Boy Scouts of America and Wilderness First Aid

Over 20 Years we have taught Wilderness First Aid 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 as described in the Council and Unit Planning Guide for Philmont.

It's designed for an audience of adults who are committed to giving 100% of their time and attention to this 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.

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.

Please read everything on this website: Including the FAQ, About/Who and About/What at the top of this page.

You can see a list of our class dates here, and register for a Wilderness First Aid class here.

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

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