The photos above were taken at Patriots' Path's first WFA training class held in September 2007

Winner of the BSA National Risk Management Award for 2008

Starting in the summer of 2015, Philmont will require each crew have two persons certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA). Chief Watchu highly recommends that three persons in each crew become certified in WFA and your Watchu fee includes the cost for training three crew members. Having three certified will prevent any dropouts who may be trained from impacting your crew. If no one in your crew is WFA trained when you arrive at Philmont, you will not be allowed on the trails. As matter of clarification, WFA training in no way satisfies or replaces the requirement for a minimum of two persons in each crew to be CPR certified – in fact, CPR certification is a prerequisite for attending WFA training. Chief Watchu recommends in addition to those WFA trained that as many other crew members as possible be CPR certified. Knowing it can be difficult to obtain WFA training, Patriots' Path Council has established a program within the council, using BSA volunteers to keep the cost down to an absolute minimum. Dates of WFA and CPR training courses are listed on the Council Course Offerings tab - download a WFA or CPR flyer, then go to WFA Registration and CPR Registration to register. Both your WFA and CPR certifications will be valid for for two years. Participants must be 14 years old or older to be certified. Finally, we strongly recommend that you register for a fall/winter session to avoid classes that fill up in spring months so you avoid being denied a seat.

ECSI WFA training description

Crew First Aid Kit - suggested contents

WRFA Acronyms

Downloadable Recsue Request Forms for your next outdoors trip:

Old Rescue Request form

WRFA Rescue Request

WRFA Rescue Request, Alternate 1

WRFA Rescue Request, Alternate 2

WRFA Rescue Request, Alternate 3

Patriots' Path Council Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses:  

All WFA training will be conducted from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday at Camp Somers Dining Hall. Register Online here. Participants must be 14 years old or older and have a valid CPR certification.

Scheduled training dates for the 2014 to 2015 training program.

  • November 1 & 2, 2014
  • November 22 & 23, 2014
  • March 14 & 15, 2015
  • April 11 & 12, 2015
  • June 6 & 7, 2015


  • You are required to have a current CPR certification before taking WFA training. See the CPR training dates below.
  • Bring your own lunch and drinks for both days.
  • Wear comfortable clothes you won't mind getting dirty, including dressing in layers and rain gear for the outdoor sessions.
  • Bring your backpack packed for the trail (the contents are your "first aid kit").
  • Overnight camping is available for a small fee.
  • Download the welcome letter for more specific details.

Patriots' Path Council CPR courses:  

All CPR classes are limited to the first 12 persons and will be conducted from 6:30 to 11:00pm on Fridays at the Camp Somers Dining Hall. Register online here. Participants must be 14 years old or older.

Scheduled training dates for the 2014 to 2015 training program.

  • September 19, 2014
  • October 31, 2014
  • November 21, 2014
  • March 13, 2015
  • April 10, 2015
  • June 5, 2015

Additional WFA or CPR training may be scheduled as needed. Check on a regular basis for any additional classes. If you have a large enough group for a special class, contact our training team at for availability.

Patriots' Path Council Standard First Aid courses:  

The WFA training team will consider requests for standard first aid with or without CPR training for groups upon request. Please send a note to to check on availability and cost.



Below are all nationally recognized WFA certifications accepted at Philmont
Philmont will accept the following levels of training (a copy of a current license must be presented) in place of a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course.
  • Wilderness First Responder (72 hour course)
  • EMT - Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic
  • Military Corpsman or Medic
  • Outdoor Emergency Care
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner
  • Licensed Physician's Assistant
  • Licensed Physician, MD (Medical Doctor) or DO (Doctor of Osteopathy)
Programs with WFA training outside of Patriots' Path Council available in New Jersey: