Ancient Archers & Artisans


August 16-21, 2015 Overnight Camp 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 9-12: Space is available; no prerequisite.

Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.

Ages 18 & Up: You 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:

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 THE ROAD FROM THE BOAT LANDINGclick here for map. 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 THE ROAD 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!

Tuition:

Summer Overnight Camp weeks are just $575 if you register by December 15th to receive a Holiday Gift Certificate highlighting your enrollment in camp. If you register in the new year, the cost will be $580 for those who register by February 20th, $585 by March 25th, $590 by April 30th, $595 by June 5th, and $600 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.

Multiple Weeks: Recommended additions to the Ancient Archers & Artisans include Survivors Side of the Mountain, the Wildlife Safari, Secrets of the Ancient Scout, Epic Fishing, and complete three of those, you can attend our Honorable Hunting Camp. The cost for attending multiple weeks if you make $175 per week deposits by December 15th are:

$1145 for two weeks if you go home over the weekend, or $1340 including the weekend with us.
$1710 for three weeks if you go home on weekends, or $2095 including two weekends with us.
$2270 for four weeks if you go home on weekends, or $2840 including three weekends with us.
$2825 for five weeks if you go home on weekends, or $3570 including four weekends with us.
$3375 for six weeks if you go home on weekends, or $4290 including five weekends with us.
$3920 for seven weeks if you go home on weekends, or $5000 including six weekends with us.

Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional camp you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are for specific pieces of gear and health insurance. We have plenty of extra gear in case you cannot acquire something and recommendations for inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary.

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 253-604-4681 or 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.


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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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