Duration: 2 Days
Prerequisites: Proof of CPR/AED certification
Minimum Age: 14 years old (Proof of ID required)
Cost: $249 + HST
Optional CPR/AED bolt-on: $69 + HST

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available.

This 2-day specialty course has been designed specifically to the standards and requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Youth over age 14 and adult Scout leaders are invited to participate and earn their certification. 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.

Program Content:

  • Patient Assessment: Initial and Focused
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head (Brain) and Spine Injuries
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Wounds and Wound Infection
  • Abdominal Problems
  • Hypothermia
  • Heat Problems
  • Lightning
  • Altitude Illnesses
  • Submersion Incidents
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits

Course Methodology:

Workshop delivery format will be a combination of lecture / practical and team activities. Over 50% of the program takes place outside of the urban environment. All activities adhere to the Sweet 16 of BSA Safety, 16 safety points, which embody good judgment and common sense.

Who Should Attend?

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


In accordance with the training standards, participants must be a minimum age of 14 years. Participants must also be able to show proof of current certification in an adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course, including completion of automatic external defibrillator (AED) training. For those who are without this training, an optional bolt-on course is offered at a nominal fee, the evening prior to the 2-day course.

Take-Home Materials:

Manual, Certification card

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