Wilderness Survival Craft Day Camps at Lake Sammamish

Wilderness Survival Craft is especially great for hands-on learners, and the theme celebrates its 24th year this summer at the Hans Jensen Group Camp and Clark’s Creek Park where we can safely roam hundreds of acres of wild state-owned forest.

Re-create a traditional way of life with us, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. We’ll follow the critical order of survival, practice emergency response scenarios addressing the top hazards in nature, build warm shelters, purify drinking water, make fire, and prepare the most important plants and insects for survival.

Campers will also witness bow drill fire by friction and then work with a team to practice it themselves.  They will learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, craft tools of stone, including a course knife.  They will make rabbit sticks and other honorable hunting implements, learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Camp Itinerary

Itineraries are subject to some amount of change based upon location, weather, instructor preference, and natural resource availability.

Monday: Awareness, Navigation & Community Building

Morning Session: Introductions; Awareness Training, Order of Survival
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: Natural Navigation & Survival Shelters

Tuesday: Water, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Morning Session: Water Purification Practice, Digging Seeps & Rock Boiling Demo
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Top 10 Plants, Wild Teas & Edible Insects

Wednesday: Emergency Shelter & Fire

Morning Session: Fire Pits & Safety, Bed-Pillow-Blanket for Baby Fire, Tinder & Firesteel Trainings;
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Matches Training, Bow Drill Demo & Challenge

Thursday: Animal Craft

Morning Session: Rope Making, Stone Knife Making; Intro to Animal Trailing;
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Rabbitstick Training, Honorable Hunter Training, Animal Trailing;

Friday: Survival Scenarios

Morning Session: Survival Review & Scenario Challenges;
Lunchtime & ALA: (see monday description)
Afternoon Session: Parents are invited to attend special end-of-camp workshops from 2:00-3:30.

Wilderness Survival Craft and related camps at Lake Sammamish in 2021

August 9-13, 2021 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of 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 themes of 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 the 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.

Camp Leaders

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 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

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) 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.

Please click here for full details on our health and safety protocols during the pandemic era. Masks and 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. For more information, please click link at start of this paragraph for staff-related facility hygiene policies and our other communicable disease prevention protocols.

3-6 foot outdoor distancing will be our goal as per the latest CDC summer camp guidelines, whereas last year we instituted a “zombie” theme and walked children in formations to keep them 6-12′ apart. All staff will be vaccinated this year, and children are more aware of pandemic protocols now, so we will instead 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 brake 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 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.

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.
  • $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.

Registration

Registrations for Summer 2021 will be taken in the following order.

  1. At this time we are reserving remaining spaces for 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.
  2. Waitlist Is Available: If new spaces open up, we will contact parents with campers ages 8 and above in the order we receive requests. Just send us an email with your • name, • preferred camp themes and dates, • child’s name(s), and • assessment of ability to follow our pandemic health protocols written above. Thanks!


Pandemic-Year Registration Process: New campers need to complete and return a Word or PDF or Google Doc registration form within a week of receiving confirmation of available space. We will email invoices in the spring, and to make final confirmation of attendance in the summer, a minimum $195 deposit will be due in July, with options to pay balances via paypal, credit card, or check as described on the invoice by 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 seen 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 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: 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

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

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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