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, natural tattoos, 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.
Open/Available for ages 9-13 & 13-17 with the Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics (in previous years) or the Blue Skye Farm Camp (earlier this summer) as prerequisite, or with parent/guardian enrolled in the Wild Ethnobotany & Herbal Foray running simultaneously.
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 react during a wild animal encounter.
• Make henna tattoos.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We’ll give families an overview of the week from 6:00-6:30 followed by camp orientation from 6:30-7:00 during which accompanying friends/family are free to depart. We will have some food available for those who were not able to eat dinner before arriving, but we also encourage you to bring hors d’oeuvres to share during the arrival period since it really helps bring an immediate community feel to camp.
$75 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday morning in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 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 unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$45 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 Options: Family & Friends are invited to meet us at Sahara Creek on Friday between 2:00-3:30 p.m. for our closing ceremonies which really helps participants integrate this unique experience back into their home lives. Final departure will be from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 6:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home with us.
$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 Bus/TrainAirport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter 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 Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us next 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 $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 expedition 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