Tag Archives: Wilderness First Aid

By Darryl Alder
May 17, 2017

Wilderness First Aid—What It Is and Why Should You Care?

Last spring Maria Milligan and I found ourselves together training in First Aid; Maria is a certified lifeguard with Red Cross. As a former Army Medic, I maintain my certification through our BSA partnership with ECSI. When Scoutmaster Austin Rose called to schedule a course for himself, I suggested we include the whole troop. Usually it’s no […]

By Darryl Alder
Apr 11, 2016

What spring training do you need for a safer summer?

Every year in April and May, there is a flurry of questions at the Council Service Center regarding training and certifications needed for summer camp plans. So as an editorial team, we thought we would give readers a quick overview of the possibilities: April is Youth Protection Month: Whether your Youth Protection Training (YPT) is […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 16, 2016

Why Wilderness First Aid?

Last Saturday, I spent the day with four Varsity Scouts and Venturers and four trek leaders of a group planning a Philmont Adventure. I had been invited to teach them Wilderness First Aid. This is way beyond the merit badge and, in fact, has no badge. It readies youth and adults to respond to medical situations when they are far […]

By Adrian
Sep 05, 2015

Adventures in Wilderness First Aid Training

Sandy, Utah’s Troop 411 does a number of high-adventure treks and monthly weekend campouts that put us, literally or figuratively, “in the wilderness.” Being prepared to adequately care for any injuries in such situations is paramount. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) defines “wilderness” as being one hour or more from “definitive care,” meaning a trauma-level hospital. […]

By Darryl Alder
Mar 30, 2015

April is Safety Month—What Training do You Need?

The BSA’s Commitment To Safety The National Key 3 makes it clear that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. Wilderness First […]