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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 and up including parents 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, 4450 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the road from the Lake Sammamish State Park BOAT LANDING. Or use our transportation – 3:15 SeaTac Airport or Seattle Amtrak $45; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $45.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us at the group camp for our closing performances 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 Station 7:30 Friday $35, or depart Puyallup Wolf Campus 8-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Puyallup $165; Sunday SeaTac Airport $180; Full Weekend Stayover $195. 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!


$655 if you register by February 10th, $665 by March 20th, $675 by April 30th, or $685 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 per additional family member attending this summer, $10 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $10 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.

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.

Multiple Weeks: Please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices. Recommended additions to 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.

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.

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Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

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