Why Wilderness 1st: Jackie Boone of Getaway Camp

We’re raising awareness about learning important skills to care for yourself or others who may become ill or injured in the outdoors by spotlighting members of our community who have earned their Wilderness First Aid Certification or higher!

Join us November 4-6 to earn your Wilderness First Aid + CPR Certification at historic Sturtevant Camp!

Jackie Boone, Co-Leader of Getaway Camp, Wilderness First Aid

What inspired you to learn Wilderness First Aid? What was your favorite part of the experience?

I received my Wilderness First Aid training because I was an Outdoor Camp Counselor for high-school kids. I loved meeting like-minded people, and it gave me confidence, knowing that I was much better equipped to handle anything that happened in the woods or on one of the week-long trips I was leading.

Have you ever used your skills in the field? Tell us about it.

Yes! In addition to having an overall better understanding and confidence in the wilderness, I also had to use my skills for a camper who injured her ankle on a trip. My fellow counselors and I were able to make a splint for her ankle and safely help her off the mountain. I cannot emphasize enough how good it felt to be able to help someone, especially a someone I was responsible for.

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