August 4-9, 2019 Overnight Camp on Lake Sammamish near Seattle
Our scout camps are widely considered the most fun, mind-blowing programs we offer. Discover skills of the ancient scout, nearly lost to history. We are a staff who has studied under scouts only once removed from the likes of Baden-Powell and Geronimo. A scout must live with honor, balance, and in harmony with the earth in order to blend in with nature and move like a shadow across a wide array of terrain types. We will also explore some basic martial arts and learn to use tricks of mind-over-matter to help us accomplish feats that seem impossible.
Scouting is not all about blending in with nature, though. This camp has a 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 truly understanding [blending with] those you disagree with. We will teach participants to value the significance of their immediate actions on the outcomes of their future.
Additionally, we will explore “Four Areas of Growth”. Each day will be filled with activities that will help us grow Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, or Intuitively.
Ages 9-13: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 14-20: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 21 and up may participate if accepted into our apprenticeship program.
Ages 6-11 may participate in the day camps running simultaneously.
Register below for this theme, in its 20th year, which is excellent for exploratory, creative learners. To experience a less physically and emotionally rigorous camp week, check out our Archers, Artists & Artisans camp, or for more traditionally cerebral learning, check out or Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics camp. For hands-on skills in a wilderness setting, check out our Wilderness Survival camp, or another camp that is very symbiotic and supportive to the scout theme, add our Wildlife Safari week earlier in the summer, or call us at 425-248-0253 to discuss your interests.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The primary goal of Secrets of the Ancient Scout is to teach participants how to blend into nature; social circles; and use their position to influence positive change in the world. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:
- Silent Communication;
- Morals & Teamwork;
- Bird Language;
- Self-sacrifice for the benefit of loved ones;
- Intuition, purpose, wits, and courage.
Camp Schedule & Activities:
Sunday: Agreements & Ice-Breakers; Intensive Survival & Navigation; Nighttime Park Walk;
Monday: Learn Scout Movements; Scout Silent Hand Signals; Intuition Training & Drum Stalk; Camouflage; Balance & Log Work; First Scout Mission;
Tuesday: Intense Scout Workout; Bird Language Lesson & Practice; Second Scout Mission; Mind Over Matter Introduction & Patience Sit; Night Camouflage Lesson & Practice; Smokeless Fire Demonstration; Third Scout Mission;
Wednesday: Intense Scout Workout; Scout Secret Service Mission; Fourth Scout Mission; Energy, Intuition & Meditation; Star Navigation Lecture;
Thursday: Intense Scout Workout; Prepare for All-Night Scout Capture the Flag; Fifth Mission – Capture the Flag;
Friday: Life Lessons; Closing Ceremony; Presentation Preparations & More.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average 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:
Complimentary Sunday Arrival Option: Meet us between 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish Boat Landing in time for tent set-up and camp orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 for those who didn’t eat dinner already, and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. Camp starts with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$45 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$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 2:30 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$45 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak, Ferry Terminal or SeaTac Departure Option: Get dropped off at SeaTac Airport, the Seattle Ferry Terminal, or the Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$95 Saturday Morning Lake Sammamish or Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart at 9:00 AM on Saturday.(discount for multiple friends/family members)
$135 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
2019 Overnight Youth Camps are $775 for returning campers registering by December 31st, or $780 for everyone registering by February 10th, $785 by March 20th, $790 by May 5th, $795 by June 10th, or $800 thereafter if space remains available. 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: Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survival Side of the Mountain as well as this week’s 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.