Advanced Wilderness Skills & Survival Trek

July 2-8, 2023 Overnight Youth Camp near Mt. Rainier for ages 11-17 with prerequisite of previous overnight or day camps with us

This camp week is an intensive blend of all our overnight camps. Take your wilderness skills to the next level, even going out on a guided solo Survival Trek if you like. We will challenge everyone to perfect the basics – like finding springs and purifying water, cooking over fires as well as camp stoves, building real practical survival shelters, mastering the fire steel with natural tinder, and seeing what it’s like to live off plants growing wild in Pacific Northwest forests, fields and wetlands.

The camp week will be based on the philosophy of the ancient scout. It’s not just about becoming a survival expert, but also communicating with animals and blending in with nature. We’ll explore the Four Areas of Social Health to help all of us grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and intuitively/spiritually, making a full social circle in a camp with strong focus on building community relationships; learning to work in teams; embracing humility and self-sacrifice for the greater whole; and learning how to be an agent of change by understanding those you disagree with.

Advanced Wilderness Skills & Survival Trek Itineraries

Sunday Evening: Community Building & Icebreakers, Wilderness Camping Skills Training, Campfire Songs & Stories

Monday Morning: Camp Breakfast Training, Nature Awareness Skills Training & Games, Wildlife Safety & Wilderness Risk Management Training & Scenarios
Monday Afternoon: Camp Lunch Training; Plant Walk to the Nisqually River; Wilderness Hygiene Training; Wildlife Trackers Training & Return To Camp;
Monday Evening: Camp Dinner Training, Language of the Birds, Traditional Fire Making, Songs & Stories;

Tuesday Morning: Optional Dawn Chorus, Off-Trail Animal Tracking;
Tuesday Afternoon: Wildlife Conservation Training; Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants;
Tuesday Evening: Knife & Saw Trainings; Fifteen-Minute Fire Challenges

Wednesday Morning: Order of Survival & Natural Navigation Training; Wilderness First Aid Training & Scenarios;
Wednesday Afternoon: Water Purification Training; Bow Drill Fire by Friction Training; Participants returning from last year may embark on solo survival treks;
Wednesday Evening: Scout Bubble Bivi Bed Eagles Nest Hobbit Hutch Challenge

Thursday Morning: Map & Compass Orienteering Challenge; Pack & Move to Primitive Camp; Participants ready to go may embark on solo survival treks;
Thursday Afternoon: Trailing Animals through field and forest;
Thursday Evening: Animal Tracks & Sign on river sand bars;

Friday Morning: Embark on solo survival trek or scout conservation challenge;
Friday Afternoon: Improve survival shelters;
Friday Evening: Solo wilderness camping;

Saturday Morning: Leave-No-Trace & Camp Celebration.

Ages & Prerequisites

This camp is for ages 11-17 who have attended at least one previous overnight camp with us, or two day camps in past years, or have been accepted into our IIT Youth Mentoring Program.

Please Note: This is not a camp week where kids can be trained to overcome homesickness, or see how much behavioral progress they have made. Participants need to have attended a summer overnight camp – not just a school trip with their class –  in the past without difficulty. For youth who have not yet tried overnight camps before, check out our shorter overnight camps at Lake Sammamish taking place later this summer.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Times & Directions

SUNDAY Afternoon Starting Points & Times: Arrive between 4:00-5:00 at the Faith Baptist Church Campground, 28514 SR 706 East, Ashford WA 98304, located 6.5 miles past Elbe WA and one mile before the town of Ashford on the road to Paradise on Mt. Rainier. Camp orientations, tent set-up, and camp cooking with the help of parents goes from 5-6 pm, with eating and clean-up time from 6-7 pm before the first evening camp session from 7-9 pm. We recommend parents depart about 6 pm.

SATURDAY Morning Pick-Up Time:

Camp Leaders

Camp Directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week teaching groups and directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997.

Health Protocols

Hygiene protocols will remain the same as last year as long as there is still no evidence of Covid transmission in the outdoors with plenty of room to spread out. To start each day, campers must pass our health screening before being allowed to participate in camp, and we still require all campers to carry masks in backpacks. If there are reports of group participants who came in contact with an infection, we require participants of that group to wear masks when lined up or seated less than 3-6 feet from others. As before the pandemic, we will continue requiring hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials, before entering toilets, and we supervise proper hand washing after campers exit toilet facilities – doors left open between uses to ensure ventilation.

Full vaccinations are strongly encouraged – we follow the scientific consensus. However, as part of that, we know that due to our 100% outdoor setting, combined with daily health screenings, contact tracing, supervised hand washing and mask when necessary, the risk of disease transmission has been negligible at Wolf Camp, so vaccination records are not required at day camps. We do require vaccination records at overnight camps so participants can be partnered according to the wishes of parents and participants.

We exceed the state’s pandemic era guidelines for day camps (2021-22 pdf will be updated when 2023 guidance is issued). Please click here for full details on our health and safety protocols during the pandemic era and see the latest CDC summer camp guidelines.

Tuition

Tuition for this camp week is $985, and as part of the wilderness skills training, you will need to purchase personal food and cooking gear, hiking boots, and water filter for your camper, as well as practice meal preparation, tent set-up and water filtration in advance of attending. For those who are on a tight budget, we do have plenty of tents, sleeping bags, pads and some extra cooking gear as well as extra water filters (since those clog and break all the time if not used properly) so if you need help acquiring items, just let us know. Click here for the full packing list, and don’t forget to click on the second tab for food shopping. Or click here to apply for financial aid from the Max Davis Scholarship fund administered by the Conservation College. Complimentary weekend stayover available for those attending the following camp week.

Registration

Reserve your space by sending $200 deposit via PayPal or Zelle (preferred) to “kim@wolfcollege.com” with a note on camper names, dates and theme choices, or call us anytime at 425-248-0253 ex 1 or ex 2 to register over the phone with a credit card.  Payments are non-refundable unless we refuse your registration (but if you cancel, we save all payments as a credit for you to use in future years, or we can move the funds into our scholarship account if you prefer) so the best practice is to make the minimum deposit to register, and wait to pay the remaining balance the day camp starts via Zelle (free from your online banking account) to “kim@wolfcollege.com” or use PayPal to the same email address, or give us a check or have us run a credit card on site.





Or email us to be put on our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it.

Refund Policy: Payments 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 needed 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 cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, grid failures, epidemics, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, no refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is a no-show without prior notice, or 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

Packing List for wilderness camps near Mt Rainier, and don’t forget to click on the second tab for food shopping.

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Homesickness Protocol & Prevention

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Most Asked Question: What are bathroom and sleeping arrangements like? Bathrooms are primitive, and we train campers in wilderness hygiene and private outdoor bathing methods as part of their learning experience. We provide camping tents, and campers may have (or bring) their own, or share one with others, depending on pandemic protocols. We recommend you bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and foam pad, although we have extras if needed. Click on packing list above for more details.

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