Wilderness First Aid

Be Prepared when planning your next remote high adventure.

Course Dates

  • January 15-16 at Camp Belzer
  • February 12-13 at Camp Kikthawenund
  • March 12-13 at Camp Kikthawenund
  • April 9-10 at Camp Belzer*
  • May 7-8 at Camp Kikthawenund*
  • November 12-13 at Camp Belzer*

*April, May and November courses will open based on demand.

Cost

$175

Cost includes course fee, course materials, certificate, snacks, meals (Saturday lunch & dinner, as well as Sunday lunch). There will be no refunds.

Schedule

Saturday – 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Sunday – 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Lodging

Friday and Saturday night lodging available upon request. With overnight stay, Sunday breakfast is continental.

Minimum Age

Course participants must be at least 14 years old.

Certification

Participants will receive a two (2) year Emergency Care and Safety Institute certification upon completion.

Deadline

Registrations must be received and paid in full no later than one week before the course. Spots will go fast so register early as spaces are limited.

Wilderness first aid (WFA) is a course for everyone planning a remote high adventure ranging from lay responders to medical professionals. It focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment for an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician or rapid transport is not readily available. This is defined as being two hours or more from a hospital.
This weekend class prepares you to handle serious back-country emergencies. Wilderness First Aid is a comprehensive series of lessons in how to react and respond in remote, life threatening situations. Lots of activity and hands-on work in classroom and outdoor scenarios keeps it fun!

Scout leaders and older Scouts with some First Aid training and a serious interest in advancing their knowledge. You should be familiar with the material in the First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet. WFA certification is required for the BSA High Adventure bases.

Course Topics

This Wilderness First Aid and CPR-AED course is 19 hours. The course comprises a 16 hour WFA course with an integrated 3 hour CPR-AED course (total 19 hours). Course topics include:

  • Emergency Assessment
  • CPR
  • Shock
  • Bleeding Control
  • Wound Care
  • Burns
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, and Tooth Injuries
  • Head, Brain, and Spinal Injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries
  • Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries
  • Extremity Injuries
  • Splinting the Extremities
  • Poisoning
  • Plant-Induced Dermatitis
  • Reptile & Insect Bites and Stings
  • Heat & Cold Related Emergencies
  • Altitude Illness
  • Lightning
  • Water-Related Emergencies
  • Chest Discomfort
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Nervous System Emergencies
  • Abdominal Complaints
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Genitourinary Problems
  • Emergency Rescues & Evacuation