Our members use a 12-minute video called, Lost but Found Safe and Sound™ (produced by the Association of National Park Rangers). This 12-minute, professionally produced video is designed to show children, ages 4-12, what to do if they become lost in remote areas such as parks or forests. It follows the actions and thinking of 7-year-old Kelly, who sets out on a long-awaited hike on a beautiful day in the woods with her parents and brother. She runs ahead, gets separated from the rest of the family and becomes lost.
“Kelly initially panics and runs aimlessly looking for her family. She then realizes she is lost, and she begins to recall the time a park ranger came to her school and explained what to do in this kind of situation. Gradually, as day turns to night, Kelly takes the appropriate actions and spends the night alone in her “nest” in the woods.
The next morning she is found safe and sound by Leni the search dog and his handlers, Brooke and Marion. Although cold, Kelly is fine because she remembered what to do to keep herself safe until she is found.”
After showing the video, our NEK-9 SAR presenter asks the children to review what happened to Kelly – what she did that got her lost and how she helped herself stay safe until searchers found her.
After this discussion, the presenter also talks about how we use our dogs as part of the total search effort. Then we do a demonstration outside and show all the kids how the search dog can find a lost person.
Our presenters can tailor the presentation to children and adults at all levels of experience and understanding.
Click here to read how some Brownie Girl Scouts used what they learned after attending one of our presentations.