Kids Summer Nature Day Camps: Outdoor Education at Lake Sammamish

Join us for wonderful camp weeks focused on wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, herbology and artisan themes at our privately rented, eighty-acre Hans Jensen Group Camp, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.

Day Camps run Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care 8:30-4:30, designed for ages 7-13 in the summer of 2022 (returning to ages 6-12 divided by age range after the pandemic era ends) within our hallmark 6-1 student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences.

Lunchtime activities include optional archery, creek wading, sprinkler games and berry picking depending on park rules, camper safety tests, weather and other conditions.

2022 Lake Sammamish Day Camp Schedule:

July 25-29, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Choose between Wildlife Search & Rescue and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisites.

August 1-5, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 9-13 with prerequisites.

August 8-12, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 9-13 with prerequisites.

Aug 15-19, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 7-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Artisans I for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least three previous Wolf Camp weeks, received knife safety training at home or another setting, and parents attest that a camper is focused enough to succeed with our method of knife and tool training.

Aug 22-26, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 7-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Artisans II for ages 9-13 who have graduated from one Advanced Artisans camp with us.

Returning in 2023: School’s Out FLOW Camp open to ages 6-12 with no prerequisite, and Advanced FLOW Camp open to ages 8-14 with at least one Wolf Camp in past years, or choose the Wilderness Family Camp for parents with children of all ages. We were voted Best Family Camp in the ParentMap 2019 Golden Teddy Awards!

Returning in 2023: Wilderness Skills Sampler for ages 6-12 and Advanced Arts of the Scout for ages 8-14 who have attended at least two camps with us before this week. We were also voted Best Wild Day Camp in the ParentMap 2019 Golden Teddy Awards!

Returning in 2023: Advanced Wilderness Survival and Advanced Conservation Scouts for ages 8-14 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wilderness Survival Craft, the Wilderness Skills Sampler, or a combination of the Wilderness Skills Sampler and one of our other advanced camps.

Camp Leaders

Camp Directors Kim & 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 and profound 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 8:30 and pick-up no later than 4:30. 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. Look for the hard-to-spot gravel driveway across the street from the boat launch, not the main state park entrance. The facility is managed by the state park but not open to the public, located ACROSS FROM, NOT AT the East Lake Sammamish Boat Launch.

Pandemic Era Health Protocols

We exceed the state’s pandemic era guidelines for day camps (pdf) and child care facilities, and to start each day, campers must pass our health screening (and fitted-mask approval) every morning before being allowed to exit vehicles.

Please click here for full details on our health and safety protocols during the pandemic era. Masks and hygiene protocols will remain as strict as last year: proper hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials, before entering toilet, and supervised hand washing afterwards. For more information, please click link at start of this paragraph for staff-related facility hygiene policies and our other communicable disease prevention protocols.

3-6 foot outdoor distancing will be our goal as per the latest CDC summer camp guidelines, whereas last year we instituted a “zombie” theme and walked children in formations to keep them 6-12′ apart. All staff will be vaccinated this year, and children are more aware of pandemic protocols now, so we will instead train them in our specialized “outdoor safety and awareness” theme and encourage self-enforcement of distancing, with redirection from staff when encroachment occurs. We know from experience that people of all ages naturally brake distancing on a regular basis, so parents should be aware that it will likely occur during camp despite daily trainings. If unrelated children ever accidentally touch, they will be directed to sanitize hands immediately. Children must also maintain greater than 6 foot distancing from staff at all times, except when all parties are stationary and wearing masks to take temperatures, or to help with hands-on projects like archery training, etc.


Please choose your contribution level for Summer Day Camp weeks at Lake Sammamish. It’s fine to mix and match prices if registering multiple children/weeks, and please include discounts of $5 off 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.

  • $695 to attend and sponsor a camper receiving financial aid via the Max Davis Scholarship fund administered by the Conservation College. Eligible for $200 tax write-off and matching-donation programs.
  • $595 for our 2022 tuition rate which includes $100 to in-house financial aid disbursements.
  • $495 if you were not able to attend in the previous two years due to the pandemic, or camp is unaffordable at the higher rates this year.
  • $195-$395 if you apply for a Max Davis Scholarship.

Tuition includes complimentary extended care from 8:30-4:30. The only additional expenses you may incur for camp are that you will need to pack a lunch and snacks every day, and of course all campers need health insurance. Tuition includes organic t-shirt at your first camp with us, then either an orienteering compass, recommended field guide, firesteel or other essential depending on number of camps attended, age and availability.


Registrations for Summer 2021 will be taken in the following order.

  1. At this time we are reserving remaining spaces for those who still have a deposit on file with us from 2020 pandemic cancelations. Simply send us an email with the dates you wish to reserve, and that’s it for now. We will invoice you this spring for summer balance payment, and will have you update registration forms with health screening a few days before camp starts.
  2. Waitlist Is Available: If new spaces open up, we will contact parents with campers ages 8 and above in the order we receive requests. Just send us an email with your • name, • preferred camp themes and dates, • child’s name(s), and • assessment of ability to follow our pandemic health protocols written above. Thanks!

Pandemic-Year Registration Process: New campers need to complete and return a Word or PDF or Google Doc registration form within a week of receiving confirmation of available space. We will email invoices in the spring, and to make final confirmation of attendance in the summer, a minimum $195 deposit will be due in July, with options to pay balances via paypal, credit card, or check as described on the invoice by the end of the summer camp season. Deposits we have on file that are not used this year will be kept as full credits for next year, except in case of financial hardship, no matter the reason for missed camp days.

Non-Pandemic Year Registration Process: Use the PayPal system normally seen below, or sign into and “send money” to our email address, or call us at 425-248-0253 with a credit card, or open our Registration Form (Word or PDF or Google Doc) on your computer, fill out one per new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send or email it 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.

Email us to be put on our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it.

Refund Policy: Deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 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 is needed 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 cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, grid failures, epidemics, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, 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

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Most Asked Question: Lunchtime? – Bring your own lunch from home, and then enjoy our After Lunch Activities (ALA) include choices of Archery, Creek Wading, Berry Picking, Reading & Naps, Shelter & Sprinkler Games.

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