Hug-a-Tree and Survive is an RCMP search and rescue initiative that helps lost children survive in the woods. This proactive, preventative program originated in San Diego, CA, after a nine-year-old boy became lost and tragically died in the wilderness.
Hug-a-Tree and Survive teaches children invaluable outdoor survival lessons, including:
- Always tell an adult where you are going.
- Always carry an orange garbage bag and whistle on picnics, hikes and camping trips.
- Once you know you’re lost, “hug a tree” and stay put.
- Make a face hole in your garbage bag and put it on over your head to keep warm and dry.
- Help searchers find you by blowing your whistle and by answering their calls.
Search and Rescue volunteers from each province and territory deliver this critical safety information program to B.C. students aged 5-9. Students aged 8-13 will receive a snowboard and skiing etiquette course, and avalanche awareness. The members of Mission Search and Rescue would love the opportunity to present hug a tree to your school or organization (mission area). To learn more, please contact MSAR at firstname.lastname@example.org