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27 May, 2016

Volunteer Work Weekend a Success

Dianne and Catherine would like to express a heartfelt THANKS to the 14 friends of Ak-O-Mak who participated in our volunteer work weekend.

This annual event is an opportunity for us to put a "dent" in the chore list for opening camp.  As a group, we were able to "hammer out" a number of projects, proving that "many hands DO make light work!"

We had fantastic weather for 5 days straight and the beautiful lake breezes kept the bugs in the bush and off of the workers, just the way we like it.  It was so nice that Rosie and the Puckering Clan swam every day and the only squealing heard was from the flock of seagulls near Monster Rock....(Uh, Mike, that wasn't YOU, was it??).

Dianne kept everyone on task and organized.  She knows where everything is and how everything goes together and managed to supervise while answering phone calls from parents inquiring about camp!

Samson was the Chef Extraordinaire and kept us all well fed with the assistance of his sister and acting sous chef, Joyce!  We were all pleased to act as "guinea pigs" for a few yummy items that, having been given "double thumbs up" by the group, will be added to the Camp Menu this summer.  You will not be disappointed!

Sandi- "Counsellor"-Wilder brought her muscle, enthusiasm and her black lab, 'Donzie', to the weekend.  Donzie said he had a "paws-itively wonderful vay-cay, in and out of the lake all day and eating delectable droppings from the buffet table.


Emma, Hannah and mom, Sheryl,  were the perfect-painting-Puckering-people, and managed to avoid spilling a drop.  Catherine on the other hand.....

Thanks also to Jeff Manning, Mike Puckering and Herb Denny for the heavy-lifts and technical fixes all weekend and to Jim Fraser and his maintenance crew for help all around, every day.

We could not accomplish so much...

in so little time...

with so many laughs...

without you!

Thank you!

1 May, 2016

First Visit to Camp 2016

They say, "the older you get, the faster time passes". 

It sure seems that way after this winter...which, by the way, was a "non-winter" by Canadian standards as Ontario enjoyed most of its snowfall in APRIL this year.  This is fine if you're schlepping to work every day (us), but lousy if you want to ski, skate and toboggan (you?).  

As I write, Dianne and I have made our first sojourn north to  Ak-O-Mak to see how camp faired over the winter.   We were surprised that it looks, and quite frankly feels, the same as when we left in October.

All of the docks and roofs have remained in their original positions, unmoved by disengaging ice flows, heavy snows or high water levels from the spring thaw.  Hooray!!...No expensive damage!

Saturday was the picture-perfect, first day of spring at Camp Ak-O-Mak.  The weatherman delivered on a promise of severe-clear skies, brilliant sunshine and 13 degree C temperatures, although it sure felt a lot warmer!

Dianne, Catherine and Jim Fraser, Ak-O-Mak's chief maintenance man, did their annual Spring Walk About, prioritizing the myriad jobs that will need to be done in the next 2 months.  It is "wakey-wakey time" for this grand ol' dame, Ak-O-Mak, and there is a lot to do to have her looking her best in time for the first day of camp!

According to Jim, the Ahmic Lake ice went out about 10 days ago.  The last snowfall here was last Monday and enough fell that the local snow plows were called in to action.  The only white stuff now are the remnants of snow drifts in the shaded nooks and crannies of camp's forested perimeter.

With the lists and planning finished for the day, we retreated to Buck's Dock to take in the splendour of the beautiful spring afternoon. 

The lake and forest is quiet at this time of year...not that heavy, blanket of silence that so characterizes winter, but a quietude born of of this seasonal transition.  No people. No boats. A lone seagull...and very few birds occupying the still-naked forest. The rest of the birds, I presume, remain en route from more southern climes. 

As we took in the sights and sounds from our sunny dock, our attention was captured by a distant, unmistakable, high-pitched hum.  Looking up against the sun at the border between sky and trees, we saw a massive, morphing cloud...of newly hatched mozies!!  Gazillions of them!  They were in that stuporous, naive, newborn state where they know not the scent of food, so fortunately for us, did not notice the "tasty morsels" sitting below them  on the dock.

Unmolested by the mozies, we happily enjoyed the peaceful view til sunset...on this most perfect, spring day...on Ahmic Lake.


19 April, 2016

Libby Ernharth Ak-O-Mak Alumni Chat with Diana Nyad


On Wednesday February 10th I was lucky enough to see Diana Nyad speak about her book, her life and her drive.

Diana spent a summer swimming at Ak-O-Mak in preparation for her swim across Lake Ontario in 1970. Buck Dawson is credited with introducing Diana to marathon swimming. In her autobiography, Find a Way, she talks about a quote that she comes across and posts on her wall for years, “A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”  

Diana swam around Manhattan Island setting records in 1975.  She then made two attempts to reach the Keys from Cuba in 1978 and 1979 and the latter was to be her last swim on her 30th birthday. Both were amazing swims from the standpoint of accomplishment but neither completed her mission. Life brought her back to Cuba and in 2013 at the age of 65.  She successfully reached the Keys from Cuba after 53 hours of swimming, on her 5th attempt.

Diana’s talk was amazing. She spoke of the playlist in her brain as she swam. The years and hours of training that resulted in timing and cadence so precise that albums playing in her head, lists of counting in various languages consistently corresponded to mileage and hours in the water. Time after time a complete album represented a certain number of miles, a certain number of minutes. I suspect that Diana is a metronome.

Her primary speech topic was...

                                      “What will you do with your one precious life?”

She didn’t interpret this in the traditional, athletic career time frame.  She didn’t speak to "what will you do with your college athletic career” or “what you will do when you fail to accomplish your life’s goal the first few times.”

Diana clearly emphasized a key to her success, her team...the scientist and doctors who helped to treat and eventually avoid the deadly box jelly fish that almost killed her during an attempt, her handlers and dear friends...the ones who made her eat when her mouth was raw from saltwater ulcers and when she was seasick. Those who navigated her seas, helped her to create a mask to protect her skin from the jelly venom. Diana is clearly an amazing athlete, a testament to the power of a stubborn, driven brain. But Diana’s words and humility were that of a true leader, a gracious athlete who knew that her success did not belong just to herself and she communicated this so clearly to her audience.

After the speech, I was able to briefly speak to Diana. Her ability to pause and share our small overlap in the universe without making me feel rushed struck me. I showed her a picture of her name on the main house wall.  Thank goodness it was in black marker and NOT in toothpaste!  (I had taken the photo when visiting Ak-O-Mak after dropping my boys at Chikopi).  We talked about Buck...(big smiles)... "he was my first open water coach.” She had spoken of being an atheist during her talk in response to an audience question but she told me that "if there was a God, then swimming on Ahmic Lake was the closest (she) had ever been to God". She showed true smiles of fondness.

I walked back to my car with a new excitement about swimming and a refreshed attitude and outlook for a dreary cold February day. I have always held that Buck Dawson should have emphasized camp’s role in the mission of athletics for life. Matt Mann’s quote “a diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it” isn’t a metaphor for campers only. It is for counselors and owners, parents and alumni. To become that diamond takes longer that it takes to get a 5 year ring or 10 year watch at Ak-O-Mak or Chikopi. It occurs while doing what you plan with your one precious life. What an amazing night!  I am so thankful to have been affected by her journey. I highly recommend her book, her speaking tour and her TED talk.

Libby Ernharth

Ak-O-Mak Alumni


22 March, 2016

First Day of Spring at Ak-O-Mak

“Hey Dianne. Took these photos this morning…”

“Winter isn't giving up yet. It's been cold so the lake started making ice again and there is snow in our forecast for this coming week. The sun is super strong so it will win in the end. All seems well at camp. There are robins searching for worms on the bare sections of the field and the animals are coming out of hibernation.” (J&J, Rocky Reef)

Thanks to our neighbours at Rocky Reef, we have this glimpse of camp at the dawning of spring.

Like one stirring from a deep sleep, Ak-O-Mak has yawned and “rolled over” for the last weeks of her wintery slumber!

As the sun climbs ever higher and the days grow longer, so our excitement builds as we look forward to our first trip back to camp this year.  After the grey of an urban winter, it is always a treat for us to witness Ak-O-Mak’s wilderness spring to life! watch the forests don their leafy garb and loamy scent, to hear the music of the frogs and the birds as they court.

The transient gift of spring is an experience to be cherished...just like youth and a summer at Camp Ak-O-Mak.

Please visit our Facebook page to see some photos.

25 January, 2016

Emma Puckering, Program Director

“Put On Your Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud, Bang, Bang Paddles!  Make a Lot of Noise!”

One of the greatest pleasures of running a summer camp is sharing in the lives of our wonderful campers and staff.  We grow very fond of our girls as they grow up at camp and then move forward to take on the world!

This is just such a moment when we bid farewell to our much-loved program director, Megan Puckering.  As many of you know, Megan is now eyeball-deep in her first year of medical school at McMaster University. We wish her abundant success in this new phase of life!

And so, it is with great pleasure that we announce the passing of the torch to Camp Ak-O-Mak’s Program Director for 2016 and beyond, EMMA PUCKERING!  Congratulations, Emma!  Emma has many camping years under her belt and has been a perennial favourite with campers and staff alike.  We invite you to read Emma’s bio under the Staff section of our website.

Welcome aboard, Emma!

12 January, 2016

BRETT SAUNDERS, senior, Conrad swimming

Camp Ak-O-Mak’s Staff Member Athlete of Week: Brett Saunders

THE WEEK: Won the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.49) and 100-yard butterfly (55.00) and was part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relay teams as Conrad topped St. Andrew’s 92-78 last Tuesday.

THE LIFE: “It’s pretty much my whole lifestyle,” Saunders said. “All of my friends are in swimming. All of my fitness I get from swimming. I wake up for swimming, go to sleep early for swimming.”

THE LEADERSHIP: “Brett brings a lot of things to the table besides his physical abilities in the water,” Conrad coach Michelle Northshield said. “He’s just a natural-born leader. He helps everybody, he cheers for everybody. He’s interested in everybody doing the best they can.”

THE STRENGTH: Saunders says his best stroke is the breaststroke. But his best event is the 200 individual medley, which combines all of the strokes. “You don’t have to focus on one thing,” he said. “I like doing a lot of stuff. I like variety.”

THE PARENTS: Brett’s mother, Jocelyn Muir-Saunders, was a world champion marathon swimmer and triathlete in Canada and the first person to swim 521 nautical miles around Lake Ontario, completing the distance in 60 days in 1987. His father, Blair Saunders, was a member of the 1992 Canadian Olympic team in cycling and still competes at a high level in distance cycling and triathlons.

THE UPSET: Saunders won the 100 freestyle and 100 breastroke and helped two winning relay teams as Conrad shocked 10-time defending DIAA champion Salesianum 90-80 on Dec. 8. “That was a great moment,” he said. “Coming into the school four years ago, I would have never expected anything, that we would even go against Sallies. So to be able to beat them is just amazing.”

THE GOAL: Saunders finished second in the 200 individual medley (1:52.83) and 100 breastroke (58.58) at last year’s DIAA state meet. “My main goal is to do best times,” he said. “That’s the one thing I can control. I can’t control what place I get. Of course I want to do as well as I can, but I mainly want to do my best times.”

THE TITLE: Saunders stopped playing tennis as a freshman, but resumed last spring as a junior and won the DIAA state title at third singles. “That was crazy. I still can’t believe it when I look back on it,” he said. “… I decided to come back to it, and I just played it for fun while I still swam every day. I came into the state tournament unranked, just wanting to have fun, and then I just won every match.”

THE CLASSROOM: Saunders said his favorite subject is psychology.

THE FUTURE: Saunders has already committed to swim at the University of Tampa next fall. He may also play tennis and compete in triathlons on the side.

Contact Brad Myers at Follow on Twitter: @BradMyersTNJ

23 November, 2015

Congratulation to Jocelyn our Athletic Director!!

Hi all,

Today I did the Philadelphia Marathon along with 30 000 other people. My first and only marathon outside of the 24 Ironman's I did was around 1989. What a difference the years have made. Walking to the race start with 1000's of people it was impossible to get lost and running with 30 000 people was really fun. The crowds cheering and music were great, especially the Rocky music as we ran up his hill. With the Paris attack there was extra security all weekend which is very sad, but important and a big change from years ago. I felt good for the first 10 miles and was on pace for a 3:20 marathon. Then my right quad cramped. At the half I was on pace for a 3:26. Then my other quad cramped. At mile 18 I was on pace for a 3:32. Then my right hamstrings cramped. So I fought on and did what I could finishing in 3:40, qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon by 20 minutes. I am very happy to qualify for Boston and I think it was a respectable performance for the limited training. Blair kept riding by saying you are on pace until mile 18, then he just rode by trying to encourage me. All in all it was a great experience!



6 November, 2015

Close Up 2015

What a terrific summer we had at Camp Ak-O-Mak this year!  "Thank you" to each and every one of you, campers, counsellors, CIT's, Coaches and of course, our amazing Chefs, for making this the best year ever!  The weeks literally flew by, but now it is time to put our dear Ak-O-Mak to bed for the winter. 


You Know It's The End Of Summer At Ak-O-Mak When...


1.  The lane lines areoutof the pools and the nets removed from the fields and courts.

2.  The coaching docks are carefully stacked on shore.  Thefloating docksand diving tower are moved to the quiet waters by Sandy Beach.

3.  The sail boats are stashed in the lean-to for winter.

4.  The kayaks and war canoes are systematicallystoredin the boathouse.

5.  The cabins and HOPS are empty and cleaned.

6.  The orange and green canoes are nestled together in the Main House.

7.  The entire kitchen is deep-cleaned and everything wrapped in plastic.

8.  Every pipe is drained of water, every toilet bailed, and every washing machine winterized with anti-freeze for the winter.



But most of all, WEknow it is the end of camp when....


1.  The belly-laughter, skinny-dip-screaming and splashing no longer echoacross the bayfrom the water polo dock.

2.  We no longer hear the"CREEAAK-SLAM"of doors along the cabin line.

3.  The Main House bell and the oogah fallsilent.


When you girls leave camp,the ensuingsilence completely changes Ak-O-Mak.  It's as though her very soul sleeps and the surrounding wilderness nestles in closer for her safe-keeping...asithas done for 88 years.



11 October, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

One of the greatest things about living on the 45th parallel is watching the changing of the seasons and Camp Ak-O-Mak has to be one of the most beautiful places to witness this spectacle of nature! 

Typically by October, Ontario is under the raw chill of fall with blustering winds and sideways rains, the kind that cruelly strip the colour from the trees and the "magic" from the forests.  This year, however, we have been basking in the warmth of a true "Indian summer".  Warm, sunny days have allowed us to defer the inevitable donning of hats and coats for a while longer.  Vibrant blue skies have provided a striking contrast to the explosion of yellows, oranges and crimson which have made the views everywhere at this time of year breathtaking!...the perfect backdrop as Canadians prepare to celebrate THANKSGIVING this long weekend.

Although we (Dianne and Catherine) will be missing Camp Ak-O-Mak this weekend, we are grateful for the memories of "Thanksgivings Past"...Thanksgiving dinners hosted by Buck and Rosemary in the Main House.  (Rosemary cooked the turkey in the big oven and we did the dishes!)...Hikes through camp trails, forests aglow with colour, painted by the Master's autumnal brush!  Olfactory memories of dried leaves, spruce trees, loamy earth and hardwood fires.

Once again, most of us will be irresistibly drawn to the outdoors to walk, play or work this weekend, wherever we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving.   There is something about mindfully experiencing nature, even for a moment, that can prompt gratitude in one's heart.  Isn't that precisely how we feel when we instinctively raise our faces heavenward to bask in the sun's warmth and deeply inhale the fresh scent of flora?

Over the years, Thanksgiving has become one of our favourite holidays.  It is not so commercialized and there are no presents to distract us from that which we are most grateful...the unwavering support of our families in the daily travails of running camp, truly wonderful friends, good health, a full other words "life abundant".

We also remain thankful for Camp Ak-O-Mak and, like the other things in life, have learned not to take her for granted.

It is a place that continues to inspire and challenge throughout the stages of one's life.  We are grateful for Ak-O-Mak's friends, new and old, who are drawn back to her like a touchstone and graciously give back with their energies and resources to help keep this grand dame alive!

To quote George Elliot, "We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it".

The same can be said for Camp Ak-O-Mak.

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dianne and Catherine

21 September, 2015

How Did YOU Spend Your Summer?

It is the question asked first and foremost as everyone returns to school in September.  Crisp, new binders and books will be "cracked" this week and, for most, the initial writing assignment will be a description of the way in the student passed the dog days of summer. 

Ak-O-Mak Girls will certainly have a LOT to write about!

I imagine that many will suppress a giggle or two before tackling their assignment as they remember the hilarious stories during the paddle home from the 'Mag Swim', or the antics between Chikopi and Ak-O-Mak after the soccer game.  Remember when your bunk mate cracked everyone up right before 'lights out'?  Every girl has her stories and it is these shared tales of hilarity, challenge and success that make the ever-lasting memories of camp!  

It has been 4 weeks since the buses and the last car departed under the Ak-O-Mak gate.  An unnatural quiet fell upon camp.  Strangely, it is this silence rather than the calendar or the season that signals the end of camp.  No more cabin doors with that "squeeaak-SLAM" so characteristic of camp and cottage life.  The waterfront is silent save for the soft clucking of the dozen or so Merganser ducks as they scout the shoreline for minnows.  Although we are awed by the natural beauty of Ahmic Lake we realize that we miss you!  We miss the peels of laughter emanating from across the bay as you swam off the water polo dock at night.  We miss the riotous singing in the Main House and your beautiful faces in avatar blue and bubblegum pink after the colour runs.

We hope that each and every one of our Ak-O-Mak girls had a summer to remember.  We have done our job if you have something special to write about on YOUR first day o
f school!

27 August, 2015

August 27th, 2015

Sitting in my cabin I can hear the team comp teams attempting to decipher camp clues that seem to look like hieroglyphics. "Is it glasses because Jessica can't see?", "Is it a scull and crossbones?", "Is it golf shirts because Dianne has so many golf shirts?". As the clue finally makes sense the campers are running to the next location to lead them to their next clue. This afternoon has been the finale to a two-week camp-wide competition. The final competition is the ever-popular, Treasure Hunt! Teams, run, swim, and bike all around camp from one clue to another. Teams work quickly together to try and locate as many clues as possible before time runs out. It's getting close to the finish and teams are working hurriedly to finish the very last clue.

This morning we had a whole camp swim practice and choice class periods so that campers could try out something new before the last days of camp or have one more chance to participate in an activity that they really enjoyed. The campers had the options to play volleyball, Quiddich, archery, self defense with Rosie, or go out in a war canoe. The girls that went sailing were out for two periods and had the perfect amount of wind to head out on a real adventure. With only a couple more days left of camp everyone is trying to squeeze in a few more minutes of all of the activities that they enjoy.

26 August, 2015

August 26th

Today we had a great day, packed full of activities!

As the session approaches the end inspection has become a highly competitive morning activity and cabins have gone above and beyond to keep their cabins and the rest of camp clean.

This morning we squeezed in every awesome activity that we possibly could. Cabins had rugby, sailing, tennis, war canoe, basketball, and SWIMMING! Cabin one also had a leadership workshop so that they could work toward becoming CIT's in the future. After the workshop the girls were extremely excited about the possibility of becoming part of the staff team in the next couple of summers. After a very active morning it was time for a tasty lunch, and a trip to the candy store.

The afternoon, the 11 -13 age bracket competed in the tennis tournament, and then cabin one lead the rest of camp in two zany periods of activities - kick ball, capture the flag, "frat boy frisbee", and zumba karaoke. At the end of the afternoon the campers who had made it to the tennis finals competed for the Ak-O-Mak cup. At the end, special guest Serena MacWilliams came dressed in her garbage bag tennis shirt, grasping her racquet with her electrical tape-manicured finger nails all the way from Long Island to compete against the winner.

Then it was time for a Who-Mak feast! Every one at camp came dressed in a Who-costume and got a mystery Who-tensil to eat with for the feast. It turned out we were dining on a dandelion with Horton and during the Who-Mak feast team comp teams re-wrote songs from the camp songbook to sing so that Horton could hear us. After supper was a game of Barbaloot-arians (or Barbarians) and a bath in the lake to get all of the sand out from everywhere.

25 August, 2015

August 25th 2015

Today was another exciting day at camp! After a long inspection the weather couldn't quite decide what it wanted to do, and then, just before morning classes were about to start it started to rain cats and dogs, so we migrated to the Main House for an active stretching workshop hosted by our very of Jocelyn Saunders. She demonstrated active stretches that every athlete can practice to help improve flexibility and overall health and wellness. Then the campers and counselors practiced in pairs. Once everyone was all stretched out the whole camp headed down to the lake for a swim practice all together!

After Rest Hour the rain still poured so it was into the Main House again for a highly competitive Team Comp event. Then the skies cleared and we rushed outside for some soccer, archery, kickball, ultimate frisbee, croquet, zumba, and the oldest campers competed in their tennis tournament.

After dinner Evening Activity was the camp tradition of "Counselor Fashion Show" where campers "makeover" their counselors in things that they find around camp. Some campers made their counselors look like they were ready for an elegant ball, others made it look as they had grown some fancy moustaches. The campers presented their new made over counselors and then the Main House erupted into an impromptu dance party! With the whole Main House singing along the girls danced and sang until it was time to go to bed.

24 August, 2015





Bailey O                1st           1:10:43

Devon B               2nd          1:23:36

Ella M                    3rd           1:41:52

Abigail                   4th           2:03:05


GIRLS 11-12

Alana O                     1st           1:03:55

Elke O                        2nd          1:06:05

Yayla                          3rd           1:08:32

Kali M                          4th           1:09:12

Lola C                         5th           1:09:24

Chelsea M                   6th           1:12:03

Jenna W                      7th           1:24:32

Clarke M                       8th           1:53:50


GIRLS 13-14

Haley S                         1st           56:44

Kathryn A                      2nd          56:48

Emma S                         3rd           56:50

Sara A                            4th           59:17

Anna D                            5th           1:01:46

Olivia L                            6th           1:02:15

Marni G                           7th           1:03:41

Elana G                           8th           1:04:00

Hailey C                           9th           1:04:19

Nakita S                           10th         1:05:27

Jordan S                          11th         1:06:00

Emma W                          12th         1:06:09

Caroline M                        13th         1:06:19

Alicia C                               14th         1:06:20

Mattie W                             15th         1:08:24


GIRLS 15-17

Jessica C                             1st           56:47

Lauren S                               2nd          56:48

Olivia O                                 3rd           56:49

Hailey N                                4th           58:34

Ashlynn M                              5th           59:18

Annie R                                  6th           1:03:58

Lianna G                               7th           1:04:27

Jodie M                                 8th           1:20:23


25 August, 2015

 Wondering about calling your daughter?

Phone calling starts on August 25th 2015

Just a few reminders:

Each camper is only permitted one telephone call, if you would like to have further contact sign up for BunkNotes or send some snail-mail. Remember, if you send them 3 pieces of mail they get to sing a song in front of the Main House and 5 pieces of mail meeeaaaans….IN THE LAKE!

Phone calls are limited to 5 minutes. We have lots of campers who are anxiously waiting to hear from their loved ones as well, so in order to give everyone a chance at the telephone we ask that phone calls are kept to 5 minutes.

Calls are only taken during meal-times:

Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:05 am

Lunch: 1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm – 6:40 pm

If we do not answer the telephone it is because we are out of camp for that meal, try again the following meal. On Sunday evenings we are not in the Main House for dinner because we have a barbeque on Sandy Beach.

We are also not in the Main House for special events like events with Chikopi.


The Camper telephone line is 705-387-1919


This is the only line that you will be able to reach your camper on so please do not call our business line.
If no one answers that is because there is currently a camper on the line, please be patient and call back again. We are in the woods with old phone lines so the phone may ring on your end even if a camper is on the line, please keep trying.


23 August, 2015

August 23rd

Wow! What a busy two days we have had here at camp!

Yesterday we awoke to the sun greeting us with a breath-taking sunrise. Many of the girls stopped to take in the beauty of it before heading to the Main House for a quick and delicious breakfast. Once bellies were filled it was time to get on the bus and head into Parry Sound to compete in the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon.

Nearly all of the campers and counselors competed in the tri. Everyone cheered each other on between transitions and at the finish line. Ak-O-Mak's presence couldn't be missed. With cowbells in tow and cheers to last for hours the campers supported one and other for what, for many was their very first triathlon ever!

The campers lifted the spirits of many competitors by making up songs and cheers about them as they swim, cycled, or ran. Once every one had completed their race it was time to travel back to camp. But not before a stop for ice cream!

With bellies full of ice cream we arrived back at camp for a well-deserved Rest Hour. After Rest Hour there was just enough time to fit in one period of choice activities. The girls headed out for kayaking, basketball, archery, or small boats.

22 August, 2015

August 22nd, 2015

Here at Ak-O-Mak, every day's a great day! And today was no exception!

Today's morning classes included; baseball, road cycling,  fencing, triathlon transitions, and fencing!

The campers and counselors also all had a special self-defense course with another black belt and member of Rosie's martial arts school - Ashlynn. The girls were taught very quick and practical methods for defending and standing up for themselves. They were taught to be assertive, and that they shouldn't be afraid to say, "NO". They also watched a demonstration between 4th degree black belt, Rosie, and second degree black belt, Ashlynn. It was very impressive and certainly made a mark on the girls - both campers and counselors.

And of course they had swimming! Yay!

This afternoon we had a mountain biking race at camp on the aptly named, Fun Cross! Every camper participated riding up and down hills, zig zagging through the woods and back onto camp where the rest of camp was waiting, ringing cowbells ringing and cheering loudly. When all of the heats had completed the race everyone went down to the bike shed to inspect their bike for tomorrows triathlon. They made sure their tires were pumped and their seats were just right, and most importantly they put their name on it and packed it into the truck. After dinner was open waterfront. A refreshing cool down before an early bedtime.


21 August, 2015

August 21st,

Today's Early Bird was...a sleep in! All of the campers and counselors had a few extra minutes of sleep and then came into the Main House for some yummy, pre-race blueberry pancakes.

After breakfast it was time to get ready to make our way over to Camp Chikopi to beat the boys in the Knoepfli 1 mile swim. Nothing quite compares to the cheers of campers and staff before a big race. "A-K, A-K, A-K-O-M, O-M, O-M, O-M-A-K, Ak-O-Mak, Ak-O-Mak WHOOO!" I'm sure our cheering could be heard all across Ahmic Lake.

Then the Ak-O-Mak and Chikopi campers all got into the water at the starting line, eyeing down the fastest route through the channel to Knoepfli. Some campers like to aim for a specific cottage, while others swear that if you stay in the middle of the channel it's the fastest route. Either way, "BANG" and they were off toward the finish line 1 mile away.

Counsellors at both camps paddled along side the campers, cheering them on and directing them toward the fastest route. It was a great race! The girls swam hard and some really challenged themselves by striving for new personal bests or swimming the Knoepfli Mile for the very first time.

Once campers finished the race they all headed back to Chikopi for some lunch and the afternoons events - Field Day.

All of the campers from both camps were divided into teams and competed against each other in various competitions and relays. At the end it was the annual Tug-of-war competition between Camp Chikopi and Camp Ak-O-Mak. This year we were surprised with a fun twist of it being only staff vs. staff. The counselors grabbed the rope for the first tug of war and on the horn dug their heels into the ground and heaved and hoed as hard as they possibly could. After what seemed like minutes the rope started to inch in the direction of the boys camp and the first victory went to the boys. Campers on both sides demanded a rematch and Dianne, Catherine, Jocelyn, Rosie and Hayley joined in to support the counselors. The Chikopi counselors pulled in some reinforcements of their own and this time it was winner take all (pride that is).

The horn sounded and Camp Ak-O-Mak stood their ground firm, slowly trying to gain the momentum to creep our way backwards and pull the boys over the line. Another "HEAVE" and we didn't seem to budge, "HEAVE" again and suddenly we're able to take 1/2 a step backwards...then we're tugged forward by the Chikopi counselors. 1, 2, 3 "PULL" and slowly but surely we're pulling the boys over our direction. The Ak-O-Mak staff wins the tug-of war and the camp erupts with cheers and screams! It was then time to head back to camp for a bit of a rest, some open waterfront, and dinner. It's been another packed day here at Ak-O-Mak and the girls have gone to bed ready to take on their next adventures.




Bailey O’                              1st place                                32:13

Devon B                               2nd place                               35:39

Ella M                                  3rd place                               38:28

Abigail O                              4th place                               44:16

Madison Mc                        5th place                               44:41

Mikayla Mc                        6th place                               1:03:11


GIRLS 11-12


Elke O                                            1st place                                26:38

Kali M                                            2nd place                               27:52

Alana O                                         3rd place                               28:55

Yayla D                                         4th place                               29:47

Lola C                                           5th place                               30:49

Chelsea M                                    6th place                               32:36

Sarah W                                        7th place                               33:26

Jenna W                                        8th place                               35:45

Rachel T                                        9th place                               38:26


GIRLS 13-15


Haley S                                           1st place                                24:41

Emma S                                         2nd place                               25:19

Sara A                                            3rd place                               26:05

Kathryn A                                       4th place                               26:18

Olivia L                                           5th place                               26:25

Elana G                                          6th place                               26:35

Anna D                                          7th place                               27:02

Marni G                                          8th place                               27:22

Jordan S                                        9th place                               28:47

Hailey C                                       10th place                             29:57

Nikita S                                         11th place                             30:07

Mattie W                                       12th place                             30:12

Caroline M                                    13th place                             30:13

Emma W                                      14th place                             30:14

Alicia C                                        15th place                             30:21


GIRLS  15 +


Jessica C                                          1st place                                24:32

Olivia O                                            2nd place                               25:17

Lauren S                                          3rd place                               25:15

Hailey N                                           4th place                               26:07

Annie R                                            5th place                               27:31

Ashlynn M                                       6th place                               27:59

Lianna G                                         7th place                               29:48

Jodie Mc                                         8th place                               1:03:12




Sabastian P                                     1st place                                20:32

Brett S                                             2nd place                               22:44

Tyler S                                            3rd place                               24:04

Marius C                                         4th place                               24:05

Pablo C                                           5th place                               24:07

Jarod S                                           6th place                               24:18

Rowan H                                        7th place                               24:24

Jessica C                                        8th place                               24:32

Haley S                                          9th place                               24:41

Lauren S                                       10th place                             25:15

20 August, 2015

August 20th

This morning camp seemed to wake up before the sunshine. After shining down on us since the beginning of the session it must have been a bit tired and ready for a sleep-in. The air and water were still warm and beautiful and welcomed everyone for their Early Bird swims and runs.

Breakfast was an exciting time as many of the girls chose to swim one or two miles for the very first time and could barely contain their excitement when sharing with their friends and being recognized by their fellow campers and counselors who were praising their accomplishments.

Once the girls had made their way down to their cabins to get ready for inspection the skies opened up and it began to pour. So instead of their usual morning classes the campers came to the Main House to watch NBC's coverage of the 2013 Ironman World Championships. Before watching the race our swim coach and athletic director Jocelyn Saunders took the opportunity to tell the girls about her experience in swimming, triathlons, and competing in 24 Ironman races.

After lunch the rain has cleared and the girls had swim practice and two other periods of activities including; soccer, kickball, triathlon transitions, zumba. During third period a group of campers and counselors went into Parry Sound for road bike time-trial. It is a 16 km rolling course and the girls had a blast! This gave them the opportunity to experience speed training on the bicycle. The rest of the camp headed to the backfields for evening games!

Tomorrow morning we're off across the lake to Camp Chikopi for the Knopfli 1 mile swim race against the boys!

19 August, 2015

August 19th

It was another great day here at Camp Ak-O-Mak. This morning started with a fantastic Early Bird, many girls set new personal best times for the one and two mile swim, and other campers took the opportunity to hone their road or mountain biking skills.

After breakfast it was time for each cabins three morning classes; waterpolo, triathlon transitions, road cycling, zumba, self defense, synchronized swimming, and diving! Our youngest cabin had diving and were determined to learn to dive from the 10-foot diving platform, they hung onto every instruction that their coach gave them, thoroughly practiced the proper approach to the end of the diving board, and carefully executed pencil jumps, pikes, and dives off of the diving board until they were ready to approach the platform. Each of the girls practically perfectly dove from the 10-foot platform! They were all beyond excited and so anxious for the next open waterfront where they could show all of the older campers who have yet to dive from the platform!

In the afternoon we headed across the lake on a paddling adventure to Ahmic Lake Lodge! Everyone from camp filed into our beautiful cedar strip canoes to make the trip to the lodge and some campers chose to swim the 1.5 mile trip. Once we arrived everyone enjoyed a well deserved ice cream cone and spent the rest of the afternoon splashing and playing in the rapids or enjoying the sunshine. The paddle back posed a whole new adventure as there was a strong head-wind roaring across the lake. But not strong enough to  discourage an Ak-O-Mak girl! Once again we filed into our orange and green canoes to head back to camp for dinner. With heads down and music up everyone paddled hard and sang harder, laughing and singing as we rolled over the small waves. With a few minutes until dinner the campers enjoyed the diving board and diving tower before the bell rang for dinner.

18 August, 2015

August 18th

Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding...

The bell was rung this morning - like every morning - at 7:00 am sharp. Time to ring in another amazing day here at Ak-O-Mak.

All of the campers filed out of their cabins and off to their respective choices for Early Bird. We've got camp covered by land, sea, and well...runners that seem to run lighter than air. The mountain bikers head out on the trails and road cyclists venture on a 25 km ride. Swimmers glide into the welcoming water and off on their 1 or 2 mile swims. 

This morning classes included a kayaking adventure, tennis, road cycling, boot camp, archery, and swimming! Some of the cabins got to participate in a self defence class taught by black-belt, Rosie. The campers learned some very valuable skills in protecting and defending themselves, and then at the end of the class got to kick and punch boards in half. HIIIIYA!

At lunch it looked like some storm could were rolling in but we decided to test our luck and had three choice periods including, stroke correction, a mystery adventure, water polo, war canoe, sailing, soccer, cycling, yoga, and volley ball. From all of these awesome choices campers had the hard decision of choosing just three to attend. Testing our luck paid off as the storm never reached camp and we still got the view of a bright rainbow over toward Rosemary's Reflection spot near Orange Rock. Today was another warm, sunny, action packed day!

Tomorrow brings a new set of adventures!


17 August, 2015

August 17th

This morning we were greeted by another breath-taking day here at Camp Ak-O-Mak. With the sun shining over camp, the day began with Early Bird as usual.  The girls headed out to challenge themselves open water swimming, road biking, mountain biking or running on the beautiful camp trails.

Most mornings after breakfast and inspection the program includes three periods. Today, the campers had archery, canoeing, mountain biking and tennis. Oh, and how could I have forgotten?...SWIMMING! This morning’s class was full of energy!  With some music pumping, the girls got right to work! We really couldn't have asked for a more gorgeous day.

Team Comp has begun, the theme being a remake of the story of a certain Grinch trying to stop summer from coming to a certain camp! Four teams of campers of all ages will compete throughout the session in a variety of sports, races, and games in hopes of being named the Team Comp Champions

Tonight’s evening activity the campers had a choice to go to tennis, yoga, ultimate frisbee, or stroke correction with Jocelyn and Lou. When Evening Activity ended all the campers went back to their cabins for yet another dip in the lake before bed. It has been so sunny and beautiful the lake seems to feel as warm as a bath on the surface and we're spending nearly every minute we can enjoying the fresh Ahmic Lake water.

16 August, 2015

August 16th 2015

Day is done, gone the sun

From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky.

All is well, safely rest.

Good Night.

The sun has set on the first full day of the two-week session. The lake is still and outside my window I can hear nothing but the faint sound of Ahmic Lake splashing against the shore. The air is calm and the cabin line is silent as the girls settle in for a good night's sleep. This is a far cry from the action-packed day today! Today the air was filled with the sounds of camp, the sound of feet and tires against the gravel road as the girls headed out on the path for Early Bird, the splashing sounds of the open water when the campers embarked on their first swim practice, laughing and screaming while trying a new sport like war canoe, the sounds of chitter chatter as new friendships were made, and joyful cheering when they hit the target in archery. The air was electric and the energy was infectious. 

Today was another beautiful day here at Camp Ak-O-Mak. The girls awoke at 7:00 to the ringing sound of the bell (88 times, for the number of years camp has been open) and filed down to swimming, running, road cycling, or mountain biking. With all of the great choices for Early Bird the campers had already begun to set new goals for themselves and really push themselves. The campers who are new to Ak-O-Mak went on a camp tour to get more aquatinted with their two-week home and then cheer on their camp-mates coming in from their Early Bird.

After a delicious breakfast it was time for inspection. Each morning the cabins are inspected to make sure that they are tidy, beds are made, wet clothes are out on the line, floor is swept, and trunks are at least somewhat neat and organized. I also check to ensure that the campers are ready with all the equipment they will need for their three morning classes. Today classes included; swimming (of course), mountain biking, canoeing, and archery.

This afternoon the girls were introduced to war canoe (or a C15 - a canoe holding 15 people...14 paddlers and one cox). In a war canoe paddlers only paddle on one side of the boat, and instead of sitting down they kneel on one knee. It's a great sport for swimmers to train in because it strengthens their upper body and core while being fun while learning a new skill. Every camper was trained on the dock to paddle and then went out with a group in one of our war canoes. 

After the tough work-out the waterfront was opened up so the campers could take out the other canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards.

Sunday nights we have a cook-out at the campfire. No cozy campfire sweaters needed tonight as the weather was still so nice and warm. Home-made hamburgers, sausages, salads, veggies and all the fixin's were served for dinner, followed by a necessary camp-fire treat...roasted marshmallows!

After dinner the girls sang songs around the campfire, learning some new songs and singing some Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and other home favourites.

As the sun set beautiful pink and violet over the lake it was time for the girls to head back to their cabins and get some rest. On the walk back to their cabins I could hear the excitement from the campers making their predictions of what tomorrow will bring.

Tomorrow brings on a new set of adventures!

Sweet dreams and happy camping!



15 August, 2015

We Welcome you all to our camp

We welcome you all to our camp, and we hope you're for our Ak-O-Mak, for we know it's the best of all camps East and West and we're loyal to our Ak-O-mak!
Today has been an arrival day for the record books! 
The air was buzzing with excitement this morning with the anticipation of today's camper arrivals. After a few finishing touches on welcome signs and inspection posters the staff filed up to the Main House to anxiously wait for the girls to arrive and their cabins to be filled.
Once the first campers begun to file into camp the excitement was palpable. Old friends were reunited with big hugs and and warm hellos and new friends were quickly welcomed by counesllors and fellow campers. Each camper was shown the cabin that will serve as their home-away-from-home for the next to weeks and, like Goldy Locks, found a bed that is just right. 
Mother Nature was clearly just as excited as we were about arrival day and the sun shone bright all day! 
Carrying trunks down the cabin line and getting unpacked can build up quite a sweat so many cabins cooled off in the beautiful Ahmic Lake. With the loud ring of the bell it was time for dinner in the Main House, some introductions to the counesllor and staff team, and announcements about many of the exciting programs to come in the next two weeks (a triathlon, colour run, and new and improved early bird...just in case you were wondering).
Tonight the girls enjoyed the waterfront exploring on paddle boards, testing their balance gunnell bobbing singing songs from shore, and jumping off the diving tower. Now the campers are in their cabins spending time getting to know one and other. 
Tomorrow brings on a new set of adventures!
Sweet dreams and happy camping,

13 August, 2015


Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon, Parry Sound 

Don't Miss Out!!

Ak-O-Mak will be attending the Parry Sound Kids of Steel Triathlon on Sunday, August 23rd during Session 6.  This is an excellent opportunity to "try-a tri" if you have never done one before.  Triathlon distances are quite short and easily achievable by our campers.

Coaches  Jocelyn & Brett Saunders (both U.S.A Triathlon Team members and World Championship competitors) will teach us the fundamentals of triathlon so everyone will be prepared to enjoy a fabulous day!

COST for the event is approximately $80.00 with taxes and bussing included.

Please email Dianne at: and we will sign you up! 

Come and be part of our Camp Ak-O-Mak Triathlon Team!

13 August, 2015

Goodbye 7 Weeks of Summer

Where did the time go?  The last seven weeks of camp have seemingly evaporated into thin air! 

There were many tears on departure day yesterday as our wonderful camp friends from both the 7 and 3 week sessions departed for home. 

Many of you may have arrived as strangers but you left as family.  How lucky we are to have lived together and shared our stories, our early birds, our losses and our wins.  Together, we trained hard for regattas and triathlons then "winged it" for skits and lip-syncs!  We joined in song at every meal and campfire and we laughed everyday until our ribs hurt.  It's what Camp Ak-O-Mak is all about!

So long, Friends!...Until we meet again next year!...

9 August, 2015

August 8th and 9th

Yesterday morning the girls woke up and had a fantastic early bird.  The water was flat and a gorgeous temperature, and many went best times.  After breakfast and a longer inspection, everyone headed down to the bike shed and helped pack the bikes into the U-Haul.  The bikes were packed and the girls dove into the water for a quick swim practice and early lunch.  The busses arrived and the girls piled in with their game faces on, ready to take on the Barrie Triathlon! We arrived in Barrie, walked through the course with our triathlon coach extraordinaire, Jocelyn, and headed to the Market buffet for dinner.  The girls carb loaded and then we checked into the hotel so that the girls could get a good sleep before the race.

This morning the wake up call came bright and early at 5:30am.  We all met in the lobby of the hotel and ate a quick breakfast before heading to Barrie.  The girls set up their transition areas and grabbed their cap and goggles.  All of Ak-O-Mak wore their bright green, orange and pink caps so it was easy to spot each girl swimming through Kempenfelt Bay.  The girls all did an amazing job and represented Ak-O-Mak with great sportsmanship, grace and athleticism.  We couldn’t be prouder of their performance today! After everyone finished their races, we ate lunch and then headed to awards.  Once awards finished off and we sang a few more camp cheers we loaded the buses to head back to camp, after a well deserved Dairy Queen stop. Once we got home it was time for cookout and our last campfire of the seven week session.  We are all looking forward to enjoying our two final days at camp.

6 August, 2015

August 6th

What a great morning here at camp, after an early bird of running, swimming and biking the girls headed up to the mainhouse for a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes and fresh fruit.  It was then time for inspection followed by our annual mountain bike race.  After the girls were fitted for their bikes, Blair led groups on a warm up ride of the racecourse.  The girls then raced in their age groups and had three chances to race the course.  Alina A. was the fastest rider of the day with a time of 4 minutes and 29 seconds.   It was an awesome morning of bike riding to practice our skills before the Barrie triathlon this weekend.  We are all looking forward to an afternoon of team comp and then for the counsellors to play against our camper softball team tonight after dinner in preparation for the game against the boys tomorrow.  

4 August, 2015

August 4th

It was a bit of a rainy day but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great time.  The morning began with an early bird of running, swimming, mountain biking and road biking.  After early bird, breakfast, and inspection the campers enjoyed classes of yoga, tennis, swimming, badminton, and wrestling, taught by our favourite wrestling coach the Commonweath Champion, Pete Michenzie. 

We then had lunch and rest hour before heading up to the main house for Ak-O-Mak style Jeopardy for team comp.  It was a fun game full of Disney, fairy tale, camp and counsellor trivia.  After Jeopardy everyone grabbed their blankets and settled in the main house to watch the Ironman World Championships video from the 2014 race and then listened to our coach Jocelyn speak about her Ironman experiences.  It was such an inspiring video that it left most of our campers wanting to start their Ironman training.  After dinner the rain subsided and the girls headed outside for their choice of softball, archery, partner tag, or a mountain bike ride.   We are sad to see our two-weekers leave tomorrow but everyone staying is looking forward to heading to Ahmic Lake Lodge for the day.        

2 August, 2015

August 2nd

It was a bit of a rainy and low-key day for us here at Ak-O-Mak to rest up after the busy week that we had.  It was a typical morning with the normal early bird, breakfast, inspection and then morning classes.  The morning was followed by lunch and then a long mandatory rest hour to allow everyone to catch up on some sleep.  By the end of rest hour the rain had started and everyone put on their rain boots and rain jackets to head up to the mainhouse where we were fortunate enough to have Laura Young, the author of “Solo but Never Alone, Swimming the Great Lakes”, here to talk to us about her book.  Laura gave a fantastic talk about her experiences writing her book and interviewing numerous famous swimmers who have completed crossings of the Great Lakes, many of them Ak-O-Makkers, including our very own Jocelyn Saunders.  After the talk everyone enjoyed a “cookout” in the mainhouse due to the rain before heading down to the cabins to prepare lip syncs.  We are all looking forward to campfire tomorrow when we will get to see all of the dances performed.  

1 August, 2015

August 1st

It was an early morning for us here at Ak-O-Mak, with a 6:15am breakfast before we loaded the buses and were on the road to Barrie for the Kempenfest swim by 7am.  Once we got to Barrie all of our swimmers got ready for the race.  We had an impressive group of 82 swimmers and everyone had a fantastic race!  The water was a little colder than usual but the girls all handled it well and swam fast to beat the cold!  It was a fast race and all of our swimmers finished it with a smile on their face. 

After the race and awards everyone got money for lunch and headed out with their counsellors to explore Kempenfest.  Once everyone had finished exploring we loaded the buses and headed back to camp.  On our way back we made a quick stop at Dairy Queen to end off our day with some ice cream. 

Once we got back to camp we ate dinner and then headed down to the waterfront to bathe before an early bed.  Meanwhile, some of the campers staying at camp for longer sessions went into Magnetewan for some square dancing before bed.  It was an exciting day for everyone and the girls are all nice and tired, ready for a good sleep before a normal camp day tomorrow!   


31 July, 2015

July 31st

What an exciting day to be at Ak-O-Mak as it was our first annual Colour Run with Chikopi!  After lunch and a short rest hour Chikopi paddled over to Ak-O-Mak and we began the Colour Run.  Everyone was looking good in their white shirts, sunglasses, colourful accessories and painted faces as they took off for the 5km run where they got coloured powder thrown at them.  As the campers arrived back at camp for a dance party everyone was covered in blue, pink, yellow, orange, and purple paint from head to toe.  Once everyone had finished the run each person got a cup of powdered paint to throw up in the air all at once!   It was a very exciting afternoon, filled with tons of laughter, paint throwing and dancing. 

Once all of the paint had been thrown the group headed down to the waterfront to clean off before dinner.  It was then time for a delicious dinner before starting the annual soccer game.  In the end the Chikopi boys pulled ahead and won the game but it wasn’t without a fight from the girls.  It was a great game and our cheer section did a fantastic job encouraging our players.  Now it’s time to get a good sleep before we head to Barrie tomorrow morning for the Kempenfest swim!

30 July, 2015

The Invasion of "Castle-Mak"

'Twas a full moon that night.  All was quiet  at Castle-Mak as its inhabitants were lost to a deep and abiding slumber.

The moon illumined the naked branches of the aged spruce tree which reached out like the gnarly fingers of an old crone.  'Twas an eerie omen of impending villainy against noble Castle-Mak.  The stillness of the night was disturbed by neither wind nor breeze and the humid air hung heavily over the inhabitants' huts. 

Cloaked in the shadows, a stealthy approach was made to the Main House...

The maleficent band systematically scaled the West Wall and secured their position on the 'Table of the Lost and Found'.  As The Novice kept watch, the largest and most experienced of the marauders went to work, deftly slashing screens, breaching the long-standing defenses of Castle-Mak.  The evil-doers hustled through the opening one by one, as disciplined and quiet as a group of Navy Seals. 

It was The Novice that inadvertently raised the alarm.

As the careless criminal crossed the sill of the window, a wooden artifact was knocked to the ground.  The din awakened Princess Rosemarie who had been slumbering in her upper chamber.  The princess hurried down to the Great Hall to investigate and was filled with horror at the sight that lay before her.

The "Masked Bandits of the Clan Raccoon" were plundering the treasure chest of Castle-Mak!  The feeding frenzy was frightening!   Hissing and snarling and gnashing of teeth filled the air.  Teeth were bared against each other as the looters fought over the choicest plunder, their blood-shot eyes filled with greed.  The sight confirmed what Princess Rosemarie feared most:  the masked villains were looting the childrens' treasure trove of skittles, popcorn, cheese-its and crunchy-ee-o's.  It was a veritable blood bath of red licorice.  'Air-Heads' were decapitated.  Lollies lay popped and dens of gummie bears were devoured en masse. 

The carnage was devastating.  Yet, Princess Rosemarie, caring more for the childrens' happiness than her own well-being, sprung into action, suppressing her own terror.  She grabbed the royal broom that stood in the corner.   With a "broom-chick-a-broom" she broom-broomed the evil entity from the Main House.

Forever banished, the Masked Bandits of Clan Raccoon retreated to the dark forest from whence they came, never to be seen again.

At daybreak, the noble children of Castle-Mak stoically accepted the news that their treasure trove had been forever fouled by the beasts.  In celebration of Princess Rosemarie's bravery in the face of overwhelming danger, they hoisted the lovely princess on their shoulders and shouted, "Let us give a Castle-Mak toast!"




Dear Well-Meaning Parents and Friends,

Please do not send candy and food packages to Camp Ak-O-Mak.  We simply do NOT have the ability to securely store the ENORMOUS volume of loot sent to campers. As a result, the racoons have become a nuisance, forcing us to prohibit all food-containing packages. 


30 July, 2015

July 30th

The water has been so nice and warm lately that we decided today was a perfect day for our Monster Rock swim!  Plenty of campers decided to do the mile swim and it was a very fast swim even despite the water being a little more choppy than usual.  After the campers swam, most hopped into canoes to paddle and cheer on their counsellors who then completed the swim.  It was a great morning with fast swimming and lots of cheers while laying out in the sun!

Monster Rock Results

Erin B.                   22:02

Marion D.            22:41

Robin C.               23:01

Sarah S.                 23:05

Elana G.                23:08

Cassie G.              23:18

Charlotte B.        24:06

Emma G.              24:19

Anushri P.           24:27

Isabella C.            24:51

Neve V.                 24:54

Lauren A.             25:03

Lucy M.                 25:08

Victoria B.            25:13

Madeleine Y.     25:21

Gracey S.             25:23

Dianna P.             25:31

Marina D.            25:45

Grace P.               25:50

Aislinn M.            25:50

Ayden R.              26:07

Samuelle F.         26:20

Natalie K.             26:28

Mackenna A.     26:37

Frankie D.            26:45

Rachel P.              26:52

McKenna M.      26:59

Maya G.               26:59

Gabby E.              26:59

Emma C.              26:59

Gabby C.              27:36

Noelle Y.              27:36

Amanda M.        28:18

Catrice B.             29:05

Sangavi M.         29:23

Cameron P.        29:40

Kiera M.               29:40

Paola M.              30:00

Alina A.                 30:04

Calla T.                  30:05

Natasha L.           30:09

Charlotte R.        31:08

Elyse T.                 32:09

Maggie M.          33:35

Elisha P.                33:40

Rebecca R.          35:28

Carly M.               36:08

Casey M.             36:14

Carmella Y.          36:14

Marianna V.       36:59

Mia R.                   36:59

Isabella B.            38:01

Amrita K.             38:05

Effie L.                  38:22

Itziar F.                 40:21

Sydney C.            40:22

Jenna S.               42:10

Aitziber F.            48:23

Annika W.           50:32

29 July, 2015

July 29th

Our morning started out with an early bird of biking, running and swimming on a perfectly flat lake.   It was a very fast morning and many of the swimmers and runners went best times.  After early bird, breakfast and inspection, the sailing team headed back up to the main house for a sailing meeting and then an early lunch.  Once their lunch was finished they headed down to get their boats ready before heading out onto the course for a little practice.  Eventually the boats all headed to Chikopi to begin the race.  It was an awesome race with a perfect amount of wind!  The girls were fantastic and did a great job racing against the experienced Chikopi boats.  After the race we all gathered on shore for awards and cookies before sailing back to Ak-O-Mak for dinner.

Meanwhile back at camp the girls enjoyed regular morning classes of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, volleyball and lacrosse.  After classes, lunch and rest hour the girls all headed down to the boathouse for an afternoon of paddling.  Everyone got to both war canoe and practice in a small boat.  It was a new experience for many of our 3 weekers and everyone seemed to enjoy learning a new skill. 

After a delicious stir fry dinner we had a soccer practice in preparation for our game against the boys while everyone else played softball, got their strokes corrected by Jocelyn, our fantastic athletic director, or headed out for a mountain bike with Blair.    

27 July, 2015

July 27th

It was yet another beautiful, hot, sunny day here at camp!  We started the day off with a sleep in until breakfast and then everyone headed down to the waterfront. The campers then warmed up for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour race against the Chikopi boys or jumped into canoes with the counsellors to paddle for the swimmers.


The lake was completely flat and very warm – which was awesome for the race and the girls dominated!  8 out of 10 of the top campers were girls!  It was the perfect race to show the boys what Ak-O-Mak girls can do! 


After the race everyone paddled or ran/walked back to camp for open waterfront and then awards, followed by a delicious lunch with Chikopi.  Once we finished lunch Chikopi paddled back home and we had a nice rest hour out of the sun before an afternoon of sailing, road biking, canoeing, kayaking and diving.


It’s now time for the soccer team to practice for their upcoming game against Chikopi while the rest of the camp plays Smugglers and Spies on the backfields before a dip in the lake to cool off before bed.    





10 and under girls

Tori B.                        1st place          1:06:53

Amanda J.       2nd place         1:10:13

Catrice B.        3rd place         1:15:38

Charlotte R.    4th place          1:25:21

Carmella Y.     5th place          1:31:02


11 – 12 Girls

Diana P.          1s t place        1:06:23

Emma C.         2nd place         1:06:55

Alanna C.        3rd place         1:07:13

Gracey S.        4th place          1:08:36

Lucy M.           5th place          1:10:03

Alina A.           6th place          1:10:53

Frankie D.      7th place          1:10:55

Gabby C.         8th place          1:11:27

Camryn P.       9th place          1:11:33

Elyse T.           10th place       1:16:15

Aislinn M.       11th place       1:16:43

Ayden R.         12th place       1:21:54

Lauren C.        13th place       1:22:18

Aditi P.            14th place       1:26:26

Casey M.         15th place       1:26:22

Noelle Y.         16th place       1:30:44

Isabella B.       17th place       1:31:40

Itziar F.           18th place       1:46:21

Sarah L.          19th place       2:12:27


13-14 Girls

Erin B.             1st place          54:56

Trinity Z.        2nd place         57:26

Marion D.       3rd place         57:27

Robin C.          4th place          57:53

Sarah S.          5th place          57:59

Jessica R.        6th place          59:28

Emma G.         7th place          1:01:49

Lauren A.       8th place          1:02:15

Cassie G.         9th place          1:02:26

Charlotte B.    10th place       1:03:46

Anushri P.      11th place       1:03:53

Gabrielle E.     12th place       1:05:18

Amber P.        13th place       1:05:19

Madeleine Y.  14th place       1:06:22

Neve V.           15th place       1:06:43

Eva S.              16th place       1:06:50

Sloanne C.      17th place       1:07:35

Maya G.           18th place       1:09:57

Amanda M.     19th place       1:13:42

Keira M.          20th place       1:16:46

Sangavi M.      21st place        1:17:10

Teagan D.       22nd place       1:30:27


GIRLS 15-17

Arianne C.      1st place          59:29

Wynn M.         2nd place         1:00:06

Abby H.           3rd place         1:04:05

Grace P.          4th place          1:06:18

Samuelle F.     5th place          1:07:09

Marina D.       6th place          1:08:54

Mackenna A.  7th place          1:09:14

Abby H.           8th place          1:12:01

Paola M.          9th place          1:12:18

Olivia D.          10th place       1:13:19

Isabella C.       11th place       1:18:32

Mariana V.      12th place       1:29:24



Erin B.             1st  place         54:56

Trinity Z.        2nd  place        57:26

Marion D.       3rd  place        57:27

Robin C.          4th place          57:53

Sarah S.          5th place          57:59

Jessica R.        6th place          59:28

Arianne C.      7th place          59:29

Kyle S.             8th place          59:49

Wynn M.         9th place          1:00:06

Grier K.           10th place       1:00:50           

25 July, 2015

July 25th

It was quite an extreme day for our campers today with over 50 of them competing in the Xterra off road race in Parry Sound.  We woke up nice and early and had a light breakfast before loading the bus and heading to the race.  Most of our campers competed in the 5km trail run – running up a rock wall, up and down plenty of hills, and even through mud and streams.  It was a fantastic run with lots of challenges and excitement.  All of the campers did a great job and it was made even better because of the supportive cheers that could be heard all throughout the course from the campers and counsellors who did not run.

After the trail run, the Xterra triathlon started!  Ak-O-Mak had eight relays complete the sprint triathlon and one camper, Elisha P. completed the whole race on her own.  It was a tough course with a difficult mountain bike and a hilly run but all of the campers did a fantastic job!  In the end our very own Blair Saunders (resident mountain bike coach at camp) came first overall in the sprint triathlon!  It was a new experience for everyone and one that we will definitely do again next year!  The races really showed that Ak-O-Makkers are TOUGH ENOUGH! 

Once we ate lunch at the race and then stopped for some celebratory ice cream on the way home all of the tired campers headed to their cabins for a rest hour before some open waterfront until dinner.  After dinner campers had the choice of yoga or a hike before bed.  Meanwhile, a group of our seven weekers headed into Magnetewan for an evening of square dancing.  It was an exciting and tiring day for everyone and all are sleeping well tonight!   


24 July, 2015

July 24th

It was another perfect day here at camp, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!  We soaked up the sun during our morning classes of swimming, war canoe, mountain biking, soccer, softball, and archery. 

After a scrumptious taco lunch and a rest hour the girls enjoyed the beautiful weather and the warm water and spent half of the afternoon in our racing small boats, canoes, paddle boarding, playing waterpolo and learning to dive. 

Later this afternoon storybook princesses and witches descended upon Ak-O-Mak as we began a fairytale themed team-comp! The girls came up with some creative team names and cheers and after dinner they presented team skits. Over the next three weeks the teams will work together through challenges in order to defeat the villains and earn points in order to win team comp.   

22 July, 2015

July 22nd and 23rd

The past two days have been hectic but quite fun with some beautiful weather!  Yesterday was an exciting travel day with over fifty campers arriving by car, plane and bus.  Camp was filled with excited squeals and hugs as campers reunited after the year and others arriving for the first time got to meet their counsellors and fellow cabin-mates.  We then had a delicious stir-fry dinner in a very full mainhouse, followed by singing tons of our favourite songs.  That evening each of the cabins got to do some cabin bonding activities so that everyone could get to know each other.

This morning we awoke to the bell for an early bird of swimming, running, and biking for all of the returning campers while the new campers went on a full camp tour.  We then had a yummy breakfast of egg mcmuffins and fresh fruit before inspection.  The girls are now busy in their morning classes of swimming, soccer, softball, archery, tennis, and mountain biking.  We are all excited to take advantage of the beautiful weather this afternoon by participating in some of our favourite activities on the water.   

22 July, 2015

Phone Calling


Yesterday there were bittersweet "Goodbyes" said to our friends leaving after the 4 week session.  It is always sad to see camp friends depart but we are happy to be left with such WONDERFUL memories!  Until we meet again next year, girls!....

Today the sun is shining and we are giving Ak-O-Mak a tidy-up to welcome parents and their campers arriving for the 3 week session!  We will have a "full house" by dinner time and we can't wait to "raise the roof" with those extra singing voices! 

Calling On The Telephone...

There is good news and there is bad news. 

First the 'bad' news:  Out of respect for the newly arriving campers who need time to work through missing home, there will be NO phone calls for the next 10 days.  Parents of 7- Weekers, we appreciate your understanding with this policy as it is difficult for a child struggling with first-time-homesickness to see other campers jumping up to receive a call from home. 

The 'good' news:  Phone calls will resume on Sunday, August 2nd! 

Phone calls are only taken during meal times except Sunday nights when we are out at campfire.  The camper number is (705) 387-1919.  The phone "rings" when it is busy, so keep trying if you do not get through.  

20 July, 2015

July 20th

It has been a great last day of camp for our four weekers.  The day started with a normal early bird of swimming and running before a yummy French toast breakfast.  After breakfast and inspection everyone headed down to the water for SWIMMING … YAY!  For periods two and three a group of campers and counsellors road biked to Ahmic Lake Lodge for a bit of ice cream.  Meanwhile back at camp the girls went to classes of synchronized swimming, water aerobics, ultimate Frisbee and hiking adventure. 

We then had a delicious lunch of homemade pizza before a rest hour filled with packing for those leaving and napping for our seven weekers.  After rest hour we are having a counsellor versus camper game of kickball before some open waterfront to cool off and bathe before banquet tonight.  What a fantastic end to the four week session.  We still can’t believe how fast the summer has gone by and are looking forward to being joined by the three weekers on Wednesday! 

18 July, 2015

July 17th and 18th

It was quite an exciting weekend for all of us!  On Friday morning the girls all had a normal early bird and then a delicious pancake breakfast before loading the buses to head to Ottawa.  That afternoon, once we arrived in Ottawa the girls all enjoyed a fantastic buffet meal before heading out in their cabin groups to explore.  We got tons of awesome pictures by parliament and everyone enjoyed walking around and looking in the little shops downtown.  That evening everyone settled down in the hotel and went for a swim, watched some TV and many took advantage of the hot water and enjoyed long showers!  It was then time for an early bed so that everyone could rest up for the regatta bright and early Saturday morning.

We awoke on Saturday, put on our green and orange paddling singlets, and ate breakfast at the hotel before heading to the paddling venue.  Once at the Carelton Place Canoe Club we unloaded the boats and the races began.  It was a superb day of racing, with our girls paddling their hearts out!  We had numerous boats place in the top three, which is quite an accomplishment considering that we just started paddling together a few weeks ago.  After all of our races were finished we all enjoyed some pizza, loaded the boats back up and hit the road back to camp.  It was a tiring few days but the long drive was well worth it!   

17 July, 2015

July 17

Today we are off to Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, for our second regatta of the season.

15 July, 2015

July 15th

We had an extra special day at Hog-O-Mak because it was the Tri-Wizard tournament.  After a normal early bird of swimming, running and biking the girls then enjoyed a delicious breakfast of eggs benedict before two normal morning periods filled with swimming, field hockey, tennis and hiking.   During third period the tournament began with the first task – a quidditch tournament with all of the houses.  In the end it was Long John Long Bottoms who won the quidditch tournament and defeated the fifth horcrux. 

After lunch and rest hour the second task was a mini treasure hunt, where the houses all had to solve riddles and trivia questions to find the golden egg and defeat the sixth horcux.  Dobby’s Socks and Sons were the quickest to find the egg and took home the gold in the second task.  Finally, the tournament ended with the third task – a game of barbarians!  It was an intense match but Beasts of the Forbidden Forest ended up winning by one point, defeating the seventh and final horcrux, Harry Potter himself.

Finally, after a long day of wizarding for team comp everyone headed up to dinner to see that the mainhouse had been transformed into the Great Hall at Hogwarts.  The girls all enjoyed a celebratory dinner with their teams after a fantastic Tri-Wizard tournament.   

14 July, 2015

July 14th

What an adventurous day!  Everyone awoke this morning for a 7:30am breakfast so that we would have enough time after breakfast to swim and or/paddle to Magnetewan and back before dinner. 

We had 10 swimmers depart around 8:30am for the 9-mile swim.  The swimmers were Wynne M., Abby H., Jessica R., Robin C., Abby H., Arianne C., Marion D., Samantha H., Erin B., and Sarah S.  All completed the swim in under 4 hours and had a tiring but fantastic time.  Meanwhile, everyone else had a great time paddling the 9-miles while listening to music and singing along.

Once everyone had arrived at Magnetewan we ate a lunch packed by the kitchen and then everyone got some money to get ice cream before paddling back to camp.  The paddle back was definitely an interesting one since the wind picked up as we were about 2 miles away from camp.  A few boats were able to paddle hard and make it back to camp while the rest ended up getting shuttled back.  All of the girls had some hilarious stories of their adventures and we all enjoyed laughing while hearing the stories after dinner.  It was then some cabin bonding before bed and an early bedtime to rest up for the Tri-Wizard tournament tomorrow at Hog-O-Mak! 

13 July, 2015

July 13th

Today at Ak-O-Mak, the girls were busy with activity!  This morning we were excited to host the annual Chikopi Ak-O-Mak Triathlon.  The girls suited up and prepared for the big event by doing a warm-up paddle or swim for Early Bird.  After a light breakfast and a quick clean of the cabins, we headed down to Sandy Beach to start the race and BEAT THE BOYS.  The race included a short swim to Orange Rock and back, a run from Ak-O-Mak Road down a kilometer and back to camp, and a solo paddle in a dazzling green and orange canoe from Sandy Beach to Monster Rock and back.  The girls demonstrated they are TOUGH ENOUGH and did an outstanding job.  After awards and a delicious lunch, the girls rested up for a fun afternoon of choice periods.  The periods included water aerobics, volleyball, badminton, synchronized swim, sailing, diving and croquet (no brightly colored flamingos harmed in this game!) For evening activity the girls got in a bit of war canoe and small boat practice before an early bedtime, due to an exciting camp tradition happening tomorrow!  

Chikopi-Akomak Triathlon Results



Amanda J.                1st place        51:14

Abigail G.                 2nd place      57:08

Jolie M.                     3rd place       57:55

Naila K.                     4th place       1:09:05

Aitziber F.                5th place       1:10:38

Veronica S.              6th place       1:15:37

Regina A.                 7th place       1:18:26

Jenna S.                    8th place       1:20:21

Jacqueline C.           9th place       1:23:40

Georgia B.                10th place    1:36:28


11-12 Girls

Regina D.                 1st place        54:32

Lexi S.                       2nd place      56:04

Florence M.             3rd  place      1:01:00

Itziar F.                     4th  place      1:03:15

Claire W.                  5th place       1:03:46

Ximena D.                6th place       1:16:10


13-14 Girls

Claire S.                    1st place        43:11

Robin C.                    2nd place      44:13

Trinity Z.                   3rd place       44:57

Erin B.                       4th place       45:57

Jessica R.                  5th place       48:08

Kadia B.                    6th place       48:38

Marion D.                  7th place       53:29

Teagan D.                 8th place       53:40 (CHIKOPI)

Kosi L.                       9th place       54:34

Sarah S.                    10th place    57:36

Maya G.                    11th place    58:33

Samantha H.            12th place    58:38

Hunter A.                  13th place    59:22

Atira G.                      14th place    59:31

Abby H.                     15th place    1:09:11


15 + GIRLS

Jocelyn S.                 1st place        40:54

Abby H.                    2nd place      45:22

Marina D.                 3rd place       46:53

Carly M.                   4th place       48:58

Paola M.                   5th place       54:03

Arianne C.                6th place       56:11

Natasha L.               7th place       57:12

Andrea B.                8th place       59:46

Mariana V.              9th place       1:02:19

Wynn M.                  10th place    1:05:02



Mario M.                   1ST                  39:56

Jocelyn S.                 2nd                  40:54

Kyle S.                       3rd                  41:48

Claire S.                    4th                   43:11

Charlie N.                  5th                   43:14

Jorge B.                     6th                   43:41

Robin C.                   7th                   44:13

Bronis M.                  8th                   44:51

Trinity Z.                   9th                   44:57

Jake S.                     10th                45:10


Abby H.                    11th                45:22


11 July, 2015

July 11th

Today the girls woke up for an 8:30am breakfast after a sleep in for early bird.  We then loaded the buses to head off to North Bay for our first paddling regatta of the summer!  What a successful day we had!  Our races all went smoothly and the girls paddled their hearts out!  We had a bunch of boats place first, second and third and everyone seemed to have an awesome time both paddling and cheering on their teammates.  We could not have asked for a better day with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky. 

After all of our races wrapped up we ordered pizza, went for a swim and loaded the boats before having our dinner.  After dinner we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and headed to our favourite ice cream shop in North Bay to end off our fantastic day with ice cream at the marina.  It was an amazing first regatta and the girls are all looking forward to continuing to practice in their boats this week so that we can be just as prepared for our Ottawa regatta next weekend.  After our exciting day in the sun everyone is sure to sleep well tonight!    

10 July, 2015

July 9th


Yet another beautiful day here at Ak-O-Mak!  The sun was shining and the girls had a fantastic day!  The morning started out with an early bird of swimming, biking and running and then we had a delicious breakfast of egg mcmuffins.  After inspection everyone headed down for swim practice followed by a practice in our small boats.

That afternoon after rest hour Hogomak took over camp once again and the girls spent a few hours playing “Whistler”, where the houses were split into teams and had to follow the sounds of whistles from hidden counsellors to find them and collect a series of letters.  The houses then raced to unscramble the saying and then solve two riddles to regain their counsellors.  It was an awesome afternoon of swimming, running and paddling around camp and after the Golden Snitches succeeded everyone enjoyed open waterfront to cool off until dinner. 

We are excited to see what games the counsellors have planned for after dinner and are looking forward to another beautiful day tomorrow! 


8 July, 2015

July 8th

What a fantastic day spent in the sun!  After an early bird of paddling, swimming, running and mountain biking everyone headed into the main house for a breakfast of pancakes and fresh fruit. 

With our two week campers leaving this morning the campers remaining at camp said their goodbyes before everyone loaded the boats to paddle over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for the day.  Once we arrived the girls all had a swim practice and enjoyed using the water slides and trampolines at the lodge after swim practice finished.  Afterwards everyone ate lunch that the kitchen packed up for us and then enjoyed an afternoon eating ice cream and playing in the rapids.

Once back at camp we ate a delicious dinner before an evening of small boats practice for the regatta this Saturday and paddle boarding and gunnel bobbing.  It was a wonderful day in the sun and we are all hoping for some more beautiful weather this week!    

8 July, 2015

Knoephfli Mile Swim Results



Amanda J.                1st                   30:05

Gillian M.                 2nd                  32:31            (not AKOMAK)

Ella L.                       3rd                  32:44          (not AKOMAK)

Bailey K.                   4th                   32:44            (not AKOMAK)

Jolie M.                     5th                   33:53

Abigail G.                 6th                     38:40

Sophie W.                7th                   40:30

Naila K.                     8th                     50:27


GIRLS 11-12

Lucy M.                    1st                   25:42

Claire W.                  2nd                  27:33

Florence M.             3rd                  28:11

Lexi S.                       4th                   31:07

Abby M.                    5th                   31:13 (not AKOMAK)

Gabriela C.               6th                   38:45

Itziar F.                     7th                   44:37

Olivia K.                    8th                   51:01


GIRLS 13-14

Erin B.                      1st                   23:45

Robin C.                   2nd                  23:51

Jessica R.                 3rd                  24:27

Marion D.                4th                   24:42

Chloe S.                   5th                   25:09

Sarah S.                   6th                   25:25

Kendra L.                 7th                   25:43 (not AKOMAK)

Holly K.                    8th                   25:44 (not AKOMAK)

Abby H.                    9th                   25:57 (not AKOMAK)

Sarah M.                  10th                25:58 (not AKOMAK)

Ella R.                      11th                25:59 (not AKOMAK)

Samantha H.           12th                26:10

Kadia B.                    13th                26:47

Ellery P.                   14th                27:55

Claire S.                    15th                28:15

Maya G.                    16th                28:48

Eva S.                       17th                29:27

Alessandra A.           18th                29:31

Abby H.                    19th                30:13

Mya F.                      20th                31:15

Natalie W.                 21st                33:58

Hunter A.                  22nd               34:57

Teagan D.                23rd                38:42 (not AKOMAK)

Kate K.                      24th                38:43

Atira G.                     25th                45:26

Kosi L.                       26th                45:37

Mika H.                     27th                51:02


GIRLS 15 TO 17

Caitlin T.                  1st                   24:11 (not AKOMAK)

Arianne C.               2nd                  25:03

Elese T.                    3rd                  25:20 (not AKOMAK)

Wynn M.                  4th                   26:41

Abby H.                    5th                   27:39

Madeleine D.           6th                   29:11

Cassie C.                  7th                   31:23

Samantha G.            8th                   33:59

Paola M.                   9th                   34:08

Hana H.                    10th                34:34

Carly M.                   11th                39:47

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