Wildlife Search & Rescue Day Camps at Lake Sammamish

July 25-29, 2022 for ages 7-11
Aug 15-19, 2022 for ages 7-11

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

Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrates its 26th 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:
Wildlife Tracks & Sign Market; Closing Ceremonies:

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.

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. 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.

2022 Tuition at Lake Sammamish

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 via the Max Davis Scholarship fund administered by the Conservation College. Eligible for $200 tax write-off and matching-donation programs.
  • $595 for our 2022 tuition rate which includes $100 to in-house financial aid disbursements.
  • $495 if you were not able to attend in the previous two years due to the pandemic, or camp is unaffordable at the higher rates this year.
  • $195-$395 if you apply for a Max Davis Scholarship.

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

When we open registration for 2022, the PayPal system will appear 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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