Wilderness First Aid

-- Upcoming class --

March 21-22, 2020
Location: Valley Crest Farm & Preserve, Allerton Rd., Lebanon, NJ.

Venturing Crew 6194 is an authorized Education Center for the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), offering the BSA-approved Wilderness First Aid (WFA) curriculum. We can also offer CPR certification in conjunction with WFA.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. A BSA-led task force, working with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons developed a WFA doctrine and curriculum for scouts and scouters.  Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training.
Adult Scouters and youth members over age 14 are invited to participate and earn their certification.
Why is this important?
This course goes far beyond what many people think of as “first aid.” It contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, but the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations in remote locations.
The bottom line is this: Better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save valuable time and save lives.

Who is it for?

WFA training is for youth members over 14 and adult Scout leaders.  Many scout leaders find it to be one of the the most valuable training programs they’ve ever taken.

Emergency situations

One of the first things you'll learn is to assess the hazards and establish control in an emergency situation. Emergencies, big or small, may be charged with emotion and confusion. Even minor chaos increases the risk of injury to rescuers and bystanders, as well as the risk of inadequate care for the patient.

Course modules

  • Accident scene safety
  • Patient assessment
  • Chest injuries
  • Shock
  • Head (brain) and spinal injuries
  • Bone and joint injuries
  • Wounds and wound infection
  • Hypothermia and frostbite
  • Heat problems
  • Lightning
  • Optional Modules, such as:
    • Altitude illnesses
    • Submersion incidents
    • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness first-aid kits
  • Wilderness risk management 
  • Backcountry accident scenarios
The course is conducted over 16 hours and includes a combination of lecture, discussion and hands-on skills development. Student progress is assessed throughout the course. A written final exam may be included at the discretion of the lead instructor. 
Course Logistics
   Valley Crest Farm & Preserve, 14 Allerton Rd. Lebanon, New Jersey
Costs: Wilderness First Aid - $115.00 
            Optional Adult CPR - $40.00  

Questions:  Contact Rob Sheneman (venturingcrew6194@gmail.com)
- Enrollment is limited to 20 participants for WFA and 10 for CPR -