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Whether you venture into your local park or deep into the backcountry, having a solid foundation of basic and life-saving first aid skills instills confidence - and can mean the difference between life and death. This two-day intensive wilderness first aid course offers an in-depth introduction to the field of wilderness medicine.

CWS is a recognized wilderness medicine provider, approved by the American Camp Association and meets the required for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for all High Adventure programs (Philmont, etc.).


Wilderness First Responder is an intensive 80-hour course, and is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor enthusiasts and international travelers.

Our curriculum encompasses a range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, reducing common dislocations, patient packaging, and medication administration. You will spend more than half your time practicing skills and participating in realistic scenarios, including several full-scale mock rescues.


Sponsoring a Wilderness Medicine course through Center for Wilderness Safety at your own location is a great way to offer your group (or even the general public) a way to learn potentially life-saving skills that might save somebody's life!

Year-round, Girl and Boy Scout troops, SAR teams & other outdoor organizations host training at a location of their choosing. Our nationally-recognized curriculum gives participants the skills needed to address both common and potentially life-threatening medical issues in the backcountry.


First Aid Merit BadgeCalling All BSA Scouts!
CWS is excited to announce that we are now offering the Eagle required First Aid Merit Badge in and around the greater Northern Virginia & Washington DC area! If your troop or District has 12 or more Scouts interested, what are you waiting for? LEARN MORE

About Center for Wilderness Safety…

Center for Wilderness Safety is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that specializes in wilderness & remote medicine education and training. For over fifteen years, CWS has been one of the predominant programs in the field of wilderness medicine, offering courses such as Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, WEMT, and more. CWS is a nonprofit partner of the Wilderness Medical Society, and is an ACA and BSA approved provider of wilderness medicine programs.

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