Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
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.
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.
O.K. KAMO Fans, participants needed for these events. Our activities are free and open to the public. If interested contact Mike at email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.