BSA – Wilderness First Aid (BSA-WFA)

BSA Wilderness First Aid is a 16 hour hands-on course that emphasizes the issues that may be encountered with illness and injury when definitive medical care is more than one hour away. BSA-WFA is required for crews attending programs at any of the BSA High Adventure bases and recommended for all BSA programs. Coupled with CPR/AED training, WFA training gives the participants the knowledge, ability and confidence to deal with emergencies and routine medical issues that might arise on an outdoor adventure.

Philmont Scout Ranch (from website 5-2017)

Northern Tier High Adventure (from website 5/2017)




There are no pre-requisites for WFA training, but all of the BSA High Adventure Bases require at least one person also be currently trained to current CPR/AED standards. EMS² can provide all of your emergency preparedness training!  See the list below for specific requirements.  

The minimum age requirements for BSA-WFA are the same as participation for attendance at the camp. If the youth is eligible for the high adventure, they are eligible to attend BSA-WFA training.  

You do not have to be a Scout or Scout Leader to take a WFA course! We welcome anyone who wishes to learn and prepare for emergencies in the outdoor environment. Backpackers, hunters, kayakers, skiers, off-shore fishermen or anyone that spends time recreating in an area where medical help may be delayed would benefit from this training.

While there are no unit requirements for anyone to be trained in CPR/AED or First Aid, it is highly recomRecent WFA Classmended that someone be trained in CPR and First Aid or Wilderness First Aid if the unit engages in outdoor programs on a regular basis. The Guide to Safe Scouting states “First aid and WFA are important to participants in BSA programs. The BSA strongly recommends that participants avail themselves of CPR with automatic external defibrillator (AED) training, along with first-aid and wilderness first-aid training. For certain program participation, there may be requirements for first aid, wilderness first aid, and CPR/AED.” 


High Adventure Base WFA/CPR Specific Requirements:

Philmont Scout Ranch:   Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certification

Philmont requires that at least 2 members of each crew be certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 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.

Florida Sea Base:  Adult Leader Training

It is required that one adult leader in each crew completes Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR or hold a higher professional certification. Multiple crews require multiple trained leaders. It is recommended that every adult leader in each crew completes WFA and CPR.

Northern Tier Canoe Base: Required Documents

The following documents must be absolutely complete upon arrival on base:

  • Wilderness First-Aid Training – At least one adult advisor must have proof (completion certificate) of BSA approved Wilderness First Aid training. Minimum WFA course length is 16-hours.
  • CPR Training – At least one adult advisor must have proof (completion certificate) of CPR Training


Wilderness First Aid 1 person   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.