July 12-17, 2020 Overnight Youth Camp with field trip to Mt. Rainier
Why, Hello There
Learning How to Plaster-Cast Wolf Tracks
Camper Shows Off Her Wolf Track Plaster-Cast
Amazing Find! Outlines of Muddy Paw Prints on Rail Road Tracks
Looking at Bear Claw Marks on an Overturned Log
Listening to Charles Tell a Story in the Shade
Abandoned Bird's Nest
Patrick Pointing out Bear Dig
Patrick Pointing out Bear Dig
Bear Claw Marks
Anxious Ground Squirrel
Practicing "Deer Ears"
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
Availability & Notes:
Teen Group: Space is available with no prerequisite.
Pre-Teen Group: Space is available with prerequisite of one prior day or overnight camp with us.
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 or check out our camp weeks in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area later in the summer.
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, Directions & Transportation Options:
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 and SeaTac Airport 1:00.
Friday 4:30 Ending Point: If you have Friday available to join us for our end-of-survival lunch, meet your camper at 4:30 p.m. behind Faith Baptist Church, 28514 SR 706 East, in Ashford, one mile down the highway from Sahara Creek. Be sure to (leave the Seattle area by 1 p.m. and) arrive at Faith Baptist Church by 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 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 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.