Synopses & Reviews
Counteracting the panic and fear associated with getting lost in the wild, this handbook equips children with practical tools for overcoming adverse wilderness experiences, even if they are endured alone. Compiled by a search-and-rescue professional, straightforward advice is offered on building shelters and fires, signaling for help, finding water and food, dealing with dangerous animals, learning how to navigate, and avoiding injuries. Practice projects are included to hone survival skillssuch as starting a fire with a reflective surface, casting animal tracks, or using a treasure hunt to test navigational aptitude. Making a strong argument for danger prevention, each lesson is coupled with simple instructions and diagrams that will reassure and empower young adventurers.
"This practical book by a veteran search and rescue volunteer offers excellent tips on coping with potentially dangerous situations in the backcountry…a great book for anyone, young or old, who spends time in remote areas." —Denver Post
"A splendid volume for young adventurers." —Kirkus Reviews
"[a] fun and practical guide."—Minnesota Parent
"if exploring is on your child's agenda this summer, this is a great book to get lost in."—Queens Family and Brooklyn Family
About the Author
Denise Long is a licensed private investigator and a former search and rescue (SAR) professional, who teaches wilderness survival classes for kids. She holds BA and BS degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and is a certified Crime Analyst. She was a fraud investigator on an FBI task force, a deputy probation officer, a crisis counselor, and a correctional officer. She has trained German Shepherds her entire life for search and rescue, pet therapy, and fun. She is a lifelong camper and nature enthusiast.