The Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is pleased to present this important program for the children of the community. The program, which consists of a DVD movie, demonstrations, and a question and answer period, is geared to children 5 -12 years of age. We are happy to present the program at your church, school, meeting hall or at the Rescue Station in Sierra Madre. This, as well as all of our programs, are provided free of charge as part of our commitments to public education.

The History of Hug-A-Tree and Survive

In February 1981, 9 year old Jimmy Beveridge became lost during a family camping trip in Palomar State Park. The search for Jimmy was the largest in the history of San Diego County. After four days, Jimmy's body was found approximately two miles from the campsite. He had died from hypothermia.

Many people were affected by this tragedy and had a desire to prevent it from occuring again. This was the beginning of Hug-A-Tree and Survive. The Hug-A-Tree and Survive program is designed to tell a simple story that will teach children how to avoid getting lost, how to stay comfortable if they get lost, and how to be spotted and found. We hope your children never need this knowledge, but if you discuss this handout with your children, it may help them to remember one or more facts that will make the search short and successful.

How to Hug-A-Tree

1. Hug a Tree once you know you are lost.

Once you know you are lost, hug a tree!  One of the greatest fears many of us have is being alone.  Hugging a tree or other stationary object, and even talking to it, can help calm you down and prevent panic.  By staying in one place, you will be found far more quickly, and won