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Would your teen know what to do if he got lost in the snowy woods?

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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I saw this in The Stir - Would your kid know what to do?

Missing Teen Found Alive After 2 Days Alone in the Freezing Woods & His Survival Tale Is Insane

by Jacqueline Burt

snowy woodsIt's the best possible ending to a story that could easily have taken a tragic turn: Missing 17-year-old skier Nicholas Joy has been found alive and well after spending two days in the freezing cold wilderness of Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. Joy says he was trying to take a shortcut through the woods after a backcountry ski trail ended when he got lost -- so lost that 48 hours of search efforts conducted by the warden service, the Sugarloaf ski patrol, the Maine Forest Service, the U.S. Border Patrol, area rescue squads, Carrabassett Valley Academy ski volunteers, and others turned up nothing.

In the end, it took just one man -- who wasn't even part of the official rescue team -- to get the job done: Joseph Paul, a volunteer firefighter and snowmobiler from Warwick, Massachusetts, saw Joy's story on the news and figured he'd take a ride around the mountain himself.

He discovered Joy on a trail known as the Caribou Pond Road, huddled in a cave he built with snow and hemlock branches for warmth. Joy was cold and hungry but otherwise in pretty good shape -- he'd been drinking fresh water from a nearby stream and walking towards the sound of snowmobiles during the day.

Some pretty smart decisions for a 17-year-old kid, right? But here's my favorite part -- Joy says he learned those skills from watching a survival show on TV. Huh! So TV really can be educational. Life-saving, even.

No word on which TV show Joy was referring to, but I'm gonna guess it doesn't star anyone whose names involve the words Kardashian or Honey Boo Boo.

Would your teen know what to do if he got lost in the snowy woods?

by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM
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TerriC
by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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Probably not, but I will sure as heck be teaching them now!

Hottmomma607
by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM
Absolutely not! LOL Glad he had a happy ending.
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Vertical15
by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

My kids aren't that old yet but I hope to teach them enough to keep them safe in scary situations.

This summer my oldest haven't decided between which camp option he wants yet-all about water (swimming, canoeing, etc) or survival (called SURE - survive using resources of the environment)  I'm kinda pushing in the SURE directions because I think he would benefit from it the most.

new_mom808
by Andrea on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

 bouncing

Quoting Cafe AmyS:

INo word on which TV show Joy was referring to, but I'm gonna guess it doesn't star anyone whose names involve the words Kardashian or Honey Boo Boo.

 

 

TigerofMu
by Sonja on Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:39 AM

That's pretty neat :).  I don't know if she would know to build a snow cave, but she does know some basics.  We don't have any woods, so that would be unfamiliar terrain!

sunshine86912
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 4:25 AM

 that is pretty awesome! but no..im not sure my kiddo would make it lol.  but shes not a teen yet..so shes got some time to learn!

egyptian_mommy
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Glad he was found safe.
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MamaMandee
by on Mar. 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM
She would but we camp alot & she has been taught how to.
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kellynh
by on Mar. 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM

No... Mine wouldn't 

Kainalu55
by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

no, we don't have snow here, but i do agree that you can learn a few things from those shows!

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