July 14-19, 2019 Overnight Camp traveling the North Cascades
Why, Hello There
Learning How to Plaster-Cast Wolf Tracks
Camper Shows Off Her Wolf Track Plaster-Cast
Amazing Find! Outlines of Muddy Paw Prints on Rail Road Tracks
Looking at Bear Claw Marks on an Overturned Log
Listening to Charles Tell a Story in the Shade
Abandoned Bird's Nest
Patrick Pointing out Bear Dig
Patrick Pointing out Bear Dig
Bear Claw Marks
Anxious Ground Squirrel
Practicing "Deer Ears"
We’ll start this amazing week in the heart of wolf country, just 90 miles east of Seattle. You’ll discover sign of bears, cougars, elk, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, owls and so many more animals which are an integral part of the landscape. The week continues with travel through sagebrush canyonlands and up over Mt. Rainier before settling along the Nisqually River where you’ll go deeper into skills of tracking, trailing and photographing animals in the wild.
It’s not a stretch to say you’ll become an animal detective as you follow clues, and solve mysteries that go unnoticed by the general public. As you will see, wildlife reveals to those who can read their stories in the earth, their size, health, emotions, history and intentions. You’ll learn the skills of a scientific tracker, while also learning to harness the artist’s eyes of an owl, ears of a deer, nose of a bear, and hands of a raccoon.
Keep your camera or smart phone ready to photograph animals and the signs they leave. Learn secrets to finding animals that few people understand, especially the language of the birds which point out where animals are moving, and how to follow tracks that animals leave behind. In order to truly understand the animals we hope to observe, we must adopt their behaviors and embrace their customs.
After this week, you will have joined an elite group of wildlife trackers and photographers, elevating your senses to new heights, using your newly found prowess to successfully search for animals, and gaining a deep understanding of the relationships between predators and prey.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to bring you closer to the natural world and provide you with a better understanding of its intricate relationships. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:
- Animal Tracking
- Wildlife Photography
- Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
- Nature Journaling & Sketching
- Navigation & Lostproofing
- Understanding Birds and Their Voices
- Understanding Mammals and their Tracks
- Understanding Animal Dependence on Plants, Fish, Insects, Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians
Availability & Notes:
Ages 9-13: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 13-17: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 18 and up may participate in the Wildlife Tracking Expedition.
Notes: Our original overnight camp theme launched in 1998 is excellent for exploratory and academic learners, but not recommended for students on the asperger spectrum, as the itinerary diverges daily and sometimes hourly based on wildlife “finds” and other learning opportunities. This week is a completely outdoor travel experience, camping in tents and under the stars. If you are not sure, call us to discuss at 425-248-0253 or check out our camp weeks in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area the first week of July and again in August.
Kim & Chris Chisholm as well as 12 year veteran senior tracking instructor Patrick Wiley are on site all week directing other 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, Directions & Transportation Options:
Sunday 5-6 PM Starting Point: Twentynine Pines Campground, Teanaway Road, Cle Elum, WA 98922 with additional transportation options from 3:00 North Bend, 2:30 Bellevue College, 2:00 Seattle Ferry/Bus/Train, 1:30 SeaTac Airport, and 1:00 Puyallup Wolf Campus.
Friday Ending Points: Columbia Crest A-S.T.E.M. Academy, 24503 WA-706, Ashford, WA 98304 at 4 PM, with additional pick-up options of Puyallup 8 PM, as well as SeaTac Airport on Saturday.
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 except transportation 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 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: This camp week involves a lot of expenses, so we can’t offer scholarships this week. Scholarships for overnight camps are available for 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: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email back to us. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc. You can also send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 or fill out the registration form and pay deposits by calling with a credit card, or using paypal as described below.
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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.