Don't get caught untrained, uncertified, or unchecked for your high adventure treks this year! Besides the rigorous medical checks and CPR certifications, Philmont now requires at least one person in each crew, preferably two, be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid Basics (WFAB). You must present current certification cards upon check in to verify this requirement.
Sea Base and Northern Tier currently 'highly recommend' the WFAB certification, but I've been told it will soon be a requirement at those high adventure bases as well.
As an authorized instructor for the Red Cross, I've just started presenting WFAB this year to help troops in Minnesota fulfill their high adventure requirement. I've been scrambling to arrange extra classes for the demand! There are scoutmasters and committee members from all over the council contacting me to ask about openings in classes. It seems there are a lot of troops sending crews to Philmont this summer. :-)
And, I just know I'm going to get some calls in May saying, "I need training for our June trek!!!" It's bound to happen. Oh well.
The WFAB training itself is very useful and I wish it were a requirement on the Tour Permits for high adventures. I think it's great that more leaders get exposed to the methods of handling potential catastrophies that may occur in the back country. An accident might occur on any campout, not just at a BSA high adventure base. The WFAB certification is not just a good requirement for the BSA bases, it's a good idea for any troop that participates in camping where emergency help is more than 30 minutes away.
To improve the safety levels in our troop and others in the council, I'll be offering WFAB training periodically. By this time next year, my goal is to have 75% of the adult and youth leaders in our troop certified in WFAB and CPR.
When you look into WFAB and CPR training for your troop, contact your council and district to find out if any training classes are scheduled. Then, check around for other options and prices. WFAB price ranges from $45 to $245, depending on the provider and training location.
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