Northstar Search and Rescue provides safety presentations on various wilderness safety topics for children as well as adults. The two programs below: “Lost But Found, Safe and Sound” and “Hug A Tree and Survive” are great interactive tools to enhance safety awareness in the woods. teaches children how to prevent getting lost and what to do if they should become lost.

2111868cLOST!…But Found, Safe and Sound

The program, developed by the
Association of National Park Rangers,
teaches children how not to get lost, how to stay comfortable if they do get lost, and how they can be found more quickly.

Program highlights include:

  • Informative and engaging video
  • First aid demonstration
  • Handouts summarize the program and explain to adults what to do if a child becomes lost.
  • Search dog demonstration

The program is Suitable for children ages 6 -10 and can be adapted for other ages.

Hug-A-Tree And Survive

The goal of the program is to teach four basic messages:

  • How not to become lost in the woods
  • What to do if you do become lost
  • How not to come to harm in the woods
  • How you can help searchers to find you if you do become lost.

This program also teaches children invaluable outdoor survival lessons including:

  • Never forget to tell an adult where you are going.
  • Make sure to carry a garbage bag and whistle on picnics, or any wilderness adventure.
  • When you think you’re lost, “hug a tree” and stay put.
  • Make a hole in your garbage bag and put it on over your head, it will help keep you keep warm and dry.
  • If you hear searchers, help them find you by blowing your whistle and by answering their calls.