Wilderness Survival Craft Day Camp at Lake Sammamish

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Wilderness Survival Craft is especially great for hands-on learners, and the theme celebrates its 23rd 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.

Available weeks for Wilderness Survival Craft and related camps at Lake Sammamish in 2020:

WAIT LISTED to keep under 50 participants in Phase III: July 6-10, 2020 Wilderness Skills Sampler and Wilderness Survival Craft available for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and the Advanced Arts of the Scout for ages 8-13 who attended at least two prior camps with us at Lake Sammamish!

WAIT LISTED to keep under 50 participants in Phase III: July 27-31, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wildlife Search & Rescue for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite,  and Advanced Wilderness Survival for ages 8-13 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. 

WAIT LISTED to keep under 50 participants in Phase III: Aug 3-7, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrating it 24th year, and Wilderness Survival Craft celebrating its 22nd year for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 8-13 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. 

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: August 10-14, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wild Cooking & Herbology and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-13 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.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Aug 17-21, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including the Blue Skye Pioneer Camp for ages 7-11 with no prerequisite, Conservation Kids Camp for ages 8-12 who have graduated from at least one camp week, Advanced Conservation Training for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least two camps with us, and Advanced Artisans Camp for ages 9-13 who have graduated from at least three camps with us.

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.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address and we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need.


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Next – Choose Camp Theme:
Name & Age of Participant:
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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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