July 28 – Aug 2, 2019 Overnight Camp at Lake Sammamish with field trips to Whidbey Island and the Cascade Mountains
Join us for an amazing introduction to herbal medicine and wild edible plants, traditional fire-making, plant crafts and much more. We reserved the entire Hans Jensen Group Campground at Lake Sammamish for the week, and in addition to spending our days roaming those fields, forests, and shores, we will travel east to wildcraft the alpine meadows and sagebrush canyons of the North Cascades, plus go west to collect seaweeds and shore plants of the Salish Sea.
Your lead camp instructors will include “Wild Chef” Charlie Borrowman who will help you learn the Top 10 Most Important Plants for health and survival. You will have the opportunity to roast fresh cattails over the fire; make tasty pesto from nettles and pine nuts; and bake pancakes made from acorn flour. Additionally, we will make teas, salves, oils, tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions for health and medicine all of which you will take home when you depart.
We will also spend time focusing on personal health and relaxation with a wonderful spa day. By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!
Camp Goals and Skills Covered:
The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:
- How to harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants;
- How to understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.);
- How to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- How to honorably harvest and process plants;
- How to make fire, cook over an open fire, and “rock boil”;
- How to make rope from stinging nettle, cattail; cedar bark, and fire weed;
- How to harvest and cook with cattails, and hazelnuts;
- How to make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates;
- How to purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas;
- How to use a map and compass;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- How to make and maintain fire in any weather, and witness traditional fire by friction;
- Learn Easy Plant Drawing and complete Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants;
- How to make a medicine pouch, dream catcher, and small collecting basket;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home;
- How to make salves, oils, tinctures and other medicines to take home;
- Learn knife safety so you can carry a knife for harvesting.
Camp Availability & Notes:
Ages 9-13: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 14-17: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 18 and up may attend the Wild Cooking & Herbal Medicine training.
Ages 6-11 may participate in the day camps running simultaneously.
Notes: This theme, in its 19th year, is excellent for focused learners, as it is like a mini-college course on herbalism (although very hands-on). It is not recommended for adhd students. For a camp week with more expansive movement, check out our Wildlife Safari travel camp or our Ancient Scout camp at Lake Sammamish later in the summer. For less cerebral and more kinesthetic learning, check out our Wilderness Survival or Ancient Artisan camps in July, or call us at 425-248-0253 to discuss your interests.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average 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!
Herbiology by camper Ashley Tee –
You can eat herbs, they taste good too,
But pick the right ones, or they could poison you,
You can make tinctures, pesto or fritters,
And watch out, make sure not to eat the critters!
You can also make balm, tea or coffee,
Maybe you can also make hazelnut toffees!
And if you like this herby rhyme,
Then come on down: it’s harvest time!
Arrival, Departure, Directions & Transportation Options:
Sunday 4:30 Starting Point: Lake Sammamish – Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA with additional transportation options from the Seattle Ferry/Bus/Train, SeaTac Airport, and the Puyallup Wolf Campus.
Friday Ending Points: 4 PM at the Hans Jensen Group Camp with additional drop-off options at the Seattle Ferry/Bus/Train, SeaTac Airport, and the Puyallup Wolf Campus, plus full weekend stayover option for Secrets of the Ancient Scout taking place next week.
2019 Overnight Youth Camps are $795 if you register 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 to show you have health insurance, or 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, and $5 off every camp for all alumni returning from prior years.
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.
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