Kids Summer Nature Day Camps: Outdoor Education at Lake Sammamish

Join us for up to five wonderful camp weeks in 2022 at our privately rented, eighty-acre Hans Jensen Group Camp, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah. Camps are lead by our professionally-trained instructors within a hallmark 6-1 student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences.

2022 Lake Sammamish Camp Schedule

July 25-29, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Choose between Wildlife Search & Rescue and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisites. Four groups are already filled. Email us to place your name on the list for when we can open one more group each of wildlife and survival pending confirmation from returning instructors who are still arranging their summer schedules.

August 1-5, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 9-14 with prerequisites. As of 1/10/22, our initial three groups of herbology as well as one group of advanced tracking still have space but are nearing capacity. If you’re not quite ready to register now, email us for priority placement and notification once we can add one additional group for each theme pending confirmation from additional returning instructors who are still arranging their summer schedules.

August 8-12, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 9-14 with prerequisites. We still have space in one of the two advance herbal medicine groups with prerequisite, while our first three survival groups are now filled. Email us to place your name on the list for when we can open one more survival group pending confirmation from returning instructors who are still arranging their summer schedules.

Aug 15-19, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Artisans I for ages 9-14 who have graduated from at least three previous Wolf Camp weeks, received knife safety training at home or another setting, and parents attest that a camper is focused enough to succeed with our method of knife and tool training. As of 1/10/22 we still have plenty of space in the wildlife theme, but are nearing capacity for the advanced artisan theme. If you’re not quite ready to register soon for the available spaces, email us to be on the artisan waitlist or for priority placement in case the wildlife theme starts nearing capacity.

Aug 22-26, 2022 at Lake Sammamish: Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Artisans II for ages 10-14 who have graduated from one Advanced Artisans camp with us. As of 1/10/22 we still have plenty of space in each theme. However, if you’re not quite ready to register soon, email us for priority placement and we will send you notification in case we start nearing capacity.

Returning in 2023: 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 2023: 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 2023: 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.

Daily Camp Schedule

Returning camp families please note that we are adjusting our schedule this year to begin earlier and to create a new small-group ending period. This will allow for even greater learning and instruction time, while also ensuring we complete all prepared curriculum before the temperature rises on hot summer afternoons. Please email or call us at 425-248-0253 anytime with questions about the schedule, pick-ups or drop-offs. During the camp week, text the cell phone number(s) found in your prep email.

8:30-9:00 Check-Ins & Morning Care (gate opens at 8:30)
9:00-9:30 Songs, Stories, Stretches & Late Check-Ins
9:30-12:00 Morning Lessons with snack break from 10:45-11:00
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Games & Archery Option
1:00-3:00 Afternoon Lessons with water break and shifting stations at 2:00
3:00-4:00 Early Check-Outs, Camp Crafts, Creek Time & Berry Picking
4:00-4:30 Aftercare & Final Pick-Ups (all-staff meeting starts at 4:30)

Camp Leaders

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!

Drop-Off Directions

Drop-off as early as 8:30 and pick-up as late as 4:30 at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029. The land is managed by the state park but not generally open to the public.

Suggested arrival times are between 8:45-9:00 and suggested departure times are between 3:15-4:15. Look for the hard-to-spot gravel driveway ACROSS THE STREET from the East Lake Sammamish BOAT LAUNCH – by the park ranger’s house – NOT THE MAIN PARK ENTRANCE.

Check-In & Health Protocols

We have designed small day camps in 2022 to serve ages 7-13, grouped by age but with contact tracing primarily in mind. After the pandemic era ends, we plan to increase our capacity again, separate siblings into their own age groups, and return to serving children as young as 5 or 6 years old.

We exceed the state’s pandemic era guidelines for day camps (pdf) and child care facilities, and to start each day, campers must pass our health screening (and fitted-mask approval) before being allowed to exit vehicles. Parents may walk the property to see the lay of the land, but until pandemic restrictions are fully lifted, cannot accompany children to camp groups. Masks and hygiene protocols will remain the same as last year: masks are required whenever moving in groups, or when seated less than 3-6 feet from others; we also require hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials, before entering toilets, and we supervise proper hand washing after campers exit toilet facilities.

Please click here for full details on our health and safety protocols during the pandemic era. and see the latest CDC summer camp guidelines such as 3-6 foot outdoor distancing, whereas in 2020 we instituted a “zombie” theme and walked children in formations to keep them 6-12′ apart. All staff are vaccinated, and children are of course fully aware of pandemic protocols now, so we just train them in our specialized “outdoor safety and awareness” theme and encourage self-enforcement of distancing, with redirection from staff when encroachment occurs. We know from experience that people of all ages naturally break distancing on a regular basis, so parents should be aware that it will likely occur during camp despite daily trainings. If unrelated children ever accidentally touch, they will be directed to sanitize hands immediately. Children must also maintain greater than 3-6 foot distancing from staff 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.

Full vaccinations are strongly encouraged – we follow the scientific consensus. However, as part of that, we know that due to our 100% outdoor setting, combined with daily health screenings, contact tracing, supervised hand washing and strict mask use in close quarters, the risk of disease transmission is negligible at Wolf Camp, so vaccination records are not required at day camps. We do require vaccination records at overnight camps so participants can be partnered according to the wishes of parents and participants.

Camp Tuition

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 via the Max Davis Scholarship fund administered by the Conservation College. Eligible for $200 tax write-off and matching-donation programs.
  • $595 for our 2022 tuition rate reflecting a longer instructional day this year, and it includes $100 to fund in-house financial aid disbursements.
  • $495 if you were not able to attend in the previous two years due to the pandemic, or camp is unaffordable at the higher rates this year.
  • $195-$395 if you apply for a Max Davis Scholarship. When the Conservation College or other funding source can’t cover a need, we provide in-house financial aid to ensure everyone who applies can access at least one Wolf Camp week.

Tuition includes all expenses except food and personal gear. You will need to pack a lunch, water and snacks every day. Tuition also 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.


See schedule above for notes on spaces currently available, and to register, use the PayPal system below which should show the same available dates and themes. To be safe, we recommend registering soon after we open spots on New Years. However, we open additional spaces later as additional returning staff confirm their summer schedules, so please email us to get on a priority placement list if you’re not quite ready to register yet. You can also go directly to PayPal and send a deposit to “” for spaces listed as available, with a note on camper names, dates and theme choices, or send a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371, or call us anytime at 425-248-0253 ex 1 or ex 2 to register over the phone with a credit card.

After making a deposit, we’ll need you to complete a once-in-a-lifetime Registration Form (Microsoft Word or PDF or make your own a copy of our Google Doc) which you can open on your computer, fill out – one per new participant (but again, not needed for returning campers) – and email it back to us by springtime. Or choose our Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF / Word Doc.

Balances can be paid anytime before or during drop-off at camp. Use any of the methods shown above or below, or use Zelle (free from your online banking account) to “” in order to save us transaction fees. You can also use that method to make your initial deposit, but send an email at the same time because our bank doesn’t reveal any of your contact info on our end.

First – Choose Payment Option:
Next – Choose Camp Dates/Theme:
Add Names & Ages of Participants:
And Your Cell Phone Number Thanks!

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: Deposits 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 may be 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

Day Camp Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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