Kidder Creek - Siskiyou County Sheriff Search and Rescue

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May/17 - May/19, 2019
Kidder Creek, CA
Jo Peterson


Date: May 17 - 19, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 17th through 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 19th, 2019

Location: Kidder Creek Campground, 2700 So Kidder Creek Rd, Greenview, CA

Course Cost: $395.00 payable to Judy Cumming, 6633 Frontier Drive, Montague, CA 96064.
- $100 deposit required to reserve space in this class, due by April 17, 2019

Meals & Accommodations: Bunk house accommodations are provided from Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May18, 2019 nights. Meals and snacks are provided from breakfast on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Students must supply their own sleeping bags, pillows, towels and bathing supplies.

Directions: Take the Fort Jones exit in Yreka, exit 773, from Interstate 5. West side of freeway at signal, turn left onto Hwy 3 towards Fort Jones. Stay on Hwy 3 through Fort Jones and Greenview, 23 miles +/-. Just past Greenview turn right onto So Kidder Creek Road. This road ends at the entrance to Kidder Creek Camp. Follow camp road to ‘Office’ building and turn left to Ranch Camp.

There are NO prerequisites for this training presentation. This tracking course is open to all persons with tracking interests regardless of previous experience or training and will focus on primary training for beginning or novice student interests. This will be a certification course for all eligible students. All tracking students will be provided training at an appropriate level for their development and upward progress.

Course Content: This will be a 24 hour course beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 with registration and lecture including power point presentation to provide Novice and Basic tracker understanding of training methodology, techniques and procedures. The presentation supports field training by providing student understanding of training methods, manner and objectives. “Tracking” is a first response primary search resource used to verify witness statements, establish the “PLS”, direction of subject travel and following the physical evidence to the missing person. Field training will allow “student tracking team” experimentation and “hands-on” practice of fundamental tracking techniques. Novice students will progress from initial identifying a print, to “step-by-step” every track concept of following an identified sign line and practical tracking team response.

This is a “skill development” training program for Apprentice and Journeyman Tracker students. Students at these levels have acquired Basic Tracker understanding and will be introduced to practical tracking techniques and applications necessary to become a viable resource for SAR missions. Students at all training levels will be individually challenged with additional advanced tracking concepts and techniques. Journeyman Tracker students will be provided advanced training objectives working with Novice and Apprentice students and separately in simulated actual SAR and law enforcement mission scenarios.

Please bring to this training course your current training manual and tracking logs. Should you anticipate challenging the certification board for advancement: Please advise your trainer in advance so that person may prepare a recommendation and your training records; you must bring your personal tracking and training logs and records.

Student Needs: Students should be physically fit and equipped for SAR field response. Field practice will continue during any inclement weather, students should be properly prepared with wet/dry, cold/hot weather gear. Knee pads may be helpful. Students need to bring a pen/pencil, note pad, small measuring tape, 5/8 inch doweling or similar, 36 to 40 inches long, with three rubber bands to use as a tracking stick and a three cell flashlight. Signed copies of Joel’s book are available by direct contact with Joel at

Registration: Students must pre-register by April 17, 2019 for this course with a $100 deposit. If you have any questions regarding the class or class location please contact Judy Cumming at (530) 945-5518 or by email at Send your deposit to: Siskiyou County Sheriff SAR, c/o Judy Cumming, 6633 Frontier Drive, Montague, CA 96064. Pre-registered students failing to attend this course without a reasonable excuse will be assessed the $100.00 service fee.

Sponsor Information: This course is sponsored by Siskiyou County Sheriff Search and Rescue. All interested law enforcement and SAR volunteer personnel are invited to attend.