Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid is a vital skill for any backcountry travel.  It is highly recommended by the BSA and required by many high adventure camps that you have at least 2 or 3 people in your crew trained and current in Wilderness First Aid.

The Mount Baker Council take safety and Wilderness First Aid training serious.  We have a cadre of professional instructors and medical providers with decades of wilderness and scouting experience.  Our instructors have cared for victims in the backcountry, in remote settings around the world, in ambulances and helicopters, on the battlefield and at scout camp. 

Our 16+ hour course is a split between classroom instruction and hands on training.  Course material is based on up to date current medical practices, current wilderness medical guidelines and real world experience.  This class is fast paced and geared for adult audiences.  

Expect to be challenged and take away valuable skills after completing our course.  

 


Next Training Opportunity 

Mount Baker Council is offering a 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course that is certified by the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI). 

This course meets the wilderness first aid requirement for units trekking at national high adventure bases (Philmont, Sea Base, Northern Tier and The Summit) and for other backcountry outings. It is appropriate for Scouts and Scouters who want to become better prepared for emergencies. It also fulfills the core first aid requirement for the Venturing Ranger Award.

When & Where:

Generally run a Spring Course in May and an Autumn Course in November.

Locations include Fire Mountain Scout Camp in Mount Vernon and the Alderwood Boys and Girls Club in Lynnwood.

 

Our next class:

Fire Mountain Scout Camp

Two Saturday, May 8 and May 15, 2021; 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Class size is limited to 24. 

Must attend both sessions of course to become certified.

Register: Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Prerequisites:
  1. Registered Scouter or Scout (age 14+).
  2. Scouters must be “Trained” for registered position. Scouts must be at least First Class and have
    First Aid Merit Badge.
  3. Minors must be accompanied by parent, guardian or unit leader.
  4. Current Adult CPR/AED certification card prior to first day of the course. (Online-only courses are
    not acceptable. Must be certified by American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ECSI, or
    American Safety and Health Institute.) Optional ECSI blended learning Adult & Child CPR/AED
    course MAY BE available at extra cost ($20) — this course requires completion of an online interactive
    “classroom” portion prior to the first day of class and hands-on skills testing at 7:00 a.m. on the
    first day of class.
Documentation:

Submit the following documentation as part of registration:

  • Current signed Part A and Part B Annual Health and Medical Record.
  • Copy of current CPR/AED certification or date when course will be completed or enrollment in
    optional Adult & Child CPR/AED course.
  • Documentation of current rank and First Aid Merit Badge (Scouts only).

 

Enrollment is limited.  Please register as soon as possible. 

 


Wilderness Survival Elective

Our overnight courses have an optional Wilderness Survival Program.  We cover the basics of surviving the unexpected night out in the wilderness.  This course is intended for adults but more mature scouts can also attend. 

 


Wilderness Adventure Training Series

Wilderness First Aid is part of our Wilderness Adventure Training Series intended to better prepare scouts and units for adventures in the backcountry.