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Spring Has Sprung Now Get Informed & Go Outdoors!

GSAR Unit & WINSAR Undertake Massive Hug-A-Tree Safety Initiative with Winnipeg Kids

GSAR Unit & WINSAR Undertake Massive Hug-A-Tree Safety Initiative with Winnipeg Kids
The start of Spring Break in Winnipeg typically brings with it thoughts of outdoor activities with friends, family and youth groups.

While many of us are eager to get outdoors and plan for fun in the increasingly warmer sun, Winnipeg Search & Rescue (WINSAR) and our own WPS Ground Search & Rescue Unit want to ensure youngsters are doing so as safely as possible.

So between March 18 and today (March 27th) they have undertaken a mission to promote outdoor activity and provide children with tips on how to avoid getting lost in the woods and what to do if they should they become lost.

More than 1,600 kids will see the presentation today! (March 27)

By the end of today more than 2,500 Manitoba students will have been provided the Adventure Smart - Hug A Tree and Survive program. More of these 1,800 students will be from Winnipeg schools while the rest are being presented by our partners at Winnipeg Search & Rescue in more remote areas.

The Hug-A-Tree and Survive program targets kids in grades K-6. 

There are four key messages highlighted in a fun and informative fashion during a one-hour presention:

  1. Always tell and adult where you going
  2. If you become lost hug a tree and stay put until someone finds you
  3. Do your best to stay warm and dry
  4. Help searchers by answering their calls.

GSAR Unit & WINSAR Undertake Massive Hug-A-Tree Safety Initiative with Winnipeg KidsEach participant also receives a Fox 40 whistle, a foil emergency shelter, a Hug-A-Tree  colouring book, a reflective signal card and an information pamphlet containing outdoor safety tips and references. 

All presentations are free and the hand out material supplied through supporters of the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada  www.sarvac.ca.

The Hug A Tree Program is part of a larger education and awareness program the Ground Search & Rescue Team offers in partnership with the Winnipeg Search & Rescue volunteer group, and under the AdventureSmart (www.adventuresmart.ca ) banner.

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