August 31 – Sept 4, 2020 Overnight Camp at Camp Curran 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:
Ages 9-13: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 14-20: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Ages 21 and up may participate if accepted into our apprenticeship program.
Ages 6-11 may participate in the day camps running simultaneously.
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, or our Ancient Scout camp at Lake Sammamish later 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 4:30 Starting Point: Camp Curran, 13220 50th Ave E; Tacoma, Washington 98446 with additional transportation options from the SeaTac Airport.
Friday Ending Times: If you have Friday available to join us for our end-of-camp clean-up and presentations, join us at Camp Curran for lunch. Clean-up runs from 1:00-2:30 and presentations run 2:30-4:00. Otherwise, please be sure to arrive at Camp Curran by 4:00-4:30 before staff departs at 5 p.m.
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 from Sunday-Friday including 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 to show you have health insurance, or check with us for recommendations on inexpensive temporary insurance if necessary. Also, please see above for optional transportation and weekend stayover choices.
Discounts: Cumulative discounts include $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 as we transition into a non-profit organization over the next year. 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: Download our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form to your computer, fill out one per participant for whom we do not yet have a registration form on file (so not needed for returning campers) and send or email 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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Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time 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 may be required 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 case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible 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. 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.