Because Silver Trekkers – whether they are PSA or Exchange Program participants from the SAA or SBAFA — are so capable and experienced, first aid emergencies on the PSA Silver Trek — August 7-14, 2011— are unlikely. However, a first aid emergency could happen – you might be required to help another crew — and it 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, (either an adult or youth participant) in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness and Remote First Aid or the equivalent, and CPR from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or the equivalent. Certification cards will be required upon check-in to verify that each PSA crew meets this requirement.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WRFA)
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 leaders.

Wilderness and Remote First Aid 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:

American Red Cross:
American Safety and Health Institute:
Emergency Care and Safety Institute:
National Outdoor Leadership School (Wilderness Medicine Institute):
National Safety Council:
National Ski Patrol – Outdoor Emergency Care:
Stonehealth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO):
The Mountaineers:
Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA):
Wilderness Medical Society (WMS):
Wilderness Medicine Outfitters:
Wilderness Medicine Training Center:
Wilderness Safety Council:
Wilderness Safety & Emergency Response (W.I.S.E.R.):

Note that the name of this training has changed from Wilderness First Aid Basics to Wilderness and Remote First Aid. If you have previously taken Wilderness First Aid Basics, your certification will be good provided that your card has not expired (see date on card) by the beginning of the Silver Trek.

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.

Doctors, nurses, etc.
Philmont will accept the following advance levels of training in lieu of WRFA and CPR training; 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
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner
  • Licensed Physician’s Assistant
  • Licensed Physician, MD or DO

Still have questions about the Silver Trek?
Lee Huckstep at [email protected]
Doug Latimer at [email protected]
Chris Manheim at [email protected]

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