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Wild Discovery Film Camp: Nature & Survival Skills

July 2-7, 2017 Overnight Camp in the tradition of Survivor Man & Create TV

This week is a great introduction to survival skills, whether or not you add the Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain camp the following week. The camp is jam-packed full of learning, practicing and filming nature and survival skills as well as the ability to add natural arts, crafts and music key to life in the wild. You’ll receive fundamental survival training, including the critical order of survival, how to build warm survival shelters, purify drinking water, best way to make fire, and find the  most important plants and insects for survival. Campers can learn and film bow drill fire by friction,  practice the top 10 lostproofing, navigation and orienteering skills, craft tools of stone, make rabbit sticks and other subsistence hunting implements, and learn that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Your instructors include experienced naturalists and survival experts, nature artists and musicians, plus budding film makers. Instructors will guide and help you develop films inspired from your own experiences in nature this week. You can film instructional videos, guided nature hikes, original wild stories, acted-out legends, or wilderness comedy skits, featuring yourself and new friends at camp. You could even film some busking on the streets and demonstrate critical survival skills for the public in beautiful downtown Puyallup if you want!

This is a great time to make your mark on what we hope will become a popular source for survival information on the Wolf Camp & Conservation College Channel about our world’s disappearing natural landscapes; what really happens during wilderness survival challenges; how to craft and perform disappearing natural arts; and any other topics you choose. You could film artistic projects like posting videos on simple ways to write natural music, make and play instruments like rawhide drums and bamboo flutes; how to sketch beautiful landscapes; how to write poetry during nature escapes; how to make a basket from natural materials, craft a beaded necklace and other jewelry, or teach the world how to “reverse wrap” rope from strong natural fibers.

BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for three weeks in a row July 2-21 (Wild Discovery Film Camp Survival Intro, followed by Survivors Side of the Mountain, then Advanced Survival: Primal or Zombie Apocalypse) and weekend stayovers are free! CAMP ALUMNI: Register for just two weeks in a row between July 2-21 and receive free transport or stay free over the weekend!

Camp Schedule, Skills & Activities:

Camp starts at dinnertime on Sunday, and this week, we will spend the first evening training you to use your cameras, our sound equipment, and other tools needed this week. And unlike most camp weeks, you get to set your own schedule. Normally, we plan for 8:00 Breakfast; 9:00 Morning Session; 12:00 Lunchtime; 1:00 Afternoon Session; 4:00 Swimming or Peaceful Place; 5:00 Dinner; 6:00 Film Editing; 8:00 Fireside Music, Epic Stories & More. Within those times, you can plan what you want to film, including any of the following day camp and adult class activities that are taking place simultaneously on site:

Sunday: Filming Orientation at Camp Curran
Monday: Filming & Production at Blue Skye Farm
Tuesday: Filming & Production at Mt Rainier
Wednesday: Filming & Production at Millersylvania State Park
Thursday: Filming & Production at or near Millersylvania State Park
Friday: Finalize & Show Films at Camp Curran

Other skills you can choose to learn including • Nature Photography • Dramatic Acting • Improvisation & Stand-Up Comedy • Professional Storytelling • Cooperative Decision Making • Drum & Rattle Making • Painting With Rocks • Wood Carving & Knife Safety • Basketry from Local Materials • Flute & Whistle Making • Poetry & Music Composition & Performance • Drawing & Sketching • Prose & Nature Writing • Cordage & Cloth Making

Video Examples from Film Camp 2016: Can you top these?

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13: Open/Available for a maximum of 8 campers.
Ages 13-17: Open/Available for a maximum of 8 campers.
• Ages 18-26 may attend the Teaching Nature: Professional Training for Future Environmental Educators running simultaneously.

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmCamp Instructors:

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 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!

Camp Location, Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation Options:

Click for Sunday Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, Puyallup WA 98446, and please note that the turn south onto 50th Ave off of 128th Street is hard to spot but look for our sandwich boards if they don’t get blown down. Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $65; or 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Bring a pot-luck dish to add to our leftovers and arrive between 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at the Wolf Campus – Blue Skye Farm, 1026 14th St SW, Puyallup WA 98371 and enjoy our closing circle and film presentation from 4:00-6:00 with final departure from 6:00-6:30. Or get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Station at 6:15 p.m. for $25, or depart the Puyallup Wolf Campus between 7-9 pm for $35, or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135. Full Weekend Stayovers are $195, and Full Week Stayovers during weeks we only run day camps are $695 including both weekends for those who don’t want to go home between every-other-week overnight camps. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.

BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for three weeks in a row July 2-21 (Wild Discovery Film Camp Survival Intro, followed by Survivors Side of the Mountain, then Advanced Survival: Primal or Zombie Apocalypse) and weekend stayovers are free! CAMP ALUMNI: Register for just two weeks in a row between July 2-21 and receive free transport or stay free over the weekend!


2017 Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $735. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes everything from Sunday-Friday including 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 stayover choices.

DISCOUNTS: In addition to our back-to-back free transport or weekend stayover special described two paragraphs above, take advantage of our 20th Anniversary Alumni Discount special price of $695 also available to new camp families at a second camp or adding a second family member this summer. Otherwise our standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer.

Scholarships: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Alternatively, check out our very inexpensive family classes running simultaneous which follow the same daytime schedule as this overnight camp. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survivors 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 registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

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Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF 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.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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.

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