Every day more and more people, many of them children, travel into the wilderness poorly informed and prepared. Many incidents of loss, injury and death could have been prevented had the person been better trained and better prepared.
- Jon Francis Foundation provides educational materials, FREE, to increase the knowledge, preparation and safety of wilderness campers, climbers, hikers and hunters.
- Currently in youth wilderness training, there is a focus on camping and survival skills. There are excellent wilderness training camps in the U.S., but only a small minority of youth attends them.
- Less safety training is available at the local level. We stress prevention. If you go out into the wilderness safely that will lessen the need to employ survival strategies. This is where JFF makes a difference.
- The inexperienced will gain valuable (and potentially life-saving) wilderness knowledge and skills. The experienced will benefit from a great refresher course.
We are dedicated to passing on Jon’s legacy of community service by saving lives through PREVENTION.
We are in the business of educating to save livesbecause there is an unmet public need and a national public health problem. There are no local, state or federal public education courses on backcountry safety and loss prevention.
With the help of our community partners,JFF serves an at-risk populationof backcountry enthusiasts (hikers, climbers, campers and hunters) who continue to go out into the wilderness inadequately informed and poorly prepared.
Since 2008, JFF has provided over 6000 wilderness Safety Kits and 70 presentations to nearly 3000 people at outfitters, scout troops, libraries, colleges, and faith based and civic organizations.
Now, JFF has placed this knowledge and experience in a film. Please view the Jon Francis Foundation Wilderness Health and Safety Video. And read our Handbook containing important information to keep YOU safe while you enjoy the beauty of the wilderness: