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First Aid Goes Wild

This is an excellent opportunity for Scouts and their Leaders to prepare themselves for summer...

If you’re at work or home and a first aid crisis arises, with the assistance of 911 operators and emergency medical services, you are literally only minutes away from help. But what do you do if you are twenty minutes or twenty hours away from help, off of the beaten path or in an area were cell phone coverage is spotty or not available? How are you prepared to respond to an emergency? The American Red Cross will be offering the Wilderness and Remote First Aid this spring on May 2 & 3 from 9:00-5:00 at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center with instructor Roger Van Frank. If you love to go hike, kayaking or canoeing, camp or any other activity where you are in a remote area then Wilderness will provide you a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments, inc luding urban disasters.

The American Camping Association (ACA) reviewed and assisted in development of the Wilderness course. When accompanied with CPR training; the Wilderness Basics course also meets the ACA’s requirements for first aid training at any camps and outings which are an hour or more way from EMS. In addition the Wilderness and Remote First Aid class is approved by the Boy Scouts of America to meet training needs of not only scouts, but their leaders as well. .

The Wilderness First Aid Basics class covers assessment and urgent first aid techniques, but you must carry current CPR training before taking the class.. Basic first aid skills are covered, making this course appropriate for anyone regardless of experience level.

Students will learn to:

  • Types of Delayed-help Situations
  • Checking the scene, patient and resources
  • Caring for the patient long term
  • Patient assessment and common treatments for injuries
  • Deciding how and when to move a patient
  • Carrying Out the Plan
  • Deciding to Evacuate
  • This is an excellent opportunity for Scouts and their Leaders to prepare themselves for summer camping, mountaineering and adventuring to name just a few. We encourage all those who would like to take this course to register online at or call 1-800-RedCross.