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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4/29/17 @ 5:04 PM
Oalaskan
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We walked the trails including the flowage trail at the invitation of the local cranberry grower.

Edited on 4/30/17 1:50 AM
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4/29/17 @ 4:59 PM
Oalaskan
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KAMO went in to Mc Mullen Park near Warrens today for their clean-up. We put a good dent in their mess and had a good time.

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4/27/17 @ 3:30 PM
Oalaskan
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This weekend's Coulee Chapter outings:

Saturday, April 29th - Brice Prairie Conservation Association River Clean-up. BPCA - River clean up on Lake Onalaska and Pool 7 Area: Anyone who wants to help should be at the Fred Funk Landing (The upper landing on Brice Prairie at 8AM. )The clean up will involve Lake Onalaska and Pool 7. Everyone is invited to help. John Wetzel - Lead - 608-526-4238

Saturday, April 29th - Spring Clean up Day- McMullen Park, Warrens, Wisconsin. Located just north of Three Bears Lodge. Group meets at Shopko North Parking Lot by North Country Steak and leaves at 7:00 AM since the clean up starts at 8. KAMO gets VIP treatment at this county park - we get to camp there for free. Features two lakes (one is a public access cranberry flowage with good fishing), hiking trails, an 1100 acre public forest, large campsites, running water, electricity, showers, A store less than a mile away makes the tastiest and most reasonably priced pizzas and other food you will find anywhere. We camped there one weekend last fall and had a GREAT time. Few people from our area even know this place exists, yet it is one of the area’s finest.. This is an over and back trip. Mike Brown - lead - 608-799-5037.

Saturday, April 29th - Visit the Open House at the American Standardbred Adoption Program (ASAP) near Desoto which goes from 12:00 - 4:00 P.M. This non-profit group rescues horses that are no longer wanted by their owners and gives them a home.

Their mission statement is partially to “educate youth about horsemanship and harness racing”.

Their Director, Susan Wellman, read about KAMO and extended an invitation for our kids to participate in activities there.It is physically located at 86039A Pedritti Lane, Desoto, Wisconsin 54624.Contact is Susan Wellman - 608-792-5126/ asapinc@mwt.net

www.4thehorses.com

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4/16/17 @ 6:56 AM
Oalaskan
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Trip to Best Dam Fishing Float near Dresbach. We went out the next day as well.

Our group is participating in a Pool 7 river clean up and a park clean up on Saturday, April 29th. 

We have our brat fry on Crossing Meadows on May 6th.

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4/16/17 @ 6:49 AM
Oalaskan
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Badmiton and lunch at Beaver Creek Flowage during recent Learn To Hunt Turkey on special permit at a local wildlife area.

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4/4/17 @ 8:52 AM
Oalaskan
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Pics from our recent Kids Archery Day at LA Crosse Archery.

We are gearing up for our Learn To Hunt turkey hunt/ camping trip this weekend.

We will have exclusive access to a state wildlife area.

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3/29/17 @ 5:51 PM
Oalaskan
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Took a trip to the Best Dam Fishing Float below the Dresbach Dam with a group of 20. 14 kids caught perch and redhorse suckers while the adults gave instructions, took off fish, rebaited, a little untangling here and there. I would have taken more pics, but I was pretty busy.

We are doing a Learn To Hunt/ camping trip on the weekend before the regular youth turkey season. These are the outings that I personally relish. Hunt, eat, campfire, sleep, fish a nearby lake, chill. 

We are camping in a DNR campground under special mpermit that only took a phone call to obtain. Otherwise it is closed to the general public

Our group receives funding from the community allowing our mentors to focus on getting outdoors with kids. Land owners often let us on their private property for camping and hunting, we get discounts and deals quite often.

You don't have to join to come along and help us out and enjoy. You can participate as a friend of KAMO.



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3/21/17 @ 2:25 PM
kamojimkurz
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Just a hello from the Ladysmith Chapter of KAMO.  We had our annual members meeting 2 days ago at the Mead Wildlife Center between Marshfield and Stevens Point. About 25 of us from all 7 of our chapters--Florence, Ladysmith, LaCrosse Area, Baraboo area, Lake Wisconsin/Poynetter, Meadow Valley, and Marshfield/Stevens Point.  

We do a lot for kids arouond the state (about 70 mentors and 160 kids), but we are limited by our number of mentors.  Please inspect our web site at kamokids.org.  If you are near one of our chapters, call the one of the numbers on the site.  If you are not near any, call anybody listed to see about starting a new KAMO chapter.

Take a kid or two outside tomorrow!

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3/12/17 @ 11:16 AM
Oalaskan
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Some of Coulee's upcoming activities:

If you are interested in participating, please contact the lead person first.

*Monday,March 27th - Fishing trip on the Best Dam Fishing Float - Dresbach Dam. Time TBD. This is a day areas schools are out. If weather is bad we’ll move it to the 28th or 29th. We will meet at Onalaska Public Library Parking Lot. Mike Brown lead 799-5037/ brownmtjc@gmail.com 

Friday, March 31st - La Crosse Chill Hockey game. Green Island Ice Arena. Tickets will be handed out in lobby prior to game which starts at 7:00 P.M. Mike Brown lead - 608-799-5037/ brownmtjc@gmail.com

*Saturday, April 1st - KAMO/ BB/BS Kids Archery Event. La Crosse Archery. Noon - 3. Randy Hines lead.608-304-2712/ rlhines@charter.net

*May 6th - Brat Fry at Festival Foods at Crossing Meadows. Fund raiser/ P.R.. Parents and children encouraged to help. Shifts run from 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Mike Brown lead - 799-5037/ brownmtjc@gmail.com

*A Saturday in May - Taylor, Wisconsin. Badger Mining Facility hiking/ fishing - Time to be determined. Group leaves from Holmen Kwik Trip Parking Lot. John Wetzel lead - 608-526-4238/ john769@centurytel.net

Saturday, May 20th - Kids to Parks Day - 11:00 - 2:00 Great River Landing - Behind newly developed Chamber of Commerce building along Highway 35 in Onalaska. Scavenger hunt, Nature bingo, Rescue Boat Show, fishing, activity backpack excursions. Mike Brown lead - 799-5037/ brownmtjc@gmail.com

*June 3rd - Fishing Day on Lake Onalaska - Time TBD. Pontoon and boat supported fishing event. This is free fishing weekend, so adults don’t need a license. Mike Brown lead- 799-5037/ brownmtjc@gmail.com

*Monday, June 19th - 8:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M. Online Hunter’s education Field day. Holmen Rod and Gun Club. Must have certificate of completion for approved on-line course (IHEA no longer valid) and a DNR Customer ID#.. Must also pre-register. Mike Brown lead 608-799-5037.

*Tuesday, June 20th - Pontoon Rides on the Black River - Pontoons board at West Clinton Street Landings at 6:00 P.M. Lead - Tim Collins 385-2143

*Tuesday, June 27th - Paddle, pedal, and picnic (3 P) - Time and location to be determined. Lead Tim Collins 385-2143

*Saturday, August 19th -Trap/ Pigeon Shoot. Lead - Tim Collins - 385-2143


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3/5/17 @ 8:38 PM
Oalaskan
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This weekend Coulee went to the International Owl Festival in Houston, Minnesota, Goose Island for a hike, and to the Shady Maple Overlook to view birds.

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