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|Lost in the Woods - The 9 Rules for Survival|
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|Childrens Basic Survival Kit|
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PREPARE YOURSELF and YOUR CHILD
Child survival needs adult assistance. You can help children learn
what to do if they get lost in the woods, by discussing and practicing
the "Nine Rules For Survival. "
Nobody ever expects to get lost, but it happens. Hopefully, this information will insure a safe return of your child should this misfortune ever occur.
A DEFINITION OF SURVIVAL : Staying
WARM and DRY, while waiting to be found.
Be sure to remind your children of the first and foremost rule of being lost in the woods,,
|THE 9 RULES FOR SURVIVAL|
(1.) Stay Together, DO NOT Separate - if with a friend or pet.
The reason for this rule is body heat. Cuddling up to a large dog
or friend will help keep you warm. If with a dog, do not let it run loose,
it can help you more by staying close and providing heat and companionship.
(2.) Stay in one place or area. DO NOT WANDER !
This is the MOST important rule of them all. If you wander
- We Can not Find You. One reason is that people looking for you move very
slowly while searching for clues. If you are out front running along, we
won't be able to catch up. Another reason for not wandering is the possibility
of falling and hurting yourself while travelling. Being lost "and
" hurt could be tragic.
(3.) Keep Warm.
This rule means to keep warm with the clothes you are wearing.
NEVER take any clothes off.
Cover up all the exposed skin you can. If you are wearing a sweater or jacket, do it up.
Watch out for your shoe laces. Branches have a tricky way of undoing them.
The most important part of your clothing is a hat or something that
covers your head. Over 70% of all your body heat escapes through your head.
(4.) Find a Cozy Waiting Place, Not a Hiding Place.
A cozy waiting place means, a warm place out of the wind and rain
but not a place where searchers can not see you. Under a large tree is
a good place.
(5.) Put Out Something Bright.
Put out something bright or make something to tell people searching
for you where you are. Make a flag using what you have, but Do Not Take
Off Any Clothes to do so. Some suggestions are white paper, money,
hair ribbons, a strip from an orange garbage bag, etc. Spell the word "HELP" or "SOS" on the ground using rocks and sticks or make a large arrow with them, pointing to where you are. Do anything to attract attention!
(6.) Look Bigger For Searchers.
If possible, your waiting place should be near an open space.
When you hear someone coming, move to the middle of the clearing and call.
Do Not Run in the direction of the noise.
If it is an aircraft you heard, lie down in an open space so the pilot has a bigger target to look at.
Then wave with both your arms and legs, like making an angel in the snow.
Stand up immediately after the aircraft has passed, as the ground
can be very cold.
(7.) Do Not Lie on the Bare Ground.
The only exception to this rule is the one above.
Laying on the cold ground for a very short period of time, ( attracting attention,) is OK.
Being in direct contact with the ground for any length of time is dangerous. The cold ground can rob precious body heat from you.
Build a mattress using available materials such as branches, moss,
leaves, etc. This mattress should be as thick as the mattress you sleep
on at home! After the mattress is completed, gather the same amount or
more, of the same material and use it for the blankets. This is called
a survival bed.
(8.) Do Not Eat Anything you are not sure of.
Do Not eat any berries, mushrooms or anything else unless you are
100% sure what they are. Being hungry is not too bad of a feeling compared
with being violently sick. And remember, there won't be anyone there to
look after you. You can go without food for a long time, but you cannot
go without water.
(9.) Stay Away from Large Rivers and Lakes.
You must have drinking water to survive, but be careful where you
get it from. Do Not go near any large bodies of water. Instead, drink from
a water supply that is smaller than you are, so you can not fall in. Another
source of water can be found on leaves in the form of dew.
|Lost in the Woods - Child Survival Kit|
by Gary O'Brien, SARBC
During the presentation of this Child Survival lecture, the instructor would show the students each item and how it is made. For instance the reflector is tin foil pasted to cardboard (no sharp edges), and, the right and safe way to tear a face hole in the bright orange garbage bag is demonstrated.
This should be carried with the child at all times while in or around
the woods and while traveling.
Make an Emergency Survival Kit ( and practice using it ):
(1.) A Zip Lock sandwich bag for the container ( also can be used as a cup for drinking water )
(2.) A snack of high energy trail mix ( should be contained in its own zip lock bag )
(3.) A whistle used for calling for help ( should be limited to three short blasts at a time )
(4.) A signal flag approximately 10cm by 100cm ( cut from orange plastic garbage bag )
(5.) A reflector for sending signals ( use soft, flexible material )
(6.) A large, bright color garbage bag used
as poncho ( pre-tear slit for face opening - Do not "cut" hole
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(All of these "hug-a-tree" pages are worth a visit especially the RCMP Survival Coloring Book. It can make learning about survival in the woods a fun thing to learn about. Everybody loves to color,, :-))
The "hug-a-tree" program has proven very successful in imparting important survival information to very young children who are often inclined to do exactly the wrong thing when they get lost in the wilds. This program teaches them to stay put, "hug a tree," until they are rescued. If you have a young child, this program could prove to be a lifesaver.
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