Wilderness First Aid

May 18-19 2019 – This course is full, with 40 students.

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Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care of a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available.  Course participants will learn how to assess, treat, and, when possible, prevent medical and traumatic emergencies within the scope of their training.  The primary focus is on basic life support, evaluating patients, and determining if immediate evacuation is required.

Location: Camp Westmorland, Camp Westmoreland Rd, Florence, AL 35634

 Cost & Registration: $80 for WFA & CPR certification.  Registration due by March 1st 2019 for the March course.  Registration is due May 1st for the May course.

WFA Prerequisites: Minimum age 16 for all participants – no exceptions.  Younger Scouts/siblings who are at least 11 years old can volunteer as a scenario victims and gain valuable exposure to WFA skills.

BSA Certification Standard:Organizations and individuals may provide students who successfully complete the BSA’s 16-hour curriculum a certificate of completion that will be valid for two years.  Students must attend the entire course.”

Day 1: 8 am to 6 pm

  • Course Introduction
  • Patent Assessment System
  • Circulatory System Trauma
  • Respiratory System Trauma
  • Nervous System Trauma
  • Spine Assessment
  • SOAP Notes
  • Scenario 1
  • CPR/AED testing

Day 2: 8 am to 5 pm

  • Scenario 2
  • Backcountry Medicine Q&A
  • Wound and Infection Care
  • Burn Injuries
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Environmental Injuries
  • Scenario 3
  • Wilderness First-Aid Kits
  • Written Test


  • Each course is limited to 40 participants.
  • The course is primarily taught outside, rain or shine. Please be prepared for the weather and to take notes outdoors.  We will be in a classroom for a portion of the course.
  • Students can camp at Westmorland Friday and Saturday nights. Course staff will be at Westmorland by 5pm on Friday, March 29th.  Coffee and water are provided, but no food.  You will have time to go get breakfast/dinner, or you can plan on cooking – car camping style.  Please pack a lunch for both days.
  • CPR/AED is integrated into this course. CPR/AED hand-on testing will be after dinner on day 1.
  • The course will conclude NLT 5 pm on Sunday. Students must attend the entire course on both days.
  • The scenarios are taught using theatrical makeup to enhance realism. Please bring clothing that can be cut or stained during scenarios.
  • Students should bring a day pack loaded with the 10 essentials. First aid supplies needed for the scenarios will be provided, but students may want additional items to help make improvised splints and stretchers. However, don’t bring anything you wouldn’t normally take with you.

Instructors: Mike Russell and Anthony East

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