Basic Training Camp

Tuesday, April 2 - Saturday, April 6

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Disaster Relief Training and Crisis Response Certification Event

Why Basic Training Camp?

In 2018, the U.S. suffered twelve major disasters that cost our country more than a billion dollars. Events like Hurricanes Florence and Michael, and the fires in Paradise, California were catastrophes on a scale the world has never seen. We, the Church, must become better equipped and prepared to respond to such challenges.

So often in times of crisis and disaster Christians desire to help but do not possess the know-how and often lack the skills necessary to deal with the unique challenges of disaster response.

CRI Basic Training Camp will better equip you to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people in crisis and disaster, and mobilize you to bring hope, compassion, and relief by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Who is CRI and why train?

Crisis Response International (CRI) is a nonprofit organization that trains and mobilizes volunteers to respond to disasters and crisis situations around the world. CRI provides a framework for responding to disaster situations and provides trained assistance and delivery of resources to areas that would otherwise be inaccessible to volunteers.

Crisis Response International deploys only volunteers who have completed our basic responder training.

Upon completion of this event, you will become an official CRI Responder (certified volunteer) and will receive CRI response gear and a badge. You will also join the ranks of 10,000 other CRI responders who have trained to deploy with us nationally and abroad when disaster strikes. 

What can I expect?

Basic Training Camp is a combination of your favorite summer camp, spiritual retreat and boot camp designed for people of all ages and skill sets.

Your days will begin and end in passionate worship and prayer. Instruction consists of classroom and hands-on training with simulations.

There is plenty of time allotted for fellowship, campfires and fun activities throughout the week as well.

Come expectant and prepared to receive relevant, top-notch training from seasoned instructors. Expect to leave this training better equipped with the practical tools you’ll need to serve others in a disaster, refreshed by God’s presence and having developed new lifelong relationships.

Not only did I learn disaster relief skills, I learned “spiritual relief skills”, too—the care of the souls of victims, as well as the care of my own soul. I “crashed head-on” into the Holy Spirit and I will never be the same. As one season of my life is ending, I truly feel another is beginning. I know I made some life-long friends while training with CRI, and I look forward to future training events and deployments with them.

~ Cindy, Iowa.

Training Topics

What You'll Learn

  • Crisis Evangelism

  • Disaster Chaplaincy

  • Spiritual & Emotional First-Aid

  • Crisis Ministry Model

  • Mobile Kitchen Unit Practicals & Protocol

  • Deployment Protocol & Relief Operations

  • Disaster First-Aid

  • Light Search & Rescue

  • Personal & Community Preparedness

  • Practical Exercises

  • Simulations

  • Much, much, more!

This training just rocked my world. A total paradigm shift. I was not expecting all the things God did for me at this training. If God puts it on your heart to attend a training, just do it! Push through and come. The CRI staff put 150% into it. The leaders and speakers were so anointed. I am so excited about all the things God gave me to go back to our community and help in times of crisis. I just can’t say enough, it’s just so worth it!

Kyla - Recent Trainee, Now a Certified CRI Volunteer!

Important Information

Here's Where We Answer Your Questions


Location: CRI Mission Base, Training Camp & Conference Center

Address: 2494 Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge, Virginia  24064

Date:  Tuesday, April 2 – Saturday, April 6  

Arrival:  Tuesday, April 2 – Registration is open from 2:00-5:30 PM. You must arrive by 5:30. Dinner served 5:00-6:30 PM and the first session begins at 6:45 PM.

Departure:  Saturday, April 6 – by 11:59 AM.  Breakfast will be served.

Shuttles: A CRI shuttle is available upon request for $10each way to and from Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA).  

Shuttle Times:

  • Tuesday, April 2, from 2 PM until 5 PM.
  • Saturday, April 6, from 4:15 AM until 11:59 AM.


Price includes all meals, lodging, training fees, training manual, CRI t-shirt, credentials/badge, helmet, background check, and lifetime access to CRI Academy (online) Courses 1&2.

  • Individual // $395
  • Couples // per person – $375
  • Group Rate (5 or more) // per person – $350
  • Refresher for Previously Trained Responders (DRS, Academy Grads, etc.) // $299
  • Youth (9-17) // $99*
  • Children (0-8) // No charge (Children must be accompanied by a parent at all times during this event)
  • Event Staff (CRI Responders) // limit 20 – $99

*Ages 12 and above are eligible to become a Responder

We will award an “All-Access Pass” for CRI Online Academy to the Trainee or Responder who brings the largest group of new trainees to this event!

Are you ready?

This event will prove to be a life-changing experience for anyone and everyone 9-99, and we invite those of every skill-set, background and professional discipline to join us. There is a role for everyone to play in times of disaster.

Families often discover that these events prove to be rare, precious, and unforgettable times together. 

All are welcome! During online registration, let us know if you have a disability or physical condition so we can best accommodate you.

Once you arrive on Tuesday you are required to be onsite for the duration of the training and attend every session. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

CRI Training Team

Is there anything else I should know?

If you are interested in applying for Event Staff, please access this link to complete the Event Staff Application.   Feel free to email if you have any questions.

Previously trained CRI responders who would like to volunteer as Event Staff will need to arrive one day early (Monday, April 1) for event set-up.  We are planning a special time of dinner and fellowship with the Malone’s and CRI Staff that evening.  Registration will be open from 2:00-6:00 PM.  A CRI shuttle will be available for airport pick-up from Roanoke Airport that afternoon.  Event Staff limited to 20.  If you participate in the Basic Training as Event Staff and desire to stay on for the week of Advanced Chaplaincy (4/9-13), you will need to register as a student.  If you decide to do take advantage of this additional training, CRI will extend 3-day accommodations including meals at no additional cost.

Advanced Chaplaincy Training Intensive (4/9-13):  The week following the Basic Training, we are hosting a Chaplaincy Intensive. If you plan to attend the Basic Training and decide to do take advantage of the additional Advanced Chaplaincy training, CRI will extend 3-day accommodations including lodging and meals at NO ADDITIONAL cost to you, as our way of saying THANK YOU for training with CRI. Please email for additional details.

Are You Interested in Chaplaincy?

Immediately following our Basic Training course, we will be hosting an Advanced Chaplaincy Intensive!

The Advanced Chaplaincy Intensive is a focused time of equipping for those who have a heart to “pastor in disaster and crisis.”

This Intensive will equip you to more effectively minister to those affected by crisis and help you understand the complexities of grief and the psychological effects of trauma. This unique and specialized training will also help you recognize compassion fatigue and give an even greater number of effective spiritual and emotional tools to reach deep into the hearts of suffering individuals.

You will also receive additional training to become part of the CRI Chaplaincy Team.

Sign Up For Advanced Chaplaincy Intensive

Register For Basic Training