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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5/1/18 @ 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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3/10/18 @ 8:34 AM
Oalaskan
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A sneak peak at Coulee KAMO's Upcoming Activity List (still under construction):

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.

Waiting to hear back about river clean up date in April and from the American Standardbred Adoption Program (ASAP - a horse ranch near Desoto) about filling in some gaps - March 17th, 31st (Easter weekend), April 21st.  

*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 - rhines@charter.net

*Saturday/ Sunday, April 14-15 - Youth Turkey Hunt/ camping trip. Cataract location with one group. Another group will camp at McMullen County Park near Warrens and hunt in Meadow Valley Wildlife Area. The camping portion is open to open to the general KAMO population/ BBBS who are eligible, or other people interested in trying out KAMO. McMullen is our project/ recreational campground. Two lakes, hiking trails including a bluff view of the area, extra large campsites, toilets, showers. The park is separated from local hunting areas by a boundary zone (hunting pressure will be very light in the area to begin with).

*Saturday, April 28th - LA Crosse Archery Kids Archery Day. Date and time TBD. Was from 12:00 - 3:00 last year. Lead - Randy Hines - rhines@charter.net Open to the general public/ KAMO/ BBBS.

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

Summer Activities

 *McMullen Park - Camping/ park Clean up Activity -Date and time TBD, but possibly week of June 18th. This is a fantastic facility with large campsites - all electric, two lakes nearby, lots of public use land with trails, showers, flush toilets, a store, village, and resort within a mile. Lead - Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com Open to KAMO/ BBBS (overnights depend on criteria)/ anyone wanting to sample KAMO.

* Lock and Dam #7 Tour/ Best Dam Fishing Float combo outing - Week of June 11th. Lead - Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com Open to KAMO/ BBBS/ anyone wanting to try out KAMO

*Possible Hunter’s Education class - Depends on interest in group .Lead - Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com Open to KAMO/ BBBS if meet requirement

*Boat or shore fishing - Upon request. Leads - Mike Hodgins - hodge91@charter.net/ Mike Brown - brownmtjc@gmail.com. Open to KAMO/BBBS/ anyone wanting to try oot KAMO.

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3/4/18 @ 11:06 PM
kamojimkurz
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Cold windy day, around freezing temp.  No maple sap flowing, no eagle on the nest--must mean no egg, no chick--maybe no mate?  No snow buntings either, probably on their way north.


Did trap another raccoon last night.  Will save the head for my KAMO friend Steve who gives a great presentation on Wisconsin skulls and furs.

I attach  a report on why people like being a KAMO mentor, from KAMO friend Donna:

Why would anyone want to be a KAMO Mentor? Here are a few responses from a few of the Mentors interviewed. Charmaine Johnson said, “Watching the kids discover the joy and wonder of nature opens my eyes up to new discoveries”. Floyd Kahl stated, “Outdoor activities are so much fun with kids”. Corwyn Blackwell says, “The opportunity to give back. I was a boy scout and those adults taught me the love of the outdoors. I want to pass that on”.

What is expected of a KAMO Mentor? KAMO Mentors are at least 18 years old. Potential Mentors provide information for a background check. They read and follow KAMO policies. KAMO annual Mentor dues are $15.00/yr for an individual and $25.00/yr for a couple. These dues help cover the cost of liability insurance. Attendance at monthly KAMO meetings is expected. These meetings are held at Flambeau River Outfitters the first Monday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. It is at these meetings Mentors plan and organize the monthly KAMO events.

How can I contribute to KAMO as a Mentor? The best part of joining a group of adults who love the outdoors is sharing your passion and exploring and learning more about the passion of other Mentors. Charmaine’s passion was kayaking, which KAMO has done with many kayaking events. However, since joining KAMO , Charmaine has shot a turkey, caught fish through the ice and become certified in Hunter Safety!!! Floyd’s passion was canoeing, again KAMO has done many canoe trip events. However, he has also learned to enjoy ‘pudgy pies’, moonlight hikes and archery events!! Corwyn’s passion is conservation. As a new Mentor in the Indianhead KAMO Chapter he contributes conservation ideas into the 2018 event plans. He looks forward to learning more about the skills and passions of other Mentors in the group. This is the best part of being a KAMO Mentor…YOU have the OPPORTUNITY to not only share your passion but have an entire group of outdoor enthusiasts to help you organize an event to ‘pass your passion’ on to others!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of getting involved with KAMO? Corwyn says, “Absolutely, it is so important. You will get what you put into it but it has the potential for being one of the most rewarding things you can do.” Floyd said, “Just do it! Don’t put it off. Seeing a kid get excited over a nice fish, shooting a bird, discovering the big dipper, there is nothing better!” Charmaine states, “Come check it out. You can start slow and join at your comfort level. Not every event we do is for everyone. You can be as involved as you want to be. Try it out! Maybe just start as an activity volunteer.”

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. Potential Mentors/Activity Volunteers, Parents and Youth are invited.

Next weeks feature: KAMO through the eyes of the Youth.

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3/4/18 @ 5:53 PM
Oalaskan
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Small KAMO group went down to the Lawrence Lake Marina Take a Kid Fishing Tournament. My pics not the best. The fishing stunk, but the kids came home with lots of candy loot from playing the ring toss and minnow race games. Left hand pic from the BBBS Catered for Kids event at the Waterfront building where some Big/ KAMO hybrids were recognized for their efforts. Hybrid means they are both a big and a KAMO mentor to a child. Pictured is big "good Mike". Not pictured is big "bad Mike".

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