July 19-23, 2021: Wilderness Survival Craft Day Camp in Puyallup/Tacoma


Give your child the gift of our Summer Day Camp for ages 7-13. Camp runs from 9:00-3:00 with drop off between 8:30-9:00, pick-up between 3:00-3:30, and extended care available from 3:30-5:30 for extra fee. Campers are grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences this year.  You can also check out our day camps at Lake Sammamish.

Camp Description

Wilderness Survival Craft is celebrating its 24th summer. Join us to practice fire techniques, build emergency shelters, forage wild edible foods, wildcraft herbal medicines, explore wildlife tracks and bird voices. This year’s itinerary will draw from other introductory camps we run in normal years, including Wild Cooking & Herbology, as well as Wildlife Tracking & Birding.

Campers will re-create a traditional way of life, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. 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.

If campers sign up for the following week (advanced survival) they can return to continue building skills, including how to start bow drill fire by friction, aidless navigation for lostproofing, and crafting tools of stone, including a course knife.  They will also make rabbit sticks and other honorable hunting implements, learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Camp Itinerary

All itineraries are subject to some amount of change based upon location, season, instructor preference, and natural resource availability.

Monday: Awareness, Navigation & Bird Voices

Morning Session: Awareness Training & Bird Voices; Order of Survival
Afternoon Session: Natural Navigation, Lostproofing and the 10 Essentials;

Tuesday: Water, Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Morning Session: Water Purification Practice, Digging Seeps & Rock Boiling Demo
Afternoon Session: Top 10 Plants, Wild Teas & Edible Insects

Wednesday: Emergency Shelter, Survival Scenarios & Advanced Bird Language

Morning Session: Building Survival Shelters; Bird Language
Afternoon Session: Practicing Survival Scenarios & Advanced Bird Language

Thursday: Ethnobiology & Traditional Crafts

Morning Session: Rope Making, Stone Knife Making; Intro to Animal Trailing;
Afternoon Session: Rabbitstick Training, Honorable Hunter Training, Animal Trailing;

Friday: Fire & Artisan Skills

Morning Session: Fire Pits & Safety, Bed-Pillow-Blanket for Baby Fire, Tinder & Firesteel Trainings;
Afternoon Session: Parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 1:30-3:00 on Fridays. The schedule includes classic songs and stories from 1:45-2:0, special workshops for parents from 2:00-2:45, and camp graduation awards from 2:45-3:00. Please join us for closing ceremonies to help campers integrate the skills they learned back into their life!

Camp Leaders

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm 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!

Pickup/Drop-off Times & Location

Instruction runs 9:00-3:00, with drop-off as early as 8:30 AM, and pick-up as late as 3:30 PM, at Camp Curren, 13220 50th Ave E 98446 south of Hwy 512 off Canyon Road between 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.

  • $485 to attend and sponsor a camper receiving financial aid.
  • $425 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for a merit scholarship.
  • $365 for 2021 prices set to cover expenses leftover from last year’s pandemic-related cancelations.
  • $285 for 2020 prices if you were not able to attend last year due to the pandemic.
  • $225 if your camper completes a merit scholarship.
  • $165 if you successfully apply for financial aid to attend camp.

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.


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

  1. Winter 2021 now accepting reservations from all alumni (children who have been to camp in past years) as well as anyone who has a deposit on file with us from 2020 pandemic cancelations. Simply send us an email with the dates you wish to reserve. Your balance may be paid using options listed below once your child has received a first round of COVID-19 vaccination.
  2. Spring & Summer 2021 if space remains available, we will accept new campers who have completed their first vaccination protocol, as well as unvaccinated camp alumni able to follow our 2020 communicable disease protocols: maintaining 12 foot distancing and wearing masks whenever moving. All campers will continue to receive health screenings every morning before being allowed to exit vehicles. Bathroom hygiene protocols (hand sanitizer before and supervised hand washing after) will also remain the same as during the pandemic era, as well as hand sanitizing whenever sharing tools and materials.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 253-225-1547 between 9 AM – 9 PM any day of the week. Leave a message if our office director Colleen Valadez can’t answer since she works on-call before the busy summer season starts.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: 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 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. or sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need).

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: Deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) 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 is 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, epidemics, grid failures, 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 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

Have you ever attended one of our programs before? Please review us on our Better Business Bureau, FacebookYelp & Google pages.