Wilderness First Aid

General Overview

This course can be scheduled based on a units needs but needs at least four to allow for the hands on scenarios.

  • Cost: $85 and includes instruction, materials,and lunch on both days.
  • Registration: Interested participants contact Matt Vercher for more information. Matt.Vercher@scouting.org or at ( 432) 638 – 4014
  • Dates: This is a 16 hour course and participants must attend both sessions to receive credit.

Course Overview

Frequently Asked Questions 

Looking for a great way to improve your outdoor skills and confidence? Taking the course in Wilderness First Aid may be the perfect thing.

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. A BSA-led task force has developed WFA doctrine and curriculum.

WFA is a 16 hour course for those who do more serious deep woods activities. It is the choice of many wilderness trip leaders and guides. WFA presents wilderness topics in more detail, provides more time for skills practice, and also includes role-playing wilderness accident scenarios. This course follows the Boy Scout Wilderness Curriculum and meets certification standards for all Scout Leaders attending a high adventure base such as Philmont or Northern Tier. However, it’s highly recommended for anyone who is planning on spending any significant time anywhere in the backcountry.

DCP_0074Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training.

Why is this important?

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. If you wish to download the curriculum, click here.

Who is it for?

Scouts and Adult Leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculum fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take.  Youth and adult Scout leaders over age 14 are invited to participate and earn their certification.

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The first thing you’ll learn to do in this course is establish control.  Emergencies, big or small, may be charged with emotion and confusion. Even minor chaos increases the risk of injury to rescuers and bystanders, as well as the risk of inadequate care for the patient. Emergencies most often call for a leader to be directive, at least until the scene is safe and the patient is stabilized. This is best accomplished by discussing leadership in case of an emergency with other members of your party before a potentially critical situation occurs.

Course modules

  • Patient assessment
  • Chest injuries
  • Shock
  • Head (brain) and spinal 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

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