Troop First Aiders

Troop First Aider

Thank You So Much for Volunteering to be a Kentucky's Wilderness Road First Aider!

As a Troop First Aider, you will provide first aid during troop/group activities.  You must have a current First Aid/CPR certification. 

Who Can Be A First Aider?

Any adult 18 or older, female or male, who has taken Girl Scout-approved First Aid / CPR training that, includes specific instructions for child CPR.   The following healthcare providers may serve as first-aiders: physician, physician's assistant, nurse practioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, paramedic, military medic, and emergency medical technician.

When is a First Aider Needed?

First raiders are needed for certain Girl Scout activities. Refer to the "prepare for emergencies" section of the Safety Activity Checkpoints to determine when a first -aider is needed and the certification that is required.

All activities that have a safety activity checkpoint require a first aider with the exception of product sales, online computer use, and most arts and crafts activities. First- aiders are not required at regular troop/group meetings, although a first aid kit should be present at all troop/group meetings and on all outings.

What CPR/First Aid Courses Are Approved by Kentucky's Wilderness Road?

For many activities, Girl Scouts recommends that at least one adult volunteer be first aid/CPR certified.  Kentucky;s Wilderness Road recognizes certification from American Red Cross, American Heart Association, National Safety Council, or EMP America. 

What Certification Does Kentucky's Wilderness Road Offer?

Kentucky's Wilderness Road offers First Aid/CPR courses through the American Red Cross.  Certification is valid for 2 years.  The fee of $27.00 covers classroom materials and certification fee.  Course does not include books, which would be an additional fee.  When taking this course, please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to spend time sitting, kneeling and laying on the floor.  You bring a towel or mat with you if you wish.  Click here to check the Training Calendar for a class near you. 

There are two categories of first-aiders:

First-aider (level 1): The presence of a first-aider (level 1) is required for many group activities. The course required to be a first-aider (level 1) is one that offers standard first aid and CPR, preferably with a focus on children. The Safety Activity Checkpoints state clearly when a first-aider (level 1) is needed.

First-aider (level 2): The presence of a first-aider (level 2) is required at resident camp, and at any camp activity with more than 200 participants. In addition, some activities require a first-aider (level 2); the Safety Activity Checkpoints state clearly whether a first-aider (level 2) is needed. First-aiders (level 2) pass the same course as first-aiders (level 1), and also have emergency response/first response, sports safety, wilderness first aid, and/or advanced first aid and CPR training. Each organization has a different name for its training, so be sure to ask whether a training course fulfills the level-2 requirements.

First Aider or Wilderness First Aider?

The levels of first aid required for any activity take into account both how much danger is involved and how remote the area is from emergency medical services.

  • If access to emergency medical services (EMS) is LESS than 30 minutes away then you need First Aid/CPR certification
  • If access to emergency medical services (EMS) is MORE than 30 minutes away then you need Wilderness First Aid Certification

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid courses are advanced first aid courses that include training on remote-assessment skills, as well as the emergency first-aid response, including evacuation techniques, to use when EMS is not readily available. If any part of the activity is located 30 minutes or more from emergency medical services, ensure the presence of a first-aider with Wilderness First Aid certification.

At this time Kentucky' Wilderness Road does not have this course on the council training calendar. 

First Aid Kits

Make sure that a standard first aid kit is available at every troop meeting and accompanies you on every activity or outing. Click here for a list of recommended first aid supplies.

Emergency Management Plan

All Girl Scout first aiders should be familiar Chapter 4- Safety Wise in the Volunteer Essentials Resource Guide.   All first aiders should have the council emergency card on hand.

Resources for First Aiders: