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There's a great event on 9/20-9/21/08 (Saturday-Sunday) at Big Bear. It's a event where we help kids from the city experience the forest. We volunteer to drive them on a easy trail and encourage them to talk on the CB (one will be provided if you don't have one). Boy will ride with guys and girls will ride with ladies.

Here are the details.

From: http://www.sidekickoffroad.com/kopl.htm

You are cordially invited to be a part of the 9th Annual KIDS ON PUBLIC LAND 2008 event. We need volunteer drivers.​

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
- The Anaheim Police Activities League and YMCA bring 100 kids -- 50 boys on Saturday and 50 girls on Sunday up to Big Bear by bus.
- 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.

EVENT TIME & PLACE:
- The 8th Annual KOPL event is scheduled for the weekend of September 20-21, 2008 (Sat & Sun). Okay to volunteer for one day.
- Volunteers should plan to arrive by 8am at the Discovery Center. If you are a driver, park in the upper parking lot. If you are a helper, park anywhere except the upper parking lot. Check-in is located in the upper parking lot. We expect the buses to arrive sometime around 9:00 am.
- The Big Bear Discovery Center, 40971 North Shore, Fawnskin CA 92338 www.BigBearDiscoveryCenter.com"]www.BigBearDiscoveryCenter.com [/URL]- Map: http://www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com/gettinghere.html"]http://www.bigbeardiscoverycenter.com/gettinghere.html [/URL]

HOW TO VOLUNTEER:
- Either mail, fax or email your registration form before the event. Contact us for any additional information.
- 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, etc.
- You can volunteer either one or both days. It takes over 100 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 extinguisher.
- 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)

COMMUNICATIONS:
- Each child will be encouraged to talk 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 EZ-Up/pop-up Tarps. We need a total of 20.
- No dogs should be at the event other than the K9 Unit.

LODGING - CAMPING:
- We suggest Motel 6 (909) 585-6666
- Or you can reserve a campground at Serrano Campground (a short distance from the Discovery Center). Cost is about $60 for 2 nights.

FOOD:
- 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:
- Hero's BBQ Catering will begin serving a Boneless Pork & Chicken BBQ Dinner at 6pm on Saturday night in the upper parking lot at the Discovery Center. The cost is $10.00 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.

VOLUNTEER RAFFLE:
- Saturday night after the BBQ is a raffle for all volunteers.
- One ticket per volunteer, must be present to win.

DONATIONS NEEDED:
- 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, 120 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 is appreciated).
- 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 ATTACHED:
- A registration form can be emailed to you.
- Then mail or fax your form before the event One form for each volunteer. Questions? Call (760) 961-9455.

The 2007 Kids On Public Land committee members want to thank you again for volunteering to help.
We look forward to a fun and rewarding experience.
Rick Russell - Chairman 2007 - (877) 628-7227 or [email protected]
Stacey Harrold - Co-Chair
Marilyn Russell - Administrative
Tammie & Tim Conrad - Driver assignments, Logistics, Preparations
Debbie & Cass Ellsworth - Children's Activities
Robbie & Paul Mooney - Food preparation
Connie Sims - First Aid
Steve Bass - Parking & Trail Pre-run
Frank Hayes and Bill Sims - Trail Assistants
Gary Heston & EOC members - Communications
Sandy & Keith Graham - Event coordinators
Tracy & Jodi Lenocker - Event coordinators
Stephanie Woodbury - Volunteer recruitment
Fleshman Family - Motorcycle & ATV Demo
Chief John Welter - Anaheim Police Dept.
Dale Johnson - SBNFA - OHV
Denis Thomas - Big Bear Discovery Center
Georgina Meza - Anaheim PAL Program
Rachel Torres - Anaheim YMCA
 
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If it's an easy trail, I think my 4X2 FJ will be much more than capable. Do you know what trail they'll be using? This sounds like a good event to help out at.
 

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I think you'll be just fine. They haven't announced a trail yet but I really don't think it'll be much more then a dirt road with some ruts and bumps. The registration for drivers is limited to 25 so if you want to do it, you must act fast. The registration form is not the correct one and I've contacted the coordinator and a new one will be up tonight.
 

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Sounds good Piper. They actually need volunteers in other aspects so I may ask and see if my wife would like to get involved. Not sure if my little ones will be of any help, but I think they'll enjoy helping too.
 

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I'd like to, but cash is tight right now. Just started the new school, and fee's are WAY higher than Community College. Till the Financial Aid/Loan kicks in, I'm paying out of pocket.
 

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I am going! sent in form today! and if they need female drivers for sun my friend michelle can drive my fj lol
 

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FJDave said:
If it's an easy trail, I think my 4X2 FJ will be much more than capable. Do you know what trail they'll be using? This sounds like a good event to help out at.
I got this from the people today


The Trail

This year we will be driving on a different trail than past year. Due to the heavily
damaged areas of the forest near Butler Peak the roads have been closed for the season.
The trail committee has located another trail that will be adventurous for the children. We
will take Polique Canyon and then to go the site of old Belleville. One the way back we
will take a short side road. Even though this is a simple trail to any 4x4 driver the
children think they are on a high adventure with lots of bumps and turns. Remember,
most of them have not ever been to the mountains let alone a mountain dirt trail.




So who is going? I mean come one people! this is for the kids!!! I will be a driver saturday and I hope I am not the only socal FJ guy there.
 
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Sounds like my 4X2 may have a little bit of a hard time on that trail. If I were going with the FJ group, I would have NO reservations. But since it is for a good cause, I would hate to get stuck and have to be winched out. That would ruin the day for the kid.
 

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FJDave said:
Sounds like my 4X2 may have a little bit of a hard time on that trail. If I were going with the FJ group, I would have NO reservations. But since it is for a good cause, I would hate to get stuck and have to be winched out. That would ruin the day for the kid.
You can still go and help other ways :-D they need pep that will help with anything that needs to be done.

but if not I guess ill be the only socal FJ guy there... och LOL but im still full of joy about this!
 

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Well tony, I guess you and I will be the only socal FJC guys there. anyway... ill see you at the driver meeting 8am sat. I am getting gear ready today (firday) and then leve today and get a room up there... hoping to find a cheap room!
 

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Fjamming said:
Isn't Yosemite kind of burned?
Nope, that fire was outside of Yosemite.

I really wanted to do this but Tricia has been planning her B-Day trip there for over a year. I am saddened to not see more SoCal FJ Cruisers sign up for this though. I appreciate those that did sign up. :)
 
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Let me add that I wanted to do this, but because of the trail change and my 4X2, I didn't want to get stuck and ruin a kid's trip to the woods/mountains (as I said above).

TMaxx, I'm glad you can go. Take it down a notch. I'm sure you were joking, trying to get more people to join (even though it's too late to do that). But dude, you gotta learn how to word stuff right so people don't wanna wring your neck! Have fun tomorrow!
 

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I'll snap some pictures tomorrow! :) Take it easy guys, it's a weekend! ;)
 

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Dave, you could've taken your Mustang (maybe) :D

The kids were in a police sponsored after school program. I think you would've had a blast interacting with them. The project was very well sponsored and the kids genuinely had a blast. Many stated that it was the funnest thing that they've ever done.
 
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