Cherry Point scene of outdoor safety training for youth

If your family likes to go camping, fishing, boating, or mountain biking, chances are you've had a heart-stopping moment when you couldn't immediately locate one of your kids. That's one of the reasons why a land and water safety course is so valuable. 

About seventy Grade 5 and 6 students had a day at Cherry Point they likely won’t soon forget. The warm, sunny day last Tuesday and the location near Oak Lake were ideal for an outdoor classroom focusing on safety.

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The West Souris River Conservation District organized the event with help from volunteer presenters.

Dean Brooker of WSRCD said students from Melita, Kola and Oak Lake were invited to rotate around ten stations set up at the site.

They focused on water safety, outdoor safety, trees of Manitoba, furbearers of Manitoba, aquatic insects, sampling surface water, bird identification, oil field safety, nutrients for life, and chronic wasting disease.

Two of the presenters that day were Leon Flannigan and his search and rescue dog Luke, both from Brandon Regional Search and Rescue. They taught the students about outdoor safety and introduced them to the Hug a Tree & Survive program, which reminds children to stay put if they get lost in the woods and wait for rescuers to find them.


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