Blue Skye Pioneer Camp at Lake Sammamish

ALL WEEKS WAITLISTED but check out our unique Virtual Outdoor Camps!

August 17-21, 2020 for Ages 7-10

 

Join us for the sixth year of this great camp theme if your child is the creative type who loves to work with their hands and soil, delving into the history of pioneers as well as re-enacting their discoveries.

Blue Skye Pioneer Camp is inspired not just by pioneers who traveled here over the Oregon Trail from the east, but also by immigrants who traveled over the Pacific Ocean from the west, all landing on shores where the Coast Salish people had lived since migrating here themselves over the land bridge from Asia ten millenia prior.

Camp Itinerary

Monday: Set up the Blue Skye Pioneer Camp honoring Hans Jensen and the pioneer settlers of the Sammamish Prairie with learning how to maintain safety while on the trail with ourselves and the animals around us. Our story begins with Native American residents of the area (Snoqualmie & Duwamish) who were stripped of many traditional food sources in the 1800s when immigrants plowed their park-like oak prairies which had been maintained by controlled burning over the millennia.

Tuesday: To honor indigenous we will spend the day foraging,  preparing ancient medicine and food. As well as understanding the pioneers in preparing trail meals that stayed perishable (making hard tack, butter and jerky or salt pork, etc,.)

Wednesday: The Spanish first explored the coast and named various features we still use today, but their descendants settled primarily to the south.  Consequently, the first non-indigenous people to stay in our area were Hudson Bay fur traders from eastern Canada. That all changed when American Pioneers started arriving in droves over the Oregon Trail in the 1850s. Today, we will honor their work by learning to honorably harvest wood, making bowls and utensils with traditional methods like hot-coal burning, and natural sandstone scraping.

Thursday: Pioneers encountered many hardships while on the Oregon Trail so we’ll facilitate a survival challenge (shelter, water, fire, food) and obstacle course, showing how hardships can be overcome.

Friday: We’ll introduce our Ancient Artisan curriculum which includes transforms animal hides into parfleche and make leather through traditional tanning. We’ll also finish chores, mend clothing, play pioneer games and prepare a trading session for parents who participate in end-of-camp presentations from 2:00-3:30.

Logistical Reminders: (click links above for in-depth details)

Day Camp instruction runs 9:30-3:30 Mon-Fri with complimentary extended care drop-off no earlier than 8:00 and pick-up no later than 5:00 except no aftercare on Fridays. Normal arrival is between 9:15-9:30 and normal pick up between 3:30-3:45.

Registration: ALL WEEKS WAITLISTED but check out our unique Virtual Outdoor Camps!

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

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email 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.

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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, epidemics, 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.

Day Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Day Camp Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Most Asked Question: Lunchtime Activities – 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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