First Aid Certifications for NYS Children's Camp

Fact Sheet – March 2016

Subpart 7-2 of the State Sanitary Code requires the health director, other staff specified in Section 7-2.8, and certain camp trip and activity leaders1 to possess valid certification in first aid. The courses listed below have been accepted by the Department as being equivalent to or exceeding first aid course standards specified in Section 7-2.2(m). Some medical personnel may possess training and experience that is equivalent to or exceeds this certification requirement. A résumé or list of qualifications should be submitted to the local permit-issuing official for evaluation.

Acceptable certifications for camp Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation staff are listed on the Fact Sheet, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification for NYS Children's Camps and NYS Bathing Facilities.


ACCEPTED COURSES2
Provider Certification Title
American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response
Responding to Emergencies3
Wilderness and Remote First Aid
American Safety & Health Institute Advanced First Aid4
Basic Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Canadian Red Cross Society Standard First Aid
Emergency Care and Safety Institute Advanced First Aid
Emergency Medical Responder
Wilderness First Aid BSA (16 hours); Course title–Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid Basic
Wilderness First Aid Standard
Wilderness First Aid Advanced Level
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians5 Emergency Medical Responder
Emergency Medical Technician
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Paramedic
National Safety Council NSC Emergency Medical Response
NSC Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED
National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Summer Camp First Aid for Camp Counselors and Camp Directors
New York State Department of Health Certified First Responder
EMT - Basic
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Critical Care
Paramedic

NOLS Widerness Medicine Institute6

Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
St. John Ambulance Canada Medical First Responder
Emergency Medical Responder
Standard First Aid
SOLO Wilderness Emergency Medicine Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness Advanced First Aid
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Wilderness First Aid 16 Hours (Wilderness First Aid option B – 16 Hours is not acceptable)
SUMMER DAY CAMP
When the camp’s program does not include equestrian, bicycling, challenge course, rock climbing, boating, riflery, archery, motorized recreational vehicles, wilderness hiking/activities, and similar activities; and emergency medical care is available within 10 minutes, the following certifications may be substituted for the above courses. These certifications do not satisfy the requirement for camp CPR certified staff. Acceptable certifications for CPR are listed on the Fact Sheet titled Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification for NYS Children’s Camps and NYS Bathing Facilities.
Provider Certification Title
American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
American Lifeguard Association Community First Aid and Safety Instructor Led 7
American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) Basic First Aid8
Pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid8
Emergency Care and Safety Institute First Aid for NY Day Camps, Basic Level
EMS Safety Services Inc. Basic First Aid (course title – Basic First Aid for Community Rescuers)
CPR & First Aid (course title – CPR/AED and First Aid for Community Rescuers
Medic First Aid PediatricPlus CPR, AED, and First Aid9
National Safety Council NSC First Aid
NSC First Aid, CPR & AED

Footnotes

  1. A trip leader of a camp trip that includes an activity where emergency medical care is not readily available or an activity such as wilderness hiking, rock climbing, camping, horseback riding, bicycling, swimming and/or boating shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certifications in one of the above acceptable courses; for camp trip swimming activities where emergency medical care is readily available, the certifications listed below may be substituted. An activity leader of an activity on the camp property where other staff certified in first aid in accordance with Section 7-2.8 of Subpart 7-2 is not readily available, shall possess or be accompanied by staff who possess certifications in one of the above acceptable courses.
  2. First Aid certifications are valid for the time period specified by the provider, but may not exceed three years from the date of course completion
  3. Any certification title containing the wording "Responding to Emergencies" is acceptable.
  4. Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in the ASHI training program approved by the New York State Department of Health
  5. Most states utilize the National curriculum for their EMT certifications. Individuals that can provide proof that their state utilizes the National curriculum may be accepted. EMT certifications from states that do not utilize the National curriculum may be accepted on a case by case basis.
  6. Formerly Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School
  7. Certificates must include words Instructor Led
  8. Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in the corresponding ASHI training program approved by the New York State Department of Health
  9. Certification must be accompanied by a Recognition of Participation in Medic First Aid training program approved by the New York State Department of Health