Arlington Nature Day Camps & Seattle-Everett Van: Wildlife, Survival & Herbology

Day Camp Week of July 21-25, 2014 at Twin Rivers Park in Arlington with transport from Bellingham, Mt. Vernon, Stanwood, Marysville, Everett, Mill Creek, Shoreline & Seattle

Please Note: We are directing all donations to our scholarship fund this year to families affected by the Oso Landslide via churchoftheearth.org (where all proceeds are given directly to affected families) and matching those donations as scholarships to affected children, including all those in the Darrington area who might have a challenge attending day camp due to the closure of Hwy 530. Our plan is to offer complimentary overnight camping accommodations, care and transportation to/from at River Meadows Park as part of our simultaneous overnight camp. Click here to make a donation, and please let us know if you or someone you know in the area could benefit from our scholarships this year.

Register asap after choosing from our Western Washington locations for children ages 5-12, grouped with others closest to their age, in your choice of one of the following 3 theme options:Wildlife Search & RescueWilderness Survival CraftWild Cooking & Herbology including optional wading/swimming and games/archery during lunchtime, depending on park rules, camper safety tests, weather and other conditions.

Day camper measures Skye Dog’s foot to compare with wild dog tracks.

Wildlife Search & Rescue

Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrates its 16th year this summer with a cool new name and a field trip to our nearest wildlife rescue sanctuary. You’ll also be learning from professional Search & Rescue volunteers on our staff how to navigate in the wilderness, then track and rescue lost people!

We’ll also head into the field every day for great wildlife tracking which is how you can learn everything about the maker of tracks. You’ll discover what it’s really like to be a bird or other animal, using sensory awareness to know everything that’s going on around you, and especially by learning the language of the birds.

We’ll work together to plaster casts of favorite animals, craft tracking sticks, safely move through the woods, and investigate trails, lays, larders, and other signs of life all around. This camp is full of exciting, interactive, challenging and cooperative games, as campers learn to work as a team to develop skills of leadership, cooperation, patience, orienteering, dexterity, fun.

Day camper displays flowers for herbal sachet

Wild Cooking & Herbology

Wild Chefs & Herbology celebrates 12th year this summer. Explore the fields, forests, prairies, streams, ponds, bogs, seashores, and backyards of our beautiful region to discover wild foods and medicines growing everywhere. Campers will work with more than even the Top 10 Most Important Plants of their area, and be able to identify their look-alikes.

We wish parents could watch the unfolding of this camp week, because the journey for these young chefs and healers is amazing. From discovering wild foods and medicine, to investigating their properties, to fully utilizing their gifts, and finally being able to tell their true stories, campers develop more real skill than you might imagine.

The kids will also learn to start and use a fire safely, cook with ancient and modern methods, spin natural rope, purify drinking water, and come home with oils and creams they blended with herbs to heal common ailments, among other accomplishments.

 

Day camper peeks out from Debris Hut

Wilderness Survival Craft

Future Survivors Fun celebrates its 15th year this summer. Re-create a traditional way of life, honoring the gifts of wood, stone, fire and water. We’ll follow theCritical Order of Survival, practicing emergency response scenarios, building warm shelter, purifying drinking water, making safe fire, and using the most important plants for survival.

Campers will also witness bow drill fire by friction and then work with a team to practice it themselves. They will learn aidless navigation for lostproofing, and craft tools of stone, including a course knife. They will make “rabbit sticks” and other honorable hunting implements, learning that all life – plant, animal and mineral – is sacred to be respected.

Direct Pickup/Dropoff Times: (scroll down for van transportation and extended care options)

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30. If you would like to drop off directly Twin Rivers Park at 8003 State Rte 530 in Arlington, arrive at 9:15-9:30 and pick up at 3:30. Or see extended care and vanpool options below.

In addition, parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30 on Friday. The schedule for closing ceremonies on Friday includes camp graduation certificate awards from 2:00-2:15, classic stories from the camp week from 2:15-2:30, camper-lead workshops on each of the 3 week’s themes from 2:30-3:15, and parent comments and questions from 3:15-3:30.

See extended care options below, or instead of dropping off and picking up at Twin Rivers Park, scroll down to see van transportation from Seattle, Shoreline, Mill Creek, Everett, Marysville, Stanwood, Mt. Vernon & Bellingham for $35-$95 extra per week. However, if you also can’t attend closing ceremonies on Friday and would like your camper to add a van ride home that afternoon, please double your vanpool rate listed at the bottom of this page.

Tuition:

Our Mon-Fri Summer Day Camps for ages 5-12 are $295 per week, or $285 for our meetup group members, if space remains available.

Registration Options for ages 5-8 & 9-12 the week of July 21-25, 2014:

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word Registration Form for each participant and send with a check deposit payable to the Wolf College,[masked]th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. You can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at[masked] or[masked] and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Meetup PayPal Option: RSVP here and pay $285. You can add $ later for  extended care and transportation options if space remains available.

Extended Care Options:

If you want to drop your camper off at the park before 9:15 a.m., or pick up after 3:45 p.m., you can take advantage of our before/after care option. Campers utilizing this option will have a dedicated staff member leading them in activities, sometimes joining the overnight campers when appropriate.

We charge the equivalent of $8/hr. for before/after care.  We have parents write down the time when they “sign in” and “sign out” so we can keep track of that throughout the week, billing at $2 per 15 minute increment before 9:15 a.m. and after 3:45 p.m. Parents can pay their bill when they pick up at the end of the week on Friday. Please indicate your approximate drop-off and pick-up times upon registration.

Vanpool Route Descriptions, Times, Locations, Drivers & Maps:

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30. If you would like to drop off directly at Twin Rivers Park at 8003 State Rte 530 in Arlington, you can register for one of our van transportation routes listed below. However, please note that the priced quoted below are for Monday-Thursday morning and afternoon, plus Friday morning, but parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30 on Friday. The schedule for closing ceremonies on Friday includes camp graduation certificate awards from 2:00-2:15, classic stories from the camp week from 2:15-2:30, camper-lead workshops on each of the 3 week’s themes from 2:30-3:15, and parent comments and questions from 3:15-3:30.

If you can’t make it to Twin Rivers Park on Friday in time for closing ceremonies, you can also pick your camper up there anytime between 3:30-4:30, or we can provide transportation to the following locations: Arlington Motor Inn, 2214 State Hwy 530 off I-5 Exit 230 at 5:00 for a $15 charge; Everett Transit Station at 5:30 for a $20 charge; Mill Creek for a $25 charge; Shoreline for a $30 charge, and Seattle for a $35 charge.

• BELLINGHAM, MT. VERNON & STANWOOD-ARLINGTON with lead instructor Bill Baroch driving with an assistant. Min-Max Route Occupancy: 4-12 campers.


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Bellingham – Fairhaven departing at 8:30 and returning at 4:30 (I-5 Exit 250 at the Whatcom Farmer’s Co-op True Value, 3125 Old Fairhaven Parkway 98225) – ($45/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
Mount Vernon – Burlington departing at 9:00 and returning at 4:00 (Amtrak Train Station, 105 E Kincaid St., Mt. Vernon 98273) – ($30/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)
Stanwood – Arlington departing at 9:15 and returning at 4:45 (I-5 Exit 208 at the Arlington Motor Inn, 2214 Hwy 530) – ($15/wk not including Friday afternoon- email if clarification needed)

• SEATTLE, SHORELINE, MILL CREEK, EVERETT & MARYSVILLE: Driver will be camp administrator Andy Jacobs with an assistant. Max Route Occupancy: 12 campers.


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Seattle – Green Lake at Roosevelt departing at 8:05 and returning at 4:55 (Safeway at the corner of NE 75th St. at 7300 Roosevelt Way NE) – ($75/wk not including Friday afternoon – email if clarification needed)
Shoreline – Ballinger departing at 8:20 and returning at 4:40 (Ballinger Thriftway off Moutlake Terrace I-5 Hwy 104 Exit) – ($65/wk not including Friday afternoon – email if clarification needed)
Mill Creek departing at 8:35 and returning at 4:25 at the Park & Ride off I-5 exit 186 next to McCollum Pioneer Park, 128th Street SW. ($55/wk not including Friday afternoon – email if clarification needed)
Everett departing at 8:50 and returning at 4:10 (in the Group Health parking lot behind the Denny’s Restaurant on Pacific Ave, just off I-5 and Hwy. 2) – ($45/wk not including Friday afternoon – email if clarification needed)
Marysville departing at 9:05 and returning at 3:55 (I-5 Exit 200 at the 7-Eleven,[masked]th Street NE 98270) – ($35/wk not including Friday afternoon- email for clarification)


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