Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge

July 7-12, 2019 Overnight Camp & Expedition near Mount Rainier with prerequisites

The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge is designed as a collision between practical survival skills and response to emergency crises. The week is filled with a variety of survival challenges. For example, completing a fire challenge with a fire steel will result in the loss of the fire steel, but the gain of a bowdrill fire kit and a metal water bottle; fire will then be harder to make, but water will be easier to purify. Items will be confiscated, “broken”, or subject to “malfunction” – determined at instructor discretion. This will push your skillset and teach you to strategize.

Participants are required to arrive with their 10 essentials, ready to backpack into a wilderness survival situation. After checking supplies the first night, your party will depart on a day-long navigation challenge to find a safe wilderness haven before zombies awaken.  Failure to complete any challenge may result in a “zombie raid” that will, potentially, have “disastrous” consequences. Zombies (played by instructors and other staff) may confiscate any items from humans they catch. If the human village is uncovered, zombies may ransack the village resulting in loss of essentials for a certain duration.

Take nothing for granted, learn to adapt, and focus on making good decisions in stressful circumstances. This camp is an intensely fun way to put your survival knowledge to the test in a real-time simulated “crisis” following the unique Wolf Camp protocol called Wannabeian Philosophy:

On a clear, crisp night in September, experiencing a survival situation deep within the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Wilderness Wannabes were born.  One part Minimalism, three parts Pragmatism, and six parts Awesome, the Wannabeasts began crafting a curriculum unmatched by other Wilderness Experts. The Wilderness Wannabes were built upon a Codex of Wisdom, the Wilderness Wannabes Code of Wilderness Pragmatism [WWCWP].

The first two, and most important rules, are provided as example of what one can expect: If you won’t perish, do nothing; and If you will perish, do the bare minimum. By learning to follow basic rules like these, the Wannabes will have prepared you for any Zombie Emergency.

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-17: Open/Available with prerequisite of two prior camp weeks, one of which must be either Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain in a previous year, or the June 24-29 Backcountry Leadership Course this year.  The other camp can be anything in prior years, or this year’s July 1-6 Wild Discovery Film Camp or Nature Guides Training Camp or Wilderness Skills Family Camp, or a similar camp experience with another outdoor school.

This is an advanced experience and rigorous on many levels. If you don’t know whether you are ready for the Zombie camp even though you did well at our Wilderness Survival camp in the past, then we recommend taking Secrets of the Ancient Scout at the end of the summer before doing Zombie next year. Secrets of the Ancient Scout is like zombie, but with a more realistic theme and located at a closer setting.

Youth who do not meet the above prerequisites cannot apply for the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge, with no exceptions. Also, please note that instructors might determine from your prior week(s) with us that you are better suited for Advanced Primal Bushcraft or Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain rather than jumping into the Zombie group, so don’t get attached to doing zombie sooner rather than in a later year. Thanks!

Ages 18-28 may participate in the Wilderness Survival Training & Trek running simultaneously.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

This camp expands on the skills covered in the prerequisite courses, and tests your skills further through a variety of fun, timed survival challenges.

Arrive with ALL the 10 Essentials including Metal Water Bottle, Waterproof Boots, etc.

Camp Schedule:

Sunday: Arrive; Meet Your Colony; Inventory Supplies; Discuss Different Challenges; Begin to Strategize with Colony

Monday: Extensive Navigation Training; Raid Zombie Encampment for Supplies; Navigation Challenge Deep into the Wilderness; Begin Establishing a Human Colony; Stealth Shelters; Awareness Skills; Perimeter Defense

Tuesday: Camouflage; Stealth Movement; Team Work and Scouting Party Logistics; Develop a Cure; Raid and Attempt to Cure Local Zombies

Wednesday: Survive Raids by Incoming Zombie Parties; Retreat Deeper into the Wilderness and Establish New Colony; Fortifications; Traps; Reconnaissance; Raid and Cure New Zombie Encampments

Thursday: Foraging and Wild Foods, Crafts for Long Term Wilderness Living; Survive Zombie Raids; Raid and Cure Final Zombie Encampments

Friday: Celebration and Additional Skill Workshops


Camp Instructors:

Senior Instructor Charlie Borrowman leads this course assisted by Heather Carmichael. In addition, Kim & Chris Chisholm direct programs every week with our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average student-instructor ratio so 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.

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

Location and transportation details are the same as for the youth Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain and the adult Wilderness Survival Training & Trek.

BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for three or four weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and weekend stayovers are free not including long-distance transportation. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for at least two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and stay free on weekends not including long-distance transportation.


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, for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices, see Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain description.

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. BACK-TO-BACK SPECIAL! NEW CAMPERS: Register for three or four weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and weekend stayovers are free not including long-distance transportation. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for at least two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and stay free on weekends not including long-distance transportation.

Scholarships: Scholarships for overnight camps are available for Advanced Primal Bushcraft, 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.


Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. New campers can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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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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