Outdoor Preparedness Initiative

Get Wilderness First Aid Certified!

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 at the Marriott Scout Service Center in Bethesda, MD 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 www.gotogoshen.org.

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 2021 Courses

Winter Courses at Snyder (Jan – Apr)

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%.


Course Dates – Early 2021 Courses at Camp Snyder
January 16-17, 2021
February 20-21, 2021
February 27-28, 2021
March 13-14, 2021
March 27-28, 2021
April 17-18, 2021
April 24-25, 2021
June 19-20, 2021

Course Details – Camp Snyder

This 2 day course will offer day only instruction Saturday from 0800 – 2000 and Sunday from 0800 – 1400. Class size is strictly limited in order to meet with currently recommended COVID-19 protocols. There will not be an overnight stay involved in order to reduce any related risk factors. Participants should bring their own lunch / snacks.

Contact Us

Jonathan Bjorson, OPI Lead Instructor
Email: jonathan.bjorson@gotogoshen.org
Phone: (301) 693-7683