About Wilderness First Aid Training

Be Prepared for High Adventure

"Be Prepared" is the Scout Motto

Do you know what to do in an emergency out on the trail or at an activity? Several courses are offered annually for you to gain the training and skills necessary to handle the challenges that come with accidents or illness.

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where care by a physician or rapid transport isn't possible. During the 16-hour course, participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies. Current certification in an adult CPR course and completion of AED training are prerequisites. It is a requirement for all units to have two Wilderness First Aid trained leaders on any trips to BSA high adventure bases. 

Offerings From Northern Star

Tomahawk Scout Camp

During the summer, Tomahawk Scout Camp offers Wilderness First Aid Trainings to leaders at summer camp. This course is offered during even weeks on even years and odd weeks during odd years. For example, it is offered weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 during 2024 and weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 during 2025. For information on what dates those week numbers line up with, head to:

Tomahawk's Sign Up For Summer Camp page

Offerings from Other Vendors

We also work with third-party vendors who provide Wilderness First Aid training for Scouts.

MN Wilderness First Aid

Andrea Luhman offers several courses at our camps:

  1. May 4-5, 2024 at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp
  2. June 1-2, 2024 at Rum River Scout Camp
  3. August 24-25, 2024 at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp
  4. September 7-8, 2024 at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp
  5. November 16-17, 2024 at Camp Lakamaga in  Marine on the St. Croix, MN, about 3 miles from Kiwanis Scout Camp

To sign up for Andrea's courses, you can head to:



Pine Bend Scout Association and the College of Wilderness Knowledge

Pine Bend Scout Association and the College of Wilderness Knowledge will be hosting a Wilderness First Aid course for up to 20 participants this spring.  The course will be held at Birch Bend Camp near Onamia, MN on May 31 at 7pm to June 2 at 3pm.  The cost of the course will be $200 which will cover CPR/AED and Wilderness First Aid certifications and all food for the weekend.  Camping at Birch Bend is free.

  • Dates: May 31, 2024 @ 7pm to June 2, 2024 @ 3pm
  • Location: Birch Bend Camp -  33082 268th St. Pierz, MN 56364
  • Cost: $200. Covers certification, camping, and meals.

Click here to register!

Other Certifications

If you are currently certified in CPR, AED and WFA by the American Red Cross or Emergency Care & Safety Institute you may use the certificate from those courses to meet the BSA training requirements.

Contact us

Dave Arola

Training and Advancement Director