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Register to join the Shiloh Park program that teaches kids what to do if they get lost in the woods – The Courier

Register to join the Shiloh Park program that teaches kids what to do if they get lost in the woods – The Courier
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September is National Preparedness Month.
Do you know what to do during an emergency? Do your kids know what to do if they find themselves in an emergency? An estimated 330 million people visit the country’s national parks, forests and wilderness areas every year. Some of those people get lost and don’t know how to survive.
On Saturday, September 24, Shiloh National Military Park will be offering a Junior Ranger “Hug a Tree to Survive” program. It is designed to show children what to do if they are separated from their parents or legal guardians outside in the woods.
Inspired by the 1981 search for 9-year-old Jimmy Beveridge in Southern California, the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program teaches kids how to survive in the woods if they get lost. The program is designed to teach children some of the most basic and vital survival principles.
The program features a short film about the steps to take if they get lost in the wilderness, then heads outside for hands-on interactive learning. Both children and parents can learn the essentials to take with them when hiking or camping, and apply the lessons learned from the introductory movie.
Rangers will discuss how rescue operations take place and how important it is that the children use what they learn in the program to be found successful. The program is suitable for children aged 5-10 years. There will also be a demonstration on creating an outdoor adventure plan and making a shoe print. Parents are encouraged to attend.
The space for the program is limited. To pre-register, call the park at 731-689-5696. The Hug a Tree program starts at 10:00 and lasts about two hours.

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