Herbal, Survival & Advanced Wildlife
Choose from our day camps located at the Hans Jensen Group Camp, our privately-rented wilderness park across from the East Lake Sammamish boat launch in Issaquah. Day Camps run Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30.
Camp is designed for ages 8-13 this summer (normally 6-12 in non-pandemic year) 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.
Camp Themes for August 9-13, 2021
Wild Cooking & Herbology: In its 23rd year, this theme is excellent for focused learners, as it is like a mini college course on herbalism (although very hands-on) and therefore not recommended for adhd students.
Wilderness Survival Craft: In its 24th year, this theme is excellent for students interested in the projects and lessons we cover, and especially great for hands-on learners.
Advanced Wildlife Tracking: In its 4th year, this theme is open to ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least two previous Wolf Camp weeks, one of which must have been Wildlife Search & Rescue, or a combination of the Wilderness Skills Sampler and one of our other advanced camps. Continue our ongoing survey of animal dens and other finds above the Hans Jensen Group Camp!
Camp Directors Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 student-teacher ratio for safe and profound outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating 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 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.
Distancing and mask protocols will NOT be as strict between campers this year IF approved masks are worn when moving, and when seated less than 6 feet apart. Staff will 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 if ALL group participants are 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.
- Now accepting reservations from all alumni (children who have been to camp in past years) as well as anyone who 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 May 17th, with initial deposits due May 31st, and final payments due August 28th. We will not accept payments before May 17th, and are not requiring balance payments until the end of camp in an effort to reduce administrative time, i.e., avoiding refunds for missed camp days due to health screenings, unexpected travel, etc.
- If space remains available on June 1st, we will accept registrations from new campers ages 8-12 who are able to follow our health protocols. In the meantime, to be put on a priority list for 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 era health protocols written above. We will respond in 24 hours with your place on the waitlist, and then on June 1st if we have space, we will email you an invoice and registration form to complete for confirmation. If you were on the waitlist last year but were not able to attend, and email us your 2021 preferences before June 1st, you will be given priority consideration for available spots this year.
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 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, epidemics, grid failures, 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 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.