Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for individuals and sponsors with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation.


WFR Courses at Camp Pepin

5-Day Wilderness First Responder Certification

  • March 10-14, 2022
  • October 20-24, 2022

The Wilderness First Responder course is created to provide outdoor leaders and backcountry travelers with the core knowledge and skills necessary to deal with medical and traumatic emergencies in remote settings. It's the most useful first aid course of its kind and is the expected standard for trip leaders and guides by the outdoor industry. The certification is valid for three years. For complete curriculum details, please see the Wilderness Medical Associates International website.

Course Tuition Includes:

  • Materials for pre-course preparation and 45 hours of on-site training
  • Bunk-style lodging
  • All meals


  • $800 total tuition
  • $200 non-refundable deposit enrolls you in the course
  • Remaining balance due 45 days before the first day of class


Camp Pepin is a YMCA summer camp located on the beautiful shores of Lake Pepin. An extensive backwoods is ideal for practicing wilderness medical scenarios, and there are plenty of trails - on-site and in the surrounding bluffs - to enjoy in your free time. 



3-Day WFR Recert

  • March 15-17, 2022

The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of any wilderness-based first aid training course that was at least 64 hours long and completed within 3 years of the proposed recertification option. Find full details on the Wilderness Medical Associates International website. 

Course Tuition Includes:

  • All course materials & instruction
  • Bunk-style lodging
  • All meals


  • $475 total tuition