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 the National Jamboree), and even the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts' Lenhok'Sin.  The list below is current as of March 2016.
 
 

 

Philmont Scout Ranch

Owned and operated by the Boy Scouts in Northeastern New Mexico, Philmont Scout Ranch requires that 2 members of each crew be certified in Wilderness First Aid and 2 members be certified in CPR. Any 2 youth or adult crew members could receive both certifications or 4 crew members could each receive 1 certification. Several hours may be required for Philmont staff to reach a remote backcountry location after a message is delivered to the nearest staffed camp.

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

One adult leader per crew must have Wilderness First Aid training.

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Northern Tier

One adult leader per crew must have proof of Wilderness First Aid training (16-hour course minimum), CPR training and BSA Weather Hazards training.

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The 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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Lenhok'Sin (NCAC Boy Scouts)

At least one crew member must hold current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications. More than one certified crew member is recommended.

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