Upcoming Events


The K9 Team conducts training on varied days and times and locations during the fall and winter months. All are welcome. 

Please ask anyone who plans to join to text Anne Clark 540-420-3295.

We generally train several hours, give or take, but people can leave anytime. Be on time to our initial meeting place as we will be moving from there.


Black Diamond Summer Picnic
Saturday, 24 August, 2024 16:00-20:00
Location: Grayson Highlands State Park

It's time for us to come together for our summer cookout to enjoy our time together. Proposed menu will focus on a Low Country Boil.

SAR Academy

Summer SAR Camp
Date: Friday - Sunday, 16-18 August, 2024
Time: 0800-1700
Location: Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, 1267 4-H Camp Rd, Appomattox, VA 24522
Cost: Free
Training provider: Virginia Department of Emergency Management

The pilot Summer SAR camp last year was a major success. Three days of training with meals and lodging provided. Course descriptions and registration information below. Seats are limited and will fill up fast.

Three days per course
Arrival Thursday evening August 15, 2024.
Classes begin at 0800 August 16, 2024
Meals and Lodging provided
Lodging: Thursday - Sunday Morning
Meals: Friday Breakfast - Sunday Lunch
Must bring your own linens and towels.

You will receive additional information closer to the event.
Each course lead instructor will contact you with additional information about the course as well.
SAR Mapping (16 spaces) - Billy Chrimes
Pre-req: Laptop & STO Course (MTO Preferred), Basic computer knowledge.

Advanced Human Tracking (15 Spaces) - Melissa Weeks
Pre-req: Tracking Team Operations Course preference to currently certified Operational Trackers and above.

Land Navigation (16 Spaces ) - Mike Maggard (advanced) & Mary Beth Danuser (basic)

K9 Course - Pay That Dog - Craig Shultz, K9 Behavior Consortium

PAY THAT DOG is primarily a seminar that focuses on reinforcement. Topics that will be discussed are:
* What reinforcement is
* The various types reward strategies to use in detection canine training
* How to select reward options through a process
* When to use the various reward options in our arsenal
* The mechanics of how to deliver rewards through interactive exercises with and without canines.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/n93K9m8M9inDQVBFA

Any questions contact training@covsar.org

Revised Jul 2024