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Ancient Archers & Artisans

August 7-12, 2016 Overnight Camp on Lake Sammamish near Seattle WA

Ancient Archers & Artisans delves into the traditional technologies of days past. We will flint-knap arrowheads; craft bow and arrows from natural materials; and learn to shoot instinctively. Our instructors will teach you all the tricks to become proficient at these crafts. “Tillering” and “Percussion Flaking” allow for few mistakes, but you will have plenty of materials and opportunities to become an expert artisan. Click this link for bow and arrow making instruction and archery demo.

Bows are not the only project on the agenda, we will harvest saplings to make fish spears; harvest salmonberry stalks for at-latls; and gather feathers to fletch darts for our at-latls. Knife work is paramount this week and our top priority is to help you attain a high level of safety and proficiency while using this modern tool. We will practice our carving skills by making aerodynamic “Rabbit Sticks”.

Ancient Archers & Artisans prepares participants for future hunting endeavors. We will focus on teaching participants to honor all life and utilize all parts of the body. We will spend time tanning animal hides for leather; making glue from hide scrapings; making awls from bones and antlers; and making jerky from meat. In recent years, this camp has grown to rival the most popular camps in our history due to the expertise of our instructors.

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18-26 may participate in the Traditional Technologies expedition running simultaneously.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you become a great archer, bowyer and artisan of ancient crafts. Skills covered during this camp session may include, but are not limited to:

  • Archery with modern and traditional bows and arrows;
  • Use of survival knives, training in skills and safety;
  • Making bows, arrows, and arrowheads;
  • Carving bowls and utensils using traditional methods like hot-coal burning, and natural sandstone scraping;
  • Transforming hides into parfleche and leather through traditional tanning;
  • Natural selection forestry, using hatchets & axes for chopping and wood splitting;
  • Using the wood we harvest to make fish spears;
  • Making and accurately throwing long darts from an at-latl;
  • Outdoor tent and under-the-stars camping;
  • Swimming in natural waters, dependent upon camper desire and swim testing;
  • Fire making skills using fire-steel, flint, and bow-drill.

Camp Schedule and Activities:

Sunday: Orientation; Agreements; Intro Games; Cordage; Campfire Music & Stories;

Monday: Knife Safety; Archery; Spears; At-latls; Plant Harvesting; Campfire Music & Stories;

Tuesday: Spearing; At-latl Dart Fletching; Archery; Bow Making Intro; Hunting Games;

Wednesday: Bow Making; Archery; Intro to Flint-knapping; Intro to Hide Tanning; Hunting Games;

Thursday: Archery; Parfletching Hides; Fish Hook Making; Hunting Games;

Friday: Finish Projects; Primitive Fishing; Archery Tournament; Closing Circle and Family Presentations.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site for the entirety of this camp week, supervising and assisting staff artisan instructors.

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

Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the road from the Lake Sammamish State Park BOAT LANDING. Or use our transportation – 3:00 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 2:00 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing ceremonies and workshop 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, Bus or Airport 7:30 Friday for $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm for $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening $125; Sunday Morning $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!


$685 if you register by June 5th, and $695 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit and your balance will be due upon arrival.

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!

Expenses: The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific outdoor gear, 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. Finally, see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices between camp weeks.

Scholarships Availability: This camp involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. 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.

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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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