Boy Scout High Adventure:
Wilderness First Aid Requirements

Because Wilderness First Aid is now required in some fashion by all of the major Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America) 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.

Center for Wilderness Safety is a nationally recognized provider of wilderness medicine programs, and is an ACA and Scouts BSA provider of wilderness first aid and other wilderness medicine as well as community health and safety programs.

 

The list below is current as of January 28, 2022.

Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont requires that each crew have two participants who have completed Wilderness First Aid and two participants with CPR/AED 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

Florida Sea Base

All individuals over the age of 18 must complete Youth Protection Training, BSA Safe Swim, BSA Safety Afloat, and Hazardous Weather Training. One adult age 21 or older must complete Wilderness First Aid training and one adult, age 21 or older, must complete CPR/AED training.

Northern Tier

Northern Tier

Northern Tier requires every crew to have at least one adult currently certified in Wilderness First Aid (16-hour minimum course length) and CPR/AED (WOW Crews may substitute Standard First Aid for Wilderness First Aid).

Bechtel Summit

Bechtel Summit

The Summit will be providing Wilderness First Aid training and CPR to all staff that work in a program that requires WFA and CPR/AED for the summer of 2022. Each crew will be accompanied by a staff member with training. This will complete the WFA and CPR/AED training requirements for these programs. Additionally, we encourage each crew to seek out training that will give them another adult who can assist in responding to emergencies in the wilderness.

Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification will continue to be required for backcountry adventures including trek programs and high adventure base participation. As a reminder, current CPR/AED certification is a prerequisite for a WFA course.

Maine High Adventure

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/AED training." That said, it is only a recommendation, and not a requirement.

Lenhok'Sin High Adventure (Goshen)

Lenhok'Sin High Adventure (Goshen)

Lenhok'Sin High Adventure offers two different programs, however both programs have the the same requirements: one or more crew members must have both Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED training, in addition to Weather Hazards Training and Safe Swim Defense.