Archers, Artists & Artisans 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
Ages & Prerequisites
TEEN GROUP: Previous overnight camp, day camp, virtual camp, class series or workshop with us is required. No exceptions this year. Options if you haven’t attended anything with us in the past include registering for Spring Family Workshops, Puyallup Day Camps or Lake Sammamish Day Camps taking place in advance of this week.
PRE-TEEN GROUP: Previous overnight camp with us is required. No exceptions this year.
Notes: This camp theme, in its 19th 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 Ancient Scout – Wildlife Tracking camp earlier in the summer. This is not a camp week where kids can be trained to overcome homesickness, or see how much behavioral progress they have made. If you are not sure about the requirements, call us to discuss at 425-248-0253.
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 Arrival Options:
Complimentary 4-5 PM Park Arrival Option: Meet at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen GROUP CAMP, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 located ACROSS the parkway from the EAST Lake Sammamish BOAT LANDING. Arrive on Sunday between 4:00-5:00 p.m. for orientations and tent set-up. We’ll have food from 5:15-5:45 for those who didn’t eat dinner already and we also welcome you to bring healthy hors d’oeuvres or a pot-luck dish to share. We start with a welcoming at 5:30 with introductions and an overview of the week. Accompanying friends/family may depart by 6:00.
$50 Puyallup Arrival Option: Meet us at the Wolf Campus, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. so that participants can travel with us to our camp location.
$50 Seattle Airport, Bus or Train Arrival Option: Book your arrival into Seattle-Tacoma on Sunday in time to meet our pick-up vehicle at 2:30 p.m., but be sure to call or email us with arrival times before confirming your plans. Pick-up at baggage claim unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate or unaccompanied minor waiting area.
Weekend Departure Options:
Complimentary Friday Dinnertime Departure Option: Family & Friends are invited to arrive at the Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4450 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029 on Friday between 4:00-4:30 and join us for our closing presentations and workshop from 4:30-5:30. Packing and departure will be from 5:30-6:00. Please don’t leave before 5:30 since the closing circle is very important for integration of this profound camp experience.
$25 Friday Evening Lake Sammamish Departure Option: Participants can stay late for dinner, campfire, and helping us reorganize camp for the following week, with departure anytime between 6:00-8:00. Although we encourage you to arrive by 4:30 for the workshop and closing ceremonies, we also know that traffic is maddening before 7 pm, so shoot for 8 pm and we’ll see you at the gate. Send a text to 253-225-1547 if your nav shows you arriving after 8 p.m.
$50 Friday Evening Seattle Amtrak, Ferry Terminal or SeaTac Departure Option: Get dropped off at SeaTac Airport, the Seattle Ferry Terminal, or the Amtrak Train Station, lower level next to the big CenturyLink Field parking lot at the end of S. King Street on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
$50 Friday Evening Puyallup Departure Option: Participants travel back to Puyallup with us and get picked up from the Wolf Camp home office at 1026 14th St SW between 8:00-9:00 pm.
$100 Saturday Morning Lake Sammamish or Puyallup Departure: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday and depart before 12:00 noon on Saturday. Dinner and breakfast provided.
$150 Saturday Late Morning-Afternoon SeaTac Airport Departure: Participants can stay overnight with us on Friday, and then get dropped off at the Airport/Bus/Train Station in Seattle-Tacoma in the late morning for afternoon flights. Drop-off at security unless unaccompanied minor, then at gate.
Credit/Debit Card: Just call us at 425-248-0253 between 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM any day of the week and we will take your registration securely over the phone, or leave a message and we will call you back asap.
Check/Mail/Email: Open our Registration Form (Microsoft 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.
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Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s
Most Asked Question: What are bathroom and sleeping arrangements like? Bathrooms are primitive, and we train campers in wilderness hygiene and private outdoor bathing methods as part of their learning experience. We provide camping tents, and campers may have (or bring) their own, or share one with others, depending on pandemic protocols. We recommend you bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and foam pad, although we have extras if needed. Click on packing list above for more details.