Ever wish you had a mentor help you build skills in your own backyard to keep you safe in any wilderness or urban situation: securing emergency shelter, water, food, warmth and even herbal first aid? Now you will! Returning campers can now join us for the online version of our super popular Wilderness Survival Craft camp theme. Check it out:
- Virtual Survival 2020 Schedule, Prerequisites & Registration
- Full Summer Schedule with FAQs including Daily Schedule
- Virtual Academic Year 2020-21: Wolf Journey Earth Conservation Course – Book One: The Neighborhood Naturalist
Wilderness Survival Craft – Online Camp for Kids, Youth & Family (with prerequisites)
Re-create a traditional way of life, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. You’ll follow the critical order of survival, practicing emergency response scenarios addressing the top hazards in nature, build warm shelters in your house and yard, purify drinking water from your tap and nearby wetlands, make safe fire, and prepare the most important plants and insects for survival food.
Participants will also learn witness bow drill fire by friction demonstrated online by instructors, and depending on age and ability to learn knife safety through virtual instruction, work to build a bow drill kit themselves. All ages will also learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, and craft tools of stone, including a primitive knife. They will gather rabbit sticks and other honorable hunting implements, while learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.
Registration opens June 5th for the following planned survival week options:
- July 13-17 Wilderness Survival Craft with prerequisite: at least two prior virtual camps; or at least one prior virtual camp and one prior in-person camp.
- July 27-31 Advanced Survival with prerequisite of previous virtual survival camp earning the Survival Specialist Level 1 Certificate; or completion of Virtual Secret Spot earning the Naturalist Level I Certificate and any previous in-person survival camp.
- Aug 24-28 Advanced Artists & Artisans with minimum age of 9 years old and earning at least one advanced virtual camp certificate, or completing any one virtual camp plus an in-person artisan camp.
Weekly Overview of Virtual Survival
Please note: Topics are subject to change based upon your location, instructor preference, and camper input.
- Introductions, Agreements & Order of Survival
- Natural Navigation & Survival Shelter Challenges
- Water Purification Challenge & Digging Seeps
- Top 10 Plants, Wild Teas & Edible Insect Challenges
- Fire Pits & Safety;
- Bed-Pillow-Blanket for Baby Fire, Tinder & Firesteel Trainings;
- Matches Training, Bow Drill Demo & Challenge
- Rope Making, Stone Knife Making;
- Rabbitstick & Rock Target Training, Honorable Insect Hunting;
- Survival Scenario Challenge
- Leadership, Responsibility & Safety Review
These online camp options for youth and family are simple but amazing. The day starts similar to other online classes, where you meet in a private online room with dedicated instructors. Then after receiving inspiration and instructions for the day, you head outside and experience all the possibilities offered around your home. We get together again periodically over the course of the day to review discoveries, assess skills, redirect energies, and build our knowledge of nature. The past meets the future, from our backyard to yours! Click here to register.
Then join us in the fall as we roll out the online edition of Wolf Journey Book One – Trail of the Neighborhood Naturalist on a path to becoming your neighborhood naturalist. Begin the journey by finding a study site where you carry out lessons of Urban & Rural Habitat Conservation throughout the course. Each time you visit your site, you will walk more intimately within the landscape, and by the time you complete the course, you will have become a key resource on the natural world for your community, and perhaps the best expert on habitat conservation in your neighborhood.
Cost & Registration
Make a $95 deposit to register your household, and then add an additional balance (at time of registration, or anytime through the first day of camp) depending on your circumstances described below. There may also be material ordering costs: we will provide one-click ordering options from amazon and other sources, as well as “save money and make it at home” options. See registration Step 2 below for details TBA.
- $95 recommended for a parent directing off-line child(ren), or households with current financial hardship;
- $195 recommended for one child with full-time parental/nanny support, or low income households with additional children;
- $295 recommended for one child with little parental participation, or two children with parental/nanny support;
- $395 recommended for two children with little parental participation, or three children with parental/nanny support;
Step 1 – Register
Either call us at 425-248-0253 ex. 1 and we will take your registration with a credit card securely over the phone, 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 paypal.com and “send money” to our email address.
Step 2 – After Receiving Confirmation
Order Materials: We will provide one-click ordering options from amazon and other sources, as well as “save money and make it at home” options. The current draft of optional Wild Survival materials include: Trowel (diy- digging stick challenge), Fire Steel (diy- matches or lighter), Cotton balls (diy- toilet paper might work), Raffia (diy- yarn is fine to learn), Pot for boiling water.
Step 3 for First Time Virtual Campers
Copy and complete the Virtual Camp Household Registration Form (just once per household – or if you cannot view it, let us know and we will email you a Word version) and share your completed copy with us, keeping your editing access but making Camp Director Chris Chisholm the owner so he can share it with appropriate camp instructors, and we can mutually update/edit the form as days/weeks/years go by. All information remains confidential in perpetuity and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis. The registration form must be completed with input from all participants, as it 1) contains questions our instructors have of everyone involved, and 2) contains agreements for participation that everyone must understand for safety.
Step 4 for First Time Virtual Campers
Download software if new to you. We are currently using Zoom & Google Meet. If you have an alternate preference, please email us your recommendation.
Deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 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 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, grid failures, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe or 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. 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.
Or email us to be put on our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it.