July 12-17, 2020 Overnight Youth Camp near Mt. Rainier
Join us for an amazing introduction to herbal medicine and wild edible plants, traditional fire-making, plant crafts and much more. Kim Chisholm will lead this camp with “Wild Chef” Charlie Borrowman.
Get hands-on experience with the Top 10 Most Important Plants for health and survival: roast fresh cattails over the fire; make tasty pesto from nettles and pine nuts; and bake pancakes made from acorn flour. Make teas, salves, oils, tinctures, syrups, and other concoctions for health and medicine all of which you will take home when you depart.
We will also spend time focusing on personal health and relaxation with our unique spa day. By the time this incredible week ends, you will be well on your way to becoming a knowledgeable herbalist and wild gourmet chef!
Camp Goals and Skills Covered:
The goal of this expedition is to provide participants with hands-on learning about Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicine. Skills covered include:
- How to harvest, process and store the Top 10 Edible Plants;
- How to understand the meaning of plant characteristics (astringents, etc.);
- How to harvest, process and administer the most important medicinal herbs of the northwest;
- How to honorably harvest and process plants;
- How to make fire, cook over an open fire, and “rock boil”;
- How to make rope from stinging nettle, cattail; cedar bark, and fire weed;
- How to harvest and cook with cattails, and hazelnuts;
- How to make a medicine pouch to fill with your personal herbs;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home, make herbal chocolates;
- How to purify water naturally for cleansing wounds and making teas;
- How to use a map and compass;
- Practice wilderness medicine emergency response scenarios;
- How to make and maintain fire in any weather, and witness traditional fire by friction;
- Learn Easy Plant Drawing and complete Journal Entries on your healing plants, and on corresponding poisonous plants;
- How to make a medicine pouch, dream catcher, and small collecting basket;
- How to dry and store herbs to take home;
- How to make salves, oils, tinctures and other medicines to take home;
- Learn knife safety so you can carry a knife for harvesting.
Camp Availability & Notes:
Teen Group Ages 13+: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Notes: This theme, in its 19th year, is excellent for focused learners, as it is like a mini-college course on herbalism (although very hands-on). It is not recommended for adhd students. For a camp week with more expansive movement, check out our Wildlife Tracking Safari. For less cerebral and more kinesthetic learning, check out our Wilderness Survival or Ancient Artisan camps. If a participant has not camped outside in a forest away from towns/parks before, s/he will need to gain that experience prior to attending this camp week, either on your own or at one of our camps located in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area. 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!
Herbiology by camper Ashley Tee –
You can eat herbs, they taste good too,
But pick the right ones, or they could poison you,
You can make tinctures, pesto or fritters,
And watch out, make sure not to eat the critters!
You can also make balm, tea or coffee,
Maybe you can also make hazelnut toffees!
And if you like this herby rhyme,
Then come on down: it’s harvest time!
Arrival, Departure, Directions & Transportation Options:
Sunday Starting Points & Times: Drop-off between 4:00-5:00 at the Faith Baptist Church Campground, 28514 SR 706 East 98304, located 6.5 miles past Elbe WA and one mile before the town of Ashford on the road to Paradise on Mt. Rainier.
Additional transportation options include the Wolf Camp home office at Blue Skye Farm, 1026 14th St SW in Puyallup between 1:00-1:30 for a cost of $50; and SeaTac Airport downstairs baggage claim Starbucks between 12:30-1:00 for a cost of $100.
Friday Ending Points & Times: If you have Friday available to join us for end-of-camp activities, meet your camper at the Faith Baptist Church picnic shelter, 28514 SR 706 East, in Ashford. You can participate in a plant walk lead by campers from 1:00-2:00, and enjoy a healthy herbal spa lead by instructors from 2:00-4:00 before our closing song and story from 4:00-4:30. Departure is from 4:30-5:00, and please don’t leave before 4:30 since the closing circle is very important for integration of this profound camp experience. If driving from the Seattle area, be sure to leave by 11am if wanting to participate in the plant walk, or by 12pm if wanting to join at least some of the herbal spa, or by 1pm to experience the closing circle, and since Friday afternoon traffic is extremely slow, 2pm in time to retrieve your camper before staff departs the campground at 5pm.
Or for an extra $50, pick your camper up at the Wolf Camp home office in Puyallup at 8pm Friday evening; or for an extra $150, we’ll drop them off at SeaTac Airport on Saturday; or consider our $200 full weekend stay-over option before joining us for the Wilderness Survival camps taking place next week.
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.
Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 between 8 AM – 8 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.
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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, pan-demics, 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 ourkids, youth and adult agreements for participation.
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.