Kids Summer Nature Day Camps: Outdoor Education at Lake Sammamish

Join us for eight amazing weeks of survival, wildlife, herbal, pioneer, and ancient scout camps at the privately rented, eighty-acre Hans Jensen Group Camp, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.

Choose from our many day camp themes located at our privately-rented wilderness park across the street from the East Lake Sammamish boat launch in Issaquah. Day Camps run Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care 8:00-5:00 except no aftercare on Friday afternoon.

Camp is designed for ages 6-11 (flexible) with campers grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences.

Camp includes optional wading/swimming and games/archery during lunchtime depending on park rules, camper safety tests, weather and other conditions. Or choose overnight camp options around the northwest, or day camps in Puyallup.

2019 Lake Sammamish Day Camp Schedule:

June 24-28, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: The Wilderness Skills Sampler for ages 6-11 (flexible) as an in-depth introduction to all the wilderness skills we teach. Please call or email to check on available space.

July 1-3, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: Choose from the Wilderness Skills Sampler for ages 5-12, or the Advanced Skills Sampler for ages 7-12, running simultaneously with our July 1-5 Wilderness Family Classes & Independence Day Campfire Concert for all ages. Camp is full this week.

July 22-26, 2019 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue, Wilderness Survival Craft, and Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-11 (flexible). Camp is full this week.

July 29 – Aug 2, 2019 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish: including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite have small wait lists. We have space in the Advanced Herbal Medicine theme for ages 7-12 who have graduated from two camps with us, at least one being Wild Cooking & Herbology.

August 5-9, 2019 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish has a short wait list for the Wilderness Survival Craft and Wild Cooking & Herbology themes no prerequisite, as well as Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-12 who have graduated from from two camps with us, at least one being Wildlife Search & Rescue. We have small wait lists for all three themes this week, so email or call to check available space.

August 12-16, 2019 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish has a short wait list for the Wilderness Survival Craft and Wildlife Search & Rescue themes for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and there may be one space available in the Advanced Artisan theme for ages 8-12 with two prerequisites.

August 19-23, 2019 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish has a short wait list for the Wilderness Survival Craft and Wild Cooking & Herbology themes no prerequisite, while space remains available in the Advanced Ancient Scout theme for ages 8-12 for participants who have graduated from three camps with us, including at least one prior Advanced Day Camp.

August 26-30, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: Advanced Wilderness Survival is available for ages 8-12 who have graduated from two full weeks with us, including either Wilderness Survival Craft or a prior Advanced Day Camp, or choose the Wilderness Family Camp which is available for all ages. This Just In: We were voted Best Family Camp & Best Wild Nature Day Camp in the 2019 2019 Golden Teddy Awards by surveying the Puget Sound Region!

Camp LeadersWolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm

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, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!

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

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. 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.

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, 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!


Full-Week Summer Day Camps at Lake Sammamish are $400 for camps with available space. Our three-day advanced sampler camp running during independence week is $250 minus early registration discounts.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 off every camp for all alumni returning from prior years.

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.

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)

First – Choose Camp Dates at Lake Sammamish: (Please call or email to check availability after June 1st)
Next – Choose Camp Themes: (Please call or email to check availability after June 1st)
Name & Age of Participant:
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 Bureau, Yelp & Google pages.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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

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


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    My name is Woon seon Shin and I live in South Korea now.
    I am going to spend my vacation in Seattle with my two sons.
    Can my sons join your summer programs in Aug.6 – Aug.10?

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      Yes, we have spaces available that week. To register, scroll down to the Registration section to use the PayPal link, and we’ll email you preparatory information within a couple of days after receiving your deposit. Thanks!


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