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

 

Give your child the gift of our Summer Day Camp for ages 8-14 this year (ages 6-12 in normal years) and running 9:00-3:00 with drop off between 8:30-9:00, pick-up between 3:00-3:30. 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: Camper’s Choice

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.

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, camper must pass our health screening (and fitted-mask approval) every morning before being allowed to exit vehicles. We will have 3 independent camp groups operating on site at Camp Curran each week. Each group will consist of 9 campers with 1 lead instructor and 1 teenage assistant.

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. Toilet facilities will be fully aired out (door open for at least a minute) between uses. 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.

Tuition

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 rate which is set to cover our tighter 4-1 student-staff ratio during the pandemic era, and to recover expenses from last year’s pandemic-related cancelations.
  • $285 for 2020 rate is fine if you were not able to attend last year due to the pandemic, or are experiencing financial issues this year.
  • $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.

Registration

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

  1. At this time we are reserving remaining spaces for those who still have a deposit on file with us from 2020 pandemic cancelations. Simply send us an email with the dates you wish to reserve, and that’s it for now. We will invoice you this spring for summer balance payment, and will have you update registration forms with health screening a few days before camp starts.
  2. Waitlist Is Available: If new spaces open up, we will contact parents with campers ages 8 and above in the order we receive requests. Just send us an email with your • name, • preferred camp themes and dates, • child’s name(s), and • assessment of ability to follow our pandemic health protocols written above. Thanks!


Pandemic-Year Registration Process: New campers need to complete and return a Word or PDF or Google Doc registration form within a week of receiving confirmation of available space. We will email invoices in the spring, and to make final confirmation of attendance in the summer, a minimum $195 deposit will be due in July, with options to pay balances via paypal, credit card, or check as described on the invoice by the end of the summer camp season. Deposits we have on file that are not used this year will be kept as full credits for next year, except in case of financial hardship, no matter the reason for missed camp days.

Non-Pandemic Year Registration Process: Use the PayPal system normally seen 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.