Returning July 1-3, 2024 Wilderness Family Camp at Lake Sammamish


Camp on site with us starting from July 1-3, 2024 or just attend during the day June 25-29, 2024 while staying at home or in near-by lodging options. Cost for for all activities from Wed-Fri (9am-9pm) is just $395 per person (minimum two family members, at least one being an adult) with discounts for children ages 5 and under ($50 less per year of age) plus optional primitive camping fee of $25/night/family, or choose many near-by lodging options. We’ll also have lunches available at $15/adult, $10/child. You can bring camp stoves to cook breakfasts and dinners if camping on site, or use near-by restaurants and grocery stores. The schedule includes:

Daily from 8:00-10:00 AM Optional Breakfast, Songs, Stories, Stretches, Introductions, Orientation & Archery Training

Monday Morning 10:00-12:00 Natural Navigation, Safety & Awareness – This session will be a fun and informative way to learn how to exponentially increase your senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing to get your bearings in the wilderness. We will train you on wildlife safety, as well as introduce you to 15 ways to navigate in the wilderness.

Daily from 12:00-1:00 PM Lunch Options

Monday Early Afternoon 1:00-3:00 Lostproofing, Map & Compass – This class will also build upon the morning class, continuing with our special Wolf Camp 4 Step Methods of using map and compass.

Daily from 3:00-3:00 PM Snack Break

Monday Late Afternoon 3:30-5:30 Tracking & Trailing Wild Animals – We will start class with an overview of wildlife tracking to help you recognize tracks and other signs of animals, including track characteristics of mammal families present in our bioregion. We will also choose some volunteers to demonstrate “animal forms” which are the way animals move, as this is critical to really understand how tracks get laid on the ground. Finally, we’ll embark on a real-life tracking expedition into the depths of the park, trailing what we find.

Daily from 5:30-6:30 PM Dinner Options

Monday Evening 6:30-8:30 Birds and Their Voices – Practice what to do in case of encounters with bears, wolves and mountain lions. In this class, you will also learn about how birds communicate, both with other birds as well as animals and humans. In so doing, you’ll know where those big animals are moving through the forest!

Daily from 8:30-9:30 PM Campfire Songs, Stories & S’mores

Tuesday Morning 10:00-12:00 Wilderness Survival including Best Emergency Shelter The world can be a dangerous place sometimes; one never knows when they may end up in a survival situation.  This class seeks to give you a run down on all the skills needed for any short term survival event, whether that is a day hike gone wrong, a disaster emergency or a fun two hour class for the whole family.

Tuesday Early Afternoon 1:00-3:00 Wild Edible Food Plants & Critters – We’ll start this class by practicing honorable harvesting methods and plant stewardship as we select the plant parts we need and carefully collect and store them for later use. You’ll learn when and where to look for the Top 10 Edible Plants of our region, and how to identify and prepare them.  We’ll also spend some time examining poisonous look-a-likes and we’ll discuss safety in the forest. Finally, we’ll go on a foray for wild edible insects!

Tuesday Late Afternoon 3:30-5:30 Wild Plants for Medicine & Craft – In this class you will be introduced to the myriad wild medicinal plants in Clark’s Creek Park, plus go deeper into neighboring state land to harvest a variety of materials that can be used for basketry and rope making. You will learn techniques for creating strong natural cordage, learn about gardening herbs and turning them into medicine. Join us in an herbalist’s paradise where we hope this will be just about the best intensive learning experience you can find on utilitarian plants anywhere.

Tuesday Evening 6:30-8:30 Old School Fire Making including the Bow Drill & Fire Steel – We will walk you through the best way to make a fire and view a variety of materials to see how they burn as tinder. We will start the bow drill portion of the workshop by reflecting the symbolism of the parts of the bow drill kit, and you will realize why this method of fire-by-friction was preferred (and superior even to matches) for lighting fires in cold and wet climates. It should only take 10 seconds to create a coal if your kit is well constructed.

Wednesday Morning 10:00-12:00 Intro to the Artisan: Honorable Harvesting, Knife Training & Making At-Latls.

Wednesday Early Afternoon 1:00-3:00 Practice of the Artisan: Shooting At-Latls, Working with Hides & Celebrating Camp.


Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmCamp Directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors running kids day and overnight camps at our hallmark 6-1 average adult-child ratio and overseeing instructors-in-training leading family classes at an approximately 8-1 ratio for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!


Cost for for all activities is $395 per person, with a minimum two family members, at least one being an adult.

Cost for children ages 5 and under: $345 for 5 year olds, $295 for 4 year olds, $245 for 3 year olds, $195 for 2 year olds, $145 for 1 year olds, and $95 for infants due to the per-person campground fee. Children of all ages may attend all activities, with the understanding that an enrolled parent may have to go in and out of classes as needed when lecture or other activities are not age appropriate.

Stay off site, or set up a tent for a fee of $25/night/family, or choose many near-by lodging options. State Park toilets and water spigots are available on site, but showers are off-site. Phones may be charged with our solar panels, but electricity is not generally available on site. We’ll also have lunches available at $15/adult, $10/child. You can bring camp stoves to cook breakfasts and dinners if camping on site, or use near-by restaurants and grocery stores.

Registration Opens on January 1, 2024

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

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Open our Registration Form (Microsoft Word or PDF or Google Doc) on your computer, fill out one per new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send or email it 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.

Or Use PayPal to register via secure online donation with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Sign into and just “send money” to our email address and we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need.

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Refund Policy: Payments 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 is needed 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 cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, epidemics, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, 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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