Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
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.
Our Coulee Chapter event schedule. Some of the events are ours, some from other groups (such as Winterfest). Our events are free and open to the public.:
KAMO Winter 2017 - 2018 Event Schedule
If you are interested in any of these activities, contact Mike Brown at 608-799-5037 (text) or email@example.com We need to know in advance of your interest, so we can plan for tickets, food, mentors, etc.
This is not an inclusive list - there will be more things coming up and we will send out revisions as necessary
Saturday, January 13th - Kickapoo Valley Reserve - Winterfest - La Farge, Wisconsin, 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Group will leave the Highway 33 La Crosse Festival parking lot at 8:40 A.M.
Sledding, skiing, archery, snow sculpting, ice cave hikes, chainsaw carving, wildlife talks and hikes, face painting, horse-drawn bobsled rides, Malamute sled dog race and weight pull, snow mountain and tunnel, snow snake competition, fat tire bike demonstration, more.
Saturday, January 20th - 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.
Saturday/ Sunday, January 20-21 - Free Fishing Weekend - Possibility of ice fishing locally - weather dependent.
Friday, January 26th - La Crosse Chill game. Game begins at 7:00 P.M. Tickets will be handed out in the lobby prior to game.
Saturday, February 3rd - Kids Fishing Day - Genoa Fish Hatchery - Registration starts at 8:30 A.M. Group will leave the Walmart south parking lot at 8;10 A.M.
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 Kmart south across from Festival 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.
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 Coulee Chapter does a blend of its own activities and getting kids to other activities. Our next group event is the Winterfest at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve in La Farge. Lots of family friendly activities there. I can send any interested people a flyer on it if you P.M. me.
Look for the upcoming article on KAMO in the next LINK issue, which hits the stands on December 30th.
Hi Folks, this is Jim Kurz, KAMO State Secretary with some comments and news about KAMO. My friend Floyd and I drove down to Poynette about 200 miles, home to our 6th chapter this last weekend. (Our 7th chapter is in the Marshfield/Stevens Point area--check out our web site for contacts.) We mentored 2 kids out of 23 kids total on a deer hunt Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday morning, harvested 10 antlerless deer; the novice hunters could have shot a buck but it didn't happen this year.
The "Joe Hunt" is a big deal as you might imagine. Board and room was at the MacKenzie Center and took a lot of effort just for that. Also many landowners offered their land for hunting and that also took a lot of communication and scouting time by the Lake Wisconsin Chapter and by the Baraboo River Chapter.
While there some of us discussed why we can't get more chapters going across the state, when EVERYONE we discuss KAMO with think it's the greatest idea for kids they hafve ever heard of. What do you think we need to do? I think we need more people to actually pitch in their time and efforts and friends to make new chapters. We'll help.