AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach to try and reduce the number and severity of Search and Rescue Incidents.

By following three easy steps, AdventureSmart believes that outdoor recreationalists will significantly improve their chances of survival should they become hurt or lost.

  • Trip Planning (write a trip plan before you go and leave it with a friend or family)
  • Training (obtain the skills and knowledge you need before heading out)
  • Taking the Essentials (carry the essentials and know how to use them)



The BCWF has partnered with AdventureSmart BC in delivering its programs. The BCWF Youth Team can deliver the following programs to schools and groups free of charge!

To schedule a presentation, please contact Chris Lim, Youth Program Coordinator.



Survive Outside (Ages 13-99) ~ 45 mins

Statistics show that each year across Canada there are approximately 5,000 ground Search and Rescue incidents. They involve all types of outdoor enthusiasts, from hikers and skiers to backcountry travellers and boaters.


AdventureSmart encourages you to have fun and play, but always be informed and prepared before you set out. Time spent gaining this extra knowledge and skills can help reverse the SAR incident trend.

The presentation focuses on the "3 T's":


  • Trip Planning. Plan your travel route. Know the terrain and conditions. Check the weather and always fill out a trip plan.
  • Training. Obtain the knowledge and skills you need before heading out. Know and stay within your limits.
  • Taking the Essentials. Always carry these essentials, and know how to use them. Add other equipment specific to your chosen activity, season and location.



Snow Safety and Education (Ages 6-13) ~ 45 mins

Winter activities, such as skiing and snowboarding have increased in popularity. The presentation is intended to foster awareness of the risks associated with these activities for children, to make sure they have the safest, and most enjoyable experience possible while outdoors.

The presentation still revolves around the 3 T's (Trip-planning, Training, and The Essentials) but tailor them to winter activities which are completely different from the other seasons. 



Hug-a-Tree and Survive (Ages 6-11) ~ 30 mins

Hug-A-Tree and Survive is an AdventureSmart program that helps lost children survive in the woods. It teaches children how not to become lost in the woods, and what to do should they become lost.

Hug-A-Tree and Survive is a great program for families, classrooms, guide or scout units, youth groups, or any other community group interested about being safe outdoors.

If a child should become lost in the woods, hugging a tree can help them stay safe, and be found. Staying near a tree offers some protection from the elements, and keeps lost children in the same place, which makes it easier for searchers to find them.

Originally a program developed in California, AdventureSmart took over the program to educate children all over Canada.





BCWF + is a skill add-on the the AdventureSmart Programs. Unique to BCWF presentations, BCWF + provides skill training that is suggested by AdventureSmart. AdventureSmart presentation are strictly informational and awarenesss-based with very few hands-on skills. BCWF + provides training such as fire-building, shelter-building, tent set-up, use of navigational aids (e.g. maps, compasses, tidal charts, GPS, etc), and much more. 


  • BCWF + add-on are customizable to school/group needs such cirriculum, age, and skill.
  • BCWF + charges $5-$10 per student depending on the length and content of the lesson. 


To book a BCWF + program along with a AdventureSmart presentation, please contact: 



Chris Lim

Youth Program Coordinator

604.882.9988 x228

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