Wilderness First Aid and the Boy Scouts of America

Over 20 Years we have taught WFA to thousands of Scout Leaders.

Most are headed to high adventure camps like Philmont, Northern Tier and Sea Base. Our class is one of those that meets the requirements for Wilderness First Aid training described in the Council and Unit Planning Guide for Philmont.

We offer classes in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. You can see a list of class dates here, and specific locations here.

This class exceeds the standards established for Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum, and American Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid.

It is designed for an audience of adults who are committed to giving 100% of their time and attention to the training. We do not take students under the age of 16. We will issue certification cards to students who are 16 and 17 and complete the class successfully on the same terms as those 18 and older. The certification is good for two years.

It does not include CPR, and CPR is not a prerequisite for taking this class. We encourage students to receive training in CPR from the American Heart Association, or one of their affiliated agencies.

Scout Leaders are our most motivated and disciplined students. We want to see you in our classroom.

Before you register, please read: the FAQ, the home page and this article on why you should take a WFA class.

I’ve taken quite a few first aid classes, but nothing prepared me for your class. The class time and mock scenarios, really helped me retain the lessons. My past training was general, but now I feel I’ve moved to the next level. I’m definitely more comfortable with my abilities and my preparedness.
— John Mearman, BSA
Wilderness First Aid Class North Carolina

The Class Outline

About 1/3 of our time is spent outdoors in hands-on practice and scenarios.
Our outline for classroom lecture and discussion:

  • Wilderness Risk Management

    • Preventing problems to begin with

  • Scene Safety

    • Preventing a second victim

  • Patient Assessment

    • Primary survey (vital systems)

    • Secondary medical survey

  • Musculoskeletal Injury

    • Splinting

    • Dislocations

  • Soft Tissue Wounds

    • Cleaning and bandaging

    • Infection

  • Shock

  • Head Injury

  • Spine Injury

    • Clearing neck-spine issues

  • Heat and Cold Related Illness

  • Diabetes

  • Asthma and Anaphylaxis

You can see a list of classes organized by date, and register on the location page here.