Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain

July 12-17, 2015 Overnight Camp near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA

Andrew teaching campers how to make Jerky

Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18 & Up: You may participate in the Wilderness Survival Training & Trek also running simultaneously.

Wilderness Survival Training including traditional fire by friction, emergency shelters, wild foods, and more.  Takes place at the foot of Mt. Rainier Nat’l park with additional pickup/dropoff options in Seattle & Tacoma.

This is your chance to live like Sam Gribley in the popular book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. This camp is also a prerequisite for attending the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge taking place simultaneously on site.  By the end of this camp week, you’ll never feel dependent on matches again as you learn the traditional ways of starting fire by friction, you’ll find and build natural shelters in case of wilderness emergency, and discover the natural ‘heated mattress  used for extra warmth as we sleep out under the stars.  You’ll learn the most critical wild edible plants for survival, and if you like, forage for grubs and other delectable insects which are a safe source of protein in survival situations.  You’ll navigate through the woods and gather around the fire for storytelling, music and nighttime games, gaining comfort in nature so that you never have to carry a heavy tent or sleeping bag again, let alone get anything else from the store!


Survivalists circle up after their survival trek to talk about what they learned.

Check out all of last Year’s photos on our Facebook page!

Camp Goals and Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you feel comfortable living as your ancestors did, and have fun doing it.  Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to, the following list, and are somewhat dependent on instructor preference and camper readiness:

Campers practice knife safety while carving their bow drill kits to use on their survival trek.

Campers practice knife safety while carving bow drill kits to use on their survival trek.

• Practice the Critical Order of Emergency Survival.
• Learn the Top 10 Hazards in nature and what to do in case of Cougar & Bear Encounters.
• Emergency, Traditional & Most Practical Survival Shelters. (debris hut, lean-to, wickiup, thatch hut, earth lodge, split cedar cabins, and pit houses, including fire drafting strategies)
• Discover the Best Way To Make A Fire
• Become an expert with the Bow Drill method of fire-by-friction and become introduced to hand drill, pump drill, pressure pump, fire plow, and more.
• Natural Water Purification (seeps, filters, rock boiling, and locating natural springs)
• Honorably Harvest the Top 10 Most Important Survival Plants.
• Learn the Top 10 Lostproofing, Navigation & Orienteering Skills including map and compass.
• Learn the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest.
Cook over an open fire and how to “rock boil.”
• Harvest and cook with cattails, hazelnuts, and more.
• Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios.
• Learn Knife Safety, and even more important, efficient use of tools during survival situations.
• Learn Natural Selection Forestry, using Hatchets & Axes.
• Spin natural rope for your bow-drill kit (double and triple reverse wrap using nettle, fireweed, cedar, etc.)
• Burn out your own bowl and spoon for eating.
• Smoke and jerky wild meats, and make pemmican.
• Fishing, depending on your license.
• Wilderness Camping, and Swimming in Natural Waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.

Camp Schedule & 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: Agreements & Ice-Breakers, Risk Training, Bow Drill Fire Demo, Spinning Rope, Campfire Music & Stories
Monday: Edible Plant Walk, Bow Drill Fire Kit Materials Gathering, Natural Water Purification, Knife Carving, Navigation Training, Campfire Music & Stories
Tuesday: Navigation Challenge, Survival Camp Search, Survival Shelter Construction, Bow Drill Fire Kit Completion & More
Wednesday: Wild Food & Medicine Harvesting, Survival Challenges & More
Thursday: Survival Trek to the Side of the Mountain
Friday: Survival Celebration

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site for the entirety of this camp week, supervising survival instructors including Patrick Wiley and others.

Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:

Arrival Options on Sunday:

Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 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.
$60 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:00 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 unaccompanied minor waiting area.
$35 Tacoma Bus/Trail Arrival Option:
Book your Bus/Train Arrival into Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m.
$35 Puyallup Arrival Option:
Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday between 2:30-3:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Departure Options: Family & Friends are invited to meet us at Sahara Creek on Friday between 3-4 p.m. for our closing ceremonies which really helps participants integrate this unique experience back into their home lives. Final departure will be from 4-5 p.m.
$35 Friday Tacoma Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:00 p.m.
$45 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 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 $595 if you complete registration at least one week prior to the start date, or $600 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.

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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

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