Hug-A-Tree and Survive

Hug-A-Tree and Survive (HAT)

HAT (Hug-A-Tree) and Survive is a proactive, preventative program that originated in San Diego, California, after a nine-year-old boy became lost and tragically died in the wilderness. The program has been adapted for Canadian needs and is administered in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In Ontario the program is administered by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

HAT (Hug-A-Tree) and Survive is designed to teach basic outdoor survival skills to children ages 5 to 12 years old. HAT cannot necessarily prevent children from getting lost in the bush, however this RCMP search and rescue initiative can teach your children skills that will help keep them safe and make it easier for searchers to find them.

The program is presented in a verbal format, in both French and English, with the length of the presentation being age appropriate. A video component along with activity book, and parental guides are also available.

Lakehead Search and Rescue Unit (LSRU) is certified to deliver the full HAT (Hug-A-Tree) and Survive program in the Thunder Bay area.

Please contact our coordinator for more information about booking this FREEĀ program at a school or youth organization.

Flexibility is considered with presentation requests regarding locations, dates and times.

HAT Survival Tips

  • 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 a garbage bag and whistle will help keep a child dry and alert searchers.






Hill's Greenhouse (Thunder Bay) support HAT (Hug-A-Tree) and Survive