August 11-16, 2013 Overnight Camp with Prerequisite
Projects include making Character Bows, Arrows, Quivers, Pressure Flintknapping, Traditional Tanning, and Live Trapping.
Located at Battle Ground Lake State park near Vancouver WA north of Portland OR.
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 Stone Age 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: Orientation, Agreements, Intro Games, Fishing Hook & Line, Music & Stories.
Monday: Harvest & Begin Character Bows, Harvest & Finish At-latls, Hunting Philosophy, Campfire Music & Stories.
Tuesday: Make Arrows, Review Percussion Flaking & Begin Pressure Flaking, Harvesting & Processing Fish, Campfire Music & Stories.
Wednesday: Finish Bows & Arrows, Finish Flintknapping Arrowheads, Begin Traps, Fishing Trip.
Thursday: Hide Tanning, Archery Competition, Finish & Set Traps (live / no kill), Hunting Games.
Friday: Finish Projects, At-latl & Rabbit Stick Competitions, Closing Circle and Family Presentations
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Check in with us at the Battle Ground Lake State Park group campsite (16820 NE 259th St, Battle Ground WA 98604) near Portland on Sunday between 5:00-6:00 p.m. 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.
$20 Portland Int’l Airport & Vancouver Bus/Train Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Portland/Vancouver on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:30 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.
$45 Olympia WA Arrival Option: Meet us at Fred Meyer, 555 Trosper Rd in Tumwater on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and drive south with us to our camp location.
$65 Puyallup WA Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 1:00-1:30 and drive south with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Park Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at Columbia Springs, 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy Vancouver, WA 98683 from 3:30-4:00 and join us for our closing ceremonies from 4:00-5:00. Final departure will be from 5:00-5:30.
$20 Friday Evening Portland Airport Departure Option: Participants can get dropped off at Portland Int’l Airport at 6:00 in time for evening flights.
$45 Friday Evening Olympia WA Departure Option: Participants can get dropped off at Fred Meyer in Tumwater at 7:00 p.m.
$60 Friday Evening Puyallup WA Departure Option: Participants get picked up at the Wolf Campus in Puyallup anytime between 8:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday.
$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!
2014 Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $570 if you register by December 20th by taking advantage of our holiday gift certificate, $575 if you register by February 10th, $580 if you register by March 20th, $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