Don't Get Lost
lost while camping and hiking is a growing problem.
To avoid getting lost, stay on well-marked trails and never camp without a friend, family member, or buddy along for the ride. Before you start on your adventure, obtain maps from the park or forest ranger.
If you and your buddy do get lost, follow trail markers to the nearest ranger station and wait for help to arrive. If you can't find a ranger's station, find a safe, sheltered place and wait for help to come looking for you.
ordinary sports whistle is a camper's best friend when it comes to
Hitting the trails without at least one experienced adult to provide supervision and guidance is extremely unwise, according to the US National Park Service. So take along a parent, or even a trusted older friend or teacher.
Sharing the beauty of the great outdoors can actually help teens and adults get to know one another without all the ordinary urban distractions.
if you run into a problem, don't hesitate to ask for help.
Keep a picture of your children with you in case they get lost.
The Hug-A-Tree Foundation
The Hug-A-Tree Foundation began as a result of the tragic death of a young boy during a family campout in San Diego County. The boy got lost on a popular trail and was found dead four days later. His parents and some searchers formed the Hug-A-Tree Foundation to help kids stay safe if they do get lost in the wilderness.
One of the biggest concerns of children when they get lost is that their parents or who ever is in charge will get mad at them and may not want to pay searchers to look for them. How many of you really think that your parents would want you to stay lost? While it may feel that way it is far from true. The answer is that your parents want you back no matter what. IN many countries there are rescue teams and volunteer search groups that look for lost people and they do it as a service to their communities.
Lots of people get lost in the wilderness - including adults! No one will be mad, and the rescuers are more than happy to help you. To them it is a fun challenge, something they want to do.
It is recommended that whenever you go on an outing to the wilderness you carry with you, in your pocket, a garbage bag and a whistle
If you get lost here is what you do:
Scenario #1: You are prepared
Scenario #2: You are not prepared
What you DON'T need if you get lost:
Food - you will be found way before you get to the point where you are really starving
Water - if you follow the Hug-A-Tree guidelines, you will not be lost long enough to suffer from dehydration
Matches or a fire - You can keep warm by rolling up into a ball and staying out of the wind, or by using your garbage bag as a shelter
What about animals?
Different areas have different animals, but animals are not too excited about getting near humans. Yelling or blowing your whistle is usually enough to chase an animal away, if one even has the guts to come near you!
Do avoid snakes - never try to handle them or pick them up.
Spend time in
the wilderness. There is nothing like it.
The following is only an outline of what you may wish to discuss with your child:
Now that you are old enough to begin going on some bigger outdoor adventures, there are some things we need to discuss. No matter where we go, what we do or how careful we are, there is always the possibility that you or I could get lost or look around and not be able to locate each other. I want to talk about what you should do if that ever happens, so you will be able to help me find you faster and make yourself comfortable until I get there.
First of all, if you ever get separated from me or a group you are with, the most important thing to do is to stay in one place. I will bring some friends and start looking for you where I last knew you were, so don't leave that place. Find a rock, a log or a tree and make it your "house" or "fort" until I find you. Make sure that your "house" is somewhere out in the open where I will be able to see you. You must know that I will not stop hunting for you until I find you, so just stay in one place and wait for me.
It is important to me that you know that I will not be angry or upset if you get lost - anyone can get lost - and, when I find you, I will be really happy and want to hear all about what you did while we were separated.
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