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Register Now: Wilderness First Aid, 2022

If you are more than 60 minutes from a medical facility, the Boy Scouts of America recommends that at least one leader have Wilderness First Aid Training (WFA). Adventure bases require one or two leaders to have WFA. 

The WFA training course, hosted by Mountain Valley District, teaches participants how to assess and treat an ill or injured person in a remote or sometimes austere environment. Course participants will learn how to assess, treat, and when possible, prevent medical and traumatic emergencies within the scope of their training.

The course capacity is 30 students, so don’t delay registering to hold your spot. You can hold a spot through online registration, then print and complete one registration form per participant within 30 days.

When:

  • Friday, April 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where:

The 2021 course was offered at 30 Red Fox Lane Bozeman, Montana 59718. This location is tentative for the 2022 course.

Other:

  • Scout Leaders – Wear Field Uniform for Friday/Saturday morning & Activity Uniform (Class B) beginning Saturday before lunch​. Members of the public or non-uniform Scouters please dress in comfortable clothing you will get dirty on both Saturday session.
  • Must attend all 3 days for certification
  • Must have CPR/AED certification before you can be given WFA certification (preferably before course, but can take CPR after if necessary. WFA certification will only be awarded once you  are CPR/AED certified).

Other:

  • Scout Leaders – Wear Field Uniform for Friday/Saturday morning & Activity Uniform (Class B) beginning Saturday before lunch​. Members of the public or non-uniform Scouters please dress in comfortable clothing you will get dirty on both Saturday session.
  • Must attend all 3 days for certification
  • Must have CPR/AED certification before you can be given WFA certification (preferably before course, but can take CPR after if necessary. WFA certification will only be awarded once you  are CPR/AED certified).

Books:

Students will receive the spiral-bound WFA Field Guide as part of the course. You can also order separately the Wilderness First Aid – 5th edition is a paperback textbook with more pictures and in-depth information. The Wilderness First Aid books are in revision and hopefully, we will be getting new versions. 

Description:

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course will help you prepare for the unexpected. This fast-paced, hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of Scout Leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and individuals working in remote locations. It will introduce you to caring for people who become ill or injured far from definitive medical care. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and ability to make sound decisions in emergencies.
Taught by seasoned instructors in a two or two and a half-day format, this course includes many advanced topics:

Topics include:

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Evacuation Plans and Emergency Procedures
  • CPR (on some courses)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Lightning
  • The Medical Patient
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits

Where is WFA offered?

In addition to the BSA/ESCI course, courses approved by the ACA fulfill the WFA requirements. These are the options for Montana. Check the specific agency website for schedule and price information.

  • Aerie Medicine Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Couse in Bozeman, Missoula, and Kalispell ($205)
  • NOLS Wilderness First Aid Courses (2 or more days) in Bozeman with Crossing Latitudes ($275).

Questions?

Email Mike O’Donnell with any questions about the course. Please read the registration materials first.