Youth Nature Guides Training Camp

July 1-6, 2017 with prerequisite

This camp is designed for youth who want to teach outdoor skills. Throughout the course we will explore the history of outdoor educational programs; how to prepare outdoor lessons; ethics of outdoor education; and risk management. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to teach two hour courses to kids ages 5-12.

This week also serves as a crash course in all of the skills Wolf College teaches. Some of these include: Emergency Preparedness & Survival; Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Wildlife Tracking; Basketry and Rope Making; Backyard Birding; Felling a Tree & Banking a Stove; Parfleche & Hide Tanning; Horseback Riding; Navigation & Awareness; Orienteering & Geocaching.

Course Availability:

Ages 14-20: Open/Available with prerequisite of successfully attending a previous camp with us.
Ages 21 and up may attend as part of the same course entitled Teaching Nature: Professional Training for Future Environmental Educators running simultaneously.
Ages 9-17 may participate in the Wild Discovery Film Camp: Nature & Survival running simultaneously.
Ages 6-12 may participate in the day camps running simultaneously at the park.
Families may participate in the Wilderness Skills Family Camp running simultaneously at the park.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday, July 1: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Appropriation & Ethics of Outdoor Education; Balanced Circle Philosophy & How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons;

Monday, July 2: Critical Skills of Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Navigation & Orienteering and Emergency Preparedness; Preparing Balanced Lesson Plans; Scenarios on Appropriation & Ethics, Personal Health, Lesson Planning & Improvisation;

Tuesday, July 3:  Critical Skills of Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters & Fire Making; Group Behaviors, & Student Positioning; Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Risk Management Training;

Wednesday, July 4: Teaching through Stories & Song; Scenarios on Wilderness First Aid & Risk Management including Open Water Lifeguarding;

Thursday, July 5: Critical Skills of Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters, Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft; Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;

Friday, July 6: Critical Skills of Language of the Birds, Tracking & Trailing Animals; Managing Logistics, Parents & Media;

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmCourse Instructors:

Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average, 8-1 maximum or better 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:

Complimentary Sunday Arrival 4:30-5:00 PM at Camp Curran13220 50th Ave E, Tacoma WA 98446 near Canyon Road in Puyallup. The turn south onto 50th Ave off of 128th Street is hard to spot but look for our sandwich boards if they don’t get blown down. We’ll have camp orientation from 5:00-5:30, followed by food from 5:30-6:00 for those who didn’t eat dinner already, and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. We begin with introductions at 6:00 after which accompanying family/friends are welcome to depart.
$35 Sunday Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Arrival Option: Book your Bus/Train Arrival into Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 3:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$65 Sunday SeaTac Arrival Option: Book your Airport/Bus/Train Arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday 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 unless unaccompanied minor, then at unaccompanied minor waiting area. (discount for multiple friends/family members)

Weekend Departure Options:

Complimentary Friday Puyallup Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to bring a pot luck dish and share leftovers at Camp Curran on Friday between 3:30-4:00 and join us for our closing ceremonies and film showings from 4:00-5:00. Final departure will be from 5:30-6:00.
$35 Friday Tacoma Bus/Train Departure Options: Get dropped off at the Tacoma Bus or Amtrak Train Station by 6:15 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$45 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Options: Depart from the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Friday between 8:00-9:00 p.m. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$115 Saturday Morning Puyallup Departure Option: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday in Puyallup. (discount for multiple friends/family members)
$145 Saturday Afternoon Bus/Train/Airport 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. (discount for multiple friends/family members)


2018 Overnight Youth Camps are $735/week for returning campers and siblings who register by December 25th, otherwise open to all at $745/week if you make a deposit by February 10th, or $755 by March 20th, or $765 by April 30th, or $775 by June 5th, or $785 if space remains available thereafter. 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, 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. 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. CAMP ALUMNI: Register for just two weeks in a row between June 24 – July 20 and receive free transport or stay free over the weekend.

Scholarships: Scholarships are not available this week due to expenses and overhead, but we do have scholarships available for Survivors Side of the Mountain as well as Secrets of the Ancient Scout later this summer. 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.

Registration is now open for alumni, and opens January 1st for new campers:

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.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

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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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