Our day camp serving Pierce, Thurston and King County runs the week of August 2-6, Monday-Friday from 9:30-3:30 (with drop-off at the park between 9:15-9:30, pick-up at the park between 3:30-3:45, plus the option of riding in our vanpools for an additional $25 for the week (except Friday afternoon) plus a very important family session on Friday from 3:30-5:00. Our day camps are designed for ages 6-11, with 5 year olds accepted if good in classroom situations, and 12-13 year olds accepted if good with younger children. Tuition: The cost per week is $250 if you register by June 10th, 2010, or $275 thereafter if space remains available. $100 per participant deposit is required to hold your spot. Cumulative discounts of $25 are given per additional family member, $25 cumulative discounts for additional camp weeks, and $25 off for referring any new family who registers someone for camp, with the minimum price per week bottoming out at $200. There is also an additional $25 per week charge for utilizing our vanpool transportation.
Camp Themes Future Survivors Fun: Re-create a primitive way of life with us, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. We'll follow the critical order of survival, practicing emergency response scenarios, building warm shelter, purifying drinking water, making safe fires with all natural materials, and collecting the top 5 most important plants for survival. Campers will also learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, witness primitive firemaking, craft tools of stone, weave grass mats, practice archery, make rabbit sticks and more. After this camp week, the children will feel like they achieved many successes within an atmosphere of challenge, wonder, and captivating fun. For more details on the skills introduced during this introduction to wilderness survival, read the description of our
Survivors Side of the Mountain Overnight Camp. Wild Chefs & Herbology Extravaganza: Explore the fields, forests, streams, ponds, bogs, seashores, and backyards of our beautiful region to discover wild foods and medicines growing all around. We wish parents could watch the unfolding of this camp week, because the journey for these little wild chefs and healers is amazing. From discovering a wild food or medicine, to investigating its properties, to fully utilizing its gifts, and finally being able to tell its true story - this involves more detective work than you might imagine. The kids will learn to start and use a fire safely, cook with ancient and modern tools, make natural rope, blend oils and creams, purify drinking water, and heal many common ailments with their new skills. For more details on the skills introduced during this introduction to wild edible and medicinal plants, read the description of our
Wild Cooking & Herbology Overnight Camp. Serious Wildlife Tracking & Birding Games: Tracking means knowing absolutely everything about the maker of tracks, discovering what it’s really like to be a bird or other animal, and being able to find a person who’s gotten lost. Campers learn the language of the birds, make plaster casts of favorite animals, carve tracking sticks, safely navigate through the woods, and investigate trails, lays, and and larders. This camp is full of exciting, interactive, challenging and cooperative games, such as working with your tribe to complete coyote’s challenge: decoding mysteries, following maps to hidden treasures, and navigating obstacle courses. Campers will work together to develop skills of leadership, cooperation, patience, orienteering, dexterity, and fun. For more details on skills introduced this week, read about our
Secrets of the Ancient Scout and
Wisdom of the Wilderness overnight camps. Peaceful Pioneers Arts, Crafts & Music: Re-create pioneer life through art, music and storytelling. Designed for both the artistically trained and the artistic novice, this camp is a celebration of gifts from nature, as we will utilize what we find to craft instruments, poetry and songs. Make a native style drum, then paint it with crushed rocks and hide glue. Make a primitive flute from knotweed and a whistle made of willow. Craft a beaded necklace and other jewelry using string that you "reverse wrap". Learn to parflech like the pioineers did - working with raw hide to make containers, rope and more. We'll also endeavor to memorize and perform one song each day. Campers will receive some musical training in music theory and improvisation, plus naturalist sketching that works wonders for the most gifted and artistically challenged children. For more details on skills introduced during this camp, read descriptions of our
Peaceful Nature Cooperative Arts & Music,
Stone Age Artisans, and
Old School Pioneers overnight camps.
Van Transportation serving Olympia, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Issaquah and Hwy. 18 ($25 for the Week) driven by lead instructors averaging 35 years old, accompanied by assistant instructors averaging 21 years old, picking up and dropping off at these locations: (except Friday afternoon - please see below for Friday presentations) Route A - Hwys. 18 & 167 South King County: Issaquah / Cedar Grove departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:30 (Tiger Mountain Country Store at the corner of Issaquah-Hobart Rd SE and Cedar Grove Rd SE) Maple Valley / Covington departing at 8:45 and returning at 4:15 (Hwy 18 and Hwy 516 at Petco) Auburn departing at 9:00 and returning at 4:00 (Hwy 18 off Hwy 167 at the Auburn Sound Transit Center) Route B - Tacoma Narrows to Puyallup: Gig Harbor departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:30 (Hwy 16 - Exit 10 Olympic Drive NW in front of Pets & Pals in the Fred Meyer parking lot) University Place departing at 8:45 and returning at 4:15 (Hwy 16 Exit 3 at Tacoma Boys Grocery) Tacoma/Fife departing at 9:00 and returning at 4:00 (Interstate 5 Exit 187 at the Fife Swimming Pool) Route C - Olympia East on I-5: Olympia departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:30 (Interstate 5 - Exit 105 off E Bay Dr. NE at the Carriage Inn) Lacey/Nisqually departing at 8:40 and returning at 4:20 (Interstate 5 - Exit 111 to Hwy 510 at Forza Coffee) Fort Lewis departing at 8:55 and returning at 4:05 (Interstate 5 - Madigan Exit 122 at the 7 Eleven) Lakewood departing at 9:05 and returning at 3:55 (Interstate 5 - Exit 127 - Hwy 512 at the MacDonald's)