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This is third in a series of posts to get you revved-up, signed-up and informed about first aid requirements.

“I am grateful that I was able to share the Philmont experience with my son, Jeff. I was able to revisit camps I hadn’t seen in 35 years, and Jeff now understands why The Philmont was, and continues to be, such a powerful influence in my life.”

~Rick Touchette, Philmont Staff 71-72, 74-77, PSA Trekker 2009.

Trek – First Aid Requirements

Because PSA Trekkers are so capable and experienced, first aid emergencies in PSA crews are rare indeed. However, a first aid emergency could happen and is a possibility for which training is required.

To deal with the possibility of a first aid emergency, Philmont requires that at least one person, preferably two, in each crew be currently certified in Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Basics, or the equivalent, and CPR. Certification cards will be required upon check-in to verify that each PSA crew meets this requirement. The certified persons can be youths or adults.

Wilderness First Aid Basics

This is not an easy certification to obtain so you need to line this training up now. This is not a commonly offered course by many local Red Cross Chapters. In Houston, for instance, it is available only through the Sam Houston Area Council and course offerings are limited and quickly fill with Philmont-bound youth and their leaders.

Wilderness First Aid Basics is at least a 16 hour course, and can be longer. The course is specifically tailored to help in situations where help is not readily available. Philmont will accept equivalent training, provided it is at least 16 hours, from certain nationally recognized organizations.

Those organizations are:


This certification is easier to get and is often available in the workplace. It can be obtained from The American Red Cross or American Heart Association. The Red Cross certification program for Adult CPR is 3 3/4 hours.

Doctors, nurses, etc.

Philmont will accept the following advance levels of training for WFA and CPR; a copy of the license or certification must be shared with Philmont during the registration process:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Outdoor Emergency Care
  • EMT Basic, Intermediate, or Paramedic
  • Military Corpsman or Medic
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • MD or DO

“This year my son turned 14 and was old enough to join me on the PSA trek. I was anxious to see how he would respond to the rigors and excitement of the back country. I knew all was well when, on the last night on the trail, he turned to me and said ‘Dad, this has been the best week of my life.‘ It truly was one of the greatest bonding experiences we have ever had. The opportunity for parent and child to experience Philmont’s back country together must be taken and lived before it slips away.”

~Dave Hamilton, Philmont Staff 69-70, PSA Trekker 2009.


Contact your Phacilitators below:

Registration, $380 per person, can be done downloading the printable form or on-line at

Registration deadline is June 21, 2010.