The Wildlife Safari Tracking Camp

July 12-17, 2020 Overnight Youth Camp near Mt. Rainier

Discover sign of bears, cougars, elk, 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.

Keep your camera or smart phone ready to photograph animals and the signs they leave. 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 wildlife trackers and photographers, 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.

Camp Goals & Skills Covered:

The goal of this camp session is to bring you closer to the natural world and provide you with a better understanding of its intricate relationships. Skills covered during this camp session include, but are not limited to:

  • Animal Tracking
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Sensory Awareness & Stealthy Movement
  • Nature Journaling & Sketching
  • Navigation & Lostproofing
  • Understanding Birds and Their Voices
  • Understanding Mammals and their Tracks
  • Understanding Animal Dependence on Plants, Fish, Insects, Beetles,  Arachnids, Anthropods, Reptiles & Amphibians

Wildlife Tracking Safari – Sample Itinerary

Availability & Notes:

Teen Group Ages 13+: Space is available with no prerequisite.

Pre-Teen Group Ages 9-13: Space is available with prerequisite of one family workshop, kids day camp, or overnight youth camp with us in the past.

Ages 18 and up may participate if accepted into our apprenticeship program.
Ages 6-12 may participate in Puyallup day camps running simultaneously.

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

Camp Instructors:

Wolf Camp Co-Owners Kim & Chris Chisholm
Kim & 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 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 at the Faith Baptist Church picnic shelter, 28514 SR 706 East, in Ashford. Activities will depend on where tracks lead the campers on Friday morning, and when you arrive in the afternoon. If you arrive by 1:30, campers may bring you out to the best tracking location we found during the week to retrieve trail cameras and inspect new tracks, or if they are still out in the field following a hot trail, we will bring you out to join them. Or join us at 3:00 in time to see them lay out photos, videos, sketches and plaster casts from the week. Our closing song and story starts at 4:00, and departure is from 4:30-5:00. 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 get on the road by 11:30 if wanting to arrive in time for the 1:30 rendezvous, or by 12:30 in time for the 3pm display, or depart the Seattle area by 1pm to experience the 4pm closing circle, or since Friday afternoon traffic is extremely slow, get on the road by 1:30 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.

Tuition:

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.

Registration

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.

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 paypal.com and “send money” to our email address: (we’ll get back to you with any additional information we may need)


Overnight Camp Deposit Options: (paypal account is not needed if using credit or debit card)
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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, 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 our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Conservation College Poster 2016 B copyHome Office & Summer Camp Addresses, Appointments & Mail-In Registration Option:

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.

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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