Wild Discovery Film Camp: Nature & Survival

June 28 – July 3, 2020 Overnight Camp in the tradition of Survivor Man & Create TV (Not available in 2019)

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.

Click Wild Discovery Film Camp Sample Itinerary for a weekly sample itinerary.

Videos from Film Camp 2016-18: Can you top these?

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-17: Registration for 2020 opens in late 2019.
Ages 18-28: may attend the Teaching Nature: Professional Training for Future Environmental Educators running simultaneously.
Ages 6-12: may participate in the day camps running simultaneously at the park.
Families may participate in the Wilderness Skills Family Camp running simultaneously at the park.

Camp Instructors:

Register below for this camp theme, in its 9th year, which evolved from an arts camp to a film camp over time, and is now lead by professional videographer and outdoor instructor Logan Nelson assisted by Heather Carmichael. Check out loganpatricknelson.com for a taste of the future!

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!

Arrival, Directions & Transportation Options:

We offer arrival and departure options at Camp Starting Location, Tacoma Bus/Amtrak, and SeaTac Airport. Click here to see our extensive list of transportation options.


2018 Overnight Youth Camps are $795/week and there is an additional $100 materials/gear fee for this special camp. 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.

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.


Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.

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 and FAQ’s

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List

Homesickness Protocol & Prevention

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions