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Wilderness First Aid

Be Prepared when planning your next remote high adventure.

Course Dates

  • Saturday, January 13 – Sunday, January 14
  • Saturday, February 10 – Sunday February 11
  • Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17




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


Saturday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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.


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


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:

  • Action in an emergency
  • Checking an injured or ill person
  • Shock and bleeding control
  • Wound care and bandaging
  • Heart attack and CPR
  • Head, brain and spine injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Bone, joint and muscle injuries
  • Heat related emergencies
  • Cold related injuries
  • Altitude illness
  • Water related emergencies
  • Abdominal injuries and complaints
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Evacuation
  • Improving the odds of survival
  • Prevention