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Course Purpose

The emphasis of the course goes here.

Any secondary  goals go here.

When & Where

Date: Saturday-Sunday
Time: 08:00 Saturday to 16:00 Sunday
Park Name
Park Home Page
Address, City Zip
(Extra info her if official address is different from where we will be)
 Parking:  $x.00 per vehicle / day at the Ranger Station lot or link to Gate Pass
Park Information:  Synopsis history or what's special
Notes:  Parking or other park-specific info


General weather expected

Getting There:
Use the gadget below to get you to the approximate location; the address in the box differs from the official address, but it will get you closer to where you want to be.  When you get near the park, watch for the signs for the park, and go to the Park Lot at the main entrance.

Trail Map

More information on the park, its trails and the surrounding area is available at the Bay Area Hiker site.

There is also a topo map of the area.


  1. Complete Intro Night Forms
    1. Medical Consent Form (For both Adult and Youth)
    2. BSA Forms
      1. Adult (21+) Application Form
      2. Youth (under 21)
        1. Youth Application Form
        2. Parental Consent Form
  2. Pay training fees
    1. $100 for new members, $50 for Summer Camp Attendees
    2. Check made out to “Cal-ESAR” preferred

Skills Emphasized

  • Elements of a SAR base camp
  • Radio fundamentals
  • Basic navigation techniques
  • Beginning SAR techniques (hasty search and carry-out)
  • Basic knots
  • Important Plants (Friend and Foe)

Equipment List For Course

  • Boots
  • Day Pack / Book Bag
  • Sleeping Pad / Bag
  • Clothes appropriate for cold, strenuous hiking and rain, such as rain jacket/poncho, sweatshirt, jacket, 2+ pairs of socks (wool or synthetic preferred), 2+ T-shirts, long sleeved shirt, 2 pair pants (1 light/1 heavy), belt.
    • Note: Many light layers of clothes are preferred to a few layers of heavy clothing.
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, soap
  • Personal Meds (if needed)
  • Sturdy bowl, cup, and spoon. Pocket knife optional but highly recommended.
  • Enough food for two lunches and snacks. Lunches should be able to be eaten on the go. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
    • If you already have a backpacking stove, feel free to bring it along and use it, meals will be a group activity and will be a good opportunity for everyone to share ideas and demo equipment and techniques.

  • At least two bottles of water (filled to the top) and/or CamelBack-style bladder.
  • Headlamp, or small flashlight.
  • Extra items:
    • Wool or Synthetic  Stocking Cap or Balaclava
    • Chapstick
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Neckerchief and/or Microfiber Towel
  • You should also bring along a bag or duffel for all of the above, it will be transported into the camping site for you.


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