Advanced Artisans Day Camp

Aug 23-27, 2021 at Lake Sammamish for ages 9-13 with prerequisites

The Advanced Artisan Day Camp delves into the traditional technologies of days past. Learn how to break stones to create knives and tools; crush rock and berries to paint drums you may choose to make. If instructors feel participants are ready, practice carving skills by making traps and aerodynamic “rabbit sticks” while also using a plethora of other tools which are critical for efficient craftwork like tanning animal hides for leather; making glue from hide scrapings; making awls from bones and antlers, and more.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to help you become a great archer, artist, or artisan of ancient crafts. Possible skills and projects:

  • Creating buttons from antler and bones
  • Creating natural dyes and paints for artwork
  • Crafting beeswax candles
  • Carving bowls using traditional methods like hot-coal burning (dependent on fire safety)
  • Crafting leather pouches, bracelets, and necklaces
  • Use of Survival knives (if instructor sees fit) and modern tools
  • Crafting stone tools

Ages & Prerequisites (see intro camps for other options)

Available for Ages 9-13 with prerequisites of any three previous camps with us, plus has received knife safety training at home or in another setting, and parents can attest that a camper is focused enough to succeed with our method of knife and tool training.

Pickup/Dropoff Times & Directions:

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care drop-off no earlier than 8:30 and pick-up no later than 4:30. Located at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029, with normal arrival between 9:15-9:30 and normal pick up between 3:30-3:45. Look for the hard-to-spot gravel driveway across the street from the boat launch, not the main state park entrance. The facility is managed by the state park but not open to the public, located ACROSS FROM, NOT AT the East Lake Sammamish Boat Launch.

Pandemic Era Health Protocols

This year, in following the state’s pandemic era child care guidelines, each camper must pass our health screening every morning before being allowed to exit vehicles. We will have 5 independent camp groups operating on site each week. Each group will have its own toilet and water spigot. Each group will consist of 8 campers with 1 lead instructor and 1 teenage assistant.

Hygiene protocols will remain as strict as last year: proper hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials, before entering toilet, and supervised hand washing afterwards. Toilet facilities will be fully aired out (door open for at least one minute) between uses. Please click link for our staff-related facility hygiene policies.

Outdoor distancing will not be as strict between campers this year if approved masks are worn correctly when moving, and when seated less than 6 feet apart. In other words, we will only monitor 6′ distances when campers are not wearing masks (whereas last year, we arranged campers into 12′ formations, even outdoors with masks, and vigilantly monitored so they never wandered past the invisible 6′ barrier). Staff will still maintain greater than 6 foot distancing from campers at all times, except when all parties are stationary and wearing masks to take temperatures, or to help with hands-on projects like archery training, etc. Distancing and mask protocols will only be relaxed further if every single group participant is vaccinated, or the pandemic has abated.


Please choose your contribution level for Summer Day Camp weeks at Lake Sammamish. It’s fine to mix and match prices if registering multiple children/weeks, and please include discounts of $5 off 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.

  • $695 to attend and sponsor a camper receiving financial aid.
  • $595 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for a merit scholarship.
  • $495 for 2021 rate which is set to cover our tighter 4-1 student-staff ratio during the pandemic era, and to recover expenses from last year’s pandemic-related cancelations.
  • $395 for 2020 rate is fine if you were not able to attend last year due to the pandemic, or are experiencing financial issues this year.
  • $295 if your camper completes a merit scholarship.
  • $195 if you successfully apply for financial aid.

Tuition includes complimentary extended care from 8:30-4:30. The only additional expenses you may incur for camp are that you will need to pack a lunch and snacks every day, and of course all campers need health insurance. Tuition includes organic t-shirt at your first camp with us, then either an orienteering compass, recommended field guide, firesteel or other essential depending on number of camps attended, age and availability.


Registrations for Summer 2021 will be taken in the following order.

  1. First Priority: At this time we are accepting reservations from alumni (children who have been to camp in past years) as well as anyone who still has a deposit on file with us from 2020 pandemic cancelations. Simply send us an email with the dates you wish to reserve, and that’s it for now. We will send invoices starting March 14th, with deposit to confirm spots due March 26th. We will not accept payments before March 14th, and are not requiring balance payments until the end of camp (in an effort to reduce administrative time/refunds for missed camp days due to health screenings, unexpected travel, etc; we will not offer any refunds this year except in case of financial hardship, but we will continue to offer full credit to the following year for any/all missed camp days)
  2. Second Priority: Starting on March 28th, we will accept registrations for campers ages 8-12 who can follow our health protocols, and either A) register for all three of our camp weeks at Lake Sammamish, or B) were on the waiting list or registered last year but not able to attend due to pandemic concerns. In the meantime, to be put on a priority list for these available spots, please send us an email with your name, preferred camp theme and dates, child’s name, birthdate, and assessment of ability to follow the pandemic health protocols written above. We will respond in 48 business hours with your place on the waitlist, and then on April 1st if we have space, we will email you an invoice and registration form which will need to be completed within a week for final confirmation. At that time, you can choose any deposit amount (non-refundable except in case of financial hardship) over $95/week that you’re comfortable with, and your balance (see tuition options above) will not be due until the end of the summer camp season. Deposits we have on file that are not used this year will be kept as credits for next year, no matter the reason for missed camp days.

Non-Pandemic Year Registration Process: Use the PayPal system normally below, or sign into and “send money” to our email address, or call us at 425-248-0253 with a credit card, or open our Registration Form (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 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.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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, pandemics, grid failures, 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.

Other Summer Day Camps at Lake Sammamish in 2021

August 9-13, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 8-12 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wildlife Search & Rescue, the Wilderness Skills Sampler, or one of our other advanced skills camps.

Aug 16-20, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 8-12 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wild Cooking & Herbology, the Wilderness Skills Sampler, or one of our other advanced skills camps.

Aug 23-27, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 8-12 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Artisans Camp for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least three camps with us.

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