July 7-12, 2019 Overnight Camp near Mt. Rainier south of Seattle
With inspiration from our favorite childhood book My Side of the Mountain, you’ll learn the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving, fire carrying and more as we travel to one of the best and most beautiful places to live off the land. Master traditional ways to start fire by friction rendering matches and lighters unnecessary. Find and build natural shelters in case of wilderness emergencies. Eat the most critical wild edible plants for survival, and forage for grubs and other delectable insects which are a safe source of protein in survival situations.
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 these 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.
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 Availability & Notes:
Ages 9-13: No prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: No prerequisite.
Ages 18 and up may participate in the Wilderness Survival Training & Trek.
Notes: This theme, in its 22nd year, is excellent for hands-on learners. The week is located in a beautiful forested wilderness setting, far from the city. If a participant has not camped outside in a forest away from towns/parks before, s/he will need to gain that experience prior to attending this camp week, either on your own or at one of our camps located in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. This is not a camp week where kids can be trained to overcome homesickness, or see how much behavioral progress they have made. If you are not sure about the requirements, call us to discuss at 425-248-0253 or check out our camp weeks in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area later in the summer.
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!
Arrival, Departure, Directions & Transportation Options:
Sunday 4:30 Starting Point: Sahara Creek DNR Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 with additional transportation options from the Puyallup Wolf Campus 2:00, Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Station 1:30, and SeaTac Airport 1:00.
Friday Afternoon Ending Points: If you have Friday available to join us for our end-of-survival lunch, meet your camper at noon behind Faith Baptist Church, 28514 SR 706 East, in Ashford, one mile down the highway from Sahara Creek, at the turn-off to our primitive camp area. Van shuttles will be available between 1-4 p.m. so your camper can give you a tour of their survival trek area (please note that shelters will be dismantled in the morning and unavailable for viewing), or you can also join us for enrichment workshops taking place from 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-4:00. If you can’t make it for lunch, primitive camp tours, or enrichment workshops, be sure to (leave the Seattle area by 1 p.m. and) arrive at Faith Baptist Church by 4:00-4:30 before staff departs the area at 5 p.m. Or for an additional fee, pick-up your camper in Puyallup at 8 p.m., or we’ll drop them off at SeaTac Airport on Saturday, or consider our full weekend stayover option and join us for for the Wildlife Safari camp taking place next week.
2019 Overnight Youth Camps are $790 if you register by May 5th, or $795 by June 10th, and $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 that 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: Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout. 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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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.