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Northwest SARCon

The Region's Premier Search & Rescue Conference • September 25-27, 2015

    Online registration coming soon!

Northwest SARCon is a search-and-rescue conference for emergency responders and their supervisors. Attendees include sheriff’s deputies, SAR team members and volunteers, police officers, firefighters and military and medical personnel. Participants receive hands-on training and participate in discussions on topics related to every aspect of search-and-rescue missions.

Click here to watch a video about SARCon on our YouTube channel.

The conference returns September 25-27, 2015 to Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen in Boring, Oregon. Click here to take a video tour of Camp Kuratli.

The 2014 conference will feature:

NOTE: The information below is for last year's conference. 2015 conference info coming soon.

Registration/Fee Info

Registration is limited to 400 participants. The registration fee for the conference is $299 for paid personnel and $199 for search-and-rescue volunteers. Two K9 specialty, three-day courses are available for K9 handlers and their dogs at an additional cost, covering air-scent trailing and HRD. The registration fee these K9 specialty courses is $375 per handler and $150 for observers.

Online registration coming soon.
Secure payments by Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted online.

You can also download a printable manual registration form (PDF format).

Purchase orders and check payments should be made to:

2014 Northwest SARCon
attn:  Julie L. Collinson
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2223 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Registration fee includes workshops, a full breakfast on Friday, refreshment breaks, two evening receptions, the Northwest SARCon banquet and workshop materials. K9 specialty training will receive lunch on Thursday in addition to the other meals. Additional meals are available for purchase on-site at the conference.

No mail registration will be accepted after Friday, September 19, 2014. No online registrations will be accepted after Monday, September 22, 2014. No registrations at the door please.

Transfer of registration fees to one other person may be done without penalty at any time. Please contact Conference Coordinator Julie Collinson by email at or by phone at 503-557-5827 by September 22, 2014 to update the registration information.

Julie Collinson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 503-557-5827
Fax: 503-794-8068

Confirmation of registration will be sent upon receipt of payment. Limited space is available for certain field sessions. Participants should indicate their interest in attending these sessions on the registration form. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If a session is completely full, participants will be notified and will have the option to be placed on a waiting list or to make another selection.

Field-exercise departure times may be earlier than the start time noted in the brochure and online -- verify your field-exercise departure time and meeting location at conference registration.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Request for refunds must be received in writing no later than September 19, 2014. A cancellation service fee of $75 will be charged. Refunds will not be made for cancellations requested or postmarked after September 19, 2014 or for participants who register but do not attend. No exception to this policy can be considered as our funds are fully committed to the production of the conference. All refunds will be mailed after the conclusion of the conference.

Name Badges

Name badges will be required to enter all sessions and the conference area. Please remove name badges and lanyards when participating in high-risk activities.

Conference Materials

One conference notebook will be provided to each paid participant.

DPSST and POST Credit

Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (Oregon) and Commission on Peace 
Officer Standards and Training (California) credit is available for those who qualify. Attendance certificates will be available online upon completion of the event. Continuing-education credits are available for first responders, EMTs and paramedics participating in the medical courses, and can be used toward re-certification.


On-site Lodging

There are a number of RV, camping and semi-private and cabin-type lodging options are available at Camp Kuratli
Please contact Julie Collinson for reservations at 503-557-5827 or by email at 

Other Lodging Options

Clackamas County’s Barton Park is located .6 miles from Camp Kuratli. The Barton Park “West” campground will be open during the conference. The campground is designed for RV camping, but some sites can accommodate tent camping. Overnight camping fees are $26/night, plus an additional $8 transaction fee. Advanced reservations are recommended as spaces are limited. You may reserve online at (find "Barton West" under the "Camping/RV" tab) or you may call in to the Main County Parks Office at 503-742-4414. For participants of Northwest SARCon special permission is given to allow tents in Barton West campground.

10.3 miles/18 minutes from Camp Kuratli
9300 SE Sunnybrook Blvd.
Clackamas, OR  97015
$90 per night + tax (Rates are based upon availability).  Click here for special SARCon group-rate offer, or ask for the NW SARCon group when making reservations by phone.
Does not accept pets.

Monarch Hotel
10.3 miles/18 minutes from Camp Kuratli
12566 SE 93rd Avenue
Clackamas, OR  97015
$90 per night + tax
Does not accept pets.

Holiday Inn Express
11.7 miles/18 minutes from Camp Kuratli
75 82nd Drive
Gladstone, OR  97027
Rooms start at $90 per night + tax / $10 pet fee per night

Hampton Inn Clackamas
9.7 miles/15 minutes from Camp Kuratli
9040 SE Adams St.
Clackamas, OR  97015
$90 per night + tax
Does not accept pets.

Comfort Suites Clackamas
9.7 miles/15 minutes from Camp Kuratli
15929 SE McKinley Ave.
Clackamas, OR  97015
$85 per night + tax / $15 pet fee for first 2-nights, $10 for each add’l night.

Fagan’s Haven Bed and Breakfast
Boring, OR



(Above: posters created for the 2011 conference by Paul Lanquist. These posters will be for sale for $20 each by calling 503-557-5827.)

For more information:

Questions? Contact Julie Collinson at or 503-557-5827.

You can watch these SARCon videos on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office YouTube channel:

For more information on the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue team, click here

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Northwest SARCon

Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Craig Roberts

2015 Northwest SARCon
Sept. 25-27, 2015

Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen
24751 SE Hwy 224
Boring, OR 97009

Julie Collinson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 503-557-5827
Fax: 503-794-8068

Register online