Wildlife Search & Rescue Day Camp at Lake Sammamish

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This theme is excellent for exploratory learners, but not recommended for asperger spectrum students, as the itinerary diverges daily based on wildlife “finds” and other learning opportunities.

Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrates its 24th year this summer. Enjoy the Hans Jensen Group Camp and Clark’s Creek Park where athe animals hide in their dens during the day before coming out at night to roam the fish hatchery and neighborhoods. Yes, we’ve found resident bear dens, investigated cougar scratching posts, watched bobcats hunting rabbits, heard coyotes yipping after catching prey, foxes marking their trails, owls dropping countless pellets, meditated on osprey diving for salmon … and those are just the big creatures.

Each day, we will explore the field for wildlife tracks and sign. Every find will be used as a lesson to gain better understanding of who made the track; why it made the track; where it made the track; when it made the track; and what it was doing when it made the track. You will discover what it is like to be a bird or other animal by using sensory awareness skills to interpret what is happening around you. Participants will learn to understand and use the language of the birds and will practice interpreting bird language through a series of experiments.

We will work together to make plaster casts of our favorite animal tracks; craft tracking sticks; safely move through the woods; and investigate trails, lays, larders, and other signs of life. This camp is full of exciting, interactive, challenging and cooperative games. Campers will learn to work as a team to develop skills of leadership, cooperation, patience, orienteering, dexterity, and fun. Additionally, our staff, some of whom are Search & Rescue volunteers, will teach you how to navigate in the wilderness and track people!

Camp Itinerary

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

Monday: Awareness, Navigation and the Art & Science of Tracking

Morning Session: Awareness Skills, Wildlife Safety, Arts of Tracking
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:
Animal Forms, Order of Survival, Lostproofing

Tuesday: Bones, Skulls, Hides, and Teamwork

Morning Session: Wildlife Journals, Animal Families, Hides & Skulls
Lunchtime & ALA:
(see monday description)
Afternoon Session:
Teamwork, Hand Signals, Scouting Expedition

Wednesday: Birds, Insects, and Amphibians

Morning Session: Language of the Birds, Animal Tracks & Sign
Lunchtime & ALA:
(see monday description)
Afternoon Session:
Insects & Spiders, Reptiles & Amphibians

Thursday: Trailing, Scats, and Casts

Morning Session: Trailing Animals, Scatology, Scent Marks, Browses, Lays
Lunchtime & ALA:
(see monday description)
Afternoon Session: 
Plaster Casts, Beaver Dens & Dams

Friday: Human Tracking, Animal Rescue, and Celebration

Morning Session: Secret Spot, Human Tracking, Animal Rescue Medicine
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 Wildlife Search & Rescue at Lake Sammamish in 2020:

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.

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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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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