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Nature Arts & Survival Film Camp

June 26 – July 1, 2016 Overnight Camp in the tradition of Survivor Man & Create TV

Be part of the original cast! This 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

Video Examples:

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 Wilderness Skills Sampler Day Camp running simultaneously.
• All Ages may attend the Special Series of Wilderenss Skills Family Classes running simultaneously all week.
• Ages 18-26 may attend the Teaching Nature: Professional Training for Future Environmental Educators 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 Tayberry Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 2718 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371. Or use our transportation – 2:30 SeaTac Airport $45; or 3:30 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at the Tayberry Cottage B&B and enjoy our closing circle and film presentation from 4:00-5:00 with final departure from 5:00-5:30. Or stay for dinner and depart the Puyallup Wolf Campus between 7-9 pm for $25, 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 Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, just increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation. Thanks!


$695 includes all costs. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival. In addition, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices between camp weeks.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional week you attend this summer, $10 off per additional family member attending this summer, $10 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and once you’ve attended a program, $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the Better Business Bureau and other sites forbid any incentive for writing reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it since it’s hard to get reviews when people are as satisfied as our camp families. Thanks!

Gear: Campers are highly encouraged to bring a digital camera with video capability this week. Laptops for video editing are also recommended. Otherwise, the only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific outdoor clothing, although we have plenty of extra just in case you can’t acquire something. Health insurance is also required, and we can recommend inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary.

Scholarships Availability: 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 for ages 9-17, plus Tracking Wolf Country and the Wilderness Navigation & Orienteering expeditions for ages 18-25 who drive, 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 underprivileged young people. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships which are granted by the Western Outdoor Learning Fund (WOLF Foundation) – a Washington State non-profit organization, independent from Wolf Camp and the Conservation College, whose mission it is to support those wishing to attend programs of earth skills education. To apply, add to your camp registration form answers to the 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.

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 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. Just sign into and “send money” to our email address or use the PayPal links below – might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

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Refund Policy: If your registration is not accepted, you will receive a full refund on deposits. Otherwise, deposits are not refundable. If you cancel after making further payment, you may receive a credit for future programs, minus deposit, in case of emergency, although additional leniency may be given if you registered more than a month in advance. You will receive a full refund if the program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, except in case of natural disasters 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 for future use whenever the program is rescheduled or whenever space is available in any future program of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave for inappropriateness as determined by our agreements for participation.

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