Boy Scout High Adventure:
Wilderness First Aid Requirements
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAINE HIGH ADVENTURE
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.
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.
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.
ACA Approved Wilderness Medicine Providers