Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid is offered at least twice annually within Erie Shores Council, normally hosting classes at the Wildlife & Nature Center at Camp Miakonda.
Please plan ahead!
We recommend that you complete WFA 12-18 months in advance of your adventure so that you have those skills while preparing with your crew. Certifications are valid for 24 months.
Many thanks to our local WFA instructors for their awesome leadership in these courses!
Our next WFA course is scheduled for December 3 and 4, 2022, at Camp Miakonda.
Wilderness First Aid Training is a valuable and needed skill for today’s youth and adult Scouting leaders and is required for those attending BSA High Adventure Bases and other outdoor settings more than 30 minutes from emergency services. This 16-hour first aid course for backcountry situations includes first aid skills and practice, plus leadership training for how to manage group dynamics while on the trek. Be prepared for indoor classroom training with outdoor practice scenarios. Dress in non-uniform outdoor apparel (layers) appropriate for the weather, and bring your backpack as if prepared for a trek.
CPR certification (which must include hands-on testing) is a prerequisite to taking the Wilderness First Aid training and is NOT included in this course offering. If you do not have CPR certification already and will need to complete it before this course, please notify Alan Lepard immediately of this need. If enough need is expressed, we may set up a course to certify you. Proof of CPR certification must be presented upon arrival at the course (or preferably via email prior to the couse).
Wilderness First Aid training is open to all BSA adults and all BSA youth 14 or older. All participants must have solid working knowledge and proficiency in all first aid requirements. First Aid Merit Badge is highly recommended as a prerequisite for youth.
Erie Shores Council is a certified education center of the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), an official training partner of the BSA National Council.
Saturday, 8:00-4:00 (eat breakfast beforehand; bring your own lunch with you in the morning)
Sunday, 8:00-4:00 (eat breakfast beforehand; bring your own lunch with you in the morning)
All sessions will be conducted at:
Wildlife and Nature Center at Camp Miakonda (park in the parking lot, then walk into camp)
5600 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43623
Overnight accommodations may be available. If you are traveling from a great distance and need local accommodation support, please communicate that to Alan Lepard.
$95 per participant provides the WFA Training (this fee is planned to increase for 2023).
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required to secure your spot in the course.
Fees are not refundable but are transferable to a replacement participant in the same session.
The class is normally limited to 24 participants, youth and adult total. We may reduce this for public health reasons.
If you are a medical professional or have extensive backcountry experience, you could join our team of instructors and therefore help offer more classes per year. We want for WFA Training to be available to everyone -- not just those planning for high adventure treks.