday at the Puyallup Farmer’s Market, but this year, we are developing a farm stand to sell produce every day. Campers will learn the whole process!
Friday: Glean Blue Skye Farm & Neighborhood Produce for the Orting Farmer’s Market. We like to sell produce at the Orting Farmer’s Market which runs after camp hours, so those who would like to join us out there after camp are welcome!
August 12-16, 2019 Blue Skye Pioneer Camp at Lake Sammamish
Monday: Set up the Blue Skye Pioneer Camp honoring Hans Jensen and the pioneer settlers of the Sammamish Prairie with food preparation (making hard tack and jerky or salt pork, etc.), planning provisions including trail meals, packing the wagons, making rope-making. Our story begins with Native American residents of the area (Snoqualmie & Duwamish) who were stripped of many traditional food sources in the 1800s when immigrants plowed their park-like oak prairies which had been maintained by controlled burning over the millennia.
Tuesday: To honor indigenous root crops, acorns, fish and game held so dear in our area, we will teach campers how to process acorns into flour, craft fishhooks, make at-latls which were ancient super-efficient hunting tools and also understand more of the Coast Salish culture. We will spend the day foraging, preparing trail meals, preparing pioneer medicine, and plan a field trip across the road to fish at Lake Sammamish.
Wednesday: The Spanish first explored the coast and named various features we still use today, but their descendants settled primarily to the south. Consequently, the first non-indigenous people to stay in our area were Hudson Bay fur traders from eastern Canada. That all changed when American Pioneers started arriving in droves over the Oregon Trail in the 1850s. Today, we will honor their work by learning to honorably harvest wood, making bowls and utensils with traditional methods like hot-coal burning, and natural sandstone scraping.
Thursday: Chinese miners were a critical part of settlement in our area, and they persevered despite violent oppression during times of economic downturn. Inspired by these miners and the throngs of Gold Rush immigrants from the east, we will train campers how to search out and pan for precious metals including gold. We’ll also facilitate a survival challenge (shelter, water, fire, food) and obstacle course, showing how hardships can be overcome.
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Old time music & instruments, making feather pens for journaling, trail games
Friday: We’ll introduce our Ancient Artisan curriculum which includes transforms animal hides into parfleche and make leather through traditional tanning. We’ll also finish chores, mend clothing, play pioneer games and prepare a trading session for parents who participate in end-of-camp presentations from 2:00-3:30.
Locations featuring the Blue Skye Farm & Pioneer Day Camps: Click on the location and dates of your choice below to register and for FAQs
August 12-16, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: Choose from Wildlife Search & Rescue and the Blue Skye Pioneer Camp for ages 6-11, or The Advanced Artisan for ages 8-12 who have graduated from at least three prior camps with us. Click here to register for August 12-16 at Lake Sammamish.
Click any of the dates or locations above for FAQs and to register your child.