Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)

8/23/12 @ 4:50 AM
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Onalaskan
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KAMO is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization that gets kids off their earbuds and into the outdoors. Never before has there been such a substantial need for adults to pass their outdoor skills on to a younger generation that has become disconnected with nature. KAMO has 5 chapters - Florence, Ladysmith, New Lisbon, Baraboo, La Crosse/ Onalaska. Kamokids.org is the group's website and provides details, contact information and photos of the group's activities. KAMO is unique in that members of the group plan, organize, and finance activities year around. These activities can be done one on one, small or large group. KAMO mentors are encouraged to contribute the time what they can comfortably give and are not pushed for more. KAMO has been popular and can always use new mentors who bring their ideas and energy to the group. The La Crosse group I'm a memeber of could use some people for Learn to Hunts or other mentored hunting experiences for events on the river and local Mississippi Valley properties. We are open to someone who may have horses or places to camp as that is what our kids are asking for.I will try to post our activities on here once in a while.
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5/28/18 @ 3:33 PM
Oalaskan
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Roy Kerrigan, one of KAMO's longtime mentees, just graduated from high school! He is pictured standing next to mentor Tim Collins. Roy plans to join the National Guard and go to school. Kudos to both Roy and Tim for contributing to make KAMO the best it can be.

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5/27/18 @ 3:35 PM
Oalaskan
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This is the way to have a meeting. Pontoon ride with captain and bird advocate, Tim Collins, in search of the sight/ call of the prothonotary, a river bottom dwelling, golden warbler. Expedition was in the Richmond Bay area and featured tranquility, inspiring scenery, pizza, and some talk of the KAMO group's upcoming plans. Although the bird was heard, it evaded a good viewing. The expeditioneers came back with a refreshed outlook.

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5/27/18 @ 3:32 PM
Oalaskan
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Shots taken from Wiscorp building during CritterMobile exhibit.

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5/1/18 @ 9:27 AM
Oalaskan
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Last night's sucker fishing run in local valley creek. Fish were running large this year - many over 4 pounds.Beautiful night for it. Haven't figured out if they are running in full stride yet or not.

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4/14/18 @ 9:39 AM
Oalaskan
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Fellow Sportsmen and women

Whether you have ever logged into KAMO's website before or not, please consider doing it now. The site has undergone some revision and is beginning to tell the KAMO story we think is important. Please turn your browser to kamokids.org and see what you think. Feel free to offer us some suggestions for improvement.

We thank you readers for the impressive number of views we have coming into this forum every week.


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4/8/18 @ 3:50 PM
Oalaskan
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The La Crosse chapter's latest activity schedule:

KAMO Spring/ Tentative Summer 2018 Event Schedule

If you are interested in any of these activities, contact the lead. We need to know in advance of your interest for planning purposes. KAMO generated events are asterisked.

Environmental Stewardship/ Facility Tours 

*Wednesday, April 18th, 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - Nature walk/ trail clean-up - Myrick Hixon Park behind (to the northwest of) Wiscorps building. Participants will clean trails while getting a guided marsh tour. Food and drink will be served near the end. Lead - Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com 

*Saturday, April 28th - Perrot Park - Earth Day - 10:00 - ?. Trempealeau. Nature Center - A mixture of work and play. Cleaning trails, clearing brush, painting, etc. Lunch included. Details - 608-534-6409. Open to the general public. Our mentors will be absorbed at our archery outing, but this is an option for those looking for something different and want to adventure out on their own. 

Saturday, May 12th - Lake Onalaska Clean up day - Fred Funk Landing - 8:00 A.M. Lunch in Copeland Park. Participants receive T-shirt. Lead - Fritz Funk - fritz@funk.io/ 608-799-7533 

Shooting Sports 

*Saturday, April 28th - KAMO/ BBBS LA Crosse Archery Kids Archery Day. 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Bring a kid or learn to shoot yourself. Lead - Randy Hines - Open to the general public/ KAMO/ BBBS.. Lead - Randy Hines - 608-304-2712

Fishing 

*May - September - Small group fishing outings by request. Leads - “The Mikes” - Contact Mike Brown at brownmtjc@gmail.com/ 608-799-5037 or Mike Hodgins at hodge91@charter.net/ 608-397-9844.

*Saturday, June 2nd - KAMO Kids Fishing Day - Lake Onalaska.. Time and location TBD. Leads - Randy Hines - 608-304-2712/ Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com Open to KAMO/ BBBS/ general public. 


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4/1/18 @ 8:14 AM
Oalaskan
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Fellow Outdoors people. The future of our hunting heritage depends partly on the choices we make today to interest others in hunting. I am hoping someone else in going to the first national R3 Symposium sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. It will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 21-23. I went to the Youth Outdoor Mentoring Summit last year and the National R3 folks were there. I got a lot out of it.

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3/17/18 @ 12:43 PM
Oalaskan
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Wanted: Someone who knows bowfishing to introduce some of the kids from the Coulee region to it this spring. You can P.M. me.

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3/17/18 @ 12:42 PM
Oalaskan
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The latest from Coulee

Saturday, March 24th - Indoor Rock Climbing Event - Wabasha Recreation Center, La Fayette Street, Winona, Mn. Options are to meet there or car pool out of the Onalaska Public Library Parking lot. Car poolers will depart the lot at 12:30 P.M. The plan is to climb for a couple hours and arrive back in La Crosse at about 3:30 - 3:45.

You will need a waiver for any child climbers. General information. https://www.winona.edu/outdoor/climbing-center.asp

Questions and/or to RSVP, Lead - contact Justine Marshall at 402-680-7351/ marshalljustine@live.com She can have the waiver forms for you that day, but you need to ask her in advance.

This is the same day as the State Convention, so some of our mentors will be there. Open to KAMO/ BBBS.

*Saturday or Sunday, April 7-8 -Rod and Gun Club Outing. Date, location, and time TBD. This is an open event for the general KAMO group and other people interested in trying out KAMO. Lead - Randy Hines - 608-304-2712

*Saturday/ Sunday, April 14-15 - Spring Park Intro/ Camping trip - McMullen County Park, 1703 Atlantic Road, Warrens. This is a park intro trip. There will be both a park intro/ camping group and a KAMO turkey hunting group using the campground (and leaving to an adjacent wildlife area for hunting). There will be no firearm exposure or use in McMullen. The camping portion is open to the general KAMO population/ BBBS who are eligible, or other people interested in trying out KAMO. McMullen is our project/ recreational campground. You can come and go if you just want to participate and look around for a while. Two lakes, hiking trails including a bluff view of the area, extra large campsites, toilets, showers. Lead - Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com

*Saturday, April 28th - KAMO/ BBBS LA Crosse Archery Kids Archery Day. Saturday, April 28th, 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Bring a kid or learn to shoot yourself. Lead - Randy Hines - Open to the general public/ KAMO/ BBBS.. Lead - Randy Hines - 608-304-2712

Saturday, May 5th - Genoa Fish Hatchery Interpretative Center Grand Opening (in lieu of the GFH Kids Fishing Day). Time TBD. . Open to KAMO/ BBBS/ general public. Lead - Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com

*Saturday, June 2nd - KAMO Kids Fishing Day - Lake Onalaska.. Time and location TBD. Leads - Randy Hines - 608-304-2712/ Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com Open to KAMO/ BBBS/ general public.


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3/11/18 @ 9:35 AM
kamojimkurz
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Things are pretty cold and slow around Ladysmith.  Maple sap barely running for a couple of hours a day.  Snow still 15 inches deep.  Something got into my box trap, strong enough to bend it open and get out.  No eagles on the nest.  Big deer tracks near my house--will look for sheds!  Here is the third of Donna's articles on KAMO--KAMO Through the eyes of a Youth:

Why would any youth want to join KAMO? Why do kids want to join anything? Usually the reasons include: fun, your friends are there, you get to do cool things, it is free and sometimes there is good food! These are exactly the type of things KAMO events have to offer youth and their families. The KAMO outdoor events are fun…like fishing, moonlight hikes where you find cool things to look at with a digital microscope and laptop and Klondike days learning winter survival skills. KAMO events are free and open to everyone, you can bring your friends! KAMO events almost always include cool food like pudgy pies or hot dog roasts and s’mores!

What is expected of a Youth in KAMO? KAMO suggests youth be at least 8 years old or if younger they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents complete KAMO Youth forms with contact, medical and emergency information and a KAMO youth waiver. Youth are welcome to attend all KAMO events as their schedule permits. Family members are always welcome to attend events too. Preferably transportation is provided by the family, however, special arrangements can be made if necessary.

What benefits are there in KAMO for the Youth? KAMO events offer youth and their families an opportunity to experience a wide range of outdoor experiences. KAMO Mentors have taken a parent and child on a first hunting outing for both parent and child! Youth have been taught not only how to catch a fish but how to make their own baits, clean and then cook their fish!

Youth have been taught kayaking and canoeing on our famous Flambeau and Chippewa rivers that up until that day, they had only crossed on bridges. Youth have seen planets and learned various constellations on the moonlight hikes. KAMO has hosted the Wisconsin Bird-a-thon for the past several years. Many youth can now identify birds by specie name or bird call. How do youth benefit from KAMO…youth benefit by introduction to a variety of events that offer a lifetime of adventure in our great outdoors.

How do I get my child involved in KAMO? Rusk County area Indianhead KAMO chapter will be hosting an open house, Tuesday March 27th at the V.M.A. Center, 508 Summit Ave. in Ladysmith at 6:00 p.m. A 20 minute presentation on KAMO will be given followed by questions. Light snacks will be served. You and your family are welcome to join us. For more information check out www.kamokids.org and research the Indianhead Chapter.


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