2012 Kids on Public Lands
San Bernardino National Forest
Kids on Public Lands, KOPL,
is an event meant to give children the opportunity to spend a day in the San
Bernardino National Forest and learn about off-highway trails, natural
resources, and the plants and animals in the forest. It is organized and put
on by a group of several 4x4 clubs, 4x4 enthusiasts,
the Anaheim Cops 4 Kids and the Anaheim YMCA.
The program takes
children, ages 8-13, from the Anaheim area in Orange County who are a part
of the Anaheim YMCA after school education and recreation program and the
Anaheim Police Department’s C4K program. These children are in a program to
help with learning skills and to make sure they will meet the level of
education necessary to pass into the next grade. As a reward for a certain
level of participation and excellence, they are given the opportunity to
attend the KOPL event. The program has been an outstanding success for the
children, parents and both organizations. The Anaheim Police Department’s
PAL program provides additional adult staffing and insurance coverage for
We bring up fifty
boys on a Saturday and fifty girls on Sunday to the Camp
Conrad-Chinnock for the one-day event. Each day
the group is split into two. One group goes on a trail ride in a 4x4
vehicle. The boys have men drivers and the girls are driven by women. It’s
one driver to one child. A first aid provider goes on the trail with each group
as well as a trail guide, mechanics and several backup vehicles. Members of
the press travel in 4x4 vehicles with the children. The other half of the
group learns about
nature, animals, gold mining, mountain life, motorcycle and ATV safety. The tour includes learning about the animals and
plants of the forest and the equipment and tools our firefighters use to
protect us and the forest.
Volunteers should meet at
Hamburgers and hot
dogs with drinks and dessert are provided to the children and the
volunteers. After lunch the two groups split again and participate in the
opposite activity from the morning. About 4:30 pm everyone meets, the
children load the bus, and head back down the hill, tired, but with many
positive memories and experiences of a fun filled day.
The event will
be chaired by Stacey Harrold Rick Russell and Tracy Lenocker. The duties are
divided into 13 separate committees including Event Assistants,
Kids coordinator, YMCA rep, PAL rep, Manpower assignments, Venue planning,
Meals, Donations, Communications, Media Relations, Logistics, Trail Ride,
involves over 100 volunteers, divided equally between event volunteers and
trail/tour volunteers. Last year they donate 2000 hours. Insurance is
provided by PAL, the YMCA and the SBNFA. Transportation costs are covered by
the YMCA and PAL. The KOPL committee raises about $3000 -
$5000 in cash and donated items in order to pay
for this event. We also get donations for small gifts to build a goodie bag for each of the
To donate time or
money to this event contact Stacey Harrold at
Make donation checks payable to
KOPL (Kids on Public Lands) a non-profit.
Any size donation is truly appreciated!
Drivers and Backup Drivers
Volunteers should plan to be at the Discovery Center at
7-8:00 am. MOVED FROM The Discovery Center
TO CONRAD-CHINNOCK CAMP near Jenks Lake off Highway 38.
Bring a CB radio.
The walkie-talkies are loaned to the kids to give them an
opportunity to talk to each other. We will use CB Channel 4. If
you do not have a CB radio please make sure you see Rick Russell before 8:00
AM to borrow one of his extra radios with a magnetic
If you are a licensed amateur radio operator, please bring your
ham radio for our operations communications. We will have a base station
at the Discovery Center. The simplex
frequency we will use will be determined on that day.
Please make sure that your vehicle is gassed up and ready to
go each morning that you are using it. You may want to air down before the
children arrive so that we can assign the children and hit the trails.
There will be a nurse along on the trail, but you must still
bring your own first aid kit with you. We will also have
first aid providers at
Pick up a bottle of water for yourself.
There is enough water so that you can have a bottle in the morning and can
get another during lunch for the afternoon ride.
You will stand by the sign-in table and a child will be assigned to ride
with you. Please be there to meet the child and introduce yourself.
Get a bottle of water for the child if they do not already have one. Go
over to your vehicle and show it to the child. After you help him/her put
their belongings inside, take the child around the vehicle and inspect
the vehicle using the check off list that will be supplied. Sign this
card and give it to the child. It is a part of their experience. The check
off items are: CB Radio, Tow strap, Tow hooks on front of vehicle, Tow hooks
on rear of vehicle (hitch and pin acceptable), Water (one full bottle per
person), First aid kit, Fire extinguisher, Plenty of gas, and a seat belt
for every person.
Your vehicle, as well as you, represents the KOPL program. It needs to be
nice looking and should not have stickers or other items displayed that are
inappropriate or offensive to any group or individual. Remember that we are
trying to promote a positive image about ourselves and our hobby for the
press including the TV, radio and newspapers that may be present. Sometimes
the press tends to focus on controversial issues that end up reducing the
message about the good things that we are doing.
If you are a
nurse or EMT, please let us know. We can use more medical assistance. Please
make sure that the child assigned to you is kept hydrated -- make sure they
drink enough water. If the child feels sick, please notify the
first aid team.
We will have a
trail mechanic who will be responsible for on the trail problems. We will
also have a designated sweep vehicle. In addition, there will be at least
three vehicles on the trail that can be used for transporting children in
case of a breakdown. We will have one volunteer assisting those at that top
of the peak when we turn around.
Lunch will be
organized by a group of our volunteers. We can use your help in this area
with setup of EZ-up type sun shades in the morning and take-down at the end
of the day.
There are many hotels in the Big Bear Area including
Motel 6 (909-585-6666).
But now we have a camping at
(tent or motorhome--no
hookups a the site)
for the children
We plan on having some gifts for the children as they
participate in events during the day. These gifts may include a water bottle
holder, a sports bottle, a foam soft-drink holder, a tee shirt, a hat,
Smokey Bear badges, and other items. We must remember at all times, that
although we would like to give the children more, we must be consistent and
not treat any child different than another. In other words, please do not
bring any gifts for a child that might be riding with you. It can create
extreme problems when they get back home and compare what they got. Last
year we had an unfortunate experience that resulted in an investigation
where it was rumored that a child had stolen an item. These children are from disadvantaged homes and live in
close proximity to each other. We should not do things that differentiate
one child as being better than another.
Explaining the forest, trails, plants and animals
A part of the
experience is to teach the children about the forest, off-highway vehicles,
recreation, caring for the environment and keeping the forest clean.
a Friend to the Children
One of the
original three tenets of this program was to let the children meet,
one-on-one, responsible adults. This is the reason for having one driver and
one child riding with the driver (in the front passenger seat). Please take
the time to tell the child what you do for a living (or what you did) and
your education – especially that you finished high school. Then let the
child tell you what they enjoy doing and if they have thought about what
they want to do in the future.
No dogs please.
If you already have an Adventure Pass for access to the Forest, please bring
it. If you don't have one, it will not be required for this event when you
are driving with our group
are many other tasks that we will need help with on the days of the event.
Some of these are actual assignments and others are just helping out where
you see that help is needed. The group of volunteers has been chosen from
organizations and friends that we know and are a real asset to any event, so
we know that you are the kind of person that will just pitch-in wherever
needed. If you have any questions we encourage you
to ask any of the organizers of the event. If you are not handling any
particular task or you are finished with your assigned responsibilities, you
may participate with the children or on
your own kids. If a friend or spouse is driving a
child and you wish to ride along then please let the person assigning staff
and children know where you are riding. You may ride along, but please
remember that it’s the driver and child that are the center of focus on the
are bringing your own children
Your children are welcome. If there is no one with you
to take care of them while you are driving, they can ride with you assuming
that you have a back seat. Please remember that the program child you are
driving gets to ride up front next to you and use the CB radio.
There are several
other functions that your child will get to participate in. Here is a list:
They may join
the other children in the tour of the nature facilities and lectures in the
Discovery Center and will be chaperoned.
They may help
out preparing the gift packages at the headquarters right after the two
groups leave for their ride or tour.
They get a
free lunch. We always have more than enough food for our volunteers and
their children. Just let the program children go first in the food line so
they can stay on schedule.
water is for your children, too, and we encourage you to make sure they take
enough in the morning and afternoon so they do not get dehydrated.
So yes, we have
lots of opportunities for your own children, but we ask that you keep in
mind that this event is for the program children and that you focus on them
when you are driving or leading a group through the Discovery Center.