Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)

8/23/12 @ 5:50 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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2/3/18 @ 9:35 PM
Oalaskan
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A group known as Friends of the Upper Mississippi FUM) is a support group for the local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. FUM used to take kids out on local waters to introduce them to ice fishing. In early February that meant it was going to be cold and the fishing was often slow.

One year the Genoa Fish Hatchery, which is a part of UFWS, decided that they were going to do something about that. They began opening a trout pond for a public fishing event twice per year with a big heated tent (winter), food, and drink, volunteers and their staff running it. The FUM group supports it financially and with volunteers. The groups never looked back from that move and the pictures you see are the results.

Another important partnership is the one between U.W. - La Crosse student volunteers and KAMO. The students come along to fulfill volunteer hour requirements or just for a good time.This morning, two college students came along on the trip to enjoy and help. Quite honestly, they saved my bacon - I was the only mentor there. KAMO parents are always friendly and helpful and there was a couple of them there too.

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2/3/18 @ 3:57 PM
Oalaskan
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Took a group of kids to the Genoa Fish Hatchery for their kids fishing day. The trout were biting and every kid got their limit of three. It was a blast. The two college student volunteers were instrumental in helping - they made our outing a great one.

What KAMO is in need of throughout the state is more volunteers.

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1/28/18 @ 9:52 AM
Oalaskan
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O.K. KAMO Fans, participants needed for these events. Our activities are free and open to the public. If interested contact Mike at brownmtjc@gmail.com

Saturday, February 10th - Sledding and tubing event.. 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Klatt property on YY between highways 33 and 14. West side of road. Watch for KAMO sign. Group will depart Highway 33 Festival (across from Kmart) parking lot.at 9:30 A.M. Campfire, hot beverages, and lunch will be provided. If arriving separately, look for KAMO sign on narrow entrance road. Bring sleds, folding chairs, dress warm. Landowner does not want sleds with wood or metal framework in construction because of injury risk. If you miss going with the group, take YY south off 33. When you get to the bottom of the hill, look for the KAMO banner.

Saturday, February 17th - Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center Trip - Lansing, Iowa. Group will depart from Walmart south La Crosse parking lot at 9:30 A.M. Center is open until 4:00 P.M. Geology, limnology (rivers and streams), archeology, wildlife studies, river tow industries, economies, American Indian cultures.

Saturday, February 24th - Gymnasium Activity Day - La Crosse Wellness Center - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (across from Holiday Heights). Includes general use of Field House, fish casting, animal tracks, more.

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1/26/18 @ 11:53 PM
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Members of the Coulee chapter and some Big Brothers/ Sisters took in the Chill Hockey game on Friday, January 26th.

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1/24/18 @ 9:50 PM
Oalaskan
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Scouting spots to take the kids is kind of a task, but someone has to do it and it might as well be me I guess.

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1/20/18 @ 4:44 PM
Oalaskan
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The KAMO BB/BS of the La Crosse area held their gymnasium activity day at the La Crosse Wellness Center this afternoon, January 20th. The kids let off some steam playing soccer, kickball, basketball, casting a fish pole game, and viewing wildlife exhibits. Our next gym day at La Crosse Wellness is February 26th. Our next activity is this coming Friday night's La Crosse Chill hockey game. If interested in this game contact Mike at brownmtjc@gmail.com

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1/15/18 @ 10:12 AM
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A group of 14 from KAMO and several bigs went to the American Basketball Association game between the River City Showtime and the Windy City Groove on Sunday, 1/14. Both team scored over 100 points and La Crosse's Showtime led throughout. Our next event is at the La Crosse Wellness Center next Saturday where we will let the kids boil off energy from 12  -2. Kickball, soccer, batting, fish casting station, and more.

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1/13/18 @ 9:58 PM
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From trip today at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve near La Farge. This vast area of former farms was purchased by the government for a hydroelectric dam and plant. Project was halted and today is available to the public for outdoor recreation and education. The locals have done a nice job of providing activities and this was one of them - their Winterfest. We hiked the dam dike trail to explore ice caves, rode horsedrawn sleighs, saw llamas, and shot bow. Pictures quickly taken in zero degree temps don't do justice. Kids will sleep good tonight. Tomorrow it's off to the La Crosse Showtime basketball game at the Civic Center.

Edited on 1/13/18 10:00 PM
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1/1/18 @ 2:31 AM
Oalaskan
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LINK magazine cover. Feature story is on KAMO for the Jan/ Feb issue. LINK distributed within 30 miles of La Crosse.




Edited on 1/1/18 2:32 AM
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12/30/17 @ 4:39 PM
Oalaskan
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The Coulee chapter took two groups to movies today. We are an outdoor group, but it is important to keep a flow of activities going through even during the less-than-friendly weather months, so we do some indoor activities . Movies are great, especially at matinee prices.

We went to Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi with an older group of kids and "The Star" with a younger group. Both great movies.

No pics from this outing.

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