Advanced Primal Bushcraft

July 7-12, 2019 Overnight Camp & Expedition with prerequisite near Mount Rainier

This camp is designed to replicate a life “off the grid” without the luxuries of the modern world. We will spend the majority of the week deep in the woods exploring community living and traditional skills. Gain proficiency with the arts of foraging, shelter building, water purifying, food preserving and fire carrying as we travel into the wilderness to live off the land.  In the end, we will return with a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, our modern luxuries.

While a number of traditional skills will be explored, the primary focus of this week is on community; what it means to be part of a community and “what it takes” to flourish. Instructors will guide and advise the group; ensure participant safety and well-being; and lead guided activities. The group will decide how intensely to best tackle community challenges, such as access to clean water, food, and shelters. 

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

  • Traditional Survival Shelters, such as the Wickiup and Thatch Hut;
  • Bow Drill method of fire-by-friction;
  • Natural Water Purification [seeps, filters, rock boiling, and locating natural springs];
  • Honorable Harvesting Methods, cooking, and eating the Top 10 Most Important Survival Plants;
  • Medicinal herbs of the northwest;
  • Cooking over an open fire and practice Wild Edible Foraging & Preparation (Herbs, Nuts, Roots, Flowers, Fruits, Insects);
  • Spinning natural rope for your shelter, bow-drill kit, shoelaces, and fishing line;
  • Burning out your own bowl and spoon for eating;
  • How to make jerky and pemmican;
  • Introduction to Wilderness Fishing;
  • Swim in Natural Waters, depending on camper desire and swim testing.
  • Discuss Natural Selection Forestry; use Hatchets & Axes for chopping and wood splitting.

Camp Availability & Notes:

Ages 9-17: Open/Available with prerequisite of Wilderness Survivors Side of the Mountain in a previous year; or special circumstances such as attending a similar overnight camp elsewhere and at least one of our survival day camps or weekend workshops in the past; or one of our other overnight camps plus other survival/artisan training.

Ages 18 and up may participate in the Wilderness Survival Training & Trek.

Notes: Youth who have not attended previous training with us cannot apply for Advanced Primal Bushcraft or the Zombie Apocalypse Survival Challenge. No exceptions. Also, please note that instructors might determine from your prior week(s) with us that you are better suited for Wilderness Survival Side of the Mountain rather than jumping into an advanced survival group, so don’t get attached to thinking that “advanced” means “better” for you. Thanks!

instructor-Megan-Damofle-perched-on-log-in-forest.jpgCamp Instructors:

Senior Instructor Megan Damofle leads this course with Kyler Shumaker.

Pick-up, Drop-off and Airport/Bus/Train Transportation:

Sunday 4:30 Starting Point: Sahara Creek DNR Horse Camp, 262nd Ave E., Ashford WA 98304 with additional transportation options from the Puyallup Wolf Campus 2:00, Tacoma Bus/Amtrak Station 1:30, and SeaTac Airport 1:00.

Friday Afternoon Ending Points: If you have Friday available to join us for our end-of-survival Lunch Feast, meet your camper at noon behind Faith Baptist Church, 28514 SR 706 East, in Ashford, one mile down the highway from Sahara Creek, at the turn-off to our primitive camp area. Van shuttles will be available between 1-4 p.m. so your camper can give you a tour of their survival trek area, or you can also join us for family enrichment workshops taking place from 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-4:00. If you can’t make it for lunch, primitive camp tours, or enrichment workshops, be sure to (leave the Seattle area by 1 p.m. and) arrive at Faith Baptist Church by 4:00-4:30 before staff departs the area at 5 p.m. Or for an additional fee, pick-up your camper in Puyallup at 8 p.m., or we’ll drop them off at SeaTac Airport on Saturday, or consider our full weekend stayover option and join us for for the Wildlife Safari camp taking place next week.

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2019 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 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, $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer, and $5 off every camp for all alumni returning from prior years.

Scholarships: Scholarships for overnight camps are available for this week, as well as for Survivors Side of the Mountain and Secrets of the Ancient Scout, so click those links to check availability and apply early in case spaces fill up. Please also note that our focus for scholarships is for residents of the Pacific Northwest states, and especially foster children, enrolled tribal members, and the underprivileged. If you need financial assistance or want to apply for a merit scholarship, click on Max Davis Scholarships and add answers to its 8 financial aid scholarship questions to your camp registration form, or complete a merit scholarship project as described on that page.


Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. New campers can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

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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.

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