Boy Scout High Adventure: Wilderness First Aid

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 February 8, 2018.
 
 
 

Philmont Scout Ranch - Boy Scout Wilderness First Aid RequirementsPhilmont Scout Ranch

Owned and operated by the Boy Scouts in Northeastern New Mexico, Philmont Scout Ranch requires that at least 2 members of each crew be certified in Wilderness First Aid and at least 2 members be certified in CPR. Any youth or adult crew members may fulfill this requirement, and different individuals may be certified (for example, 4 individuals with 1 certification each could meet this requirement, as could 2 individuals with 2 certifications each). You must present current certification cards upon check-in to verify this requirement. Equivalent training may include instruction by ambulance or fire department personnel, community colleges, or other organizations. You must have a letter indicating length of training, topics covered, and participant roster.

First aid and CPR training will result in proper and prompt attention being given to injuries and/or illnesses. You must present current certification cards upon check-in to verify this requirement. Equivalent training may include instruction by ambulance or fire department personnel, community colleges, or other organizations. You must have a letter indicating length of training, topics covered, and participant roster.

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Florida Sea Base - Boy Scout Wilderness First Aid RequirementsFlorida Sea Base

One adult leader over the age of 21 (per crew) must have Wilderness First Aid training and at least one adult leader over the age of 21 (per crew) must be CPR certified. The adult leader may also hold a higher professional certification such as MD, EMT, RN, LPN or WFR. Multiple crews require multiple trained leaders. It is highly recommended that every adult in each crew complete both Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

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Northern Tier - Boy Scout Wilderness First Aid RequirementsNorthern Tier

Northern Tier now requires at least one adult leader be certified in Wilderness First Aid and one adult leader be certified in CPR. In many cases, this may be the same person, or may be two separate adult leaders.

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Bechtel Summit - Boy Scout Wilderness First Aid RequirementsThe Bechtel Summit

The Summit requires that at least one participant, (an adult or a youth) in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid or the equivalent* and CPR from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or the equivalent*. It is recommended that each crew have at least two participants certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. If unforeseen circumstances prevent one of the WFA trained participants from attending you will have a second member with the qualifications. You must present current certification cards or copies of current cards upon check‐in.

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Maine High Adventure - Boy Scout Wilderness First Aid RequirementsMaine High Adventure

While Maine High Adventure does not actually have any formal Wilderness First Aid or CPR requirements for its participants, we spoke with 2018 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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LenhokSin - Boy Scout Wilderness First Aid RequirementsLenhok'Sin (NCAC Boy Scouts)

one or more crew members hold current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications in addition to Weather Hazards Training as well as BSA's Safe Swim Defense training. Having more than one certified crew member is strongly recommended.

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