This story could have ended in tragedy. Instead, there were cheers and tears of joy! Two young sisters were found alive after being lost for 44 hours in a dense and freezing California forest.
According to authorities, the girls’ survival is all thanks to wilderness training they got at the local 4-H Club! 4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health.
The Carrico sisters, Caroline, 5, and Leia, 8, knew from 4-H how to stay hydrated by licking moisture off leaves, and they sought shelter under thick overgrowth. They stayed in place as soon as they realized they were lost, instead of going further into the woods. Leia took incredible care of her little sister, telling CBS News,
"It was starting to drizzle so I knew we needed to find shelter fast. 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. My sister cried the whole night so I told her to think happy thoughts of our family and I kept watch for most of the night."