Kids on Public Lands
Overview of KOPL
(Next event: September
A note from Rick Russell:
Ive been involved with 4-wheeling and
motorcycling for a long time. The core group of people involved are family oriented,
responsible and come from every section of our economy. After all, you dont maintain
the vehicles we have without having a job. Although clubs have donated time and money to many
worthy causes, their efforts are usually overlooked by the mainstream media. We talk
amongst ourselves, "preach to the choir" and become emotionally upset over road
closures. Should we be satisfied with the results? I dont think so. Are existing
roads still being senselessly closed? All the time. Can we donate more money and time?
Some of us can. Can we all work smarter? Absolutely! And that's what KOPL is
In 1998, with the help of two devoted guys (Tim Crawford & Tracy Lenocker) and the
support of 65 OHV volunteers, individual donations, local businesses,
the Anaheim YMCA, the Forest Service and the Anaheim Police Department a dream came true.
The idea is simple. Bring underprivileged kids between the ages of
8-13 to public lands
and give them a positive experience outside their inner-city environment. I can say
without reservation, everyone who has been involved with the Kids On Public Lands program
feels the positive emotional impact we
have on these kids.
The first objective of the KOPL program is to create a positive
experience for kids. The second objective is to get general media
coverage of the event. The KOPL Program can be duplicated in every city
that has a public service agency—and I can’t think of a place that
doesn’t have a police department or fire department.
I challenge any club, individual or organization that depend on existing roads on
public lands to execute a project to gain positive general media exposure. Whether you use
this program as a model or develop your own, work smarter not harder to keep public lands
accessible to everyone.
cordially invited to be a part of the next
KIDS ON PUBLIC LAND. We need volunteer drivers.
- The Anaheim Cops 4
Kids (C4K) and the Anaheim YMCA bring
100 kids -- 50 boys on Saturday and 50 girls on Sunday.
- Upon arrival the kids are divided into two groups each day: one group
goes on the trail ride and the other group enjoys activities at the
Discovery Center. In the afternoon the two groups switch activities.
More than 90% of the kids, ages 8-12, have never been to the forest.
- During the trail ride each child sits in the front passenger seat,
chats with the driver, talks on the CB, and enjoys a 4WD ride
in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Same location as
2014 KOPL--The 2015 KOPL event is scheduled for
the weekend of September
19-20 2015 (Sat & Sun). Okay to volunteer for one day.
Volunteers should plan to arrive by 7-8am
at the NEW LOCATION: Camp Conrad-Chinnock
We expect the buses to arrive sometime around 9:00
Camp Conrad-Chinnock. The camp's address is:
Camp Conrad-Chinnock, 4700 Jenks Lake Road East, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305 (A word of caution, when I type the address into Google
maps, sometimes it points to a location closer to Jenks Lake, but the camp is off
Jenks Lake Rd East. This fabulous venue has an area for tents
and RVs (no hookups at Conrad) if you reserve
a spot at time of pre-registration.
We have a limited amount of overnight camping cabins
also available! This venue is about 30
minutes south of Big Bear Lake along Highway 38. We will not
be using the Discovery Center. All activities will be held at Camp
HOW TO VOLUNTEER:
- Either mail, fax or email your registration form before the
- We need male drivers on Saturday to escort the boys. We need female
drivers on Sunday to escort the girls
- In addition to volunteer drivers, we need volunteers to set-up, help
with lunch preparation, stuff goody bags, supervise children, clean-up,
- You can volunteer either one or both days. It takes
volunteers to operate the KOPL.
VEHICLE TYPES ON TRAIL RIDE:
- Any 4x4 vehicles. Should be in good running condition.
- Must have seat belts, first aid kit and hard top or roll bar. If you
do not have a CB radio, we have some loaners. Should carry a fire
- This trail is rated Easy. (90% of these kids have never been to the
forest or 4 wheeling so graded dirt roads are very exciting)
COMMUNICATION- Each child will be given a
walkie-talkie to communicate to their buddies,
thus keeping the CB free for the drivers. on your CB during the trail
ride. If you don't own one, we will have a few to borrow.
- If you are a licensed ham radio operator, we will notify you at the
event as to what frequencies we are using.
WHAT TO BRING:
- A smile. Plan to get to know the child who rides with you.
- Bring a chair.
- Bring sodas and snacks for yourself.
- No dogs should be at the event other than a K9 Unit.
LODGING - CAMPING:
- There are some camping-style cabins at the camp
(with toilets) that can be
rented or shared with other volunteers (after all, it is a kids' camp). Or
hotels in Big Bear are about 30 minutes away. Motel 6 (909) 585-6666.
- Camp at the site or nearby Barton Flats.
- Free hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salads and drinks will be served
to all kids and volunteers for lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
- Free ICEEs will be served for dessert.
SATURDAY NIGHT BBQ:
- We usually have dinner Saturday night. This
meal is catered. The cost is around $10 to help
cover the cost (pay at the event - cash or check).
- Bring your own drinks and chairs
- All volunteers and their families are welcome to attend the
Saturday night BBQ.
- Saturday night after the BBQ is a raffle for all volunteers.
- One ticket per volunteer, must be present to win.
- Children's goody bags: We need small items for the kids' goodie
bag (pencils, pens, candy, tooth brushes, company promotional items,
toys, etc.) -- should be 100 items for both groups or 50 items for one
day. On event day, each child receives the same gifts (for example, 100
stickers or 50 girls' brushes and 50 boys' combs).
- Money or in-kind donations requested: For food ($800), water bottle
holders ($500), Volunteer t-shirts ($800), kid's hats, products for
volunteer raffle ($400) and other miscellaneous expenses (any amount
- Do you know someone who may be interested in donating?
MORE DETAILS ATTACHED:
- A detailed description of this event is attached.
VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP SHEET (link at bottom of this
- A registration form can also be emailed to you.
- Then mail or fax your form before the event
One form for each volunteer. Questions? Call Rick
(760) 961-9466 or Stacey (909) 922-5120
The 2014-15 Kids On Public Land committee thanks
for "making it happen".
We look forward to another fun and rewarding experience
Stacey Harrold- Chairman
Tracy Lenocker - Co-Chair
Rick & Marilyn Russell - Administrative
Tammie & Tim Conrad - Logistics, Preparations
Debbie & Cass Ellsworth - Children's Activities
Robbie & Paul Mooney - Food preparation
Brian & Jo Ann Borella - Parking &
- Trail Assistant
Gary Heston & EOC members - Communications
Sandy & Keith Graham - Event set-up
Jodi Lenocker - First Aid
In cooperation with - Anaheim Police Dept.
Georgina Meza - Anaheim PAL - Cops
4 Kids Program
Karen and Alan Bauer - Donations
Chef Andy and Barbara Cunningham