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.
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, active email list of 5,000 subscribers in the King County area, two meetup sites with an average of 5,000 subscribers each, plus all necessary equipment, supplies and professional connections and to run programs at Lake Sammamish and other King County venues. Programs include successful kids day camps, overnight youth camps, family camps and classes, 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 should remain on the Wolf Camp site, and which should be moved to a new Blue Skye Farm & School of Natural Science site.
New Buyer Timeline
Spring & Summer 2023 – Observe programs and meet camp families; Receive administrative and pedagogical training; Draft business plan, and edit website calendar for 2024;
September 2023 – Finalize Sale Agreement; File for state business license; File for Employer Identification Number; Open bank account and payment app accounts; Help organize and store seasonal gear;
October 2023 – File for LLC Articles of Incorporation with Washington Secretary of State; Book 2023 Camp Venues; Update Wolf Camp Website indicating new ownership and continued staff involvement;
November 2023 – Update Job Descriptions, Secure 2023 summer camp staff, and send 2022 summer camp thank-yous and certificates;
December 2023 – Advertise & 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; Consider scheduling 2023-24 academic year programs;
June-July-August: Click for suggested 2024 Wolf Camp programs schedule;
September, 2024: Follow up with staff and students including evaluation forms, posting photos and thank-yous, delivering certificates, etc;
October, 2024: Finalize schedule and venues for 2024; Begin offering academic year programs if desired;
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.