About Cal-ESAR

California Explorer Search and Rescue (Cal-ESAR) is a volunteer search and rescue team based in the San Francisco Bay Area that responds to searches and other emergencies throughout the State of California. We operate as a non-profit, youth organization open to young, motivated people ages 15 and up (14 and in High School) and adults.

More information on the unit, our history and purpose, as well as the description of our training schedule, is available via the menu to the left. Directions and maps to our meetings are also available.

Cal-ESAR is a resource of the Governor's Office of Emergency Service -- for more information on Cal-OES, and its role in fire, law enforcement, and search and rescue, click on the logo below. 


ESAR Events Calendar

Join Search and Rescue!

The training year starts in September with Orientation meetings at:

San Jose – Thursday, Sept. 10 7:00 – 8:30 Berryessa Branch Library Community Room, 3355 Noble Ave, San Jose, 95132

Berkeley - Tuesday, Sept.15, 7:00-8:30, Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St. Berkeley

Walnut Creek - Thursday, Sept. 17, 7:00-8:30 Sports Basement, 1881 Ygnacio Valley Blvd. Walnut Creek


Please see the training webpage for orientation meeting dates and more information.  The calendar below lists all ESAR meeting events. See you at training!


For more information on training, please contact us at: training@cal-esar.org

Yosemite National Park, one of our many search areas.

ESAR Annual Membership Renewal

Each year Cal-ESAR members need to renew their membership with Cal-ESAR and the Boy Scouts of America. To renew your membership, please follow the directions on the Membership Renewal Page