Wolf Camp Business For Sale

Wolf Camp proprietors Kim & Chris Chisholm are ready to downsize after 25+ years of running summer camps and academic year programs. They are now offering a chance for new owners to take over the Wolf Camp name and King County area programs. Chris & Kim will continue operating in Pierce County under the name Blue Skye Farm & School of Natural Science, offering a small number of kids day camps and adult workshops, as well as continuing their farm internship and natural science related programs.

Sale Description

Chris & Kim are offering to sell Wolf Camp outright, or over time in exchange for a pension-like compensation so that new owners won’t need to go into debt to buy the business. Chris & Kim are also eager to train and mentor new owners over a transitional year, and stay involved as requested into the future to mentor staff, or teach short programs as needed.

The sale would include the Wolf Camp name, website, extensive policy/training manual, email list kept tight at 5,000 subscribers/program participants with over half in the King County area, a meetup event site with approximately 3,000 subscribers in the North Sound and free access to another meetup site with another 7,000 subscribers mostly in King County, our Facebook page with all-organic followers and significant growth potential since we’ve never advertised it, and our YouTube channel with all-organic subscribers at a level ready to start advertising, plus other small social media. The sale will also include all necessary equipment, supplies, professional connections and good will to run and fill programs at Lake Sammamish and other King County venues. Programs include successful kids day camps, overnight youth camps, family camps and classes, custom programs for schools/groups/organizations as well as the hallmark Earth Skills Teaching Apprenticeship for staff training and development.

As part of the Wolf Camp sale, Chris & Kim will no longer operate in King County, other than when organizations personally hire them for short-term programs. New owners of Wolf Camp will be free to expand business in any manner as desired, other than offering “summer day camps” in Pierce County. Content on the Wolf Camp website will be parsed to indicate which pages, photos, blog posts and videos the new buyer wants to keep on the Wolf Camp site, and which should move to Chris & Kim’s new Blue Skye Farm & School of Natural Science site. Buyer can continue using the full Wolf Camp & School of Natural Science name, or use any other subtitle, or shorten it to Wolf Camp. Buyer can also continue to use all the camp theme and workshop program titles, or of course change anything they like with no restrictions.

New Buyer Timeline

Spring & Summer 2023 – Observe programs and meet camp families; Receive administrative and pedagogical training; Buyer draft business plan; Seller draft sale agreement, including mentoring / guidance to buyer over the coming year;

September 2023 – Buyer secure legal review of sale agreement; File for state business license and Employer Identification Number; Open bank account and payment app accounts; Collaborate to edit website calendar for 2024 and secure 2024 venues;

October 2023 – Close Sale & File for LLC Articles of Incorporation with Washington Secretary of State; Parse website indicating new ownership and continued staff involvement; Collaborate to organize and store seasonal gear;

November 2023 – Survey and get evaluations from 2023 summer staff, update job descriptions, and secure 2024 staff; Review policy manual to plan for needed updates, sort summer camp photos, and update camper notes;

December 2023 – Send 2023 summer camp families thank-yous, photos and certificates; Advertise and prepare to open 2024 summer camp registration;

January-May, 2024: Process Registrations; Update Wolf Camp Policy Manual following annual American Camping Association & AEE recommended standards; Run spring workshops and classes as desired; Consider scheduling 2023-24 academic year programs;

June-July-August 2024: Click for suggested Wolf Camp program schedule;

September 2024: Finalize schedule and venues for summer 2025; Begin offering academic year programs if desired;

October 2024: Follow up with staff and students including evaluation forms, posting photos and thank-yous, delivering certificates, etc;

November 2024: Wrap-up administrative assistance from Chris & Kim, including guidance on business tax returns and other off-season tasks.

FAQs & Inquiries

Existing Camp Families: Don’t worry, everything stays the same in 2023 and Chris & Kim expect to remain involved well into the future as new owners desire. In the meantime and if no business sale occurs, Chris & Kim will remain focused on King County programs (and keep Pierce County programs small) for as long as it takes to find new owners who will keep Wolf Camp wonderful. The business sale is designed to help Wolf Camp expand to meet demand that exceeds our available time to serve an extensive waitlist for summer camps in King County.

Interested Individuals: Please email Chris with background information and questions, attaching a resume or link to online bio. Serious inquiries will receive password to view Wolf Camp financial information, including copy of full independent business valuation conducted by Biz Value of Bellevue WA in 2019. Sale cost may be spread out over 1-10 years, with a recommended 5 year window to provide new owners a livable income without risking up-front debts.

Existing Organizations: Please email or call Chris at 425-248-0253 ex. 1 to discuss taking over Wolf Camp programs in King County.