July 12-17, 2015 Overnight Camp near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle WA
Wilderness Survival has become synonymous with the over-dramatized survival programs on television. While some of these programs do provide valuable advice, most of them are filled with poor choices that, if followed, will get you injured or killed in a real emergency. Without proper training, separating the fact from fiction can be a difficult task. Our primary focus this week is to teach participants the practical skills that will save them in a true emergency.
While a number of Traditional Skills will be introduced, our goal this week is to provide participants with a pragmatic skill set. For instance, spending five hours building a lean-to when it gets dark in 20 minutes is not a practical choice. Trying to build a bow-drill fire kit from scratch without a knife and without properly seasoned wood in the damp environment of the Pacific Northwest is rarely practical. Although those types of skills will be demonstrated, we will challenge you to perfect the basics first – like carrying a small fire steel and a couple of cotton balls to make fire whenever needed. Additionally, we will spend time practicing building good habits. Always remembering to tell someone where we are going and when we will be back; always carrying most of our 10 essentials when we hike; and knowing how to act in an emergency. We will return with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, what it takes to survive in true emergencies.
Ages 9-13 & 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite. Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain is available to youth and serves as a prerequisite for our Traditional Living Skills Camp running simultaneously, as well as our Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge which you can take the very week following this.
Ages 18 and up including parents may participate in the Wilderness Survival Training & Trek running simultaneously.
Camp Goals and Skills Covered:
This camp week is designed to provide participants with reliable and practical skills for emergency survival situations. Much of our time will be spent replicating “emergencies” deep in the woods. Due to this, it is not recommended for those who become easily homesick. Some of the skills we will focus on are:
- Practice the Critical Order of Emergency Survival;
- Learn the 10 Essential items to always carry with in a wilderness setting;
- Learn the Top 10 Lost-proofing, Navigation & Orienteering Skills;
- Practice constructing practical survival shelters [bivouac bed, plastic tarping] in timed emergency scenarios;
- Learn the proper way to use fire steels and matches; practice fire construction/lighting;
- Learn the Top 10 Hazards in nature and what to do during animal encounters;
- Honorably Harvest the Top 5 Most Important Survival Plants;
- Learn how to purify water using iodine, filters, and seeps; practice boiling water in a metal water bottle;
- Learn Knife Safety and how to use other tools;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- Introduction to skills offered in our Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge, and our Traditional Living Skills Camp.
Camp Schedule & Activities:
Sunday: Arrive; enjoy a warm meal cooked over a campfire; agreements and ice breakers; risk training; awareness skills; critical order of survival; bowdrill fire demonstration; campfire music and stories;
Monday: All things shelter; learn the five “W’s” of shelter building; learn to read the landscape to determine the best emergency shelter location; emergency shelter challenge; learn the 10 essentials and lost-proofing skills;
Tuesday: All things fire; learn fire construction methods/lighting techniques; practice fire steels with cotton balls; practice fire steels with natural tinder; learn where to look for dry fire construction materials in wet conditions; team fire challenge; learn how to bank goals;
Wednesday: All things water and food; learn how to use iodine; learn how to use water filters; learn where to look for water sources; learn how to dig a seep; practice boiling water in a metal water bottle; learn honorable harvesting techniques; learn the top five survival plants; sleep in the woods;
Thursday: Leave a plan and return time; hike to remote location; emergency survival challenge – Survive Trek to Side of the Mountain;
Friday: Survival Celebration.
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Click for Arrival Details: 5:00-5:30 PM Sunday meet at Sahara Creek Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 on the road to Mt Rainier – Paradise. Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $60; 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $35; or 2:00-2:30 Puyallup Wolf Campus $35.
Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive Friday between 3:00-4:00 for our closing performances. Final departure 4-5 pm. Or use our transportation to Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station 6:00 Friday $35, or Puyallup Wolf Campus 7-9 pm Friday $45; or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Sahara Creek or Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $115; Saturday Evening Sahara Creek or Puyallup $125; Sunday Morning Sahara Creek or 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!
$600 and space is still available. To reserve your spot, make a $175 minimum deposit below and your balance will be due upon arrival.
Standard Discounts: You will receive cumulative discounts of $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 per additional family member attending this summer, $5 for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 per online review you do for us on a searchable site like google once you’ve attended a program.
The only additional expenses you may incur for this course are that you will want specific gear, although we have plenty of extra just 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.
Click here for costs for attending multiple weeks: Recommended additions to Survivors Side of the Mountain include Wilderness Chefs & Herbal Medics, Wilderness Nav & Orienteering Camp, and Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge, plus Ancient Archers & Artisans in August.
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.
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