Advanced Primal Bushcraft

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

This camp is designed to replicate a life “off the grid” without the luxuries of the modern world. We will spend the majority of the week deep in the woods exploring community living and traditional skills. Gain proficiency with the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving and fire carrying as we travel into the wilderness to live off the land. We will use the gifts which nature supplies us, including natural bug spray, soap and soft bough beds. We will construct a waterproof lean-to, safe fire pits, reflective walls, and buried hot beds. In the end, we will return with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, our modern luxuries.

While a number of traditional skills will be explored, the primary focus of this week is on community; what it means to be part of a community and what it “takes” to flourish. Instructors will guide and advise the group; ensure participant safety and well-being; and lead guided activities. The group will decide how intensely to best tackle community challenges, such as access to clean water, food, and shelters. As the week progresses, the group can move as far away from modern luxuries and get as close as they can to true Primal Living.

Camp Availability:

Ages 9-17: Open/Available with prerequisite of Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain in a previous year, or one of the two camp weeks prior to this: June 24-29 Teen Backcountry Leadership or the July 1-6 Wild Discovery Film Camp or Nature Guides Training Camp or Wilderness Skills Family Camp.

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

Youth who have not attended a previous overnight camp with us cannot apply for Advanced Primal Bushcraft or the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge. No exceptions. Also, please note that instructors might determine from your prior week(s) with us that you are better suited for Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain rather than jumping into an advanced survival group, so don’t get attached to thinking that “advanced” means “better” for you. Thanks!

Camp Schedule:

Sunday: Arrive; enjoy a warm meal; meet your tribe; create government structure; learn/practice the Critical order of Survival;

Monday: All things shelter; review the five “W’s” of shelter building; select a community location; begin work on shelters; discuss responsible forestry practices;

Tuesday: All things water; discuss water’s tendencies; practice digging seeps; look for natural springs; secure reliable water source; rock boil; begin burn bowls;

Wednesday: All things fire; begin work on bowdrill kits; practice fire construction/lighting methods; learn the best places to gather fire materials; finish bowdrill kits; finish burn bowls; build drying rack;

Thursday: All things food; learn honorable harvesting techniques; learn top 10 survival plants; gather as many as possible; learn how to prepare and cook each; learn how to dry/store fibers for rope; learn how to make jerky;

Friday: Complete projects; learn leave no trace philosophy; community closing.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The foundation of the Traditional Living Skills Camp is for participants to create a leadership/governance structure to form the most successful and efficient tribe possible. During the week, we will build a community from the ground up.  Some of the skills we will focus on are:

  • Traditional Survival Shelters. We will learn to construct the Debris Hut and Lean-To. If supplies and time permit, we will introduce the Earth Lodge, Wickiup, Thatch Hut, or Wigwam;
  • Become an expert with the Bow Drill method of fire-by-friction;
  • Natural Water Purification [seeps, filters, rock boiling, and locating natural springs];
  • Honorably Harvest, cook, and eat the Top 10 Most Important Survival Plants;
  • Learn the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
  • Cook over an open fire and practice Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation (Herbs, Nuts, Roots, Flowers, Fruits, Insects);
  • Spin natural rope for your shelter, bow-drill kit, shoelaces, and fishing line;
  • Burn out your own bowl and spoon for eating;
  • Learn how to make jerky and pemmican;
  • Introduction to Wilderness Fishing;
  • Swim in Natural Waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
  • Discuss Natural Selection Forestry; use Hatchets & Axes for chopping and wood splitting.

instructor-Megan-Damofle-perched-on-log-in-forest.jpgCamp Instructors:

Senior Instructor Megan Damofle leads this course assisted by Kyler Shumaker. 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.

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

Location and transportation details are the same as for the intro Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain.

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 this week, as well as 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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