and survive

Inspired by the search for nine year old Jimmy Beveridge in 1981 in southern California, and initiated by the caring heart of Ab Taylor, the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost.

The program was developed to educate children in a select few of the most basic and vital survival principles. It was specifically designed for children between the ages of 7 and 11 but can be effective with slightly younger and older children.

The program consists of a trained presenter—usually a search and rescue volunteer, police officer, park ranger, or similar uniformed individual following a tightly scripted presentation that has three primary parts:

    1. An introduction (of the presenter and program),
    2. An entertaining video presentation for children,
    3. A few practical suggestions and demonstrations.

Many children are alive today because of their experience with the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program.

If your K9 or SAR team is interested in learning more about presenting this program, please visit NASAR's

Presenter Support Page to learn more on ordering the program.