Virginia SAR Conference
When
April 12-15
Where
Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center
Price
$50 - $300
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“Attending the Virginia Search and Rescue Conference I was amazed to see how many courses were available and the high standard the various search and rescue groups were trained to. At the conference they had overnight wilderness survival training, first aid courses, even a course on self-defence for SAR responders, this was in addition to tracking and signcutting courses, canine and equine SAR and more!”

- Sue Pritchard, New South Wales, Australia, State Emergency Services

Expert Speakers

We've got some of the leading SAR experts in the country in one place just for you! With talks ranging from basic first aid to advanced tracking, we have sessions for everyone!

Mike Maggard

Black Diamond Search & Rescue

Billy Chrimes

Search & Rescue Training Specialist

Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Bob Allam

Piedmont Search & Rescue

Mason Copeland

Tidewater Search & Rescue

Beautiful Venue

Holiday Lake 4-H Educational center is located within the confines of Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest in Virginia. The land was cleared as farmland in the 1880s before being returned to its forested state in the mid-20th century.

Schedule

Our event this year will run over 4 days.
We have special 2-day sessions on Thursday and Friday, and a wide range of talks and presentations on Saturday and Sunday.

April 11, 2018

08:00  -  16:45

Chicken Camp

Is that a…..Chicken? Superfit Canine is always working to identify unique training opportunities to help working dog handlers improve their skills and ensure that K9 teams are ready when they are needed most. “Chicken camp” is not a new concept, but Sally’s twist on this way of learning is designed to give detection dog handlers […]

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April 12, 2018

08:00  -  16:45

Chicken Camp

Is that a…..Chicken? Superfit Canine is always working to identify unique training opportunities to help working dog handlers improve their skills and ensure that K9 teams are ready when they are needed most. “Chicken camp” is not a new concept, but Sally’s twist on this way of learning is designed to give detection dog handlers […]

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April 13, 2018

08:00  -  16:45

Wilderness Perception & Awareness

Wilderness Perception and Awareness are the skills and ability to gain knowledge relevant to an operation based on correct assimilation and interpretation of sensory input from one’s surroundings.  Wilderness Perception and Awareness relates primarily to the out-of-doors but can be applied in any environment. If your subject was unconscious and within 100 feet, would you […]

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April 14, 2018

08:00  -  16:45

Chicken Camp

Is that a…..Chicken? Superfit Canine is always working to identify unique training opportunities to help working dog handlers improve their skills and ensure that K9 teams are ready when they are needed most. “Chicken camp” is not a new concept, but Sally’s twist on this way of learning is designed to give detection dog handlers […]

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10:00  -  11:45
Dining Room Small

Edible Plants

Have you ever wondered what you could eat in the wild if you were stranded and out of food? Ever wonder if that red berry was edible or deadly? This class combines hands (and mouth) on learning about common edible wild plants as well as learning about the sign left behind by a subject who […]

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10:00  -  11:45
Western Shelter
13:00  -  16:45
Dining Hall Upstairs
13:00  -  14:45
Western Shelter
15:00  -  16:45
Western Shelter

April 15, 2018

08:00  -  09:45
Outside

K9 Fitness

Fitness is critical for handler and canine alike. Join Kathleen and Sally in this open format workshop and see how you can improve the fitness of you and your canine partners. Want to extend the working life of your canine? Want to prevent the common injuries? Want to be able to work 8 hours a […]

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A Place to Stay

Meals are buffet-style and included with registration. Lodging is also included with registration. Lodging is open air cabins with mattresses and you need to bring your own linens.