Class Descriptions

wilderness first aid

Enjoy the outdoors? This class is for you! This is a two day class great for hike leaders, outdoor enthusiasts, beginners, and Boy Scout Leaders.

Students will get a two year certification from Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), a nationally recognized certifying agency. Each student also receives a waterproof field guide and all materials needed for the class. 

This class includes more in-depth information then the Basic Wilderness First Aid class. In addition time will be spent indoors and out in all types of weather. Students will have to spend time on the ground assessing patients and moving them. 

There are no pre-requisites for this class. CPR is not included (and is not required for the class), but may be added on for an additional $25. We complete CPR on the first night after a dinner break. All students must be at least 14 years old. 

Topics include:

Getting Help/Preplanning

Moving Patients

Patient Assessments/Documentation

Medical Emergencies

First Aid Kits

Environmental Emergencies

Bleeding and Bandaging

Splinting and Trauma

Bites and Poisons

This class is held in Frederick, MD at the ERT Training Center.

Upcoming Class Dates:

January 30-31, 2021-Class Full

February 20-21, 2021

March 13-14, 20201

May 15-16, 2021

basic wilderness first aid $135

Do you like day hikes? Lead hikes? Just starting out? Now is a great time to learn Basic Wilderness First Aid.

Day 1 is dedicated to “urban first aid”. Students will receive a certification good for two years through the American Heart Association. A textbook and all training materials are provided. We cover CPR (adult and child), AED (automatic external defibrillator), and First Aid.

Day 2 is Basic Wilderness First Aid and certified through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). We use the information that we learned in day 1 and build on it to adapt it to a wildness setting. Everything is indoors (including the practice sessions).

Topics of Day 2 include:

Getting Help/Preplanning

Medical Emergencies


Bleeding and Bandaging

Trauma and Splits

First Aid Kits

*Please note that if you are with the BSA, this class does not meet the requirements for high adventure. You must take WFA. 

This class is held in Vienna, VA at the PATC Headquarters.

Upcoming Dates:

July 17-18, 2021

cpr/aed first aid Live and virtual

This 3 hour class will cover Adult/Child CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation), AED (automatic external defibrillator) and choking. 

In First Aid we cover:

-Actions at an emergency

-Calling 911

-Bleeding Control


Students receive a certification good for 2 years through ECSI and a textbook. We provide all training materials for this class. 

Contact us to schedule a class. We can teach 1-20 students. If you have more then 5 students, we can come to your location at no additional cost. 

Upcoming Dates:

No current classes. Please contact us if you would like to schedule one

Virtual First Aid Awareness Class-Options for 1st-3rd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade. $15

Each class is geared towards the specific age group. We will meet on Zoom for approximately one hour. Over that hour, we will discuss what to know when calling 911, how to deal with wounds and cleaning them, burns, poison, and medical emergencies. Parents will be sent a list of some resources, activities to do at home, as well as information for creating a personal first aid kit for their child. By completing this class, children will feel more confident in their ability to help themselves with minor first aid issues and to recognize larger issues that require extra help. There is a two student minimum for this class. If you are interested, contact us and we will help set up a class. 

Kids Survival and Information Class


This class is geared towards kids between the ages of 10-14. This two part class is held completely outdoors (rain or shine). Day one will be four hours held at Little Bennett Regional Park. During this class, students will learn about being prepared for hikes, what to bring, how to get help in an emergency. They will begin assembling their “Ten Essentials” bag. Students will also learn about animal tracks and scat. They will make a take-home animal print cast. After we will go on a short hike. The second part of the day will be spent learning map and compass (they will get to keep the compass), then go on an orienteering course.

Day two will be held at the Emergency Response Training Center in Frederick, MD. We will learn how to start a fire, build shelters and what to do if you get lost. The second part of the day will be on first aid with hands-on skills. They will also completed their Ten Essential kit with first aid supplies. This class is limited to 8 students. Students are required to bring a backpack ( school backpack is fine),a water bottle and personal snacks. Register HERE

Each student will take home:

Ten Essential Kit (value $25)

A Compass

A animal print cast


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Once your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an email with what you will need for class. For the BWFA and WFA class, please do not go out and buy anything for the class. We provide all of the training materials you need. For any class, you are welcome to bring materials for notes or snacks. 

Students must be at least 14 years old. We do allow 13 year olds, if they will be attending a high adventure camp that summer. Please note that we do not change the content of the class if there are younger students. This class has some graphic pictures and mature discussions. 

Please visit our class description page to see the differences between the classes. In both classes you will learn to efficiently handle wilderness emergencies. The WFA class does go more in depth in many topics and there is more hands-on. 

Yes!! Our Wilderness First Aid class is ECSI certified and meets all requirements for BSA high adventure camps. All certifications are good for 2 years. Please note that the Basic Wilderness First Aid class does not meet BSA requirements for high adventure.

Yes you can. You must meet a minimum of 6 students to hold a class. For all classes except WFA, we can come to your location at no additional charge. We find that it is easier for most people to join an existing WFA class then to try to set up their own, but we are always will ing to work with you.

The current refund policy is : “Includes a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee. If the student cancels after 5 p.m. the Friday one week before the class, the student will not receive a refund, thereby forfeiting the entire class fee. This includes “no-shows” and students that do not participate in the entire class. If the instructors cancel the class for any reason, the student will receive a full refund.”  

For CPR or First Aid classes the non-refundable fee is $15 and $25 for CPR/First Aid classes.