Two Northern California girls, Leia, & Caroline Carrico, got lost in the woods near their house. After two nights, they were found.
The sisters live in Benbow, in Humboldt County, which is near Richardson Grove State Park, an area known for its majestic redwoods as well as its bears and mountain lions.
Thanks in part to a 4-H Outdoor Training program taught by Lehnert, they survived
"We point out different areas that could be sheltered. Those are a fallen down tree, a hollowed out stump or huckleberries. "Basically a clean a source of water if you choose leaves to drink off of, versus drinking out of a creek or someplace that could be contaminated."
The sisters found shelter and built a fire in the rain.
"They're very strong girls and they stayed calm. They did exactly what I would have hoped anyone would have done if they were lost." said Humboldt County 4-H Leader Justin Lehnert.
Leia Carrico said, "We found shelter, a tree branch close to the ground and we had my sister's rain jacket to keep us warm. We turned it sideways so each of us had an armhole that we stuck our arms into."
The girls were rescued on Sunday by two volunteer firefighters, who followed their rain boot tracks.
Their mom, Misty Carrico, says she's not sure her daughters would have survived, if not for their 4-H program.
"The group leader Justin has taught them fire making skills and wilderness survival skills."
Justin Lehnert, the girls' 4-H leader, said, "I'm ecstatic that they did the job that they did. They're very strong girls and they stayed calm."
Lehnert teaches Leia and Caroline in his 4-H outdoor adventure class in Humboldt County. He's proud the girls applied his lessons during their misadventure. Like about drinking rainwater off of leaves to stay hydrated.
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