Learning How To Safely Cross a River
Who Are You?
Chris Teaching How to Safely Set-up a Whisperlite Stove
What a View
Deer Hides from the Afternoon Sun
Torrey Relaxes with a Carcass
Learning Wilderness Medicine
June 24-29, 2018 Teen Overnight Camp Week
Join us for an adventure along the eastern slope of the North Cascade mountain range; an area where wolf packs have recently been discovered. We will begin our journey by crossing a swinging foot bridge spanning the Yakima River and continue into the sagebrush canyon where trip leader Chris Chisholm first got the idea to create Wolf Camp over 20 years ago. Check out this testimonial from a previous Backpacking Leadership Camp
Whether you are an avid backpacker or you just want an introduction to backcountry travel, this camp has something to offer. Beginners will learn how to pack for efficient travel; how to navigate using map, compass, GPS, and natural orienteering tools; how to work through challenges as a team; how to set up camp; how to cook over open fires and mini stoves; and how to stay safe in the wilderness.
For experienced backcountry travelers, this camp will be epic. We will be traveling from sagebrush canyonlands to wilderness pine forests. Along the way, you will learn how to track animals; use wild edible and medicinal plants for healthy travel; and travel with guides who know to survive in the wilderness without modern gear.
Please note that we are not actively looking for wolves or wolf sign this week. If you are interesting in focusing on wildlife tracking, please visit The Wildlife Safari – Tracking and Photography in Wolf Country.
Ages 14-17: Open/Available; no prerequisite, but recommendation form will be required. You must also be in physical condition to carry a full expedition backpack over rough terrain.
Ages 18-28: Please see the Outdoor Leadership Expedition running simultaneously.
Register below for this theme in its 16th year which is excellent for those who are already comfortable outdoors in nature and want a greater challenge, as well as for those who may not have wilderness experience but who want a leadership development challenge as well as in-depth knowledge of nature. If you prefer to start with a less rigorous camp, check out our weeks in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area the first week of July and again in August, or call us at 425-248-0253 to discuss your interests.
Goals and Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to help you become adept at backcountry travel and learn the natural history of the area.
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:
- Wilderness Camping, Hiking & Backpacking
- Outdoor Leadership & Risk Management
- Top 10 Tenets of the Wilderness Expedition
- Navigating & Orienteering with and without Map & Compass
- Backcountry & Campfire Cooking
- Wildlife Tracking
- Birding & Bird Language
- Wild Edible Foraging
- Ultralight & Survival Shelters
- Natural Water Purification
- Herbal & Wilderness Medicine
- Best Ways to Make Fire
- Swimming in Natural Waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
Schedule and Activities:
Itinerary for this camp includes, but is not limited to and may change as necessary, the following:
Sunday: Travel into the Yakima Canyon near Ellensburg, WA where we will get oriented for our expedition; your group will find its first waypoint this evening and set up an efficient camp.
Monday: Pack camp and prepare for the day’s hike; navigate out of the canyon and travel cross-country to a waypoint on a high ridge. Your group will have the option of following that ridge toward the mountains, using stars to guide you at night, and/or complete your journey the next morning at a location that is one of the best known birding sites in Washington State.
Tuesday: Backpack into the pine forests of the North Cascades wilderness focusing on wild edible and medicinal plants.
Wednesday-Thursday: Decisions are largely turned over to the group during this time, so every year is different!
Friday: Backpack out; report findings to ranger station; and return to Ellensburg, North Bend, Seattle, and Puyallup for celebratory meals and stories.
Also, our schedule is somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum student-instructor ratio so critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!
Arrival, Directions & Transportation Options:
Complimentary Sunday Arrival between 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area Campground in the Yakima Canyon which is 11.5 miles south of Interstate 90 on Canyon Road in time for our camp orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 for those who didn’t eat dinner already, and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. Camp starts with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$45 Sunday North Bend Arrival Option: Meet us next to the North Bend (WA) Safeway in the McDonald’s parking lot on Sunday by 2:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$55 Sunday Bellevue College Arrival Option: Meet us across from Bellevue College at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church parking lot, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue WA 98007 on Sunday by 1:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday by 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday Seattle Amtrak Arrival Option: Meet us at the Seattle Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Sunday by 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$75 Sunday SeaTac Airport Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday morning in time to meet our pick-up vehicle by 12:30 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Ellensburg Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to meet us back at Umtanum Campground on Friday for river bathing between 2:00-2:30 p.m. and departure by 3:00.
$45 Friday Evening North Bend Departure Option: Get dropped off next to the North Bend (WA) Safeway in the McDonald’s parking lot on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$55 Friday Evening Bellevue College Departure Option: Get dropped off across from Bellevue College at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church parking lot, 2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue WA 98007 on Friday at 5:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak Departure Option: Get dropped off at the Seattle Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 5:15 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: 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 and have dinner with us. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$115 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon from the Wolf Campus in Puyallup. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$145 Saturday SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday in Puyallup, 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
Full Weekend Stayovers are $275 if you would like to stay over and attend next week’s Wild Discovery Film Camp – Nature & Survival.
BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for at least three weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and weekend stayovers are free not including long-distance transportation. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for at least two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and stay free on weekends not including long-distance transportation.
2018 Overnight Youth Camps are $775/week if you make a deposit by June 10th, or $785 if space remains available thereafter. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival.
The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including organic camp t-shirt at your first camp, or survival knife, firesteel or field guide at subsequent camp weeks, depending on topic. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.
Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for three or four weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and weekend stayovers are free. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for just two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and receive free transport or stay free over the weekend.
Scholarships: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survival Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout, so click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and the underprivileged. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your camp Microsoft Word or PDF registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.
Registration is now open:
Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. New campers can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.
Camp Preparation: Agreements & Packing List
Summer Camp Packing List – general (please note that there is a specific Backcountry packing list that we will email to you)