|Ab Taylor in 1985|
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.
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:
Many children are alive today because of their experience with the
Hug-a-Tree and Survive program.