Bear Claw is about friends, family, food, and fishing. It’s about getting away from it all and checking back into nature. And we know that we won’t be able to share these experiences for generations to come without a constant focus on conservation. Conservation of the river, the forests, the fish, and the culture. It’s all connected.
Our Eco-Wild camps are designed to teach these values starting from an early age. During their week at Bear Claw, Kids ages 8–15 develop life skills while discovering a love and appreciation for the outdoors. While camping out in tents on the Bear Claw property, our campers learn skills such as horseback riding, knot tying, fishing, berry picking, jam making, campfire cooking, GPS and mapping, and swift-water safety. Once through the swift-water course, we take to the river to raft, kayak, and snorkel with our resident salmon. Campers also learn to identify tracks, trees, herbs, and plants.
Our counselors are experienced, skilled in the outdoors, and have an excellent rapport with the campers that’s based on both having fun and being respectful. In fact, many of them started out as campers themselves and return every summer to pass on the wonderful experience. We also bring in guest speakers and instructors throughout the week on topics ranging from conservation to fly casting and local art.
Of course, we never forget about the parents. While parents are staying at Bear Claw, families are given every opportunity to spend time with their kids and enjoy all the amenities the lodge has to offer. However, we have to warn you—after a few days, we find it a challenge to get the kids to come inside at all.