Wilderness First Aid Training


May 25, 2024 9:00 am to 12:00 pm



Piedmont Scout Reservation
668 Boy Scout Road
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
Location Phone: 980-745-3258


Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a term that commonly refers to any training course that focuses on prevention, assessment, and treatment for an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. This is defined as being an hour or more away from advanced care.  WFA courses are intended for anyone planning a remote high adventure, from lay responders to medical professionals.

All four of the BSA high-adventure bases (HAB) require at least one person per trek (two per trek at Philmont Scout Ranch) to be current in WFA through one of the BSA’s approved providers. Of course, having more participants trained in WFA skills is highly recommended for any high adventure or backcountry experience.

BSA Wilderness First Aid Online Course - Prerequisite Prior to In-Person Training

This online course can be completed at the participant’s leisure and participants can take the test as many times as needed in order to recieve a completion certificate. This course may be purchased on the Emergency Care and Safety Institute website (above); click "First Aid" and choose "BSA Wilderness First Aid Navigate Course" shown at the bottom of webpage.  The price is $40.00 for the online course which is required for WFA.

Once completed, please email all certifications to Rick Ayers; Lead Volunteer at rickayers707@gmail.com.

Note: this online course is mandatory prior to participants attending the in-person training which will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at Camp Bud Schiele, Leader's Lodge from 9 AM - 12 PM (Noon).

The price is $60.00 for the in-person training which includes:

  • Wilderness Field Aid Certification Card.
  • Wilderness First Aid Field Manual.
  • CPR / AED Instruction w/Certification
  • Backpack Goodie Bag.

Payments for the in-person course will be collected on May 25th (cash or checks made out to Rick Ayers).
NOTE: DO NOT BUY the Field Manual from ECSI; it is included and will be handed out before class begins. Thank You!