Hug A Tree and Survival

Hug-A-Tree and Survive is a children's Search and Rescue (SAR) prevention program. The goal is to teach youth:

1. How not to become lost in the woods.

2. What to do if they become lost.

3. How to keep themselves warm and dry.

4. How they can help searchers find them.

This program was developed in San Diego, California, in response to the loss of the life of a young boy, nine year old Jimmy Beveridge. In February 1981, Jimmy was camping with his parents and brothers when he became lost. Despite a valiant 3 ½ day search by law enforcement personnel, human trackers, 400 volunteer searchers, 200 marines, and search and rescue dogs, Jimmy was regrettably found dead as the result of hypothermia. Many of the people involved were deeply affected by this tragedy and wished to find a way to prevent similar mishaps from ever happening again.

The program has 4 stages:

1. Introduction - background on the program

2. Video - story of a lost boy

3. Demonstration of garbage bag shelters, foot printing and whistles

4. Conclusion and hand-outs

The presentation is approximately 45 - 60 minutes in length. Please have a table for the display and a TV/DVD player or data projector & speakers available for the presenter. Presenter will provide parent information sheets for the students to take home.

"For all the children who walk away, lose their direction and go astray.

So we can find where you may be, stay where you are and Hug-A-Tree"


Curriculum Connections   Outcomes
Grade 1 Health