August 3-8, 2014 Overnight Camp with Prerequisite
Projects include making Character Bows, Arrows, Quivers, Pressure Flintknapping, Traditional Tanning, and Live Trapping.
Located at Dash Point State park between Seattle & Tacoma WA.
Since you will have spent at least a week with us before, you know what this camp is all about. Our projects for the week will include perfecting the most aerodynamic rabbit sticks possible and actually learning accuracy in your throw, making a quiver for carrying tools, crafting your very own arrow to match the bow you made, making finished arrowheads as you move from percussion flaking to pressure flaking, turning raw hide into tanned leather, and making live traps. Plus, since we’ll be over in central Washington where the at-latl was paramount for the first peoples, you will spend a good amount of time perfecting that skill through throwing competitions, not just for distance, but for accuracy on up-close and stationary objects.
Some special plans for this year include a fishing expedition using our own gear, although your choices will depend on what kind of license you have. Also, those who choose to hunt, whether it be for plants, fish, mammals or other critters, carry with them a great sense of honoring all life: that it is sacred, from the mightiest stag to smallest mouse. Of course, hunting can only be done legally, and few animals are in-season during the summer. Yet, when it happens, you must honor any animal you harvest by utilizing all of its body, learning to skin, gut, butcher, and tan hides. And that is exactly what this camp week is all about, no matter how many times you return to perfect your artisanry skills.
Open/Available with Ancient Archers & Artisans as prerequisite (last week or in previous years).
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to help you make the items you will need during a stone age living situation, but of course, in order to do so, you will have wanted to complete The Survival Challenge.
• Natural selection forestry, using Hatchets & Axes for chopping and wood splitting, for those who demonstrate the most ability and consistent awareness of hazards.
• Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation.
• Fire Strategies & Safety
• Natural Water Purification (seeps, filters, and locating natural springs)
• Wilderness Camping, and Swimming in Natural Waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
• Hunting & Fishing, depending on group readiness and area laws.
Camp Schedule and Activities:
Activities covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity:
SUNDAY: Elements of Creation and the Social Self
Story: Following Receding Glacier Rivers North & Needing Clothes, Mocs, Hunting, Gathering, Rocks
Air – Knotweed Straws & Flutes
Fire – Magnesium Fire Steel; Tinders Intro; Flint & Steel; Making Char Cloth
Water – Boiling Water in Metal Can; Burn Bowls
Rock – Make Slate Knife
Plants – Raffia & Cedar Rope
Animals – Make Leather Pouch; Buckskin & Fir Clothing Demo
MONDAY: Rock & Water (The Physical Realm)
Story: Climbing Rocky Mountain, Crossing Icy Glacier, Running Old Man River
Air – Rock Rabbitsticks, Bamboo Blowers, Himalaya Blackberry Blowguns
Fire – Banking Coals; Group Mortar; Flint & Steel
Water – Burn Bowls; Boil Water in Burn Bowl; Water Stalking; Primitive Baths;
Rock - Knife, Axe & Saw Safety; Hunting & Pecking Group Mortar & Pestle; Talcum Powder
Plants – Tree & Shrub ID: Gardening Yew & Vine Maple, Ocean Spray & Alder Spear Harvest;
Animals – Fish Species & Spears; Sinew & Gut Cordage Demo; Big Game Bow Making & Arrow Fletching;
TUESDAY: Plants and Emotions (Chemicals, Sensitivities, Feelings)
Story: Counsel of Friendly Forest, Grassy Prairie, Soggy Bog, Flora Meadow
Air – Traditional Archery – Hunting Style
Fire – Tinder & Pitch Sticks; Bow Drill Kits
Water – Swimming & Water Stalking; Fish Species & Catching Amphibians
Rock – Axe & Saw Safety; Award of Knife Belts; Pecking Group Mortar & Pestle; Hunting & Pecking Bow Drill Hand Holds; Making Group Hammer & Adz
Plants – Vine Maple Harvesting & Seasoning; Processing Yew, Harvesting Spruce Arrows & At-latl Materials
Animals – Survival Bow Making; Gut Cordage Making; Big Game Bow Making & Arrow Straightening
WEDNESDAY: Animals and Personality (Creativity, Dreaming, Patterns, Rote Thought, Common Sense)
Story: Lessons of Crafty Coyote, Repetative Raccoon, Naying Horse, Courageous Cougar, Medicine Bear, Wise Eagle
Air – Archery & Hunting Games
Fire – Bow Drill Kits; Arrow Straightening
Water – Fish Wiers, Swimming & Bullfrogging
Rock – Slate Spearheads; Flintknapping Glass Arrowheads; Finishing Group Hammer & Adz
Plants – Cedar Bark Quivers; Trap Making; At-latl Training
Animals – Parfleche & Fleshing Hides; Bone Tools Intro; Hide Cordage Making; Big Game Bows; Big Game Hide Tanning; Making Bone Tools; Making Hide Glue
THURSDAY: Fire and the Individual Mind (Will Power, Responsibility, Discipline, Scientific Learning)
Story: Individual Inventions Build Upon Each Other for Success, Art, Literature & Leisure
Air – Archery & Hunting Games
Fire – Fire Hardening Spears & Arrows
Water – Swimming & Bullfrogging; Fish & Frog ID & Trapping Test
Rock – Blacksmithing Intro; Flintknapping Obsidian Arrowheads
Plants – Finish Cedar Quivers; Finish Traps, Make At-latls
Animals – Big Game Bows; Big Game Hide Tanning; Making Bone Tools
FRIDAY: Air and the Spiritual Dimension (Prayer, Meditation, Synchronicity, Connection, Quantum Worlds)
Story: Travel through Black Holes to Stars, Planets, Moons and the Future
Air – Archery, Rabbitstick & At-latl Tournaments
Fire – Smoking Hides
Water – Camp Cleaning
Rock - Iron Blacksmithing; Finishing Arrowheads; Soapstone & Pipestone Carving & Gifting
Plants – Trees & Shrubs Review & Wood Experiments; Cedar Bark Clothing Demo; Wood Testing;
Animals – Finish Hides & Quivers
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Drop off at Dash Point State Park located at 5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00.We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week for campers and families, followed by final tent set-up and camp orientation lasting until 7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. You may wish to eat dinner before arriving, or you can bring a pot-luck item to set out with our hors d’oeuvres which will be available from 5:00-7:00. Upon registration, we will email you directions to our reserved campsite. If you get lost, call or text our cell phone at 425-248-0253.
$50 Seattle Airport, Bus or Train Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:15 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$50 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:00-2:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at Dash Point on Friday between 4:00-4:30 in time for camper presentations from 4:30-5:30 p.m. before departing between 5:30-6:00.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay later into the evening and depart anytime between 8:00-9:00 from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup.
$125 Saturday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport/Bus/Train Station in Seattle-Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$140 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.
$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.
$180 Sunday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the SeaTac Airport on Sunday at 12:00 noon in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option Between Camp Weeks: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us for our next camp week!
To add transportation and weekend stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!
Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $580 if you register by March 25th, $585 if you register by April 30th, $590 if you register by June 5th, and $595 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.
You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional family member attending together, $10 per additional camp you attend, and $10 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff and weekend stayover choices.
Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
Our refund policy is that deposits are not refundable unless your registration is not accepted. If you cancel after making additional payment, you may receive a credit for a future program, minus a 25% administration fee of total payments made, in case of emergency. You will receive a full refund if your program is canceled and not rescheduled at a time that you can attend. No refund (and not necessarily any credit) is given if a participant is inappropriate at the program and asked to leave.
Camp Preparation: Agreements & Packing List