Ancient Archers & Artisans

August 3-8, 2014 Overnight Camp between Seattle & Tacoma WA

Steam-bending arrows at Stone Age Artisans

Steam-bending arrows at Ancient Archers & Artisans

Ages 8-12: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17
: Space is available; no prereq.
Ages 18 & Up
: You may also participate in the Traditional Technologies expedition running simultaneously.

Become a great archer during this week of making the most artistic and useful tools necessary for traditional living.  For example, we’ll make arrowheads by flintknapping, the world’s oldest exotic craft, and make a bow from all natural materials, and learning to shoot instinctively with excellent form.  It’s a real trick to get proficient at these crafts, since “tillering” and “flaking” allow for no mistakes, but you’ll have plenty of materials to keep working with in order to finish with a great archery bow and arrow. Click this link for bow and arrow making instruction plus archery demo.

Other projects include harvesting a tree to make fish spears, and gathering feathers to fletch a dart for your at-latl, which was the world’s most widely-spread technological invention for efficient hunting, allowing for humans to thrive over six continents.  Obviously, knife work is paramount this week, and it will be a priority that you attain a high level of safety and proficiency with us, practicing your skills by making an aerodynamic rabbit stick.

This camp week has grown to rival even the most popular camps in our history, probably due to the expertise of our instructors.  Ancient Archers & Artisans also prepares participants for hunting in the future, since those who choose to hunt carry with them a great sense of honoring all life: that it is sacred, from the mightiest stag to smallest mouse.  Of course, hunting can only be done legally, and few animals are in-season during the summer. Yet when it happens, you must honor any animal you harvest by utilizing all of its body, learning to skin and tan hides for making leather.  Honoring the animals is exactly what this camp is all about.

Campers learning how to safely practice their archery skills

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you become a great archer, bowyer and artisan of other 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 for everyone.
• Making bows, arrows, and arrowheads.
• Carving bowls and utensils using traditional methods like hot-coal burning, natural sandstone scraping, and more.
• Transforming hides into parfleche and leather through traditional tanning.
• Natural selection forestry, using hatchets & axes for chopping and wood splitting, for those who demonstrate the most ability and consistent awareness of hazards.
• Using the wood we harvest to make fish spears and more.
• Making and accurately throwing long darts from an at-latl.
• Outdoor tent and under-the-stars camping.
• Swimming in natural waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
• Fire making skills using fire-steel, flint, bow-drill, and more.

Camp Schedule and 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:

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: Bowmaking, 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 Arrival Option: Drop off at Dash Point State Park – Group Camp located at 5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023 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.  Please note that a Discover Pass is required on all vehicles parked at Dash Point State Park.
$45 SeaTac Airport 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.
$25 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station: Arrive by 3:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our course location.
$25 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 3:00-3:30 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 Dash Point Shelter 2 (turn right onto Dash Point Park Rd after entering the park, Shelter 2 is up on the bluff and not the shelter down below near the beach) on Friday between 3:30-4:00 in time for presentations from 4:00-5:00 p.m. before departing between 5:00-5:30.  Please note that a Discover Pass is required on all vehicles parked at Dash Point State Park.
$25 Friday Tacoma Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:00 p.m.
$35 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 7:00-9:00 p.m. after participants travel back home and have dinner with us.
$95 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup.
$125 Saturday Afternoon Bus/TrainAirport Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in time for afternoon flights. Drop-off at ticket counter 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 Bus/Train/Airport Departure Option:
Participants can stay Friday & Saturday nights with us, and then get dropped off at the Airport, Bus or Train Stations in Seattle or Tacoma on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in time for afternoon departures. Drop-off at ticket counter unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
$195 Full Weekend Stayover Option: Participants can stay the entire weekend and join us next 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 $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.

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.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Click to Choose Your Deposit Options:
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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.

Camp Preparation: Agreements & Packing List

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List

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