Summer Overnight Youth Camps

Wolf Camp CoverJoin our fun, skill-building programs guided by highly-skilled instructors who are specially trained to teach pre-teens, teens and young adult groups during overnight camps. We ran our first overnight summer camps in the spring and summer of 1998, and we now offer a host of camps for kids, adults and family. Our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio ensures profound outdoor experiences that will become some of the best memories in life.

July 2-8, 2023: Advanced Wilderness Scout Skills near Mt Rainier for ages 11-17 from Sunday 6pm – Saturday 11am. $985 plus personal food and gear. Prerequisite: One previous overnight camp, or two day camps in past years, or acceptance into our IIT Youth Mentoring Program with three workshops and one day camp with us earlier this summer or in past years. Weekend stayover option also available.

July 9-15, 2023 Advanced Wilderness Survival Trek near Mt Rainier for ages 11-17 from Sunday 6pm – Saturday 11am. $985 plus personal food and gear. Prerequisite: One previous overnight camp with us in prior week or years, with complimentary stayover also available from the previous camp week.

July 31 – Aug 4, 2023 Tracking Birds, Bobcats, Bears & Beyond at Lake Sammamish for ages 10-15 from Monday 9am – Friday 4pm. $985 includes all expenses. Prerequisite: One overnight camp with us earlier this summer or in past years, or at least two day camps with us in past years, or completion of our Wildlife Search & Rescue day camp the previous week plus additional screening application upon registration. Older teens may also attend if accepted into our IIT Youth Mentoring Program.

August 7-11, 2023 Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics at Lake Sammamish for ages 10-15 from Monday 9am – Friday 4pm. $985 includes all expenses. Prerequisite: One overnight camp with us earlier this summer or in past years, or at least two day camps with us in the past, or completion of our Wild Cooking & Herbology day camp earlier this summer plus additional screening application upon registration. Older teens may also attend if accepted into our IIT Youth Mentoring Program.

August 14-18, 2023 Survival Side of the Mountain at Lake Sammamish for ages 10-15 from Monday 9am – Friday 4pm. $985 includes all expenses. Prerequisite: One overnight camp with us earlier this summer or in past years, or at least two day camps with us this summer or in past years, plus additional screening application upon registration. Older teens may also attend if accepted into our IIT Youth Mentoring Program.

August 21-25, 2023 Archers, Artists & Artisans at Lake Sammamish for ages 10-15 from Monday 9am – Friday 4pm. $985 includes all expenses. Prerequisites: Two overnight camps with us earlier this summer or in past years, or at least three day camps with us this summer or in past years, plus additional screening application upon registration. Older teens may also attend if accepted into our IIT Youth Mentoring Program.

August 27 – Sept 1, 2023 Epic Fishing Camp based at Camp Curran in Tacoma/Puyallup for ages 11-17 from Sunday 5pm – Friday 5pm. $1,975 includes all expenses with 12 participants plus Apprentices & IITs. Prerequisite: One overnight camp with us earlier this summer or in past years, plus additional screening application upon registration.

Camp Leaders

Chris, Kim & LilyKim & Chris Chisholm are on site teaching each week and directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up a hallmark 6-1 student-instructor ratio that’s critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997.

Health Protocols

We exceed the state’s pandemic era guidelines for overnight camps (pdf) and to start camp, participants must pass our health screening before being allowed to exit vehicles. Hygiene protocols will remain the same as last year, but mask policies will be updated depending on whether there is any new variant or surge, and still no evidence of Covid transmission in the outdoors. We will still require campers to carry masks in backpacks, and likely have them wear masks in restrooms at least.  If there is another surge, we would require masks whenever in line, or when seated less than 3-6 feet from others. As before the pandemic, we will continue requiring hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials, before entering toilets, and we supervise proper hand washing after campers exit toilet facilities. Please click here for full details on our health and safety protocols during the pandemic era and see the latest CDC summer camp guidelines. Also as before the pandemic, we train campers in specialized “outdoor safety and awareness” skills and encourage appropriate boundaries, with redirection from staff when encroachment occurs.

Full vaccinations are strongly encouraged – we follow the scientific consensus. However, as part of that, we know that due to our 100% outdoor setting, combined with daily health screenings, contact tracing, supervised hand washing and mask when necessary, the risk of disease transmission is negligible at Wolf Camp, so vaccination records are not required at day camps. We do require vaccination records at overnight camps so participants can be partnered according to the wishes of parents and participants.

Tuition

Tuition for most overnight camp weeks is $985. All expenses including food are included for camps running Monday-Friday at Lake Sammamish. For camps running Sunday-Saturday near Mount Rainier, you will need to purchase camping food, cook stoves, and other backcountry gear as part of your camper’s wilderness skills training. For the Epic Fishing Camp, the tuition of $1,975 includes all expenses including gear. If needed to attend a camp week of your choice, click here to apply for financial aid from the Max Davis Scholarship fund administered by the Conservation College.

Registration

Returning Camp Families: Reserve spaces anytime by sending deposits of $200 per camp (or $500 for the fishing camp) via Zelle to “kim@wolfcollege.com” with a note on camper names, dates and theme choices, or call us anytime at 425-248-0253 ex 1 to register over the phone with a credit card. We recommend making deposits by January before spaces fill.

New Camp Families: Registration opens on January 2nd. In the meantime, click here to join our notification list for priority placement. After the new year, our PayPal registration system will appear below and you can use it to register, or see other options below for returning camp families. After making deposits, we’ll need you to complete a once-in-a-lifetime Registration Form (Microsoft Word or PDF or make your own a copy of our Google Doc, or choose our Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF / Word Doc) – one per new participant (again, not needed for returning in future years) – and we’ll need you to email it back for review by January 31st to maintain your reservation; otherwise, we will refund your deposit and open your space to our waitlist on February 1st.

Deposits are non-refundable unless we refuse your registration (but if you cancel, we save all deposits as a credit for you to use in future years, or we can move the funds into our scholarship account if you prefer) so the best practice is to make the minimum $100/camp deposit to register, and wait to pay the remaining balance during your camp week via Zelle (free from your online banking account) to “kim@wolfcollege.com” in order to save us transaction fees, or use PayPal to the same email address, or give us a check or have us run a credit card on site during your camp week.





Or 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 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 may be 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 a no-show without prior notice, or asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Camp Preparation: Agreements & FAQ’s (click on your camp week for specialized packing lists)

Agreements for Participation in Overnight Camps

Homesickness Protocol & Prevention

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Most Asked Question: What are bathroom and sleeping arrangements like? Bathrooms are primitive, and we train campers in wilderness hygiene and private outdoor bathing methods as part of their learning experience. We provide camping tents, and campers may have (or bring) their own, or share one with others, depending on pandemic protocols. We recommend you bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and foam pad, although we have extras if needed. Click on packing list above for more details.

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