July 27 – Aug 1, 2014 The Advanced Safari Overnight Youth Camp with prerequisite
Go much deeper this week into the mysteries of animal tracking and bird language. Learn basic ‘pressure releases’ that tell many more details about the maker of the track, and test the theory of bird language, sending people out to act in various ways to see whether we can accurately interpret the reactions of the birds.
You can stay up all night scoping animals, and further your “hunting” skills photographing animal. You’ll also put your tracking skills to the test as your team engages in scenarios track down “missing” people. You’ll also have a mission to solve a detective mystery involving animals and people, ultimately “rescuin”g a person trapped in the woods. You will also review the basics of Wilderness First Aid this week so that if you ever really have to search for lost or injured people back home, you will know how to rescue them. But most important, we will make every effort to track down wild wolves, cougars, bears and other animals the group wants to find and photograph.
On Wednesday-Friday, we’ll journey over the North Cascade Mountains where we will stop at the old Wolf Camp property to track bears from their winter dens, then head up the mountain to track marmots, mountain goats, and other high alpine creatures before descending into the territory of Washington State’s most recently documented wolf pack!
Open/Available for Ages 9-13 & 13-17 with The Wildlife Safari (prior years) or Secrets of the Ancient Scout (prior week) as prerequisite, or with parent/guardian enrolled in Tracking Wolf Country running simultaneously.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to bring you to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on instructor preference and camper readiness:
• Tracking down animals and document their presence.
• Managing a survey of animals to ensure how many are in an area.
• Mimicking at least 10 birds, including their song, alarm calls, companion calls, and aggression calls.
• Understanding specific ways that animals depend on certain plant communities for their survival.
• Camouflaging yourself and your documenting gear in any environment.
• Articulating the needs of animals, both in writing and public speaking, especially regarding the endangered species of your region.
• Communicate clearly and work well with teams.
• Find wolves:)
Pick-Up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Wallace Falls State Park, 14725 Ley Road, Gold Bar WA 98251 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We’ll give an overview of the week from 6:00-6:30 followed by 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 the group.
$25 Everett Arrival Option: Meet us at the Everett Transit Station on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$50 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.
$65 Tacoma-Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Tacoma Greyhound or Amtrak Stations, or the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$95 Wolf Haven / Olympia Arrival Option: Meet us at Wolf Haven in Tenino, the Greyhound Bus Station in Olympia, or the Amtrak Train Station in Lacey, on Sunday around 12:00 noon so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Cle Elum Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picke up in Cle Elum, we will be at the Safeway, 804 W 1st Street in Cle Elum on Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Complimentary Friday North Bend Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up in North Bend, we’ll be at McDonald’s next to the Safeway, 735 SW Mt Si Blvd, at 4:00 p.m.
Complimentary Friday Monroe Departure Option: If you would like to depart from or be picked up in Monroe, we’ll be at the Best Western Sky Valley Inn, 19233 State Route 2, at 5:00 p.m.
$20 Everett Departure Option: If you would like to be picked up or travel home by bus or train in Everett, we’ll be at the Everett Transit Station at 5:30 p.m.
$35 Seattle-Bellevue Departure Options: Depart from a convenient location or your choice in Seattle or Bellevue at 6:00.
$50 Renton-SeaTac Departure Options: Depart from the Renton Shopping Center or SeaTac Airport at 7:00.
$65 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday at 8:00 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 $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 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