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Wilderness First Aid Requirements for Scouting Programs

-- ALL BSA High Adventure Bases Now Require Wilderness First Aid --

We do our best to stay abreast of the lastest requirements for Philmont, Northern Tier, Sea Base, Goshen's Len Hok'sin program, as well as the new Bechtel Summit National High Adventure Base. The following information is valid as of September 2013 and has been verified with the National Health & Safety Department of the Boy Scouts of America to be accurate.
 

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Philmont Scout Ranch

As of 2014, Philmont will require that at least TWO persons in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness & Remote First Aid and Adult CPR/AED from either the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ECSI, or ASHI. It is recommended (however not required) that these certifications are held by the same individuals, however may be spread among the crew.

Due to terrain and weather, certain areas within the Ranch dictate that injuried parties may experience 6 or more hours before arriving at a definitive care facility. Many staff camps carry an AED and have access to a vehicle to aid in patient evacuation.

A person may also have medical training beyond the the basic requirement of Wilderness First Aid. In addition to Wilderness First Aid, all BSA High Adventure bases now accept the following advanced levels of emergency medical training:

      Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
      Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)
      EMT or Paramedic
      Military Corpsman or Medic
      Registered Nurse
      Nurse Practitioner
      Physician's Assistant
      MD or DO

A copy of the license or certification must be shared with Philmont staff during the registration process.


 
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Northern Tier

As of 2014, Northern Tier will require that at least TWO persons in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness & Remote First Aid and Adult CPR/AED from either the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ECSI, or ASHI. It is recommended (however not required) that these certifications are held by the same individuals, however may be spread among the crew.

A person may also have medical training beyond the the basic requirement of Wilderness First Aid. In addition to Wilderness First Aid, all BSA High Adventure bases now accept the following advanced levels of emergency medical training:

      Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
      Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)
      EMT or Paramedic
      Military Corpsman or Medic
      Registered Nurse
      Nurse Practitioner
      Physician's Assistant
      MD or DO

A copy of the license or certification must be shared with Northern Tier during the registration process.


 
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Florida Sea Base

As of 2014, Sea Base will require that at least TWO persons in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness & Remote First Aid and Adult CPR/AED from either the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ECSI, or ASHI. It is recommended (however not required) that these certifications are held by the same individuals, however may be spread among the crew. Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat are now also required for at least ONE person in your crew – this is for your tour plan (see at the bottom of this page).

A person may also have medical training beyond the the basic requirement of Wilderness First Aid. All BSA High Adventure Bases now accept the following advanced levels of emergency medical training:

      Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
      Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)
      EMT or Paramedic
      Military Corpsman or Medic
      Registered Nurse
      Nurse Practitioner
      Physician's Assistant
      MD or DO

Read about recommended Sea Base First Aid Kits & Treatments.


 
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National High Adventure Base (Bechtel Summit)

As of 2013, the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base (the Summit at Bechtel Reserve) will require that at least ONE person in each crew be currently certified in BOTH Wilderness & Remote First Aid and Adult CPR/AED from either the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ECSI, or ASHI. These certifications must be held by the same individual, and cannot be spread among the crew.

A person may also have medical training beyond the the basic requirement of Wilderness First Aid. In addition to Wilderness First Aid, all BSA High Adventure bases now accept the following advanced levels of emergency medical training:

      Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
      Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)
      EMT or Paramedic
      Military Corpsman or Medic
      Registered Nurse
      Nurse Practitioner
      Physician's Assistant
      MD or DO

A copy of the license or certification must be shared with Northern Tier during the registration process.


 
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National Capital Area Council: Lenhok'sin High Adventure

The Lenhok'sin high adventure program at Goshen requires that at least TWO people in each crew be certificatied in both Adult CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid (or at least advanced first aid). They do prefer that an adult covers at least one of each certification, but if it is just the scouts that have it, they may allow it.

All Lenhok'sin staff will be basic first aid and CPR/AED certified as well, for anything that could happen at outposts, but while out on the trails, until you can get to help, your crew is the primary care for any emergency situations or injuries that may occur.



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National & Council Tour & Activity Plans

In order to meet the requirements of both local and national tour plans, it is recommended that for any group of Scouts who will be in a wilderness, backpacking, or camping environment (more than 30 minutes from a hospital), at least ONE ADULT LEADER be currently certified in both Wilderness & Remote First Aid and Adult CPR/AED from either the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ECSI, or ASHI.

Camping practices that are appropriate for day outings, long-term Scout camp, or short-term unit camping may not apply to "wilderness areas", and therefore, the Boy Scouts of America recommends that at least one, preferably two individuals be certified in Standard First Aid and Adult CPR/AED.

Because of illnesses and unforeseen circumstances, it is recommended that all crews have at least two participants with these certifications. A person may also have medical training beyond the the basic requirement of Wilderness First Aid.

Read More About BSA Tour Plans



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Last Verified + Updated: 09/26/2013          

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