Two-Day Training Course

Wilderness First Aid is a 16-hour course provided by Campaign Pay it Forward addressing common wilderness injuries, ailments, and treatment.

American Red Cross Scout BSA approved course for high adventure trips.

The Campaign Pay it Forward offers this class in WILDERNESS FIRST AID for emergencies and minor accidents. First Aid for common injuries should be part of every person’s knowledge base. Campaign Pay it Forward is proud to offer this 16 hour class that will teach basic first aid and non-medical professionals medical treatment for a typical sick or injured person and address them in a wilderness or during a backcountry experience. Without the benefit of a doctor or other medical professional at the scene of minor or serious injury, a regular person can provide emergency treatment without professional medical advice. The proper first aid training will be taught to you along with the basic steps of first aid care and first aid skills and assist in providing new skills in medical care.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the perfect class for anyone who loves spending time in the great outdoors. Whether you’re a hiker, hunter, camper, or simply enjoy being in nature, WFA will teach you the skills you need to be prepared for any emergency. Our classes are located in Virginia, Maryland, DC, and New York, so you can find one that’s convenient for you. In just a few short days, you’ll learn how to assess and manage medical emergencies in remote settings. You’ll also get hands-on experience with Wilderness First Aid kits and equipment. So if you’re looking for a fun and informative way to spend a weekend, sign up for Wilderness First Aid today!

There are numerous steps in providing care to injuries prior to providing first aid and medical help. This website/webpage should not be used in lieu of taking our course or used in part or parcel towards aiding a victim or patient. For example, If you cannot confirm that the scene and environment surrounding the patient is safe; you should not approach the patient, you should not put yourself in harms way and steps should be taken to secure the scene by professionals. At no time should a non-professional person put themselves in harms way. The Wilderness First Aid course and skills will direct you to perform the proper assessment in order for you to be prepared to respond with the appropriate emergency medical response and practical skills. Wilderness First Aid is based on AHA, ARC, AID Wilderness, Boy Scouts of America, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT and the SOLO Wilderness Medicine programs. Practical skills and first aid certification along with a wilderness first aid emphasis will prepare students for a backcountry experience and respond to medical emergencies.

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Assessment Process

The Campaign Pay it Forward’s Wilderness First Aid course providers teach the proper treatment for numerous minor conditions and life threatening situations. The ability to evaluate and make an assessment that may lead to evacuation decisions, reveal spinal cord injuries, reveal joint injuries wounds, severe bleeding and eminent dangers in the location. Whether you are taking the course to fulfill a wilderness medicine requirement, to become a wilderness EMT, or if you are simply an outdoor enthusiast that want to be prepared for medical emergencies or common medical issues these safety skills are important to learn. Wilderness environments from a cold mountain environment or the famous mountains, lifesaving outdoors skills taught in the classroom and blended learning to prepare you for each environment.

During the steps that occur prior to approaching the situation and/or after initial steps one is often required to contact emergency medical services or call 911/EMS. There are several circumstances where a person is required to call 911/EMS. These steps that are taught in our first aid training adheres to the guidelines set forth by the Red Cross. The Red Cross are excellent resources for information. The Red Cross also provides excellent classes and provide medical advice. For infants, the American College of Pediatric medicine provides further guidelines to which one should follow.

The proper use of and inventory of a first aid kit and first aid manual are important. Courses of study are from a simple bee sting, a minor burn, allergic reaction, chest pain, difficulty breathing, a broken bone, rescue breathing, stop bleeding, blood loss, shock / mental health, cardiac arrest, heart attack, abdominal thrusts for choking, an additional life threatening condition and the prevention of further injury. Basic First Aid does not include CPR/ AED or cardiopulmonary resuscitation / automated external defibrillator, but first aid training does cover and review the identification of cardiac arrest and the concepts of blood flow and rescue breathing. A mere four hours in a training course that certifies you for three years as approved by your respective state or specific national park is where these skills will be taught. First Aid Kit material like antibiotic ointment, tourniquets for major bleeding and wilderness advanced patient assessment system are covered in this Wilderness First Aid course. For an outdoor enthusiast going on short trips the successful completion of wilderness first aid courses will provide them training in wounds skills, life threats and wilderness first responder first aid curriculum.


Wilderness First Aid and the skills to react to medical issues and extreme environments to a patient assessment system for a student to better evaluate the nature of injuries. It is important to note, that the successful completion of wilderness first aid and wilderness first responder / WFA courses teach skills by approved course and classroom providers but does not include CPR AED. The Wilderness First Aid WFA courses typically include the equivalent of Scouting and First Aid as prescribed by the guidelines of national programs like the American Red Cross, AHA and American Aquatics and Safety Training. Providers of this class of four hours teaches students the ability to treat patient injuries, make an assessment, provide feedback and prepare adult leaders with the confidence to provide emergency wilderness first aid. The following providers from Campaign Pay it Forward provide training certification and responder recertification for Wilderness First Aid courses. Students get course certification in Wilderness First Aid that stays in effect and does not expire for three years according most states.

In addition to Wilderness and Outdoors course material, basic navigation, patient response and multi-level assessments this wilderness course is ideal for any and all outdoor / wilderness expeditions. In addition to Wilderness First Aid, we also provide other courses to ensure that as many people can be trained in providing care in an emergency. Campaign Pay it Forward additionally provides courses in Stop the Bleed, Scouting, CPR AED, First Aid, Basic Life Support, TACMED, Lifeguard Training, Babysitting, Water safety, ServSafe, Wilderness First Aid and Instructor Courses such as ACLS, PALS, CPR, Lifeguarding, Basic Life Support.

Wilderness First Aid: Two-Day Course

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life. We immerse participants through lecture and hands on scenarios. If you just want to “talk” about Wilderness First Aid, this class is not for you. All scout wilderness first aid courses are taught by current registered adult scout leaders with years of experience and are current active duty emergency medical providers themselves!

Wilderness First Aid Training Course

The Wilderness First Aid course is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. Our Wilderness First Aid course is approved by all scouting organizations with unique American Red Cross QR code that you can verify on red cross website.

Wilderness First Aid course is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. We go into depth about stabilization and treatment for backcountry injuries.

We also have the first-ever in the nation kayaking wilderness first aid geared toward kayakers that do not usually backpack. This is taught by a certified EMT and also a long time paddler. The course covers common injuries related to paddling and how to treat them until advanced medical personnel arrives.

Wilderness First Responder

The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.

The WFR is 72+ hours long (8 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

Boy Scouts of American Approved

American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid, developed by the BSA

Locations in Virginia:

Accomack County, Albemarle County, Alleghany County, Amelia County
Amherst County, Appomattox County, Arlington County, Augusta County
Bath County, Bedford County, Bland County, Botetourt County, Brunswick County, Buchanan County, Buckingham County, Campbell County, Caroline County, Carroll County, Charles City County, Charlotte County, Chesterfield County, Clarke County, Craig County, Culpeper County, Cumberland County
Dickenson County, Dinwiddie County, Essex County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Floyd County, Fluvanna County, Franklin County
Frederick County, Giles County, Gloucester County, Goochland County
Grayson County, Greene County, Greensville County, Halifax County
Hanover County, Henrico County, Henry County, Highland County
Isle of Wight County, James City County, King and Queen County, King George County, King William County, Lancaster County, Lee County
Loudoun County, Louisa County, Lunenburg County, Madison County
Mathews County, Mecklenburg County, Middlesex County, Montgomery County, Nelson County, New Kent County, Northampton County
Northumberland County, Nottoway County, Orange County, Page County
Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Powhatan County, Prince Edward County, Prince George County, Prince William County, Pulaski County
Rappahannock County, Richmond County, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Russell County, Scott County, Shenandoah County, Smyth County, Southampton County, Spotsylvania County
Stafford County, Surry County, Sussex County, Tazewell County, Warren County, Washington County, Westmoreland County, Wise County, Wythe County, York County

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