August 23-28, 2020 Overnight Camp near Tacoma WA
The Archers, Artists & Artisans camp delves into the traditional technologies of days past. Carve soapstone and pipestone; crush rock and berries to paint baskets and drums you may choose to make. Craft flutes and whistles from bamboo and knotweed.
Learn archery by shooting safely and instinctively. Build skills to become proficient at making bows, arrows and arrowheads including how to flintknap obsidian, use sandstone to sharpen slate, and more. Learn to use feathers to fletch darts for the at-latl spear-thrower you might make. Harvest saplings for fish spears, and spend the last night in a strategically-placed hunting blind with camera ready to capture the movement of animals at dawn.
Knife work is another top priority to help you attain a high level of safety and proficiency. Practice carving skills by making traps and aerodynamic “rabbit sticks” while also using a plethora of other tools which are critical for efficient craftwork like tanning animal hides for leather; making glue from hide scrapings; making awls from bones and antlers, and more.
Camp Goals & Skills Covered:
The goal of this camp session is to help you become a great archer, artist, or artisan of ancient crafts. Due to the length of time it takes to complete all the projects we introduce, you will choose one of the following three tracks to follow this week:
- Animal Processing
- Transforming rawhide and animal hides into leather through traditional tanning
- Flintknapping and Bone Tools
- Making Baskets from bamboo, birch, cedar and willow
- Rawhide Drum-Making
- Natural Paper-Making from native plants
Other Potential Skills & Projects:
- Natural selection forestry and learning which tools are appropriate
- Creating buttons from antler and bones
- Creating natural dyes and paints for artwork
- Crafting beeswax candles
- Carving bowls using traditional methods like hot-coal burning
- Using wood we harvest on field trips to make fish spears
- Crafting leather pouches, bracelets, and necklaces
- Carving Utensils using traditional methods
- Use of Survival knives and modern tools
Camp Availability & Notes:
Teen Group Ages 13+: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Pre-Teen Group Ages 9-13: Space is available with prerequisite of one family workshop, kids day camp, or overnight youth camp with us in the past.
Notes: This camp theme, in its 18th year, is excellent for creative youth who can focus on verbal instruction and work with their hands. If you prefer a camp with a less stationary structure or the need for less hand-eye coordination, check out our Wildlife Safari travel camp earlier in the summer. Call us at 425-248-0253 to discuss your interests.
Kim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing our professionally-trained staff instructors who make up our hallmark 6-1 average student-instructor ratio critical for high-level outdoor educational programs. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out our overnight camp testimonials and dating all the way back to 1997!
Arrival, Departure, Directions & Transportation Options:
Sunday Starting Point & Times: Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E, Tacoma, WA 98446 with arrival between 4:00-5:00 in time for dinner and orientation from 5:00-6:00 with additional transportation options of 3:00 Tacoma bus/train/ferry ($50) or 2:00 SeaTac Airport ($100). Call us at 425-248-0253 or email to arrange airport, bus, ferry or train station pick-up.
Friday Ending Times: If you can join us for our end-of-camp presentations, arrive at Camp Curran in time for our 3:30-4:00 project demonstrations and 4:00-4:30 closing circle. Please don’t leave before 4:30 since the closing is very important for integration of this profound camp experience. You can also stay to help us clean up from 4:30-5:00, and have dinner from 5:00-5:30 with latest departure time of 6 p.m., or stay overnight for SeaTac airport drop-off on Saturday for an additional charge of $100.
Overnight Youth Camps are $795. To reserve your spot, make a $200 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival. The cost includes everything including meals, organic camp t-shirt at your first camp, or survival knife, firesteel or field guide at subsequent camp weeks, depending on topic. The only additional expenses you may incur for our courses are for travel and specific gear, although we have extras in case you can’t acquire something. You will also need health insurance, so check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary.
DISCOUNTS: Standard cumulative discounts are $5 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.
Scholarships: Scholarships for overnight camps are only available for returning campers in 2020. Click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.
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.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.
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Most of our summer programs take place at Lake Sammamish and Mt Rainier, but if registering by mail, please send a check deposit to our home office of Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371 with participant name(s), phone number, email address, age of any minors, and any allergies or health restrictions we should know about. Balances will be due upon arrival. If attending a camp or workshop involving some risk, we also require completion of our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form if you haven’t completed one in the past. We also have a Bilingual Chinese-English Registration Form PDF or Word Doc.