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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2/18/17 @ 8:53 PM
Oalaskan
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I'll try to do a better job taking outing pictures in 2017.

Our group has the following outings coming up. One reason for posting it here is that our activities are open to the public.

Attending International Festival of Owls in Houston, Minnesota on March 4th.

Introduce families to archery at La Crosse Archery in Onalaska on Aprl 1st.

Take families on the Best Dam Fishing Float off Dresbach in March or April.

Hike and fish the Badger Mining Facility near Taylor, probably in May.

Take kids out turkey hunting.

Would like to introduce kids to bow fishing.

Pontoon rides, canoeing, monthly camping.

Teach hunter's education in both traditional and internet field day formats. There are currently four traditional classes on GoWild for spring in La Crosse area and an internet one being planned for June. KAMO mentors are involved in some of these.




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2/18/17 @ 8:40 PM
Oalaskan
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Group camping in Mc Mullen County Park near Warrens during the 2016 Yout Deer Gun Season.

Great park with two lakes and county land adjacent. 

Slept in Soulpad tent and other smaller tents at night. Hunted on private land nearby.

Picture taken off boardwalk was during a trail clean up.

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2/18/17 @ 7:28 PM
Oalaskan
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Kids swimming at Goose Island County Park at one of our two camping outings there in 2016.

Kids doing trial clean-up at Pleasant Valley Farms before being turned loose on a trout stream.

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2/18/17 @ 7:23 PM
Oalaskan
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More pictures from 2016.

Kids at Pleasant Valley Farms near Goose Island, south of La Crosse, grooming some of the horses they have there.

A group tour of the Nina and Pinta Columbus replicas this past summer.

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2/18/17 @ 7:17 PM
Oalaskan
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I did a poor job of posting KAMO adventures from 2016, so I'd like to make up for it a little now.

These pictures are from our fishing outing in June on Lake Onalaska.

The kids pictured here are catching and cleaning fish for the first time.

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2/7/17 @ 8:25 AM
Oalaskan
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KAMO went to La crosse Chill game (hockey). That's me seated in the foreground. In attendance were 31 from KAMO, 19 from BB/ BS and Boys and Girls.


Held two ice fishing events. The girl in the pink suit never gives up and can catch fish in just about any situation. One tough cookie.

Four of our mentors got certified as online field day hunter's education instructors on January 29th. 

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1/13/17 @ 9:37 PM
Oalaskan
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Here's some upcoming outings for the La Crosse area's KAMO group:

*Sunday, January 22 - Free Fishing Weekend/ Ice Fishing - KAMO mentors will take kids and parents out ice fishing.No fishing license required on this special day. Location to be determined (mentors will have to scout areas prior to event). Bring ice fishing tackle/ portable shelter if you have them. Let Mike know if you have ice fishing equipment or not. Let him know specifically who you are and how you can be reached once we figure out where we are going. We will depart from our meeting location at 1:00 P.M. Event will run until 4:00 P.M. Mike Hodgins lead - 608-397-9844.

Friday, January 27th - Winterfest - KAMO will take a group to Forest Hills (at east end of La Crosse Street) for this La Crosse Parks and Recreation event which includes sledding and fireworks. Will meet at Forest Hills Parking Lot at 6:00 P.M. Eat before coming. Bring sled. Parent involvement encouraged. Clare Henneman lead - 608-787-7611.

Friday, February 3rd - La Crosse Chill Hockey Game - Green Island Ice Arena south of Gundersen Clinic on seventh Street. Game starts at 7:00 P.M. Someone will be standing at the door with your ticket. Arrive between 6:30 - 6:50 P.M. Mike Brown - lead 608-799-5037.

Saturday, February 4th - Kids Fishing Day - Genoa Fish Hatchery. Trout fish one of the hatchery ponds. For kids aged 5-12. Meet at the Walmart South Parking Lot and depart at 7:50 P.M. Event ends at 12:30 P.M. - Bring tackle if you have it. Food and drink provided on site. Parent participation encouraged. Mike Brown lead - 608-799-5037.

*Saturday, March 11th - Whitetail Ridge Ski Hill, Fort McCoy - Downhill tubing. Meet at Shopko North Parking Lot. at 12:00 P.M. Food not included unless you buy it yourself. We will tube from 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Should be back by 4:30 P.M. Clare Henneman lead - 608-787-7611.

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12/31/16 @ 12:25 PM
Tim_T
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Here's an active link to that article. Great read, Onalaskan. Thanks for sharing!

Tim

https://www.hubcitytimes.com/2016/12/22/kamo-deer-camp/#_

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12/23/16 @ 11:08 AM
Oalaskan
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This is a story written about the recent KAMO event at the McKenzie Center written by one of our mentors.


https://www.hubcitytimes.com/2016/12/22/kamo-deer-camp/

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12/18/16 @ 7:42 AM
Oalaskan
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I haven't posted on here for too long, but KAMO has been very active.

Our Coulee chapter took six kids to KAMO's Mc Kenzie Environmental Center last weekend. There were over 20 kids participating. Twelve deer were taken, many by first timers. A few parents stayed the weekend as well and they said they had a blast. The Saturday night prize bingo was a huge hit lasting for hours.

We are going to take some kids ice fishing, to La Crosse Chill games, to the Rivoli, Winterfest, and more. Mostly outdoors, but in the winter, some stuff indoors. We are always looking for mentors because of the large number of kids we have. To be a mentor you do not necessarily have to have your own kid.

We need girls in our chapter, especially from the south side of La Crosse where some of our female mentors live.


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