Backcountry Institute

Outdoor Professional Training and Certifications

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, we have had to adpat our course schedule and dates. If you are interested in signing up for a course or would like an up to date course catalog. Please Contact for courses and registration. 

Camp Carolina has a long history of Outdoor Professional Training. The American Red Cross held the National Aquatic School at Camp Carolina beginning in 1932. In 1994 Wilderness Medical Associates taught the first of many Wilderness First Responder courses at Camp Carolina. American Camping Association began offering the Spring Potpourri here in 1998. Backcountry Institute was established in 2000. Our mission is to train and certify Outdoor Professionals seeking to improve their skills and knowledge, in order that they may run safer, more professional programs.

We do this in a rustic outdoor setting, outside the comfort zones that most educational institutions provide. The food is sumptuous but the classrooms and accommodations are rustic, with many classes held in the field, on the rivers, on the lake, or along the trails. This is outdoor experiential education at its finest!

Payment- Please make all payments in full at time of registration. Make checks payable to Camp Carolina. Cancellations- If cancellation is received by April 1st a full refund will be given. After April 1st no refund will be honored. 


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