Virginias Additional Educational Opportunities

Certification and Skills Trainings

There are many staff certification courses being offered by camps or organizations in our area. If you know of others, please notify the Field Office at 800-428-2267 ext. 536 or  

Deadlines are approaching, so please contact the organization indicated.

Canoe Instruction and Trainings at YOUR site: Instructor Trainer, Beth Wiegandt, is available to conduct trainings, certification workshops, and skills documentation for your staff on your site.  Now is the perfect time to set your date for a safe summer on the water!  Contact Instructor Trainer, Beth Wiegandt, at; Cell # (540) 556-2594, for more information.


Wilderness First Aid

This Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is ACA-approved and necessary for camp counselors to care for someone injured or fallen ill, when it's more than an hour from time of injury / illness to EMS' arrival. Hands-on learn how to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital hand-off. The SOLO WFA course blends classroom instruction and outdoor rescue scenario practice, resulting in a 2-year WFA certification, and also counting as WFR recertification. The 2-day class runs 8:30am - 6pm each day. Fee: $175; 10% of course proceeds go to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization. No prerequisites. For adults and youths ages 12

September 29-30:  Charlottesville, VA

October 6-7:  Richmond, VA

November 10-11:  Blacksburg, VA

December 1-2:  Warrenton, VA (Northern VA area)

January 19-20:  Norfolk, VA (Tidewater / Hampton Roads area)

Registration Online, Testimonials, More Info: or call 434-INJURED (465-8733)


This listing is provided as resource information only. The events listed, with the exception of the ACA Fall and Winter Conferences, are sponsored by the camp or organization indicated, and that organization assumes full responsibility for course content, injuries, accidents, administration and refund policies. The American Camp Association, Virginias, hereby expressly disclaims any responsibility or liability related to any courses or events not sponsored by the American Camp Association. Some events may be full after the time of this posting.

To determine whether certification courses meet the criteria for ACA Standards, please check the ACA website:


First Aid/CPR:

   Horseback Riding


Training Consultants

Armstrong Unlimited can provide services for camps, youth programs and organizations including:

(1)  Workshops to enhance your staff training  (2)  First Aid and CPR/AED to meet ACA Accreditation Standards,

(3)  In-service training to rev up mid-season, (4)  Sales and service of Automated External Defibrillators (AED),

(5)  Risk Management and Safety Assessments

Contact Maile S. Armstrong at 540-947-5016 or

Greg Cronin Training Solutions: Staff training, team building, conference presentations, outdoor adventures. Contact Greg Cronin, 703-395-6661 or

Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has a camp riflery program for camps. Full information about the program and how to offer an instructors course is found at

River Riders is a family-owned and operated outfitter based in Harpers Ferry, WV. We have our own day camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp, therefore we understand the needs of affiliating camps. By partnering with River Riders your company will be able to expand your summer offerings, increase program attendance, and generate additional income. With several different programs to choose from, participants will be able to enjoy professionally guided white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, biking, and tubing. Contact Matt Knott or Angie Goldizen, 304-535-2663 or