Wild Cooking & Herbology Day Camp at Lake Sammamish

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.

Wild Cooking & Herbology celebrates its 22nd year this summer. Enjoy the Hans Jensen Group Camp and Clark’s Creek Park where we can explore endless fields, forests, prairies, streams, ponds, bogs, and backyards of our beautiful region, discovering wild foods and medicines growing everywhere.

Campers will work with more than even the top 10 most important plants of their area, and be able to identify their look-alikes. The kids will also learn to start and use fire safely, cook with ancient and modern methods, spin natural rope, purify drinking water, and come home with oils and creams they blended with herbs to heal common ailments, among other accomplishments.

We wish parents could watch the unfolding of this camp week, because the journey for these young chefs and healers is amazing. From discovering wild foods and medicine, to investigating their properties, to fully utilizing their gifts, and finally being able to tell their true stories, campers develop more real skill than you might imagine.

Camp Itinerary

All itineraries are subject to some amount of change based upon location, season, instructor preference, and natural resource availability.

Monday:

Morning Session: Introductions; Plant Walk – ID Nettle, Cedar, Plantain; Awareness Skills
Lunchtime: Bring & Eat Lunch from home, then our After Lunch Activities (ALA) include choice of Archery, Chill Time, Sprinkler Games & Swimming (creek wading, or go to lake for swim tests on days lifeguards are available)
Afternoon Session: Ethical Harvest; Harvest Plantain for Salve & Leaf Rubbings; Cedar Leaf Rubbings; Plant Fact Cards; Lightning Safety

Tuesday:

Morning Session: Mint Tea; Observe Fresh Mint Specimens; Mint Bouquets – Lavender, Lemon Balm, Basil, Rosemary; Bath Salts – Lavender & Spearment; Try Mint Sprays
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Plant ID by Smell; Leaf Venations & Arrangements; Scavenger Hunt of Venation & Arrangement; Herbal Tag; Intro to Top 10 Wild Foods

Wednesday:

Morning Session: Observe Fresh Parsley & Sweet Cicely Specimens; Parsley Spice Samples; Make Fennel Candy & Fennel Tea [Decoction]; Learn about Poison Hemlock; Sketch Poison Hemlock, Label its Key Characteristics
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Seaweeds; Nettles; Make Nettle Tea [Infusion]; Nettle Saute; Make Seasoning from Sesame Seeds, Ground Nettle, Ground Bullwhip Kelp; Make Nettle Shampoo; Finish Top 10 Wild Foods

Thursday:

Morning Session: Harvest Stinging Nettle; Top 10 Wild Foods Cook-off with Survivalists; Cattail Discussion & Fried Rhizomes; Finish Herbal Salve
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Introduction to Dandelion; Harvest Dandelion; Make Dandelion “Coffee”; Elderberry Syrup; Week Overflow

Friday:

Morning Session: Pine & Rosehip Tea; Review Top 10 Foods & Medicines; Practice Herbal First Aid Scenario; Gratitude Ceremony
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Parents are invited to attend special end-of-camp workshops from 2:00-3:30.

Available weeks for Wild Cooking & Herbology at Lake Sammamish in 2020:

July 27-31, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamishincluding Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-12, and Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Wilderness Survival for ages 8-12 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 one of our other advanced skills camps.

August 3-7, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 6-12, and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 8-12 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.

August 10-14, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-12 who have graduated from t 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.

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:

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, 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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