Scouts BSA hold wilderness first aid training at Camp Decorah

HOLMEN, Wis. (WKBT)- “Be Prepared” is the Boy Scout motto and that’s exactly what local scouts are practicing this weekend at Camp Decorah.

Scouts are participating in the annual wilderness first aid course that covers 22 different scenarios over two days.

The course is a requirement for Scout leaders going on remote or wilderness adventures.

Volunteers put on makeup so the injuries and illnesses appear more lifelike.

The scenarios range from snake bites and broken bones to even a bear attack.

“It’s really important that they have those skills and know-how to use them in very inconvenient places. Because it’s one thing if you know how to do CPR and first aid in a classroom somewhere but until you do it out in the woods it isn’t going to be the same,” said Eagle Scout Christopher Donahue.

Donahue says that all of the scenarios that they practice have either happened in the past or have the potential to happen.