Wilderness First Aid


Upcoming training events: 

Dr. Lary Hill and CeCe Bowden can assist with further information if needed.  Thank you.

March 17 and 18, 2018 - QSR - Printable Flyer

April 28 and May 5, 2018 - Scout Office Training Room - Printable Flyer 


What is it?

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care of a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. A BSA-led task force has developed WFA doctrine and curriculum. You must be certified through any of the providers listed below. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Youth and adult Scout leaders over the age of 14 are invited to participate and earn their certification.

Why is this important?

This course goes far beyond what you may know as “first aid.” While it contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations. The bottom line is this: better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save valuable time and human resources. It can save lives, too. If you wish to download the curriculum, please register here first - we would like to know the number of Scouts and Scouters who are interested.

Who is it for?

Youth and adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this first aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculums fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take.

The first thing you’ll learn to do in this course is establish control

Emergencies, big or small, may be charged with emotion and confusion. Even minor chaos increases the risk of injury to rescuers and bystanders, as well as the risk of inadequate care for the patient. Emergencies most often call for a leader to be directive, at least until the scene is safe and the patient is stabilized. This is best accomplished by discussing leadership in case of an emergency with other members of your party before a potentially critical situation occurs.

High Adventure Base requirement

Philmont, Northern Tier, Florida Sea Base, Summit Bechtel Reserve and all council-operated high adventure bases require that a least two persons (either adults or youth participants) in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or the equivalent. Wilderness First Aid is a sixteen-hour course designed to help in situations when professional medical assistance is not readily available. Several hours may be required for high adventure base staff to reach a remote backcountry location after a message is delivered to the nearest staffed camp. First aid and CPR training will result in proper and prompt attention being given to injuries and/or illnesses. You must present current certification cards upon check-in to verify this requirement.