Boy Scout High Adventure:
Wilderness First Aid Requirements

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Because Wilderness First Aid is now required in some fashion by all of the major Boy Scouts of America (BSA) High Adventure Bases, we keep a complete and up-to-date list of current requirements for Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, Bechtel Summit (home of National Jamboree), Maine High Adventure, as well as National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts’ Lenhok’Sin high adventure program.
The list below is current as of April 10, 2023.

Philmont Scout Ranch


Philmont requires that each crew have two participants who have completed Wilderness First Aid and two participants with CPR training. Current certification cards must be presented upon check-in to verify this requirement. With two Wilderness First Aiders and two CPR trained members on the trek, the crew will be better able to handle emergencies. This requirement can be met by youth and/or adult participants.

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Florida Sea Base


At least one adult leader in each crew must complete Wilderness First Aid and Basic CPR/AED from an agency approved by the American Camping Association or hold a higher professional license such as MD, DO, EMT, RN, LPN or WFR. Multiple crews require multiple trained leaders. Sea Base highly recommends that every adult leader completes WFA and CPR/AED.

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Northern Tier


North Tier requires that at least one adult leader in each crew must present proof of current training in the following: Wilderness First Aid, CPR/AED and Weather Hazards training. Northern Tier also recommends at least one adult complete BSA Paddle Craft Safety training.

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Bechtel Summit


Units participating in the Bikepacking Experience, Pack and Paddle Experience, Polaris ATV Experience, or the New River Experience programs are required to have at least one participant (youth or adult) who has completed CPR and Wilderness First Aid training (WFA). While not required, the Summit strongly suggests that two or more individuals attain the WFA.

Units participating in the Summit Experience, Marksman Experience, or James C. Justice National Scout Camp are not required to have a participating individual trained in CPR or Wilderness First Aid. The Summit health and safety team does highly recommend that units participating in these programs have at least one participating individual trained in both.

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Bechtel Summit


While Maine High Adventure does not actually have any formal Wilderness First Aid or CPR requirements for its participants, we spoke with the director, Art Morgan, who stated that “it is STRONGLY recommended that each and every participant attending Maine High Adventure have both Wilderness First Aid and CPR training.” That said, it is only a recommendation, and NOT a requirement.

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Goshen Scout Reservation, Lenhoksin


For crews participating in either the Lenhok’sin Trail Trek or James River Canoe Trek, one or more crew members must have Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED as well as Weather Hazards training and Safe Swim Defense.

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High Adventure Bases of the Boy Scouts of America are outdoor recreation facilities located in several locales in North America operated by the Boy Scouts of America at the organization’s national level. Each facility offers wilderness programs and training that could include wilderness canoeing, wilderness backpacking trips, or sailing, and provide opportunities for Scouts to earn the 50-Miler Award. These bases are administered by the High Adventure Division of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

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BSA High Adventure WFA Requirements