Archers, Artists & Artisans

Aug 18-23, 2019 Overnight Camp on Lake Sammamish near Seattle

The Archers, Artists & Artisans camp delves into the traditional technologies of days past. Carve soapstone and pipestone; crush rock and berries to paint baskets and drums you may choose to make. Craft flutes and whistles from bamboo and knotweed.

Learn archery by shooting safely and instinctively. Build skills to become proficient at making bows, arrows and arrowheads including how to flintknap obsidian, use sandstone to sharpen slate, and more. Gather feathers to fletch darts for the at-latl spear-thrower you make. Harvest saplings for fish spears, and spend the last night in a strategically-placed hunting blind with camera ready to capture the movement of animals at dawn.

Knife work is another top priority to help you attain a high level of safety and proficiency. Practice carving skills by making traps and aerodynamic “rabbit sticks” while also using a plethora of other tools which are critical for efficient craftwork like tanning animal hides for leather; making glue from hide scrapings; making awls from bones and antlers, and more.

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-13: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 14-20: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 21 and up may participate if accepted into our apprenticeship program.
Ages 6-11 may participate in the day camps running simultaneously.

Register below for this camp theme, in its 18th year, which is excellent for creative youth who can also focus on verbal instruction as well as work with their hands, delving into the living history of ancient artists and artisans to rediscover their technologies.  If you prefer a camp with a less stationary structure or the need for less hand-eye coordination, check out our Wildlife Safari travel camp earlier in the summer, or our Ancient Scout camp at Lake Sammamish later in the summer. For more cerebral learning, check out or Wild Chefs & Herbal Medics camp in August, or for hands-on skills in a wilderness setting, check out our Wilderness Survival camp in July, or call us at 425-248-0253 to discuss your interests.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you become a great archer, bowyer and artisan of ancient crafts.  Cultural conservation is the mission of the week. No matter how many projects you start or finish, you will certainly gain a deep appreciation for the skills your ancestors once knew. Due to the length of time it takes to complete all the projects we introduce, you will need to choose one of the following two tracks to follow this week, and hopefully you’ll return next year to complete another track!

Artisan Track:

  • Making Bows as well as making and accurately throwing long darts from an at-latl;
  • Flintknaping arrowheads and making thread from sinew to attach them to arrows;
  • Transforming hides into leather through traditional tanning;
  • Using wood we harvest on field trips to make fish spears;
  • Natural selection forestry and learning which saws are best;
  • Carving bowls using traditional methods like hot-coal burning;
  • Archery with modern and traditional bows and arrows;
  • Use of survival knives and modern tools, with training in skills and safety;
  • Fire making skills if dry-weather burn ban is not in place;
  • Swimming in natural waters, dependent upon camper desire and swim testing;
  • Outdoor tent and under-the-stars camping;

Artist Track:

  • Making Arrows and with knapped arrowheads,
  • Creating buttons from antler and bones;
  • Natural paper-making from native plants;
  • Transforming hides into leather pouches, bracelets and necklaces;
  • Making Baskets from bamboo, birch, cedar and willow;
  • Creating natural dyes and paints for artwork on baskets;
  • Carving utensils using traditional methods;
  • Crafting beeswax candles;
  • Use of survival knives and modern tools, with training in skills and safety;
  • Natural selection forestry, using hatchets & axes for chopping and wood splitting;
  • Fire making skills if dry-weather burn ban is not in place;
  • Swimming in natural waters, dependent upon camper desire and swim testing;
  • Outdoor tent and under-the-stars camping;

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.

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmCamp Instructors:

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!

Arrival, Directions & Transportation Options:

Complimentary Sunday Arrival Option: Meet us between 4:30-5:00 p.m. at 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 in time for tent set-up and camp orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 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. Camp starts with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$45 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$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 2:30 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing ceremonies and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$45 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak, Ferry Terminal or SeaTac Departure Option: Get dropped off at SeaTac Airport, the Seattle Ferry Terminal, or the Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$95 Saturday Morning Lake Sammamish or Puyallup Departure Option:
Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart at 9:00 AM on Saturday.(discount for multiple friends/family members)
$135 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)


2019 Overnight Youth Camps are $775 for returning campers registering by December 31st, or $780 for everyone registering by February 10th, $785 by March 20th, $790 by May 5th, $795 by June 10th, or $800 thereafter if space remains available. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week 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 weekend stayover choices.

Discounts: Standard cumulative discounts are $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.

Scholarships: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Survival 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.


Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, 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 without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

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