Camp Information

K9 Nose Work Training Camp
Camp Westmont

September 02, 2017 - September 06, 2017

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About Camp - Participant Requirements & Information - Dog Attendance Policy - Location and Accommodations - RV Policy - Shopping - Video and Audio Taping Policy - Symposium Day - Camp Tuition and Registration - Cancellation and Refund Policy - Directions and Travel - Camp Instructors

About Camp

Working Spots are FULL. To be added to the working spot wait list contact Bonnie 

There are plenty of auditing spots open. You can register to audit and be on the working spot wait list as well!

 

 

Camp: Saturday, September 2, 2017 - Wednesday AM, September 6, 2017: 3.5 days, 4 nights
Symposium Day: Wednesday, September 6, 2017: 1 day, 1 night

Campers Arrive:
Saturday morning between 9:30AM - 11:30AM, September 2, 2017. Camp starts with lunch and a required orientation.

Campers Leave:
Wednesday morning, September 6, 2017, after breakfast.
Campers staying for the Symposium Day leave Thursday morning, September 7, 2017, after breakfast.

Camp Size:
Current limit is approximately 90-96 working campers plus auditing campers and Logistics Team Members. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite working group.

Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015What is K9 Nose Work®?
K9 Nose Work®  is a dog training activity designed to develop a dog’s natural scenting ability by using her/his curiosity, desire to hunt, and love of toys, food and exercise. The art and practice of nose work is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes and has made basic search dog skills available to companion dogs, creating a new sport arena for dog enthusiasts. Not only has it proven to be a great activity for all types of dogs, but the founders' techniques make this one of the most accessible activities for the widest variety of dog handlers regardless of previous training experience.

About Camp:
Dogs of Course, in association with the National Association of Canine Scent Work™ (NACSW), has created this three and a half day NACSW approved Training Camp. K9 Nose Work® Training Camp is designed to enhance the understanding of K9 Nose Work®, to develop the skills necessary to compete in the sport of K9 Nose Work®, and to provide a model for effective instruction for current and future nose work instructors.

This all-inclusive sleepover camp is open to all appropriate dog and handler teams as well as auditors. We will concentrate on the elements necessary to succeed at the sport and the application of K9 Nose Work® for recreation and increasing a dog’s confidence regardless of interest in competition. The curriculum for camp will cover foundation skills, all levels of exteriors, interiors, container and vehicle searches, improving skills for dogs already working the four required elements, building independent search skills, competition preparation, strategy and rules, handler skills, leash handling techniques, understanding how to read the dogs, motivation and reinforcement, trouble shooting and a variety of other necessary skills, PLUS loads of fun and camaraderie. Each day includes working dogs as well as lectures, demonstrations, or other activities through the day and into the night.

We are happy to have nose work enthusiasts come to camp no matter their training methodology or preferred competition venue to learn more about the K9 Nose Work® training techniques and philosophy. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and try our methods if you are bringing your nose work dog.

We work with dogs that are already on NACSW™ odor from novices preparing for their first Odor Recognition Test to dogs that have earned titles at all levels.  All dogs will be working on Birch. Anise and Clove will be used depending on the level of the group. Dogs may be exposed and/or introduced to the other two odors during their time at camp in working sessions. Each dog and handler team will be grouped with other similar level participants to maximize learning and progress during camp. Only one working dog per working participant. Approximately 8 campers per regular working group and 5 campers per Elite working group.

Note: If you are working a dog at Camp, you will be assigned to a group based on your dog’s experience. This may mean you, as a handler, will be reviewing material that you already know. If you prefer to delve into skills above your dog’s training level, auditing will be the best option.

Campers who are working dogs will be assigned to their groups based on titles/experience attained no later than 30 days before camp. We will send you a questionnaire prior to camp so you can update us with your dog's current information.

Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015Instructing Staff:
Campers will be learning from the founders of the sport along with accomplished Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI). Our camp instructing staff are competent skilled teachers that are also actively involved in many areas of K9 Nose Work®  - training, competition, judging, certifying trials, and instruction. Click on the section heading link or the link in the left tool bar to learn about the instructors for this camp.

Our Campers:

New to Nose Work:
People without nose work experience are encouraged to come to camp as auditors or Logistics Team Members to learn about the activity. We welcome instructors, sports enthusiasts, hobby trainers, and shelter workers to attend camp as your introduction to K9 Nose Work®.

Experienced K9 Nose Work® Trainers:
Our camp caters to dog/handler teams that are already on birch odor and experienced trainers that would like to audit. Dogs new to working on odor up through dogs ready to compete or currently competing in K9 Nose Work® trials will gain valuable experience at Camp.  We welcome repeat campers back to continue their education as well as new campers that have been taking classes with instructors versed in the K9 Nose Work® methodology. 

NEW – Special Elite groups - For Elite titled dogs and their handlers:
We are excited to offer specialized classes for our Elite teams at Camp based on staff and camper feedback. Each Elite group will have 5 dog/handler working teams instead of the 8 working teams in the regular groups at Camp.These working groups are designed to meet the needs of Elite teams that want to compete at Elite level. Each team will benefit from specific coaching on competition strategy, and more time to work through complex problems and unique challenges to better prepare them for competition.

There is an additional fee ($560) for the Elite groups.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Must have an NACSW™ Elite title at time of registration. (Elite title equivalent from other organizations will be considered.)
  • Up to 10 dogs will be accepted; a maximum of two working groups. (one dog per handler. Second dog per handler may be considered if we are unable to fill all spots by the closing date.)
  • If the Elite spots are filled when you register, you have the following options;
    • You can attend camp but will be in an NW3 working group and be on the wait list for the Elite Group
    • Get on the wait list for an Elite Group working spot only.
  • If you have an Elite Title, but do not wish to be in the Elite groups, you will be working NW3 challenges in the regular working groups of 8 teams
  • If we do not have enough dogs for a full group, 4 dog/handler teams will be considered if the current participants in the group are willing to pay an additional fee to have fewer dogs in a group.
  • If we do not have enough registered participants to fill the Elite groups no later than the closing date, July 3, 2017 we will contact the Elite registrants with the option to: 1)  move to a regular camper group of 8 working NW3 level challenges or 2) receive a full refund without penalty.

NOTE: We must have a minimum of 5 Elite Titled dogs to run an Elite Group at Camp. The Elite Group Campers are subject to the general refund policy in addition to special restrictions and considerations due to the smaller working groups and difficulty in replacing vacant spots. Remember to check the "Elite Group Fee" under additional charges on your registration form.

Dog Training Instructors:

Camp is a great way for current and future K9 Nose Work® instructors to learn about the activity. Whether you want to start classes for fun, competition, shelter dog enrichment, or as part of a behavior modification protocol, participating as an auditor, helper, or with your own dog will provide a solid foundation you can take home and apply. Learn from some of the world’s most skilled and experienced instructors, including the founders of the sport.Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015

If you are currently teaching K9 Nose Work® classes, camp provides an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills, learn the newest techniques, and understand the latest thinking behind the training. Camp gives you time to fine tune your skills, so you can go back to your students with the most current knowledge.

Certified Nose Work Instructors will be given continuing education credit that is necessary for keeping your status current. We also offer an additional symposium/seminar the day after camp ends. See below.

 Instructors currently in the NACSW™ instructor certification program can get credit by logging required observation hours and personal hands-on training time (if working a dog). We no longer offer Introduction to K9 Nose Work at Camp. The NACSW instructor program should be contacted directly regarding questions about Introduction to K9 Nose Work and other requirements.

Auditors: Campers who register as auditors are allowed to attend all sessions and move from group to group as long as she/he does not create a distraction or disturbance. Auditors are allowed to watch but will not participant in the training or other dog related activities. During working sessions we ask that auditors hold questions as it takes away from and interferes with the working campers' time. Auditors can ask questions during lectures. Auditors must leave their dog(s) home. Anyone that stays on camp property and is not working a dog is considered an auditor. If there are premium cabins available when camp registration closes auditors may upgrade. Please contact Dana if you have questions.

If the primary reason for coming to camp is to learn for your students and your dog is not at the level you need instruction in or you want to learn about multiple levels, we suggest you audit camp and leave your dog home.

Camp Logistics Team Members (help us at camp): 
If you would like to attend camp at a reduced rate, please read carefully the information below. Logistics Team Members play a critical role in making camp run smoothly. Please note that this is a very physical job that requires heavy lifting and the ability to walk around the Camp easily. Expect a lot of walking.

Logistics Team Members' duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare camp: Check cabins, put up signage, assemble camper bags, set-up camp store and office (Arrive one day before Camp starts)
  • Assist with camper registration/check in and parking
  • Collect/label/sort/deliver camper crates, x-pens, gates, tents, containers, and chairs
  • Move crates and equipment to designated areas each day
  • Assist instructors as needed
  • Camp clean up and pack up supplies
  • Driving van/golf cart
  • Be flexible as duties often arise in response to the needs of the camp
  • Work as a team with other Logistics Team Members

Logistics Team Members will enjoy:

  • Auditing the camp sessions
  • Reduced tuition for camp and the Symposium day.
  • Four Logistics Team Member Only training sessions for your dog with different camp instructors.
  • May bring ONE people and dog friendly, quiet dog to work (dog must be on at least birch odor; no beginners) in four special Logistics Team Members Only training sessions or hang out at camp as a companion. Logistics Team Members Only training sessions may coincide with other activities scheduled, so you would need to choose between working your dog in the session or attending the alternate activity.
  • All meals and housing in multiple occupancy cabins or you may commute if preferred 

Please contact Bonnie for an information packet to help you decide if this is a job for you.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like to become a certified instructor you can learn more by going to the NACSW website. 

If you have questions about whether you and/or your dog qualify for camp, please contact Dana Crevling or leave a message at 508/529-3568 EST, 8am -7pm M-F. Messages will be returned within 2 business days.

Continuing Education Credits:
Additional credits are available for the Symposium day. See below.

IAABC
30 CEUs for auditors
36 CEUs for working teams

CCPDT
30 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA

NACSW™
10 CEUs

 

The Camp Experience:

2011 Georgia K9 Nose Work Camp Video

2013 Colorado K9 Nose Work Camp Slide Show

2015 Colorado K9 Nose Work Camp Slide Show

"I just wanted to thank all of you for a wonderful experience at the GA camp. It was my first visit to a nose work camp and my dog and I had a incredible time.  In addition, I wanted to let you know that directly following camp, we trialed in Fishkill,NY where we were the only dog/handler team to title NW3 on Sunday!

I REALLY did pay attention to ALL of your advice

I certainly hope our paths will cross again in the not too distant future!"

Carol Noriega and Copper NW3 - 2014 GA NW Camp

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Participant Requirements & Information

Campers must be at least 18 years old.

All campers must be in good physical condition and able to walk to all activities as cars will be parked at the edge of camp in the parking area. The camp is large and the main camp is slightly hilly in places. Expect that walking from one end of camp to another will take 10-15 minutes.

Campers must be willing to clean up and sweep their room/cabin before going home, leaving it in a neat and tidy condition.

Campers must clean up after his/her dog(s) and deposit feces in garbage receptacles.

Campers will need two crates for their working dog. One for the room and a second one to bring to the work stations. We suggest your working crate to be light weight and easy to carry. A small dolly or a crate cart is suggested.

Camp Westmont has agreed to be a restricted smoking facility for our group. All smoking must be done in designated open areas and never inside a building, structure, or in a wooded area. Violation of these rules is grounds for dismissal without refund.

Alcohol is strictly prohibited when working dogs or attending classes.

When more than one person attends from a family with one dog, one person is designated the handler and does all the training. The other person is an auditor. Family members cannot take turns working the dog.

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Dog Attendance Policy

2017 PA K9 Nose Work® Training Camp Dog Attendance Policy

Dogs MUST have at least 12 weeks of class (or organized practices) and be on birch odor for at least 6 weeks. Foundation skills generally include a minimum of 6 weeks on searching for the prPhoto by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015imary reward in a variety of locations both in and out of boxes. Then the dog should have completed at least 6 additional weeks of training in searching for odor. This could involve pairing odor with food. Dogs should be able to independently search for birch without requiring pairing to locate the source of the odor.  

K9 Nose Work® Training Camp welcomes dogs with a variety of social skills and needs, including mild to moderate dog to dog reactivity, that can be safely and comfortably managed in a stressful environment. We cannot accommodate dogs with human reactivity.

The camp environment is very different than standard classes and workshops. It can be particularly stressful for dogs to navigate, so we are not always able to accommodate all dogs that would normally be fine in classes or a seminar. Camp differs from classes, seminars, and trials due to its duration and continuous exposure to multiple dogs and people in an unfamiliar environment. Although camp can accommodate a variety of dogs, the number of dogs at camp, combined with increased training time, and on-site lodging is more than some dogs can comfortably handle. The goal of K9 Nose Work® camp is to create an educational environment that is rewarding and safe for canine and human members of each working team and all teams. Campers are asked to evaluate their dog’s ability to be successful in a camp environment, taking into consideration the health and safety of her/his dog as well as the other campers. Before registering, campers need to read our dog attendance policy and canine rules of engagement as well as our refund policy section on reasons for dismissal. Due to an increase in aggression incidents at NACSW trials and Camp, we have tightened up our dog policy.  If there is a question about the dog’s appropriateness for camp, please contact Dana Crevling.

Working Dogs, Non-Working Dogs and Class Etiquette:

  • Each working participant will be permitted to bring their registered working dog, plus one additional non-working dog at no additional fee. Additional non-working dogs will be permitted based on available space and there will be an additional fee. The additional dog(s) may not pose any safety, handling or other concerns during camp.
  • Only one working dog per working participant. No swapping of dogs during camp classes.
  • Non-working dogs must stay in the lodging accommodations while the handler is in class with the working dog.
  • Dogs are worked one at a time while the other dogs are resting in crates in the training area until her/his turn. Dogs must be able to stay quietly in a crate out of owner’s sight when not working.
  • Dogs must be crated when left alone in the cabins/rooms. Owners are responsible for any damage the dog does to the facility.
  • Females in season are not allowed on the property. See refund policy for details.
  • Dogs must be healthy and free of contagious conditions including fleas. Dogs found with a contagious illness that may affect the rest of the dog population may be asked to leave without refund.

Dogs that are NOT good candidates for the sleepover camp experience:

  • Dogs with moderate to severe separation stress are not good candidates for camp. Dogs must be crated away from the owners during meals, lectures and in working sessions in unfamiliar environments. At Camp we live and train in close proximity so dogs that vocalize regularly and for extended periods of time create stress for other campers and dogs in the area. For most dogs with separation issues Camp compounds the problems seen at home or in classes. At the Georgia camp car crating is not realistic as vehicles are parked remotely.
  • Dogs that have moderate to severe dog to dog aggression. For many dogs with serious spatial issues living 24-hours a day for multiple days in a novel environment, with strange dogs everywhere, can significantly increase stress, inappropriate behavior, aggression, and/or arousal. Dogs that cannot calmly walk by another dog within 8' - 10' or be crated in the same area as other dogs do not generally make good candidates for camp.

Dogs that CANNOT be accommodated at camp:

  • Dogs that are reactive (or need special accommodations) to PEOPLE cannot attend Camp. At Camp dogs will be exposed to many different strangers during classes and while living on the campus. Dogs are asked to work problems in close proximity (in particular - interiors) to other campers and staff members. All dogs must be able to tolerate quick movement, gesticulation, normal and repeated eye contact, vocal interaction, close proximity, and unplanned encounters from men and women.
  • This includes human reactive dogs that have acclimated to a class or private lesson situation but are still reactive with strangers, in strange situations, or react when under stress. Tolerance to people in a regular class or familiar situation is not a good indicator that a dog will do well at Camp. Again, the living and group training logistics of the Camp environment will often magnify issues or cause a regression in modified behavior.
  • We cannot accommodate dogs that are human aggressive or have fear issues that may evoke a warning or an aggressive response.
  • Your dog’s mental health is important to us, as is the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of all camp participants. If your dog falls into one of the above categories, we ask that you leave him/her home and attend camp as an auditor.

Dogs that threaten other dogs or humans, or are considered to be a perceived danger at camp to themselves or others will be asked to leave. No refunds will be offered if a dog is excused from participating in camp or asked to leave the camp grounds.

Canine Rules of Engagement:

  • All dogs must be able to be safely and humanely physically controlled by their registered handler.
  • All dogs must be kept on a six foot leash unless in designated areas or working directly in a session with camp staff personnel (no moving dogs from one area to another on flexi-leads or long lines).
  • Dogs must remain ON LEASH at all times… NO EXCEPTIONS. (except where noted)
  • Dogs must be crate trained and able to be crated safely and quietly away from the handler.
  • No dog/dog play or interaction will be permitted unless between two dogs residing in the same household.
  • There will be a designated long line or flexi-lead exercise areas for playing ball or swimming your dog. We will not have an off lead area at camp. Off lead outside exercising must be done off camp property.
  • We ask that, regardless of how friendly your dog may be, you respect that not every dog is comfortable with other dogs approaching and may communicate their displeasure. Please ask permission before you let your dog approach or get too close to other dogs. Managing your dog is your direct responsibility. Participants that must be repeatedly reminded of camp rules about not allowing their dog to approach other dogs, or if their dog poses other safety concerns, may be dismissed from camp without refund.
  • If you work a dog that does not do well in close proximity to other dogs or humans, you will need to evaluate carefully the appropriateness of camp for your dog. See above.
  • Dogs that need space or react to dogs or are worried must wear a red bandana and have a bandana tied to his/her crate (or car) to help communicate the dog's needs.
  • Campers must be willing to negotiate with his/her cabin-mates so there are fair and peaceful living conditions for all involved. Please expect that your dog will need to be crated at least part of the time when in the cabin.

We all want to have a pleasant experience; the success of this event will rely on everyone being diligent in complying with all the canine rules of engagement.

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Location and Accommodations

Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015Camp Westmont is nestled in the heart of the magnificent Pocono Mountains in Wayne County, PA just 2.5 hours from New York City and centrally located for easy access from a variety of other metropolitan areas. Situated on 325 acres of gently rolling hills with a spectacular 100 acre lake, open fields, and hiking trails (on leash please), Westmont provides a perfect setting for nose work fun. Camp Westmont has a number of buildings for inside training as well as an abundance of outside space for exterior and vehicle search education.

Campers and staff eat together in the dining hall and stay on the property. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the dining hall at designated times. The menu will consist of healthy, filling food for omnivores as well as vegetarians. We are sorry but we can not cater to specific dietary restrictions and suggest campers that have special needs supplement the meals as needed.

Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015Each camper requests the lodging that best meets her/his needs on a first come basis. There are a number of compact single rooms with their own small private bathroom. The single rooms are best for one adult and one or two dogs due to very limited floor space and will likely require stacking crates. Or enjoy the full summer camp experience and bunk in a multiple occupancy cabin with shared bathroom facilities. Most cabins have two bunk rooms for each shared community bathroom. Please note that bunk rooms do not have doors to separate them from the washroom facilities so campers will need to provide an ex-pen, baby gate, or other barrier to keep dogs in the sleeping area and limit them from wandering into the bathroom or other bunkroom in the cabin. In general there will be three to four people in a bunk room and six to eight per cabin. Campers may request roommates. If two or more campers want to be guaranteed a bunkroom all to themselves, the pricing is considered "standard plus occupancy". Number, size, and special needs of dogs, or camper needs, may dictate the lodging accommodations options available. Owners of reactive or socially awkward dogs should have "premium" (single) occupancy or commute unless rooming with friends that can accommodate the dog's spatial requirements.

The housing at Camp Westmont is rustic. Campers should expect very basic amenities. The cabins are not heated or air-conditioned. Some rooms have overhead fans.

Campers are expected to bring their own linens. A linen service is available for an additional fee of $25 for those that are flying or using public transportation to camp and are unable to bring their own. Linen will include: three towels, a set of sheets with pillowcases and a blanket. Beds in the cabins are twins and in the single rooms are queen size.

Commuters:  Campers that prefer more up-scale accommodations are welcome to commute to camp each day. The cost for commuters is the same as campers staying in multiple occupancy cabins and includes all meals and all activities. Commuters are responsible for locating and making their own sleeping arrangements. The Camp Westmont website has a list of area accommodations.

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RV Policy

A limited number of RVs are welcome, however they must be self-contained. The camp does not have water or electrical hook-ups or a dump station. It is possible that there might be limited electricity (10Amp) that can be taken from the buildings at some parking locations. RV owners should plan to bring 50 -100 feet of electrical cord and other equipment needed for plugging in.

The RV sites are in busy areas so please expect dogs and people walking by and the probability of classes being run in the general area.

RV's must arrive between 9:30am - 11:00am on Saturday, so we have the staffing to get the vehicle settled. No late arrivals. No exceptions.

Additional non-working dog fees also apply to people staying in RV's. Two dogs per registered working camper.

Shopping and Our Raffle

We will have a camp store with fun Nose Work related items, including T-shirts, for you and your dog.

We also have a raffle each year with proceeds going to a deserving Charity or activity.

Video and Audio Taping Policy

No video or audio taping of lectures or classes permitted. At the discretion of the instructor and facility, videotaping of your own dog may be allowed during runs but may not be posted on a public website such as You Tube, Facebook, etc. without permission. There may be some videotaping done by the staff or instructors for educational or promotional purposes if participants at the workshop have signed a photo/video release. Auditors and campers may NOT videotape other teams working unless they have been granted permission. Any approved videotaping is for personal use only.

Photography is welcome at camp. Campers are encouraged to take still photographs at camp and post on social media. Before you post a photo of another person on social media, please be sure to have their permission. We generally create a slide show for our camp banquet from photos taken by our campers and staff.

We will have a professional photographer at camp.

Symposium Day

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
9:00am – 4:30 pm
Fee: $225
Photo by Karen Ogden. Copyright 2015
Tuition includes three meals and overnight lodging (if staying on site) at Camp Westmont on 9/6/2017. Breakfast is served the following morning before campers leave.

In 2017 the Symposium Day is for Camp Westmont Campers as well as enthusiasts who would like to come for the day to attend the Symposium only.  

The intent of this day is to provide additional education for all K9NW enthusiasts, instructors, and handlers to increase skills and knowledge. It is open to all camp participants.

Leash Skills and Drills

  • Seminar Presenter: Amy Herot, NACSW™ Cofounder, CPDT-KA

Great leash work is an art form carefully honed, practiced and applied. When it is going well, it’s like a perfect in sync dance with the dog. When leash handling goes wrong, it can be a clumsy mess interfering with the dog’s ability to do the work or the handler’s ability to observe and work with the dog efficiently. 

The goal of this hands-on workshop is to provide exercise ideas and practice opportunity in the context of very specific types of K9 Nose Work searches, through demonstrations, group exercises, hands-on activities and discussions. The morning will set the stage and in the afternoon emphasis will be on the application of leash work including vehicle and container searches.

Perfect for handlers and instructors. 

Amy Herot is offering this special version of her new full-day workshop for PA Camp 2017.

Continuing Education Credits:
IAABC
6 CEUs

CCPDT
6 CEUs for CPTD-KA/KSA

NACSW™
6 CEUs

2017 PA Camp Symposium Day Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation and Refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations received within 3 days of registration, full refund. If you change your mind about attending the event within 3 days of your registration, a full refund will be offered.
  • Cancellations received 60 days or more before the start date will be refunded less the $25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the start date will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $25 non-refundable deposit is deducted. 
  • Due to the nature of running a workshop in conjunction with a dog training camp cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the start date will not receive a refund.
  • Campers that have to leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the camp director or lead instructors will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
  • No part of the tuition fee will be refunded if the event cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the camp organizers.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.  This policy is without exception.

Camp Tuition and Registration

Camp tuition covers lodging, meals and all classes and activities.

Wait list: When certain types of accommodations fill we will start an accommodations wait list. If your first choice is full, you can register by selecting your second choice in housing with a note that you would like to upgrade if possible. Do not fill out a registration form unless you are willing to stay in housing that is available if you can't get in to your first choice.

Camp September 02, 2017 - September 06, 2017 before or on 2017-05-02 After 2017-05-02
Working, Standard Rate - Multi:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1060.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1110.00
Working, Standard Rate Plus - Multi:

Private bunkroom with shared bathroom for 2 or more people who want their own cabin bunkroom. Unheated cabin. Limited number, first come basis

Please tell us the name of your roommate

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1160.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1210.00
Working, Premium Rate - Single:

Private Single Room/Private Bath/Exterior Entry. One double or queen bed for 1 person with one or two dogs. Rooms are small, so crates may have to be stacked.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1160.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1210.00
Working, Premium Rate - Multi:

Private Single Room/Private Bath/Exterior Entry. One double or queen bed for 2 people with one or two dogs. Rooms are small, so crates may have to be stacked.

Please tell us the name of your roommate

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1160.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1210.00
Working, Commuter Rate:

Stay offsite and commute to camp each day.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1060.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1110.00
Working, RV Rate:

Limited number. No hookups.

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1060.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$1110.00
Auditor, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin; 3-4 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom.

$745.00 $795.00
Auditor, Standard Rate Plus:

**Available only if other occupant is a working camper.
Private bunkroom with shared bathroom for 2 or more people who want their own cabin bunkroom. Unheated cabin. Limited number, first come basis.

Tell us the name of your roommate

$795.00 $845.00
Auditor, Premium Rate:

**Available only if other occupant is a working camper.
Private Single Room/Private Bath/Exterior Entry. One double or queen bed  2 people. One or two dogs. Rooms are small, so crates may have to be stacked.

Tell us the name of your roommate

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$895.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$945.00
Auditor, Commuter Rate:

Stay off site and commute to camp each day.

$745.00 $795.00
Auditor, RV Rate:

Limited number. No hookups

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$745.00

This choice is full. Waitlist only

$795.00
Helper, Standard Rate:

Multiple Occupancy Cabin: 3-4 people in an unheated cabin bunkroom with shared bathroom.

$350.00 $350.00
Helper, Commuter Rate:

L Team. Stay offsite and commute daily

$350.00 $350.00
Additional Charges before or on 2017-05-02 After 2017-05-02
Elite Group at Camp - Additional fee for smaller group. $560.00 $560.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
One additional dog (total of three dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$80.00 $80.00
Additional dog fee, for more than 2 dogs:
Two additional dogs (total of four dogs)
Only for working participants, auditors cannot bring dogs.
$160.00 $160.00
Additional dog: None. I am bringing 1 or 2 dogs.
Please contact Dana if you need to bring more than 4 dogs for one working participant as this may limit housing options or your ability to be a camper.    
Linen Service - for people who are taking public transportation and can not bring their own linens. $25.00 $25.00

Registration ends at 5:00pm EDT on July 2, 2017 or when limit has been reached.

Registration acceptance is subject to approval by the staff.

A $200 deposit ($100 is non-refundable) or full payment is required at the time of registration. Full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of camp.

Payment Options: You may pay via PayPal or check. Your registration will not be considered complete until we receive payment. Registration is pending for check payment until received and processed.

Working spots are limited to a maximum of approximately 96 participants.

Auditing is available. The number of auditor spots will be limited to approximately 20-25.

All persons attending camp as non-working participants will be required to register as an auditor. Due to the nature of this event no exceptions will be permitted for this camp.

Please read the cancellation policy carefully before registering.

Working Spots are FULL. To be added to the working spot wait list contact Bonnie

There are plenty of auditing spots open. You can register to audit and be on the working spot wait list as well!

 

 

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

2017 PA Camp Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be sent to Dogs of Course and must be in writing. An acknowledgement of your cancellation will be emailed to you within 3 business days from Dogs of Course. Please keep a copy of the cancellation email for your records; your cancellation is not valid without this confirmation of receipt. K9 Nose Work® Training Camp and Dogs of Course are not responsible for cancellations that do not reach the office by the deadlines.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

  • Cancellations received within 3 days of registration, full refund. If you change your mind about attending camp within 3 days of your registration, a full refund will be offered.
  • Cancellations received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be refunded in full less the $100 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $100 non-refundable, non-transferable, cancellation fee is deducted. If Dogs of Course obtains a qualified working team that meets the replacement qualifications (see below) either on our wait list or through Dogs of Course marketing search 30 days before the start of camp, tuition will be refunded in full less the $100 fee as indicated in first bullet above. Campers will not be able to locate their own replacements. Campers may refer candidates to Dogs of Course to be placed on the waitlist. All replacement campers must come from the camp wait list. Qualifications for replacement are: The dog may need to be working at the same level as the dog previously registered and the team can fit the previously requested housing assignment.
  • Due to the nature of running a dog training camp cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the camp start date will not receive a refund nor be eligible for the replacement option stated above.
  • Each Nose Work® Camp is considered a “Single Event.” As such, registration for one camp cannot be transferred to a different camp. Changes from one camp location to another will be treated as a cancellation for the original camp registration per the above policy. At that time, the camper will be free to register for an alternate camp when camp registration opens for the public. There will be no “early bird” or “pre-registrations” allowed when cancelling one camp and wishing to enroll in an alternate camp. 
  • Campers may change from a working spot to auditing/logistics team member, or from auditor to logistics team member, under the following guidelines:
    • Changes received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be changed for a $25 administrative fee.
    • For changes between 60 and 30 days, the camper will receive a refund of 50% of the difference between the two registration fees.
    • Due to the nature of running a dog training camp changes from a working spot to an auditor/logistics team member spot received 30 days or fewer before the camp start date not receive a refund.
    • Campers with working spots that switch to auditing/logistics team member are subject to housing changes available to auditors. This may include switching from a single accommodation to multiple occupancy.
  • Female dogs in season are not permitted to participate in camp nor be on the camp property. If a registered working dog comes in season the camper has a few options:
    • Option 1) Bring a different qualified dog working at the same level
    • Option 2) Switch to auditor registration and receive a refund for 50% of the difference between the two registration fees
    •  Option 3) The camper can cancel and be reimbursed per the general policy.
  • If a non-working dog comes into season the person must leave the dog home and will be reimbursed the additional dog fee (if applicable) minus a $25 admin fee or if the camper cancels the general refund policy above will apply.
  • Campers that have to leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the camp director or lead instructors will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
    • Reasons for dismissal from camp may include, but are not limited to:
      • Dogs that are disruptive to other campers, dogs, the staff, or the facility
      • Dogs that exhibit aggression deemed unmanageable/unsafe by the staff for the camp environment
      • Dogs that cannot be safely managed and/or trained by their handler
      • Unresolved camper conflict or inappropriate behavior
      • Health issues, either canine or human, that may impact or endanger other dogs or campers
      • Health issues that negatively impact the dog’s emotional, mental or physical wellbeing
  • No part of the tuition fee will be refunded if the camp cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the camp organizers.

Elite Group Campers – refund policy addendum (If applicable)

Campers who have paid a premium for the smaller working groups for dog and handler teams with Elite titles (5 working dogs vs. 8) are subject to the above refund and cancellation policies as well as the following refund and cancellation restrictions and adjustments if different from the general policy listed above. The adjusted policies are necessary as replacing an Elite camper has the potential to be more difficult and have more impact on the camp due to the nature of the smaller specialized group.

  • Elite Groups are subject to a $175 non-refundable, non-transferable cancellation fee. (vs. $100 for regular camp)
  • Elite Group Cancellations received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be refunded in full less the $175 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, will be refunded in full less the $175 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor camp, event, seminar), cancellation fee ONLY IF Dogs of Course obtains a qualified ELITE working team that meets the replacement qualifications either on our wait list or through Dogs of Course marketing search 30 days before the start of camp. Campers will not be able to locate their own replacements. Campers may refer qualified candidates to Dogs of Course to be placed on the wait list. All replacement campers must come from the camp wait list and be approved by Dogs of Course.
  • Qualifications for Elite group replacement are:
    • The dog must have an Elite title at the time of registration.
    • The team can fit the previously requested housing assignment or an available option (i.e. commuting)
    • The team meets the other requirements of being a K9 Nose Work Training Camp camper.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $175 non-refundable, non-transferable, cancellation fee is deducted in the event that Dogs of Course makes a reasonable effort to recruit but cannot find a qualified replacement.
  • Cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the start of camp will not receive a refund nor be eligible for the replacement option stated above.
  • In the event that there are not enough Elite registrations to run the Elite Group 60 days before the start of camp, one of the following options will be offered:
    • Dogs of Course will create a smaller or larger working group of teams providing all the campers involved agree to make up the cost equivalent to 5 teams. A smaller group would pay more and a larger group would pay less per dog.
  • Alternately, the group will be cancelled and the affected parties can:
    • Receive a full refund without penalty or transfer to a regular camp working group of 8 teams that are training at the NW3 level.
    • Or run a dog other than the Elite dog at camp and be placed in the appropriate working group.
  • Voluntary changes (not due to low enrollment) from an Elite working spot to a regular working spot or auditing/logistics team member under the following guideline, providing Dogs of Course can fill the Elite vacancy or the remaining group members agree to pay the added cost for the vacancy:
    • Changes received 60 days or more before the camp start date will be changed for a $25 administrative fee.
    • For changes between 60 and 30 days of the camp start date, the camper will receive a refund of 50% of the difference between the two registration fees.
    • Voluntary cancellations 30 days or fewer before the start date will not receive a refund.

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

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Directions and Travel

Camp Westmont
81 Spruce Lake Road
Poyntelle, PA 18454

Click here for directions through Google Maps

Via I-80
GW Bridge-80W (towards the Delaware water gap) Stay on route 80W for approximately 87 miles to exit 293. (route 380N) Take 380N approximately 20 miles to exit “route 6E-Carbondale”. Take 6E to exit 7 (Carbondale business district). The exit will be on the left side of the road, make a left off exit and go approx. ½ mile to first right (Canon St). Go on Canon Street to full stop and make a left. Go down hill to end and make a right onto 171. Stay on 171 approx. 15 miles and make a right onto 370 go 4 ½ miles to our sign on the left.

Via the Thruway and Quick Way
NYS Thruway to exit 16 (Harriman). Take route 17 west to second Hancock exit #87 (not 87A) about 1 ¾ hours. Turn left off exit, left onto main St….Go 1 long block making a right after a gas station. Go over RR tracks and bridge and continue on Rt. 191 for 1 mile, making a right turn onto route 370 west. Go approximately 12 miles to Camp Westmont turn right at camp sign, just after the blue and white sign for Village of Poyntelle.

From Philadelphia
NE extension of PA Turnpike to exit 37. Take route 81 north to route 6 East through Carbondale, PA making a left after you ride through onto route 171 north. Continue about 15 miles, making a right turn onto route 370 East. Go approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Westmont sign on left side, make left.

From Baltimore
1-95 to 695 west. Take 695 west 83 North (towards York & Harrisburg) Take 83 north (towards Wilkes-Barre and Scranton). Take 81 north to route 6 east through Carbondale, Pa, making a left after you ride through town, onto route 171 North. Continue about 15 miles, making a right turn onto route 370 east. Go approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Westmont sign on the left side, left into camp.

Airports: (times are approximate and will vary based on traffic conditions)

  • Newark, NJ – 3 hours
  • Newburgh, NY – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • JFK, NYC – 3 hours 30 minutes
  • LaGuardia, NYC – 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Albany, NY – 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA – 1 hour 15 minutes

Hotels:

Camp Westmont has a long list of lodging options on their website. Click here for list.

Questions?

Contact Dana Crevling at Crevling@dogsofcourse.com or leave a message at 508/529-3568 EST, 8am -7pm M-F. Messages will be returned within 2 business days.

All photos courtesy of Karen Ogden ©2015

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