The HUG-A-TREE and SURVIVE Program is licensed for use in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Many Search & Rescue organizations have HUG-A-TREE and SURVIVE Presenters who make themselves available to the community to teach basic wilderness survival skills to children who are aged 5 years old to 12 years old.
  Carleton Ground Search & Rescue Inc. has several authorized Hug-A-Tree Presenters. Also, our Hug-A-Tree Instructors have participated in New Brunswick Department of Education Policy 701 Training enabling them to enter the Provincial School System to present the program.
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HUG-A-TREE and SURVIVE How the program came to be….
The HUG-TREE and SURVIVE program originated in San Diego, California as a result of the Palomar Mountain search for nine year old Jimmy Beveridge. It began on a Saturday in February of 1981 with three brothers walking on a popular Palomar Mountain nature trail and about one-half mile from camp and their parents. The brothers became separated and little Jimmy Beveridge never returned to the family campsite for the lunch his parents were preparing. The family searched for about an hour and then notified Park authorities. The official search soon began . Although the weather on Saturday morning was clear and warm in the sun, it was cooler in the shade and snow still covered the ground in patches less exposed to sunlight. With evening approaching, the weather began to change unfavorably as the sky clouded , the fog rolled in and the temperature began to drop. Sunday produced no positive results and by Monday the rain was nearly continuous and the mountain top consumed with fog. Helicopters were for the most part unable to fly and the tracks and scent had been neutralized by the weather conditions. The weather improved on Tuesday morning and the search intensified . The finding of one shoe and his jacket on Tuesday afternoon gave searchers the first solid clues and established a direction of travel. Jimmy`s body was found by searchers on Wednesday morning. About two miles from the family campsite, he perished curled up next to a tree in a ravine. Determined that such a tragedy must not happen again, Ab Taylor, Tom Jacobs, Jackie Heet and Dorothy Taylor undertook in March of 1981 to develop a wilderness survival education program for children that would help to keep them from getting lost, what to do if they do become lost , how to stay warm and dry and what they can do to help searchers find them .

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"The HUG- A TREE and SURVIVE Program is dedicated to the memory of Jimmy Beveridge who didn`t make it home."
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