The Red Cross does not do WFA in our area anymore and is dropping it from their offerings. BSA and others have been doing it so it's no longer feasible to provide it. I was hoping to get it for free, being an ARC volunteer. Nope, nothing in our area is offered.
BSA or 3rd party. The question is why isn't BSA putting it on for free? It's their program after all.
BSA does not teach WFA, it never has. The course curriculum has been adopted by both American Red Cross and ECSI. We have worked with both to build instructor capacity in local councils.
ARC info: http://www.scouting....amredcross.aspx
ECSI Info: http://www.scouting....ining/ECSI.aspx
To teach the course, one needs to be either an ARC or ECSI instructor. So, if you are an ARC instructor, add it on.
And fundimentally, the WFA course helps those running trek and high adventure backcountry camps meet both BSA NCAP and American Camp Association Accreditation standards. It might be important to the understanding of the concept.