Active Kitsap WESAR members can expect to put in upwards of 300 volunteer hours every year at searches and trainings. We can be called to a search at any time, day or night, and are ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. Conditions are often difficult, with searchers contending with rain and cold, steep terrain, and (our favorite!) walls of blackberries.

If that sounds appealing, you should fit right in. It’s hard work, but it is worth it the first time you collapse exhausted into your bed after a miserable night of searching – knowing that someone is safely back with their loved ones because of your efforts.

Follow the links below to learn how to become a new member of Kitsap WESAR and what to expect.





Still have questions? Email our Training Coordinator at!

A searcher wades through thick swampland during a search for a missing forager in Ashford, Pierce County
Searchers prepare to deploy on a mission for a hiker missing from the Staircase Campground in Mason County