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first aid patchA great New Year’s resolution is to give your family and Celebration Trek crewmates the gift of first aid preparedness. Getting certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR may help you save a life.

In addition to saving lives, your certification in WFA and CPR will help your Celebration Trek crew – July 13 to 20, 2013, comply with Philmont’s first aid requirements.

Philmont requires that at least one participant, (adult or youth) in each crew be currently certified in Wilderness First Aid or the equivalent and CPR from the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross or the equivalent. It is recommended that each crew have at least two participants certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

Getting certified in Wilderness First Aid can be a challenge – it is sometimes hard to find an available course. Visit your council service center for more information about when your council will be offering Wilderness First Aid instruction. Do this soon because some councils do it early in the year and these classes fill quickly. If your council does not offer this instruction, call your local Red Cross to see if the course is being offered.

If that does not work, equivalent training can be obtained from the following nationally-recognized organizations:

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.)

In lieu of Wilderness First Aid and CPR training, Philmont will accept the following advance levels of training. A copy of the current 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

Full Celebration Trek details here.

For further information contact

Doug Latimer at [email protected]
Chris Manheim at [email protected]
Lee Huckstep at [email protected]

Our standard terms and conditions apply:

  • Eligibility requirements: (1) Be a member of the PSA or Trek-eligible family member (2) Be a member of the BSA (3) Have a completed Philmont medical form (4) Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation.
  • Trek-eligible family members: Spouse, child or step child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, niece, nephew or in-law of PSA member who meets eligibility requirements above. The PSA member must accompany Trek-eligible family members on the Trek.
  • Cancellation policy: (1) Cancellation prior to the registration deadline of June 1, 2013 will receive a full refund. (2) Cancellation after the registration deadline will not receive a refund. Monies paid can be used for another PSA or Exchange Program event prior to the end of 2013 or can be contributed to the General Fund. (3) In exceptional cases, the Executive Director AND Vice President of Service can authorize full refunds for cancellation after the registration deadline.