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Hug A Tree Program – Certified Presenters available

The Hug a Tree program is a great program aimed at keeping kids safe in the woods and sponsored by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  For more information on the program, please check out the official website: 

The Guelph Branch of St. John Ambulance has an established volunteer Search & Rescue team (SARGuelph) which is certified through O.S.A.R.V.A. and they have a few certified presenters of the Hug-a-Tree program. They will come to groups and deliver the program which includes a presentation and a video.  Some materials will be given to the youth. The Hug a Tree program is targeted for children 7 to 11 years old so Cub Scouts is the ideal age group but Beavers and Scouts can benefit from the program as well. We talk and show a video and discuss what to do if you ever become lost in the woods. Best of all, there is NO cost for this. The program is funded and sponsored by the RCMP.  Presenters, who are all volunteers, are willing to come to meeting places within the Wellington Scouting Area.

If you are interested and wish to find out more or arrange a presentation, you can contact Shane Camelford ( – long time Scouter and member of 27th Guelph and now Assistant Search and Rescue St. John Ambulance) or the man in charge of SARGuelph, Chris Wilson ( .

The Hug a Tree colouring book is available at