Atlanta Area Council  

Wilderness and Remote First Aid

(American Red Cross Certification)

Course Information

Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this is a 16-hour course developed by the American Red Cross (ARC) and aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

The course is taught by volunteer American Red Cross certified instructors.  The course requires participants to attend both, one four-hour evening/afternoon session and one all-day (8-9 hours) Saturday session.  Participants also complete course reading material, supporting worksheets, and an end-of-course written assessment.  The evening session is an orientation to the program via lecture and hands-on application scenarios.  The all-day Saturday session is conducted outdoors and designed to be an extensive hands-on practical experience where small groups (patrols) are faced with 8 to 10 challenging scenarios and a final evaluation of practical skills in:

  • Event Leadership
  • Patient Assessment—Initial and Focused
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Abdominal Problems
  • Chest Injuries
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Heat Related Issues
  • Hypothermia
  • Frost Bite
  • Altitude Illnesses
  • Lightning
  • Submersion Incidents
  • Shock
  • Head (Brain) and Spine Injuries
  • Burns
  • Wounds and Wound Infection

Participants will also receive additional information on the BSA definitions of incident levels and how to report to the BSA following an incident.  

Participants will be assigned to patrols by instructors such that family members and members in the same unit are in different patrols.  This allows us to facilitate independent experiential training.

Participants who meet all course requirements receive a two-year certification from the American Red Cross.  Certificates are sent electronically by the American Red Cross approximately two weeks after the course completion date.


  • Participants must attend one evening/afternoon session and one all-day Saturday session. 
  • All participants must be 14 years of age at the completion of the course.
  • All participants must hold current adult CPR/AED certification. *  The Atlanta Area Council accepts only CPR/AED certificates from the American Red Cross (ARC) or the American Heart Association (AHA). Online courses do not qualify, you must attend and pass a live session for Adult CPR/AED. . 
  • All participants must bring a current BSA Medical Form, Parts A & B.
  • All participants must have their own email address.  If you have any other type of certification with the American Red Cross, it is suggested you use that email address for this course.  The ARC uses the email as a unique identifier.

Regarding CPR/AED certification

WFA course participants may register for and successfully complete the certification at the Atlanta Area Council CPR Saturday to complete this requirement.

Contact the Course Director, Wayne Miller, at

Registration Details:

Deadline to register is April 5th for the April 12th session and April 8th for the April 15th session.

$75 per participant.

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

Upcoming Courses:

Option A, November 8 & 16, 2018

Thursday, 11/8 from 6pm – 10pm at the Volunteer Service Center and Saturday, 11/16 from 8am – 5pm at Allatoona Aquatics Base.

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Option B, November 11 & 16, 2018

Sunday, 11/11 from 2pm – 6pm at the Volunteer Service Center and Saturday, 11/16 from 8am – 5pm at Allatoona Aquatics Base.



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.)