Wilderness Safety

Wilderness First Aid

“When an emergency occurs in the wild, the goal must be to provide the greatest good for the greatest number in the shortest time and do no harm in the process.”

The Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected via The Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) course curriculum. ESCI is the leading source recognized by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as an approved CPR and First Aid training provider.

Taught by quality instructors in a day and a half day format, learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings. Wilderness First Aid 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 or at least an hour away.

Whether required for High Adventure trip leaders, Scout leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts or individuals working in remote locations, adults and youth over the age of 14 are invited to participate and earn their 2 year certification. Interactive classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios that will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergency wilderness situations.

Course Outline: (Approximately 16 hours; depending on CPR component). Includes “BSA Wilderness First Aid Field Guide” that features the latest medical content filled with tips and tools to ensure Boy Scouts of all levels are prepared to respond to an emergency situation.

Topics include:

Patient Assessment System

  • Evacuation Plans and Emergency Procedures

  • CPR (on some courses)

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Shock

  • Head Injuries

  • Wilderness Wound Management

  • Athletic Injuries

  • Fracture Management

  • Dislocations

  • Cold Injuries

  • Heat Illness

  • Altitude Illness

  • Lightning

  • The Medical Patient

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Wilderness First Aid Kit


Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 14 years old to attend this course.

Certification: Successful course completion earns you a ECSI Wilderness First Aid certification. If applicable, you will also earn a ECSI Adult & Child CPR certification. Both certifications are current for two years. This course 100% meets the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid and the American Camp Association Standards training requirements.