Story posted January 20, 2010
The Bowdoin College Outing Club is kicking off the New Year with two WFR (Wilderness First Responder) courses on campus. This winter's courses are the largest is BOC history with a record 53 students participating in the class. BOC leaders from Fall Leadership Training (LT), Spring LT, and OZ LT are joined by a half dozen Bowdoin students, staff, and alumni. Daily activities are centered at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center where meals are eaten among piles of outdoor gear, textbooks are referenced over hot drinks, and students bond while retelling stories from class.
The eight day course is being taught by Wilderness Medical Associates instructors Eric Duffy, Stephen Leavins, Gabe Gunner, and Darren Stokes. Constantly infused with caffeine, these talented instructors reinforce backcountry medical skills with stories from their experiences as EMTs, guides, and outdoor enthusiasts. Starting at 8am each morning and lasting until 6pm the course is a combination of classroom lectures and outdoor scenarios in patient assessment, wound management, musculoskeletal problems, backcountry medicine, and wilderness protocol.
After successfully completing the comprehensive, 70 hour course the students are certified WFRs and have the medical skills necessary to lead BOC trips. Students that finished LT in the fall can lead trips once classes begin. The OZ and Spring LT students will enter the ranks of BOC leadership at the end of the semester and start leading during the first year Pre Orientation trips in August.