Join us for several amazing weeks of survival, wildlife, herbal, artisan and ancient scout camps at our privately rented, eighty-acre Hans Jensen Group Camp, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.
Day Camps run Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care 8:30-4:30, designed for ages 8-13 in the summer of 2021 (returning to ages 6-12 after the pandemic era ends) with campers grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences.
Camp includes optional wading/swimming and games/archery during lunchtime depending on park rules, camper safety tests, weather and other conditions. Or choose overnight camp options around the northwest, or day camps in Puyallup.
2021 Lake Sammamish Day Camp Schedule:
August 9-13, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including 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 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, have 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.
Returning in 2022: School’s Out FLOW Camp open to ages 6-12 with no prerequisite, and Advanced FLOW Camp open to ages 8-14 with at least one Wolf Camp in past years, or choose the Wilderness Family Camp for parents with children of all ages. We were voted Best Family Camp in the ParentMap 2019 Golden Teddy Awards!
Returning in 2022: Wilderness Skills Sampler for ages 6-12 and Advanced Arts of the Scout for ages 8-14 who have attended at least two camps with us before this week. We were also voted Best Wild Day Camp in the ParentMap 2019 Golden Teddy Awards!
Returning in 2022: Advanced Wilderness Survival and Advanced Conservation Scouts for ages 8-14 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wilderness Survival Craft, the Wilderness Skills Sampler, or a combination of the Wilderness Skills Sampler and one of our other advanced camps.
Camp Directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!
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 exceeding the state’s current pandemic era guidelines for day camps (pdf) and child care facilities, each camper must pass our health screening (and fitted-mask approval) every morning before being allowed to exit vehicles. We will have 6 independent camp groups operating on site at Lake Sammamish each week. Each group will share a toilet facility with one other group. Each group will consist of 9 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 a minute) between uses. Please click link above 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 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.
- First Priority: At this time we are only accepting reservations from those who still have 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 invoice you this spring for summer balance payment, and will have you update registration forms with health screening a few days before camp starts.
- Second Priority: If space remains available on March 26th, we will accept reservations from a) alumni aka children who have been to camp in past years, and b) those who were on the waiting list last year or registered but were not able to attend due to pandemic concerns (and can follow our health protocols). 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, and assessment of ability to follow the pandemic health protocols written above.
- Third Priority: Where spaces remain available on April 10th, we will accept registrations for new campers ages 8-12 who can follow our health protocols. 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.
Pandemic-Year Registration Process: We will email you an invoice in the spring, and to make final confirmation of attendance, a $195 deposit will be due a month prior to your camp dates, with options to pay via paypal, credit card, or check as described on the invoice. New campers will also need to complete and return a Word or PDF or Google Doc registration form within a week of receiving confirmation of available space. Final balances (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 full credits for next year, except in case of financial hardship, no matter the reason for missed camp days.
Non-Pandemic Year Registration Process: Use the PayPal system normally below, or sign into paypal.com 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.
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: 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, grid failures, 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.
Day Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s
Most Asked Question: Lunchtime? – Bring your own lunch from home, and then enjoy our After Lunch Activities (ALA) include choices of Archery, Creek Wading, Berry Picking, Reading & Naps, Shelter & Sprinkler Games.