Kids and Mentors Outdoors (KAMO)
Letter from parent. Sums up why KAMO exists, why mentors do what they do, and the results of long-term participation.
I wanted to share with you and all the other KAMO Mentors that Nathan got his 1st deer last night! No, it was not during a KAMO outing, but it NEVER could have happened without everything KAMO has done for him, AND myself. Hunter Safety on the Prairie for both of us, countless hours of mentorship, & leading by example!
He's had a great year duck and goose hunting as well.
Thank you so much for everything. I am quite certain as soon as he is able, Nathan will someday follow in your footsteps and be a mentor to other youth.
Pics from the La Crosse School District's day off from school on October 30th.
Mentors Tim Collins, Fritz Funk, John Wetzel, and Jim March were involved.
Pictured are mentees Tony Dodge and Caleb Harter.
My prediction from this spring that this KAMO blog would be viewed 40,000 times by the summer of 2018 was proven inaccurate by you followers. It has been viewed over 40,000 times as of October 2017.
That's what I'm talking about!
All seven KAMO Chapters have been active this summer of 2017. Fall usually emphasizes hunting but other things as well. Check out our monthly newsletters at kamokids.org for our recent activities.
Our "Joe Hunt" at the DNR's MacKenzie Center near Poynette requires a lot of work from our Baraboo River and Poynette Chapters, but then when you take 20 or 30 kids out deer hunting, each with a mentor, there is a lot of organizing, snooping the area for willing landowners, and signing up kids and mentors!
Jim Kurz, Indianhead Chapter in Ladysmith--Join us!
This is a list of Coulee KAMO’s upcoming GROUP activities. They are free and open to the public. Our latest group of sponsors have been: Gundersen Health System, The La Crosse Foundation, ALM Charities, and Marine Credit Union.
If you are interested in participating in the activities listed below, please contact the lead person in advance whether you are a volunteer or participant. For planning purposes we need to know ahead of time about numbers for lining up mentors, tickets, food, etc.
Saturday, October 21st - Hidden Trails Corn Maze (West Salem) - Meet at Barnes and Noble Parking Lot at 10:30 A.M. Event will from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Mike Hodgins lead - 608-397-9844
Sunday, October 22nd - 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. - Norskadalen has their pumpkin carving. It actually starts on Saturday - same hours. We are committed to our corn maze trip on Saturday. If you go on Sunday, I would pick up some pumpkins at Jolivette’s in West Salem to make sure you are covered if they run out (they carve 500). The finished pumpkins are placed on their “Ghoulees in the Coulee” route on their trails. I would also take carving tools such as knives and an ice cream scoop. We are stretched thin on this weekend and have no one from our group taking the lead or possibly even going. Last year we walked their trails after the carving.
Duck Hunting Camps
These are afternoon trips followed by a Pizza Party at Fritz’s lakeside home.
Fritz Funk lead - 608-799-7533
Friday, October 20th - Holmen/ Onalaska School District kids have this day off and we’ll go then.
Monday, October 30th - La Crosse School District kids have this day off, so this is their duck day.
Saturday, November 11th - Tundra Swan Viewing - Brownsville overlook. Meet at La Crescent Kwik Trip at 9:45 A.M. Event will be from 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. Fritz Funk lead - 608-799-7533 Bring your binoculars if you have them. Don’t buy any - we have a few pairs.
Rotary Lights/ Ice Skating - Riverside Park - Late November/ early December.
Gymnasium access - We will rent a place each month starting in December for the kids to burn off steam. We will have an outdoor related station there as well. We’ll start with a fish casting station. Christmas break will be first trip and then once per month afterwards.
Snowshoeing with Mississippi Valley Conservancy