Kool Adventure Camp Attains Proficiency from National Outdoor Leadership School

Kool Adventure Camp (KAC), the flagship leadership and citizenship program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) and the first and only internationally accredited adventure education facility in the Philippines, passed the exams conducted by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) conducted last November 20-29, 2017. KAC received a “PASS” rating for practical Patient Assessment exam and an average score of 92.54 with the required passing average rate of 70 for the written exam.

KAC Upgraded and (Re)certified Wilderness First Responders (WFRs) with National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) WFR instructors.


NOLS was founded in 1965, is an outdoor education school based in the United States of America dedicated to teaching environmental ethics, technical outdoors skills, wilderness medicine, risk management and judgment, and leadership on extended wilderness expeditions and in traditional classrooms. So far, NOLS has trained more than 280,000 students.


National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) WFR instructors Liz Schmol and Coleen Hugh.


KAC’s 24 Operations and Support staff underwent an intensive 9-day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Training and Certification. This is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers. The scenario-based approach provided KAC staff the opportunity to test their skills against realistic situations, practiced and learnt wilderness medicine and protocols, evacuation and decision-making guidelines. And after the training, KAC was given a pass rating.

LVillanueva and MSGonzalvo during the Patient Assessment System Scenario.

Certified NOLS WFRs are trained to conduct a thorough physical exam, full patient assessment within or under 15 minutes, do CPR for 30 minutes, provide emergency care even for multi-casualties in the wilderness setting and make crucial evacuation decisions.

(L-R) Certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) JCanieso, Recertified from Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) RDelosReyes, Certified WFR Audrey Arquilos and Upgraded from WAFA Jehzial Mainit during the Evacuation and Emergency Rescue scenario.


Recertified from WFR Training and Certification 2013 is KAC Camp Directress, Marie Sol Gonzalvo.

Recertified from Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) Training and Certification 2015 and WFR Training and Certification 2013 are the following KAC Operations staff: 

  • Sheerene Abrea (Asst. Deputy Directress for Professional Development Programs/PDP)
  • Daphne Dia (Asst. Deputy Directress for Youth Development Programs/YDP)
  • Jay Alera (Operations Support & Safety Manager)
  • Anthony Ocampo (Senior Partnerships & Development Officer for PDP)
  • Gabriel Lamparas (Training Operations Manager for YDP)
  • Leomil Urpiana (PDP Facilitator)
  • Richard De Los Reyes
  • Landolf Villanueva (YDP Facilitators)

Upgraded from WAFA Training and Certification 2015 are the following: 

  • Ma. Dea Devaras (PDP Facilitator)
  • Nina Klaire Credo
  • Kristy Ann Diaz
  • Jehzial Mainit
  • Jo Ann Ramos
  • Diovanie Obineta 

(Five in the list are YDP Facilitators)

Certified WFR Training and Certification 2017 are the following: 

  • YDP Facilitators: Jan Canesio, Chareena Patindol, Audrey Arquilos, Kevin Navares, Hannah Medalle, Jessa Sepe, and Sharry Ricafort
  • Arlorn Bartolome and Joseph Doniel Resma (KAC EMT Nurses)



Kool Adventure Camp (KAC) is the first and only fully dedicated Adventure Education Center in the Philippines located in Cansomoroy, Balamban, Cebu. The inspection and certification are part of KAC’s commitment to safety as its paramount priority in delivering world-class programs and services conducted by its internationally trained and highly competent Adventure Education Practitioners. These outstanding results are a testimony of KAC’s dedication to equipping organizations and individuals to be leaders of change through life changing powerful learning experiences at par with the best Adventure Education Centers in the world. Enroll in a KAC program or course by calling 260-9000 local 1001 and look for Jean Descutido or email info.kac@rafi.org.ph.

ABOUT RAFI: Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate lives through a comprehensive approach that champions best practices in community development.

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