Wilderness First Aid for High Adventuerby Jan Hackett on 12/11/12
In a recent conversation with a client they expressed concerns that the Wilderness First Aid class they have scheduled with me no longer met the BSA requirements for high adventure camps. They had visited a website that offers training and saw the following:
“Wilderness and Remote First Aid replaces Wilderness First Aid Basics which was the program previously recommended by the BSA. The new WRFA program meets the current training
requirements for Scout groups planning treks to Philmont Scout Ranch.”
After some investigation I have come to find out the American Red Cross revamped their class in 2012 and is now called “Wilderness and Remote First Aid”. I then visited the Philmont website which states:
“Philmont requires that at least one person (preferably two) 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.”
The Wilderness First Aid class taught by Wilderness Education & Medicine of Texas sanctioned by American Health & Safety meets the standards established by the Boy Scouts and the American Camping Association HW1 part C when EMS is more than one hour away along with the many other youth/adult organizations and camps. In 2010 the National First Aid Science Advisory Board set forth new guidelines which ASHI implemented into their curriculum 2011.