Wilderness Survival Craft Day Camp

Survival Camp Description

Wilderness Survival Craft is especially great for hands-on learners, and the theme celebrates its 21st year this summer at the Hans Jensen Group Camp and Clark’s Creek Park where we can safely roam hundreds of acres of wild state-owned forest.

Re-create a traditional way of life with us, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. We’ll follow the critical order of survival, practice emergency response scenarios addressing the top hazards in nature, build warm shelters, purify drinking water, make fire, and prepare the most important plants and insects for survival.

Campers will also witness bow drill fire by friction and then work with a team to practice it themselves.  They will learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, craft tools of stone, including a course knife.  They will make rabbit sticks and other honorable hunting implements, learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Camp Itinerary

Itineraries are subject to some amount of change based upon location, weather, instructor preference, and natural resource availability.

Monday: Awareness, Navigation & Community Building

Morning Session: Introductions; Awareness Training, Order of Survival
Lunchtime: Bring & Eat Lunch from home, then our After Lunch Activities (ALA) include choice of Archery, Chill Time, Sprinkler Games & Swimming (creek wading, or go to lake for swim tests on days lifeguards are available)
Afternoon Session: Natural Navigation & Survival Shelters

Tuesday: Water, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Morning Session: Water Purification Practice, Digging Seeps & Rock Boiling Demo
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Top 10 Plants, Wild Teas & Edible Insects

Wednesday: Emergency Shelter & Fire

Morning Session: Fire Pits & Safety, Bed-Pillow-Blanket for Baby Fire, Tinder & Firesteel Trainings;
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Matches Training, Bow Drill Demo & Challenge

Thursday: Animal Craft

Morning Session: Rope Making, Stone Knife Making; Intro to Animal Trailing;
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Rabbitstick Training, Honorable Hunter Training, Animal Trailing;

Friday: Survival Scenarios

Morning Session: Survival Review & Scenario Challenges;
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Parents are invited to attend special end-of-camp workshops from 2:00-3:30.

Locations featuring Wilderness Survival Craft: Click on the location and dates of your choice below to register and for FAQs

July 15-19, 2019 in Puyallup-Tacoma: Wilderness Survival Craft at Clark’s Creek Park with walks to area farms.

July 22-26, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft, or Wildlife Search & Rescue, or Wild Cooking & Herbology.

July 29 – Aug 2, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft or Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 6-11, or Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 7-12 who have graduated from two camps with us, at least one being Wild Cooking & Herbology.

August 5-9, 2019 at Lake Sammamish: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft or Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-11, or Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-12 who have graduated from from two camps with us, at least one being Wildlife Search & Rescue.

August 19-23, 2019  at Lake Sammamish: Choose from Wilderness Survival Craft or Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-11, or Advanced Ancient Scout for ages 8-12 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 open to ages 7-12 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 for all ages.

Logistical Reminders: (click links above for in-depth details)

Day Camp instruction runs 9:30-3:30 Mon-Fri with complimentary extended care drop-off no earlier than 8:00 and pick-up no later than 5:00 except no aftercare on Fridays. Normal arrival is between 9:15-9:30 and normal pick up between 3:30-3:45.


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. Sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address and we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need.

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.


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    Dear Madam, dear Sir,
    We heard about your camp from friends of my son and were curious whether you do have a aug1 camp and whether there are still slots available.
    Best regards

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      Yes, we have a couple Wilderness Survival Craft day camps running a couple weeks in August for ages 6-12, and space will probably remain available into late April when day camps usually get filled up there at our Lake Sammamish location. Register using the PayPal link at http://www.wolfcollege.com/youth/summer-day-camps-for-kids/bellevue-redmond-sammammish-issaquah-kirkland-woodinville-carnation-duvall/ or call us at 425-248-0253 anytime. We also have overnight camps for older youth taking place simultaneously. Thanks, – Chris


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