Artisan camp happy campers showing off a hide they're tanning
Artisan Camp learning how to safely steam bend arrows
artisan camp campers learning how to safely flint-knap
Student scraping a rawhide to expose the 'dermis'
August 13-18, 2017 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.
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.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum 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!
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Click for Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at the 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. We’ll have food 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. Or use our transportation – 2:30 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 1:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the Hans Jensen Group Camp for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure is from 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 $135; Full Week Stayover Until Next Camp $595. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.
$675 if you register by December 25th, or $685 by February 10th, or $695 by March 20th, or $715 by April 30th, or $725 by June 5th, or $735 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit 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 stayover choices.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $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, and once you’ve attended a program, $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google and yelp, no matter how positive. Please note that the BBB and other sites forbid incentives for reviews so we can’t give credits for those, but still appreciate it!
Scholarships: This camp week 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, 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.
Register Now for Summer 2017:
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
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.
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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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