Wilderness First Aid
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. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training.
Who is this for? Youth and adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculums fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take. The BSA requires at least one person (two preferred) per unit to be WFA-certified for certain high-adventure camp and backcounty experiences.
Course prerequisites: Minimum age 14; current certification in an adult CPR course; completion of AED training.
Certification: Organizations and individuals may provide students who successfully complete the 16-hour curriculum a certificate of completion of a class that meets the criteria of the Boy Scouts of America for Wilderness First Aid (WFA). The content of this course may not deviate, either through additions or deletions, from the approved curriculum. This certificate will be valid for two years.
The George Strake District is considering offering Wilderness First Aid and is trying to guage interest. The course is typically $250, but will be offered at a significantly reduced rate (likely more than half) for Scouters. The registration fee includes workbooks, equipment and consumables.