Secrets of the Ancient Scout – Animal Tracking

August 8-13, 2021 Overnight Youth Camp at Lake Sammamish

Our scout camps are widely considered the most fun, mind-blowing programs we offer. Discover skills of the ancient scout, nearly lost to history. We are a staff who has studied under scouts only once removed from the likes of Baden-Powell and Geronimo. A scout must live with honor, balance, and in harmony with the earth in order to blend in with nature and move like a shadow across a wide array of terrain types. We will explore basic martial arts and learn to use tricks of mind-over-matter to help us accomplish feats that seem impossible.

Discover sign of bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, owls and so many more animals which are an integral part of the landscape. It’s not a stretch to say you’ll become an animal detective as you follow clues, and solve mysteries that go unnoticed by the general public. As you will see, wildlife reveals to those who can read their stories in the earth, their size, health, emotions, history and intentions. You’ll learn the skills of a scientific tracker, while also learning to harness the artist’s eyes of an owl, ears of a deer, nose of a bear, and hands of a raccoon.

Learn secrets to finding animals that few people understand, especially the language of the birds which point out where animals are moving, and how to follow tracks that animals leave behind. In order to truly understand the animals we hope to observe, we must adopt their behaviors and embrace their customs.

After this week, you will have joined an elite group of scout trackers, elevating your senses to new heights, using your newly found prowess to successfully search for animals, and gaining a deep understanding of the relationships between predators and prey.

Scouting is not all about blending in with nature, though. We will explore “Four Areas of Growth” – each day will be filled with activities that will help us grow Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, or Intuitively – as this camp has a strong focus on building community relationships; learning to work in teams; embracing humility and self-sacrifice for the greater whole; and learning how to be an agent of change by truly understanding [blending with] those you disagree with. We will teach participants to value the significance of their immediate actions on the outcomes of their future.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goals of this camp session are to bring you closer to the natural world, provide you with a better understanding of its intricate relationships, blending into nature as well as social circles, using your position to influence positive change in the world. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:

  • Intuition, Purpose, Wits & Courage
  • Stealth, Camouflage & Silent Communication
  • Morals, Teamwork & Self-Sacrifice for the benefit of others
  • Sensory Awareness, Navigation & Lostproofing
  • Nature Journaling & Wildlife Sketching
  • Understanding Birds and Their Voices
  • Understanding Mammals and their Tracks
  • Understanding Animal Dependence on Plants, Fish, Insects, Beetles, Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians

Ages & Prerequisites:

TEEN GROUP: No Prerequisite for Ages 13-15. Ages 16-18 also accepted into the teen group with prerequisite of at least one previous overnight camp, day camp, virtual camp, class series or workshop with us. No exceptions.

PRE-TEEN GROUP: No Prerequisite for Ages 11-12. Ages 9-10 also accepted with prerequisite of at least one previous camp, workshop or multi-class series with us. No exceptions. Options this year if you haven’t attended anything with us in the past include registering for Spring Family Workshops or Puyallup Day Camps. Otherwise, please register for a Lake Sammamish Day Camp taking place this week to become eligible for subsequent overnight camp weeks.

Notes: We launched this overnight camp theme in 1998 and found that it’s excellent for exploratory and academic learners, but not recommended for asperger students on the autism spectrum, as the itinerary diverges daily, and sometimes hourly, based on wildlife “finds” and other learning opportunities. 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.

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmKim & Chris Chisholm are on site all week directing other 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.
$275 Full Week Stayover Option: Participants can stay over the weekend with us before joining us for the following overnight camp week. All meals, laundry, etc. provided.


Please choose your contribution level for Overnight Youth Camp weeks. It’s fine to mix and match prices if registering multiple children or weeks, and take cumulative discounts of $5 off per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off per referral of friends who successfully register for camp.

  • $975 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for financial aid.
  • $925 to attend and sponsor a camper applying for a merit scholarship.
  • $875 for 2021 prices set to cover expenses leftover from last year’s pandemic-related cancelations.
  • $825 for 2020 prices if you were not able to attend last year due to the pandemic.
  • $750 if your camper completes a merit scholarship.
  • $675 if you successfully apply for financial aid to attend camp.

Tuition includes all meals and materials. 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. Graduating campers also receive an organic t-shirt at their first camp with us, then either an orienteering compass, firesteel, survival knife, recommended field guide, or other essential depending on availability, training and camps attended.


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

  1. December 1, 2020 – Accepting reservations from families who have a deposit on file with us from 2020 pandemic cancelations. Simply view our schedule, noting updated price options above, and 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. Please see #3 below for unvaccinated consideration.
  2. March 1, 2021 – Accepting reservations from alumni (children who have been to camp in past years) who have scheduled their first COVID-19 vaccination. Just send us an email with vaccination record attached to reserve your spot, check updated 2021 pricing options above, and pay a deposit of your choice via options listed below.
  3. June 1, 2021 – If space remains available, we will accept new campers who have completed their first vaccination protocol, as well as camp alumni who will not have been vaccinated but are familiar with our communicable disease protocols: wearing approved masks whenever moving, and when seated within 12 feet of others. All campers will continue to receive health screenings every day before being allowed to participate in camp, and bathroom hygiene protocols (hand sanitizer before and supervised hand washing after) will 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 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 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. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)

Or 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, 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 asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Agreements for Participation in Camp

Summer Camp Packing List

Homesickness Protocol & Prevention

Health & Safety in the Pandemic Era

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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