Wilderness first aid (WFA) is a course for everyone planning a remote high adventure ranging from lay responders to medical professionals. It 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.

Diagnosis and care for injuries and illnesses occurring outside the 911 response envelope.  This weekend class prepares you to handle serious back-country emergencies.  Wilderness First Aid is a comprehensive series of lessons in how to react and respond in remote, life threatening situations.  Lots of activity and hands-on work in classroom and outdoor scenarios keeps it fun!


Scout leaders and older Scouts / Venturers with some First Aid training and a serious interest in advancing their knowledge. You should be familiar with the material in the First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet. Although CPR training is strongly suggested and a requirement for the High Adventure bases, it is not covered in this class.

The Basic WFA certification is required for the BSA High Adventure bases, the Advanced certification is above and beyond.  If not a medical professional, you should take Basic Wilderness First Aid before choosing the Advanced class.

If you have some medical background, please contact Frank Burdsall before registering for the Advanced class. Those already trained in Basic WFA and needing re-certification should strongly consider reviewing their notes and taking the Advanced class.


We will work out of the Camp Craig Program Building and staying in the bunk rooms. Meals are included with your tuition and professionally provided. We will be working inside and outside so dress for the weather. The class will fill with 25 students.


Remains $130 for Adults and $100 for older Scouts and Venturers (14+ recommended)

Includes Room & Board for the weekend and a comprehensive handout.

More information will be provided to those registered in the week before the class.

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid w/ Instructor’s module
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid #1
  • Basic Wilderness First Aid #2


Please contact Frank Burdsall, WFA Staff Advisor, at (513) 577-7712 or frank.burdsall@scouting.org for details.