Kids Nature & Survival Day Camps in Puyallup-Tacoma

Give your child the gift of our Summer Day Camps in Puyallup/Tacoma, running Mon-Fri 9:00-4:00 in 2023 with drop off between 8:30-9:00, and pick-up between 4:00-4:30. Campers are grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences. 

• June 26-30, 2023 at Camp Curran off Canyon Road: Accessible Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 7-13 which is excellent for all hands-on learners at all ability levels. Please note: this week is nearing capacity so currently only open to • campers on wait lists last year and camp alumni who have not taken the survival theme yet, • campers needing prerequisite to attend other camps later in the summer, • campers applying for financial aid, and • campers with disabilities wanting an accessible summer camp experience. Click here to join the list for Feb 18th update and priority placement when registration opens to new campers not needing to fill a prerequisite.

• July 10-14, 2023 at Clark’s Creek Park & Blue Skye Farm: Wild Cooking & Herbology registration is open and available for ages 8-13 (and seven year olds with older sibling at camp, or who attended the survival camp earlier this summer). Please Note: ADHD students are encouraged to enroll in Wilderness Survival Craft earlier in the summer to get used to Wolf Camp before attending this week: our outdoor herbology curriculum requires a lot of focus.

• July 17-21, 2023 at Clark’s Creek Park & Blue Skye Farm: Wildlife Search & Rescue registration is open and available for ages 8-13 (and seven year olds with older sibling at camp, or who attended the survival camp earlier this summer). Please Note: Autisum spectrum students are encouraged to enroll in Wilderness Survival Craft earlier in the summer to get used to Wolf Camp before attending this week: our wildlife tracking curriculum requires a lot of flexibility as we follow tracks and bird calls.

Returning in 2024: Wilderness Skills Sampler and Blue Skye Farm Conservation.

Daily Camp Schedule, Pick-Up & Drop-Off Directions:

June 26-30 Wilderness Survival Craft participants will meet at Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E 98446 south of Hwy 512 off Canyon Road between Puyallup & Tacoma.

July 10-14 Wildlife Search & Rescue and July 17-21 Wild Cooking & Herbology participants will meet at Clark’s Creek Park – South Shelter, 1710 12th Ave SW, Puyallup WA 98371 located one mile west of the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

For all weeks, the best arrival time is 8:45-9:00 am, and the best departure time is 4:00-4:15 pm:

8:30-9:00 Check-Ins & Morning Care (no early check-ins available)
9:00-9:15 Songs, Stories, Stretches & Late Check-Ins
9:15-12:00 Morning Lessons with snack break from 10:30-10:45
11:45-1:15 Lunch, Games & Archery
1:15-4:00 Afternoon Lessons with snack break from at 2:30-2:45
4:00-4:30 Aftercare & Pick-Ups (all-staff meeting starts at 4:30)

Camp Leaders

Kim & Chris Chisholm guide professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 student-teacher ratio that’s so critical 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!

Health Protocols

Hygiene protocols will remain the same as last year as long as there is still no evidence of Covid transmission in the outdoors with plenty of room to spread out. To start each day, campers must pass our health screening before being allowed to participate in camp, and we still require all campers to carry masks in backpacks. If there are reports of group participants who came in contact with an infection, we require participants of that group to wear masks when lined up or seated less than 3-6 feet from others. As before the pandemic, we will continue requiring hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials, before entering toilets, and we supervise proper hand washing after campers exit toilet facilities – doors left open between uses to ensure ventilation.

Full vaccinations are strongly encouraged – we follow the scientific consensus. However, as part of that, we know that due to our 100% outdoor setting, combined with daily health screenings, contact tracing, supervised hand washing and mask when necessary, the risk of disease transmission has been negligible at Wolf Camp, so vaccination records are not required at day camps. We do require vaccination records at overnight camps so participants can be partnered according to the wishes of parents and participants.

We exceed the state’s pandemic era guidelines for day camps (2021-22 pdf will be updated when 2023 guidance is issued). Please click here for full details on our health and safety protocols during the pandemic era and see the latest CDC summer camp guidelines.

Day Camp Tuition in Puyallup/Tacoma

Please choose your contribution level for Puyallup Summer Day Camp weeks. It’s fine to mix and match prices if registering multiple children/weeks.

  • $495 is our full 2023 Puyallup Tuition rate which includes $100 for in-house financial aid disbursements.
  • $395 is fine if our tuition is unaffordable at this year’s higher rate reflecting an extra camp hour as compared to previous years.
  • $95-$295 if you qualify for a Max Davis Scholarship. When the Conservation College or other funding source can’t cover a need, we provide in-house financial aid to ensure everyone who applies can access at least one Wolf Camp week based on demonstrated need. Click here to apply.
  • June 26-30 contribute what you can afford if your camper has physical disabilities that make other camps inaccessible. Please call to discuss accommodations available at the Camp Curran location and register over the phone at literally any contribution level.

You will need to pack a healthy lunch, water and substantial snacks every day. Tuition includes t-shirt at your first camp with us, then in subsequent camps a choice of orienteering compass, recommended field guide, firesteel and other outdoor essentials depending on number of camps attended, age and availability.

Registration

STEP 1 – Reserve your spots in camp by making $100 deposits via one of the following methods:

Zelle to “kim@wolfcollege.com” with a note including your email address, camper name and age, camp dates and theme;
• Or call us between 9am-9pm at 425-248-0253 ex 1 or ex 2 with a credit card to register over the phone;
• Or use the PayPal system appearing below;

STEP 2 – If this is your camper’s first year with us, complete our once-in-a-lifetime Registration Form within one week of making your deposit, otherwise we will have to refund you and give your spot(s) to others. You can use our Microsoft Word or PDF registration form, or make your own copy of our Google Doc form, or choose our Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF / Word Doc – one per new participant. We’ll need you to email it back to us for review within one week to maintain your reservation. Again, skip this step if your camper has attended anything with us in the past.

STEP 3 – Pay balance before or during your summer camp week. We’ll email you an invoice this spring with camp prep info and balance payment options (Zelle, PayPal, Check, Credit Card) that can be done in advance or during your first camp week. All payments are non-refundable unless we refuse your registration. However, if you cancel (at any time for any reason is fine) we will save your payments as credit for you to use in future years, or you can choose to have us move the funds into our scholarship account if you prefer. The best practice is to make the minimum $100/camp deposit to register, and then wait to pay the remaining balance during your camp week via Zelle to “kim@wolfcollege.com” saving us time and transaction fees, or you can PayPal us at that same email address, or give us a check or have us run a credit card on site during your camp week.

PayPal Deposit Option:


First – Choose Payment Option:
Next – Choose Camp Dates/Theme:
Name & Age of Participant(s):
Your Cell Phone Number:







Or email us to be put on our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it.

Refund Policy: Payments are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel 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 needed 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 cases of natural (weather, geologic, wildfire, etc) disasters, grid failures, epidemics, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it unsafe 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. Reasons include the expenditure of funds (property rentals, advertising, materials, admin staff time, etc.) long before programs take place, i.e. deposits make it feasible for Wolf Camp to schedule programs in the first place, but our mutually understood agreement is that Wolf Camp will run the program at the safest available time in the future. Finally, no refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is a no-show without prior notice, or 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

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