Canada’s premier sports camp for girls
Camp Ak-O-Mak offers girls 7-16 a unique program of competitive swimming, open water swimming, triathlon, sprint canoe and kayak racing. In addition to these pillar sports, Camp Ak-O-Mak offers instructional programs in more than 25 other sports and activities.
Camp Ak-O-Mak was founded in 1928 as the world’s first swimming and sports camp for girls. Many of our campers have gone on to become All-Americans and even Olympians.
Our campers enjoy an authentic Canadian camp experience in a beautiful, wilderness setting. We’ve kept our campground rustic and “unplugged” so girls can experience the wonder of nature – sometimes for the very first time!
Location and Campgrounds
Camp Ak-O-Mak is situated on the shores of Ahmic Lake where campers enjoy our private waterfront and 400 acres of property, including open fields, woodland trails, forest and wetlands. Camp Ak-O-Mak is a 3 ½ hour drive North of Toronto and is located in the picturesque Parry Sound region of Ontario.
Our brother camp, Chikopi, is located across the lake or 12 km by car, making it convenient for our camps to gather for sporting events, fun activities and cook outs.
Ak-O-Mak’s waterfont sits in a sheltered bay on beautiful Ahmic Lake which provides an ideal environment for our open water swimming program. Camp Ak-O-Mak enjoys 1.5 km of private shoreline and has a 50 metre and a 25 metre pool built right into the lake for swim practices and technical work.
Adjacent to the long and short course pools is a water polo pool plus a one, three and five meter diving tower. Sunfish sailboats are moored just off our beautiful sandy beach which is the perfect place for triathlon events, teaching novices to swim, as well as enjoying beach games and fun in the sun. Campers will love playing on our huge floating “iceberg” as well as enjoying our fleet of canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, and our famous War Canoes.
Ak-O-Mak makes great use of our large grass playing fields which boast a baseball diamond, soccer pitch, archery and driving ranges. We also have two beach volleyball courts, two solid surface tennis courts, climbing wall, high and low ropes challenge courses, and a fleet of mountain bikes. Running and mountain biking trails wind their way through the woods and the surrounding private cottage roads. Ak-O-Mak is also proud to offer Icelandic Horseback riding on an elective basis with our neighbouring Clear Lake Farm.
Campers live in rustic wooden cabins with bunk beds and room with 8-12 girls of the same age with 2-3 counsellors per cabin. Restrooms, or “HOPS” as we call them, are in a separate building shared between cabins. The restrooms have running water and flush toilets in stalls. Hot showers are available in a separate shower house.
Cabins and HOPS are electricity free to enhance the “in-the-woods” Canadian camp experience so don’t forget your flashlight!
The Main House
The Main House retains a timeless, historic quality and its walls are lined with athletic memorabilia. Built in the Adirondack style, it has a large wooden porch over-looking the lake. A rustic granite stone fireplace adds warmth on chilly days. The upper balcony and ceiling are resplendent with flags of the world, representing the nationalities that have attended camp over the decades.
Campers enjoy family style, home-cooked meals in the lower level of the Main House. Ak-O-Mak boasts a professional chef who takes pride in serving locally sourced (wherever possible), fresh, home-cooked meals. Ak-O-Mak has a reputation for great food! All meals are made from scratch in our kitchen so our chef is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Very restricted diets may incur additional cost. Campers are encouraged to help themselves anytime to a variety of fresh fruit which is always available between meals.
Ak-O-Mak has an infirmary centrally located on campus in the Main House. Health care services are provided by a licensed medical doctor and/or registered nurse who are available 24 hours. Parry Sound Hospital is a 30 minute drive from camp.
Laundry is provided on the premises once per week by a dedicated staff member.
Ak-O-Mak’s core values have remained the same for decades: treat others as you wish to be treated; respect yourself and your body; respect others; stand up for what is right. Try, try again.
Camp Ak-O-Mak is a non-denominational, non-religious camp. Campers participate in a weekly “vesper” service around the camp fire where values such as integrity, tolerance, friendship and character are stressed.
Inspection and Accreditation
Camp Ak-O-Mak’s facilities and programs meet or exceed all of the requirements for accreditation by the Canadian Camping Association, the Ontario Camps Association and is annually inspected by the Ontario Public Health Department.
Camp Chikopi is our brother camp across the lake. It was established in 1920 and was the world’s very first competitive swimming camp for boys. Ak-O-Makkers get together with Camp Chikopi one to two times weekly for fun-filled activities, events or competitions. Competing against the boys is always a fun and much anticipated activity at camp.
Sessions and Capacity
Camp Ak-O-Mak offers 2, 3, 4 and 7-week sessions that run from the end of June until early September. Girls ages 7 – 16 can attend any and all sessions.
Enrollment for each session is limited to a maximum of 96 campers. Our smaller camp size fosters a closely-knit atmosphere where younger and older campers establish friendships that otherwise may not occur in larger groups. It also provides more opportunities for true mentorship and one-on-one skills instruction, particularly in our longer sessions. After living and playing together for weeks at Ak-O-Mak, every girl knows the name of everyone else in camp!