Tell an adult where you are going
Always let someone know where you're
going and when you expect to be back.
A big plastic trash bag is easily
carried in a pocket. Tear a hole in the
closed end and slip your head through.
Wear the bag like a poncho.
Hug a tree
As soon as you realize you are lost,
stop walking and "hug" a tree, that is,
stay put. Searchers will look for you
first at the last place you were seen.
The closer you are to that place, the
quicker you will be found.
Save body energy
Curl up like an animal in the cold.
Snuggle against a tree, log, rock, or
hill, anything that will give you
shelter from the wind.
Carry your Strike K-9 whistle!
Wear bright clothing.
Record the imprints of your shoe soles
on aluminum foil and leave that at camp
before going out.
Choose your tree near a clearing where
you can be seen easily.
Arrange rocks, limbs or other materials
in a giant cross or arrow pointing to
Finally, a word to parents:
Teach your children that they will not
be punished for getting lost. There are
cases of children who hid from
searchers, fearing they were in for
parental trouble. Parents should also
teach children that when they are lost
is the one time it is all right to speak