(Beaver Dam) An organization that connects children with the outdoors has opened up a chapter in Beaver Dam. KAMO, which stands for Kids and Mentors Outdoors, began operating near Baraboo, Florence, and Ladysmith in 2007. Founder and writer for Outdoorsman’s Journal, Mark Walters, says he began to notice over the years that fewer people, especially children, were enjoying what nature had to offer.
Walters says he reached out to his audience with the goal of forming a youth outdoor mentoring program. Readers from three different parts of Wisconsin responded. Those readers were from Ladysmith, Florence, and near the Wisconsin Dells area. Walters says each person brought six to eight people with them to discuss how engage youth with the outdoors, beginning what is now known as KAMO.
The group’s mission is to give children access to a variety of experiences that help them develop an appreciation for nature. Walters says it is up to each individual chapter to determine who to best achieve that whether it be through wildlife biology, sitting around a campfire, archery, fishing, nature walks, orienteering, trapping, snowshoeing, or biking. He says activities can be one-on-one with a child and mentor or involving 15 mentors with 40 kids.
Dodge County Chapter President Jim Braker says they are holding their first event next September 12th at Waterworks Park in Beaver Dam with kayaking and fishing planned. He says the goal is to get kids outside and enjoying the outside. KAMO is now up to seven chapters with goals of expanding even further throughout Wisconsin. The organization is still looking for mentors in Dodge County. More information can be found be clicking the link: https://www.kamokids.org/
–Photo courtesy of www.kamokids.org