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Youth Nature Guides Training Camp

July 2-7, 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 13-17: Open/Available with prerequisite of attending a previous camp with us.
Ages 17+ 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: Intro to Nature & Survival Skills running simultaneously.

Course Schedule and Activities:

Sunday: History of Outdoor Educational Programs; Appropriation & Ethics of Outdoor Education; Balanced Circle Philosophy;

Monday: How to Prepare Outdoor Lessons; Group Management/Positioning; Teaching Courses on Wildlife Safety & Nature Awareness Skills, Navigation & Orienteering and Emergency Preparedness;

Tuesday field trip to Mt Rainier:  Risk Management Training; Teaching Courses on Language of the Birds, Tracking & Trailing Animals; Prepare Balanced Lesson Plan in Pairs;

Wednesday: Wilderness Medicine & Emergency Response; Teaching Courses on Wilderness Survival including Emergency Shelters & Fire Making;

Thursday field trip to the Salish Sea: Teaching through Stories & Song; Teaching Courses on Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters, Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft;

Friday: Improvisation, Evaluations & Testing;  Teaching Courses on Animal Hide Crafts; Scenarios on Risk Management, Emergency Response, Wilderness Medicine, Appropriation & Ethics, Personal Health, Lesson Planning & Improvisation;

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!

Pick-up, Drop-off and Transportation Options:

Click for Sunday Arrival Details: 4:30-5:00 PM Sunday meet at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, Puyallup WA 98446, and please note that 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. Or use our transportation – 2:00 SeaTac Airport $65; or 3:00 Tacoma Amtrak/Bus Station $25.

Click for Weekend Departure Details: Arrive 3:30-4:00 PM Friday at the Camp Curran and enjoy our closing circle and film presentation from 4:00-5:00 with final departure from 5:00-5:30. Or stay for dinner and depart the Puyallup Wolf Campus between 7-9 pm for $25, or stay over and depart Saturday Morning Puyallup $95; Saturday SeaTac Airport $135. Full Weekend Stayovers are $195, and Full Week Stayovers during weeks we only run day camps are $695 including both weekends for those who don’t want to go home between every-other-week overnight camps. To add transportation and stayover options, increase your registration deposit amount below by the amount listed above with a note of explanation.


2017 Summer Overnight Camp weeks are $735. To reserve your spot, make a $175 deposit 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 stayover choices.

DISCOUNTS: Take advantage of our 20th Anniversary Alumni Discount special price of $695 also available to new camp families at a second camp or adding a second family member this summer. Otherwise our standard cumulative discounts are $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer.

Scholarships: Scholarships may be available this week as well as for Survivors Side of the Mountain and 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.

Register Now:

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

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF 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.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($75 for day programs, $175 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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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