Ages 14 to 18
Linne Doran: Duvall, WA
Sun 1:00 PM to Fri 4:00 PMrn2021 Dates TBD
My daughter absolutely LOVED the camp and is very excited to return. She specifically mentioned how the instructors showed confidence and trust in her and her abilities and how that really made her feel capable and highly engaged.Mother of Adia K. (13 year old camper)
My son said that he felt “whole” when he was at camp, spending time outdoors and making deep connections with staff and campers.Christine W., Mother of 15 year old camper
My son absolutely loves this camp! Of all the ones he’s attended the past couple of summers, this is by far his favorite. As a parent, I really appreciate the staff’s attentiveness to his particular interests and finding ways to encourage and expand them.Donna, mother of Levi (age 13)
I loved this camp and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Thanks to all the Wilderness awareness staff and volunteers, I will definitely be returning next year!Jessica C.
Challenge your survival living skills out in the natural world! Whether you are a graduate of Wilderness Survival Overnight or a socially mature, older teen with previous experience, this week will help you build on your basic knowledge in a small group setting, working as a close community to survive in and connect with nature.
Recognized by Parent Map as winner or top finalist for best overnight camp each of the past seven years, Survival Quest gives teens the opportunity not just to learn to survive, but to thrive together as a community, experiencing the gifts that each person brings to the group and those that the natural world offers to us all.
During the week long adventure, teens will
- Spend time learning how to prepare and pack gear for backpacking
- Quest out into the wild with minimal gear for three days and nights
- Purify water from wild creeks
- Construct and sleep in tarp shelters for three nights
- Learn and practice navigation skills
- Identify and harvest wild edibles
- Learn and practice the safe use of knives as tools
- Hunt and catch bull frogs and fish
- Pursue fun adventures and challenges off-trail
- Develop the “survival mind”
- Connect with new friends!
Our instructional team features
- A 1:9 staff-student ratio
- On-site director and volunteers who offer additional instructor support
- Staff trained as Coyote Mentors, a widely-respected educational philosophy developed at the Wilderness Awareness School
- Compassionate educators who encourage each child’s respect for self, others and nature
- Experienced Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified professionals
Questing in the Wilds
We will be spending multiple nights in the woods away from basecamp without tents. We will take minimal gear including a small tarp, wool blanket, knife, simple food staples, and a backpack. Campers must be mentally prepared for and willing to accept this challenge.
Fishing and Frogging
Campers will have the option to fish and hunt bullfrogs (an invasive species) for food. Campers can bring their own gear but do not need to. Please note that campers 16 and older must have a WA fishing license to legally fish.