July 6-11, 2014 Overnight Youth Camp with prerequisite
Take your herbal skills to a new level this week, becoming a wild chef as you wander through fields, forests and seashores in search of wild foods, dining on edible roots and shoots, drinks and desserts – and don’t forget the preparation of edible insects! We’ll make placemats, bowls, soup spoons and plates from natural materials for our feasts out under the stars. We’ll make increasingly more intricate plant extractions and experiment with more herbs.
As advanced herbalists, we will practice first aid so that you can go beyond the beginner level of wilderness medicine. We will learn the valuable skills of navigating, lost-proofing and orienteering in order to stay safe while wandering through nature. We’ll also practice how to respond if confronted by a wild animal. And of course, we’ll enjoy Mother Nature’s Herbal Spa, complete with clay masks, facial steams, hair care, aromatherapy, flower essences and more.
Finally, you will have a say in what happens this week. In fact, you can let us know which activities and skills you want us to emphasize, so register right away so we can better include your suggestions.
Camp Goals and Skills:
The goal of this camp session is to bring you to the next level as an herbalist, from merely working with the herbs on a physical level, to also understanding the mental, emotional, physical and social needs of your patients so that they may fully heal. Skills introduced include:
• Ability to feed yourself on wild edibles without losing energy.
• Ability to honor any plants you harvest by putting all their parts to good use.
• Ability to store harvested goods throughout a turning of the sun.
• Ability to orient yourself using the sun, moon and stars and navigate with or without a compass.
• Ability to heal wounds and keep yourself healthy with medicinal herbs and herbal first aid.
• Ability to stay clean and safe from injury in every activity.
• Recognize the identifying characteristics of the Top 10 Important Plant Groups.
• Understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.)
• Ability to make plant extractions (decoctions, infusions, etc.)
• Completion of Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants.
Camp Schedule and Activities:
Our schedule during the week includes morning wake-up, stretches, washing, and breakfast vary slightly depending on previous evening activities, but if all was quiet by 10:00 p.m. we would awake at 7:00, do warm-ups from 7:30-8:00, and have breakfast from 8:00-9:00 … 9:00-12:00 is the morning session. 12:00-1:00 is lunch, and 1:00-2:00 is usually swimming or other recreational time. 2:00-5:00 is the afternoon session. 5:00-6:00 is dinner, and 6:00-7:00 is usually personal time. Evening sessions begin at 7:00, and bedtime varies according to the activity and the time of sunset.
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:
• We’ll cook in open fires and earthen pits, using rocks and clay like the ancients before us.
• Make rope from roots, vine maple and willow bark.
• Learn how to safely harvest and process Devil’s Club.
• Sing Songs & tell Stories.
• River swimming.
• Make a paracord survival bracelet.
• Sketch and journal.
• Make a plant press.
• Keep in Shape with Daily Workouts.
• Make a basket to hold herbs that you gather.
• Dry and store herbs to take home.
• Learn to identify, harvest and process edible insects.
• Make plant extractions for health, beauty and medicine.
• Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios.
• Make a placement, bowl, spoon and plate out of natural materials.
• Herbal spa day.
• Learn acupressure.
• Learn how to act during a wild animal encounter.
• Make henna tattoos.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
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