NCAC Now Offers a Wilderness First Aid Certification Course


Presented by the NCAC Camps, the Outdoor Preparedness Initiative (OPI) offers Wilderness First Aid certification with CPR/AED. OPI aims to prepare Scouts, Scouters, and outdoor enthusiasts for high adventure activities and other outdoor adventures. Certification is provided through the American Red Cross. Courses are offered at Camp Snyder in Haymarket, VA in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. During the summer, OPI moves to Goshen Scout Reservation in Goshen, VA to offer courses to adult leaders attending one of the six Goshen camps. For information on the OPI courses offered at Goshen Scout Reservation, please visit the Goshen website at

When attending national and local high adventure bases, at least one member of the crew needs to be certified in Wilderness First Aid. Please check out the information for the high adventure base you are attending to learn more about their specific requirements.


Participant Requirements

Participants must be at least 14 years old and hold current adult CPR/AED certification. CPR/AED is certification is offered as an option during this course for those that need it.

Cost for 2019 Courses

Snyder courses
WFA $160

CPR/AED certification is required. If you are already certified, please bring proof of certification.

Refunds & Cancellations

  • Transfers to another course date are available at no additional fee.
  • Prior to 2 weeks before the course, there is a refund processing fee of 15%.
  • After 2 weeks before the course begins, there is a course cancellation fee of 50%.


Camp Snyder

Course Date
January 25-27, 2019
February 22-24, 2019
March 22-24, 2019
April 26-28, 2019
May 10-12, 2019


Course Details

OPI provides complimentary coffee, tea, and water during the course at Camp Snyder. A continental breakfast and sandwiches for lunch are also provided. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to accommodate any special dietary needs. Participants should make their own plans for dinner and are encouraged, but not required, to bring snacks, especially to share! Participants are welcome to tent camp on the grounds near the instruction building. Hotels are also available nearby.

Contact Us

Jonathan Bjorson, OPI Lead Instructor