Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp

June 28 – July 3, 2015 Overnight Camp in the tradition of Survivor Man & Create TV

New camp! Be part of the original cast! This new camp will be full of learning, practicing and filming wilderness survival skills as well as natural arts, crafts and music key to life in the wild. Create youtube and vimeo shorts 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.

Your instructors will include experienced naturalists and survival experts as well as nature artists and musicians. 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.

Nature Art Film Ideas: Artistic activities you could choose to film include 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.

Survival TV Film Ideas: The Wolf Camp youtube channel needs more videos, so this is a great time to make your mark on what we hope will become a popular source for survival information. A great way to make videos this week will be to film Wolf Camp instructors as they teach adult classes and kids day camps going on at the same time as your camp, including the scheduled activities listed next….

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:

Monday Morning: Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills
Monday Afternoon: Natural Navigation plus Map & Compass

Tuesday Morning Session: Language of the Birds
Tuesday Afternoon: Tracking & Trailing Animals

Wednesday Morning: Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters
Wednesday Afternoon: Traditional Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel

Thursday Morning: Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters
Thursday Afternoon: Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft

Friday Morning: Rawhide Drums to Leather Pouches: Traditional Animal Hide Crafts
Friday Afternoon: Orienteering & Geocache Scavenger Hunt

Other skills you may also learn include • 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

Camp Availability:

Ages 13-17: Open/Available
Ages 9-13
: Open/Available
Ages 5-13
may participate in the day camp running simultaneously.
Parents may attend the wilderness skills classes running simultaneously.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are co-leading this camp week with staff assistants.

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

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Lake Sammamish State Park – Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP located ACROSS the road from the boat landing. Or use our transportation – 3:15 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing performances from 4:30-5:30. Final departure 5:30-6:00. Or stay later for dinner and depart 7-8 pm $25, or use our transportation to Seattle Amtrak Station 7:30 Friday $35, or depart Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. 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!


$585 if you register by March 25th, or $590 by April 30th, $595 by June 5th, and $600 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear, although we have plenty of extra just 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.

Click here for costs for attending multiple weeks: Recommendations for other camp weeks to compliment the Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp include Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics the following week, then Survivors Side of the Mountain, Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp, Wildlife Safari – Tracking Wolf Country, plus Ancient Archers & Artisans, Paleo Diet & Lifestyle and Epic Fishing in August.

Registration Options:

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.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Click to Choose Your Deposit Options:
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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

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