The Hug-a-Tree and survive program was designed to teach children ages 5-12 basic survival skills if they get lost in the woods.

Several Coquitlam SAR members are available to present this program, sponsored by the Provincial Emergency Program and the RCMP (more information here ).

Coquitlam Search and Rescue regularly presents the Hug-a-Tree program to local cub, scout, brownie and guide groups.

Hug-a-tree video presentationParts of the program include:

  • Children should always tell an adult where they are going.
  • If lost, the best move to is to “hug a tree” and stay put.
  • Keeping warm and dry is important.
  • Lost children can help their searchers by answering their calls.
  • Carrying an emergency shelter and whistle will help keep a child dry and alert searchers.

The hug- a-tree program includes:

  • presentation by two SAR members
  • colouring book
  • video presentation
  • emergency shelter
  • a Fox 40 Whistle.

If your group is interested in having us present the hug-a-tree program to you, please email