In addition to providing trained search and rescue volunteers to law enforcement and Parks Canada, Bay of Islands Volunteer Search and Rescue provides the following services and educational programs:


The Hug a Tree a program teaches children basic survival skills. This RCMP search and rescue initiative is helping lost children survive in the woods. The Canadian version of Hug a Tree and Survive is modeled after an American project which teaches children aged five to 12 about basic outdoor survival.

A Hug a Tree presentation involves an entertaining and educational video, along with coloring book handouts and a super talk/question and answer session from a member of our team who will arrive in uniform and with various search and rescue equipment. The presentation takes from 1-2 hours depending on age of audience and size of group.


First Aid, Security, & Traffic Control Services

In return for a donation to the team, Bay of Islands Search & Rescue can provide highly trained first aid providers, security, or parking/traffic control services to groups and events.

All money raised through these services directly supports the operation of the team. There are no paid staff at BOISAR.




The program 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.

  1. Trip Planning (write a trip plan before you go and leave it with a friend or family)
  2. Training (obtain the skills and knowledge you need before heading out)
  3. Ten Essentials (carry the 10 essentials and know how to use them)

Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) has 12,000 members who provide assistance across the country on ground and inland water search and rescue incidents. These skilled volunteers have partnered with AdventureSmart to deliver this key message in their local communities.


Please contact us for more information on any of these offerings.