Atlanta Area Council  

Wilderness First Aid

Planning a trip to the back country where a 911 call cannot get through, or where rescue may be hours away? Going to Philmont, Northern Tier, or Sea Base? Hiking the Appalachian Trail with your Troop or Crew? You might find yourself in a situation requiring not only first aid, but also care until evacuation or rescue.

Take your standard first aid skills to a higher level. The Atlanta Area Council Activities Committee will sponsor several Wilderness First Aid Courses throughout the year. They are offered at Basic and Advanced levels. 

Basic Wilderness First Aid American Red Cross Certification

This is a 16-hour course developed by the American Red Cross (ARC) and is taught by scout leaders who are certified ARC instructors. Participants, who complete all course requirements, receive a two-year ARC certification. The course requires that all participants complete either of two evening orientation sessions AND an all-day Saturday session. This course is open to all adult leaders, AND we encourage scouts 14 and older to participate.


  • All participants must have completed and be certified in Basic CPR to receive the WFA certificate card. AAC accepts only CPR certificates from the American Red Cross (ARC) or the American Heart Association (AHA). Hands-on training is accepted only, online courses do not qualify. Qualifying certification of this WFA requirement will be offered by AAC at CPR Saturday on Decmber 9, 2017.
  • Questions can be addressed to the Course Director, Wayne Miller, at

Upcoming Courses

This training costs $75 per participant.

Participants must attend one evening session and one Saturday session. 

Option A, April 12 & 21, 2018

-- OR --

Option B, April 15 & 21, 2018

Evening Sessions will be held at the Volunteer Service Center. The all-day session on April 21, 2018 will be held at Camp Bert Adams.


Wilderness First Aid SOLO Basic WFA Certification

This 16 hour course developed by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunites (SOLO) is taught by professional instructors from SOLO, a pioneer in wilderness medicine education.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. The WFA 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. The course focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.  During the course, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.


  • All participants must be 14 years of age at the completion of the course.
  • CPR Certification is not included nor is it required.
  • All participants must bring a current BSA Medical Form, Parts A & B.

Upcoming Courses:

$150 per participant.  Fee includes lunch on both days and a campsite registration. Camping can be arranged for scouts & scouters by prior arrangement with the Course Coordinator.  Breakfast and dinner will not be provided.

Spring 2018: March 3-4, 2018

Fall 2018: October 13-14, 2018

Advanced Wilderness First Aid SOLO AWFA Certification

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. The AWFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants in depth information on medical and environmental emergencies along with hands-on practice of backcountry first aid skills. It also meets the ACA guidelines. The SOLO AWFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on leadership. Participants learn to take control of medical situations, including patient assessment, injury management, traction and other necessary outdoor skills. The class goes into greater depth of basic WFA subjects than the SOLO Basic WFA course.


  • Participants must have completed SOLO Basic Wilderness First Aid in the past 24 months.
  • CPR Ceritification is not included or required.
  • All participants must bring a current BSA Medical Form, Parts A & B.

Upcoming Courses:

This training costs $150 per participant including lunch on both days and a campsite registartion. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided.

Spring 2018: April 21-22, 2018

Fall 2018: November 3-4, 2018


1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

phone: 770.989.8820

Hours of Operation:
8:30am - 6:00pm (M-F) 
9:00am - 1:00pm (Sat.)
Closed (Sun.)


1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

phone: 770.988.9912

Hours of Operation:
9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. (M-F) 
9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Sat.)
Closed (Sun.)