Wilderness First Responder

Course Info:


5/19/2018 - 5/26/2018


$790 with room & board/$615 without


Ely, MN 55731 - United States

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Widjiwagan YMCA Wild. Adv.

Contact Info:

Kathleen Floberg

Course Description:


The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.

The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.



Directions from Twin Cities to Ely:

Take I-35 north to the Cloquet exit. Take Highway 33 north through Cloquet to Highway 53. Take Highway 53 north past Virginia to Highway 169. Go east on Highway 169 to Ely.

Directions from Ely to Camp Widjiwagan:

After taking 169 through the town of Ely, continue on 169 approximately 1.5 miles East out of town. Just East of the entrance to the International Wolf Center, turn left onto County Road 88. Follow County Road 88 for 2.3 miles, to 116 which is the Echo Trail. Turn right onto the Echo Trail and go 9.1 miles to the North Arm Road (less than 1 mile past Fenske Lake Campground). Turn left onto the North Arm Road (644) for approximately 1.5 miles to the camp entrance which will be on your left. Turn left into camp and proceed to the office in the Sigurd Olson Center.

From St. Paul to Camp Widjiwagan: approximately 260 miles, 5-6 hours driving time. Camp Telephone Number: (218) 365-2117.


Room and Board:


Room and board is provided in $790 package. If you do not sign up for room and board, only lunch is included. Housing is in cabins along Burntside Lake, each cabin houses up to eight WFR participants. Bathrooms and showers are centralized in our Washhouse. 

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan has a no smoking and no alcohol policy. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in our course. 


 Instructor NameLocationCertifications
Mark Whitaker Mark Whitaker

Skamokawa, WA


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