Kids Summer Nature Day Camps: Outdoor Education at Lake Sammamish

Join us for six 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 8:30-4:30 except no aftercare on Friday afternoon.

Camp is designed for ages 7-13 in the summer of 2021 with campers grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 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.

2021 Lake Sammamish Day Camp Schedule:

August 9-13, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-13 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wildlife Search & Rescue, the Wilderness Skills Sampler, or one of our other advanced skills camps.

Aug 16-20, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 8-13 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wild Cooking & Herbology, the Wilderness Skills Sampler, or one of our other advanced skills camps.

Aug 23-27, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including the Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Artisans Camp for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least three camps with us.

Returning in 2022: School’s Out FLOW Camp open to ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced FLOW Camp open to ages 8-13 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 2022: Wilderness Skills Sampler celebrating its 8th year, and Advanced Arts of the Scout for ages 8-13 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 2022: Advanced Wilderness Survival and Advanced Conservation Scouts for ages 8-13 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 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 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!

Tuition

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.
  • $595 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for a merit scholarship.
  • $495 for 2021 prices set to cover expenses leftover from last year’s pandemic-related cancelations.
  • $395 for 2020 prices if you were not able to attend last year due to the pandemic.
  • $295 if your camper completes a merit scholarship.
  • $195 if you successfully apply for financial aid to attend camp.

Tuition includes complimentary extended care from 8:30-4:30 except Friday afternoon. 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 also 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.

Registration:

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

  1. Winter 2021 now accepting reservations from all alumni (children who have been to camp in past years) as well as anyone who has a deposit on file with us from 2020 pandemic cancelations. Simply send us an email with the dates you wish to reserve. Your balance may be paid using options listed below once your child has received a first round of COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. Spring & Summer 2021 if space remains available, we will accept new campers who have completed their first vaccination protocol, as well as unvaccinated camp alumni able to follow our 2020 communicable disease protocols: maintaining 12 foot distancing and wearing masks whenever moving. All campers will continue to receive health screenings every morning before being allowed to exit vehicles. Bathroom hygiene protocols (hand sanitizer before and supervised hand washing after) will also remain the same as during the pandemic era, as well as hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials.

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: 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 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 paypal.com and “send money” to our email address.




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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