Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain

July 17-22, 2022 Overnight Camp near Mt. Rainier

This is one of our original overnight camps started in 1998 with inspiratin from our favorite childhood book My Side of the Mountain. Learn the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving, fire carrying and more as we travel to one of the best and most beautiful places to live off the land. Master traditional ways to start fire by friction rendering matches and lighters unnecessary.  Find and build natural shelters in case of wilderness emergencies.  Eat the most critical wild edible plants for survival, and forage for grubs and other delectable insects which are a safe source of protein in survival situations.

While a number of traditional skills will be introduced, our goal this week is to provide participants with a pragmatic skill set. For instance, spending five hours building a lean-to when it gets dark in 20 minutes is not a practical choice.  Trying to build a bow-drill fire kit from scratch without a knife and without properly seasoned wood in the damp environment of the Pacific Northwest is rarely practical. Although these types of skills are introduced in Survival Side of the Mountain, they are practiced in-depth during our Advanced Primal Apocalypse Survival Challenge .

We will challenge you to perfect the basics – like mastering the fire steel with natural and prepared tinder to make fire whenever needed.  We will also spend time practicing building good habits – something that’s key to survival, and a missing part of many other survival training programs which believe that “impact” training is better.  We believe that our 30+  ways to prevent emergencies, like getting in the habit of telling someone where we are going and when we will be back, are the most important survival skills. We always carry our 10 essentials when we hike, and we train progressively to live with fewer and fewer of them by removing one  in each survival scenario. At the end of every survival trek, we return with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, what it takes to survive in true emergencies.

Camp Goals and Skills Covered:

This camp week is designed to provide participants with reliable and practical skills for emergency survival situations. Much of our time will be spent replicating “emergencies” deep in the woods. Due to this, it is not recommended for those who become easily homesick. Some of the skills we will focus on are:

Wilderness Survival Camp Sample Itinerary

Ages & Prerequisites:

Pre-Teen Group: Available in 2022 with prerequisite of any prior overnight camp with us (previous week or prior years).
Teen Group: Available in 2022 with prerequisite of any prior overnight camp with us (previous week or prior years).

Notes: This theme, in its 24th year, is excellent for hands-on learners. The week is located in a beautiful forested wilderness setting, far from the city. The prerequisite is necessary to ensure that all participants have adequate experience prior to attending. 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 or check out our camp weeks in the Tacoma area later in the summer.

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris ChisholmCamp Instructors:

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 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.

Friday Afternoon Ending Times: Pick up at PLEASE NOTE: This elementary school is simply where we always have permission to conduct pick-up at the end-point of our survival trek on Friday. The school will not be open. Meet us in the grassy parking area outside the school gates.


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Registration Opens in November 2021

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, 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

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

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