Wilderness & Remote First Aid

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Date(s) - Saturday, September 30th, 2017 - Sunday, October 1st, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Council Service Center


Wilderness & Remote First Aid training is a practical, 16 hour course that was designed jointly by the American Red Cross and the National Office of the BSA.  The Wilderness & Remote First Aid course is fast paced and covers a great variety of the large and small medical emergencies that one could expect in a wilderness or remote environment.

The course consists of lecture, practical exercises, scenarios, and outdoor demonstrations that will require participants both to demonstrate their grasp of first aid skills and to exercise leadership and sound judgment in simulated wilderness emergency environments.

This is not a basic first aid class.  All participants are expected to have mastered first aid skills at the level of the BSA First Aid Merit Badge.  Please take the time to review this material before attending the class.  All participants must also have current Adult CPR/AED certification from a recognized health care organization in order to commence this training.   Those who do not have such current certification can obtain it by attending the Adult and Child CPR/AED training offered on the Friday night before the W&RFA training.   Registration for the CPR/AED class is separate from the W&RFA class and is accomplished through the HAT page on the Council’s website.  Completion of the HAT Core training class is not a prerequisite for W&RFA or CPR/AED training.

The class is open to BSA registered adult leaders and to mature 17-year old youth members.  We have found that younger youth cannot demonstrate the leadership and organizational skills that we feel are essential for certification.

The class is limited to 30 participants.  Priority will be given to MDSC members until 1 month before the class, at which time it will be open to all registrants.  There is a growing interest in the class from Scouters in neighboring councils, so plan ahead and register early.

For any questions, contact John McBeth at njmcbeth@yahoo.com or (650) 483-4829 or Merrill Swiney at MSwiney452@aol.com or (925) 930-6903