Hug-a-Tree Program

Inspired by the search for nine year old Jimmy Beveridge in 1981 in southern California, and initiated by the caring heart of Ab Taylor, the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program teaches children how to survive in the woods should they become lost. The program was developed to educate children in a select few of the most basic and vital survival principles. It was specifically designed for children between the ages of 7 and 11 but can be effective with slightly younger and older children. 

Ab Taylor - 1985

The program consists of a trained presenter—usually a search and rescue volunteer, police officer, park ranger, or similar uniformed individual—following a tightly scripted presentation that has three primary parts:

  1. An introduction (of the presenter and program),
  2. An entertaining video presentation for children, and
  3. A few practical suggestions and demonstrations.

Many children are alive today because of their experience with the Hug-a-Tree and Survive program. 

Materials For Presenters

Hug-a-Tree and Survive Presenter Information Manual

    • Program syllabus
    • Helpful hints for presenters
    • Program FAQ's
    • Content list of presentation kit
    • Descriptions of presenter demonstrations
    • Other points to cover in the presentation
    • List of early program success stories

Hug-a-Tree and Survive Adult Program Handout (For Adults)

    • Child survival suggestions for parents and care-givers

Hug-a-Tree and Survive Activity / Coloring Book

    • Hug-a-Tree program coloring book, word search, and maze for kids

Purchase Hug-a-Tree Program DVD

    • Children's Hug-a-Tree presentation video
      • Video for showing to children participating in the program
    • Presenter training video
      • Provides instruction on how to present the program effectively
    • "The Jimmy Beveridge Search" video
      • Documentary of the search that inspired the Hug-a-Tree program