August 10-15, 2014 Overnight Youth Camp on Lake Sammammish near Seattle WA with field trips into the North Cascades Mountain Wilderness
This is a great week of making and filming a multitude of natural arts, crafts and music. Learn a simple way to write music, play instruments, sketch beautiful landscapes, and write poetry that harkens back to days when nature existed as it was originally created.
You can bring your own instrument(s) if you like, but we will also make our own from scratch, harvesting many materials directly from nature. Make a flute from knotweed and a whistle made of willow. Make native-style painted rawhide drums, and complete a basket made from natural materials. Craft a beaded necklace and other jewelry if you like, using string that you “reverse wrap” and onto which you thread “(w)holy stones” from nature.
Finally, arm yourself with cameras to shoot artistic film of our world’s disappearing natural landscapes, and instructional videos about how to craft and perform these disappearing natural arts. Your instructors include experienced music and art teachers, naturalists and survival experts. But it will be you who becomes the expert this week, for instructors simply guide you to develop art that is inspired from your own experiences in nature here; and if you want, your instructors will help you share your inspirations to influence your community and world.
Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 5 & Up: You may also participate in the Day Camp running simultaneously.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to develop your artistic abilities, and to show you how that can effect the world. Skills covered during this camp session may include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on instructor preference and camper readiness:
• Drum & Rattle Making.
• Painting With Rocks We Process.
• Parfleching: Work with Rawhide.
• Leather Pouch Making
• Wood Carving & Knife Safety.
• Basketry from Local Materials.
• Flute & Whistle Making.
• Poetry & Music Composition & Performance.
• Drawing & Sketching.
• Prose & Nature Writing.
• Cordage & Cloth Making from wool and bark.
• Local, regional, national and international environmental politics.
• Improvisation & Stand-Up Comedy
• Professional Storytelling
• Drama & Activist Acting.
• Cooperative Decision Making.
• Nature Photography
• Instructional Wilderness Video Shorts
Camp Schedule & Activities:
Activities covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to the following list, and are somewhat dependent on weather, instructor discretion, camper desire, and serendipity:
This camp week is largely designed by those who attend, and will also include games, swimming, campfires and group cook-outs.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Park Arrival Option: Meet us at Lake Sammammish State Park – Hans Jensen Group Camp at 4450 E Lake Sammammish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 with entrance across from the boat landing. Arrive on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We will start at 6:00 sharp with an introduction to the week, followed by final camp set-up and orientation from 6:30-7:00, at which point we recommend family/friends depart. Participants should eat a full, healthy dinner before arriving, unless traveling by airplane or train, in which case dinner is included in your pick-up fee. Participants arriving directly at our campground location are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share with others during camp set-up time.
$45 Seattle Airport, Bus or Train Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:15 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.
$45 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:00-2:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at Lake Sammammish State Park – Hans Jensen Group Camp at 4450 E Lake Sammammish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 across from the boat landing– click here for map) on Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing performances from 4:30-5:30. Final departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$25 Friday Evening Lake Sammammish Departure Option: Participants can stay for dinner and campfire music and stories before departing anytime between 7:00-8:00 from Lake Sammammish.
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay later into the evening and depart between 8:00-9:00 from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup.
$95 Saturday Morning Lake Sammammish Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday from Lake Sammammish.
$125 Saturday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport/Bus/Train Station in Seattle-Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$140 Saturday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday night and depart Saturday evening after dinner in Puyallup.
$165 Sunday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday & Saturday nights and then depart on Sunday before 12:00 noon in Puyallup.
$180 Sunday Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure Option: Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the SeaTac Airport on Sunday at 12:00 noon in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option Between Camp Weeks: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us for our next camp week!
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!
Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $585 if you register by April 30th, $590 if you register by June 5th, and $595 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot and lock in the earliest registration discount, make a $175 minimum deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.
You can also receive cumulative discounts of $10 per additional family member attending together, $10 per additional expedition you attend, and $10 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer. The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will need specific camping gear, although we have plenty of extra just in case. You will also need health insurance, but check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional pickup/dropoff and weekend stayover choices.
Additional optional expenses may include your choice of bringing or purchasing cameras, musical instruments, crafting tools, art supplies and camping items. However, we will complimentarily supply as many of these items as possible for you.
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.
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.
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