July 27 – Aug 1, 2014 Overnight Youth Camp along the Skykomish River northeast of Seattle WA
Campers like to call this week the Safari, as we keep our cameras ready to photograph signs of animals, and the animals themselves after we learn to track them down. You’ll learn to have the eyes of a tracker, understand the language of the birds as they tell us where animals are moving, plus the nose of a bear and the hands of a ‘coon as we find subtle clues about where animals are hiding.
On the “safari” you will learn the skills of a detective as you follow clues and solve mysteries that would otherwise have gone unnoticed by others. Amazingly, animals reveal themselves to all who can read their stories in the earth. As you will see, tracks can tell us about the size, health, emotions, history and even intentions of animals which would otherwise remain hidden all around us. You’ll see how predators and prey engage in the circle of life, keeping the populations of the other in check.
Never feel alone in the forest again as you learn to communicate and understand the sights and sounds which birds use to point out predators, to quarrel with their neighbors, or to sing with appreciation. Few people can understand the language of the birds and follow tracks that animals leave behind. And we won’t forget the little critters, including a serch for lizards and salamandars, crickets and grubs in the same way a bear forages for food under logs. Come with us as we enter the world of animals, becoming that which you follow.
Ages 9-13: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available; no prerequisite.
Ages 18 & Up: Please see the Tracking Wolf Country expedition taking place simultaneously.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to bring you to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and 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:
• Animal Tracking
• Animal Photography
• Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
• Nature Journaling & Sketching
• Understanding Birds and Their Voices
• Understanding Mammals and Their Tracks
• Understanding Animal Impact & Dependence on Plants
• Understanding Insects and Their Life Cycles
• Understanding Beetles and Their Role
• Understanding Arachnids and Their Survival
• Understanding Anthropods / Sea Invertebrates and Salt/Fresh Water
• Understanding Reptiles and Their Tracks
• Understanding Amphibians and Their Tracks
Camp Schedules & 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: Intros, Agreements, Sensory Awareness, Navigation Challenge & Songline.
• Monday: Animal Forms, Stalking Games, Mammal Families, Five Arts of Tracking, Bird Language, Photography Tricks, and Swimming at our river tracking site.
• Tuesday: Dawn Chorus, Tracking Challenge, Trailing Big Animals, Bird Photo Challenge.
• Wednesday: Add the most important Insects, Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles and Amphibians
• Thursday: Salish Sea Tide Flats, Plaster Casting, Bird Language Recordings, Music & Stories.
• Friday: Search & Rescue Tracking Challenge, Photographic Blog, Video & Presentations
Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:
Arrival Options on Sunday:
Complimentary Arrival Option: Meet us at Wallace Falls State Park, 14725 Ley Road, Gold Bar WA 98251 on Sunday between 5:00-5:30 p.m. and help us set up camp from 5:30-6:00. We’ll give an overview of the week from 6:00-6:30 followed by orientation from 6:30-7:00 during which accompanying friends/family are free to depart. We will have some food available for those who were not able to eat dinner before arriving, but we also encourage you to bring hors d’oeuvres to share during the arrival period since it really helps bring an immediate community feel to the group.
$25 Everett Arrival Option: Meet us at the Everett Transit Station on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$50 SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday morning 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.
$65 Tacoma-Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Tacoma Greyhound or Amtrak Stations, or the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$95 Wolf Haven / Olympia Arrival Option: Meet us at Wolf Haven in Tenino, the Greyhound Bus Station in Olympia, or the Amtrak Train Station in Lacey, on Sunday around 12:00 noon 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 Rudolf Reese Park, 100 Old Owen Road, Sultan, WA 98294 on Friday between 2:00-3:30 p.m. for our closing ceremonies which really helps participants integrate this unique experience back into their home lives. Final departure will be from 3:30-4:00 p.m.
$20 Everett Departure Option: If you would like to be picked up or travel home by bus or train in Everett, we’ll be at the Everett Transit Station at 5:30 p.m.
$35 Seattle-Bellevue Departure Options: Depart from a convenient location or your choice in Seattle or Bellevue at 6:00.
$50 Renton-SeaTac Departure Options: Depart from the Renton Shopping Center or SeaTac Airport at 7:00.
$65 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 7:30-8:30 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!
2014 Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $570 if you register by December 20th by taking advantage of our holiday gift certificate, $575 if you register by February 10th, $580 if you register by March 20th, $585 if you register by April 30th, $590 if you register by June 5th, and $595 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.
Additional Expense: Campers are highly encouraged to bring a digital point-and-shoot camera with super-zoom for this camp.
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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