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3 July, 2015

July 3rd

Everyone was excited this morning to hear the bell ring for breakfast after they had a nice sleep in to prepare for the 10km run against the boys.  Chikopi arrived just after breakfast and after some stretching the race began!  Our girls ran there fastest while trying to beat the boys!  It was a perfect day for a run and everyone did a fantastic job and tried their best. 

After the race, the waterfront opened up and everyone enjoyed cooling off in the water and had a great time jumping off the tower.  We then had awards and lunch with Chikopi before they paddled back home. 

This afternoon we took our camp and cabin photos quickly before an afternoon of war canoeing, paddling in the small boats, sea kayaking and paddle boarding.  After dinner the campers got a choice between archery, tennis and small boats.  It was an awesome but tiring day here at camp and everyone is sure to sleep well tonight!

 

10 km Race Results

Ten and under girls

Amanda J.         1st place                            44:45

Abigail G.          2nd place                          1:00:15

Sophie W.         3rd place                           1:06:26

Jolie M.               4th place                           1:06:34

Jacqueline C.   5th place                           1:06:51

Nailia K.            6th place                           1:09:16

Regina A.          7th place                           1:21:14

Jenna S.              8th place                           1:29:48

Veronica S.      9th place                           1:38:13

Aitziber F.        10th place                         1:38:14

Mariama K.      11th place                         1:40:51

Georgia B.        12th place                         1:48:52

 

 

11-12 Girls

 

Florence M.     1st place                            59:06

Alexi S.               2nd place                           1:04:03

Gabby C.            3rd place                           1:12:37

Itziar F.              4th place                           1:21:18

Hei-Yin G.         5th place                           1:30:21

 

13-14 Girls

Claire S.             1st place                            47:36

Regina D.          2nd place                           49:37

Natalia W.        3rd place                           49:47

Kate K.                              4th place                           50:43

Chloe S.              5th place                           52:01

Kosi L.                6th place                           52:04

Robin C.             7th place                           52:05

Jessica R.          8th place                           55:43

Erin B.                9th place                           55:46

Alessandra A. 10th place                         1:00:51

Hunter A.          11th place                         1:04:02

Teagan D.         12th place                         1:06:33

Mika H.              13th place                         1:09:26

Atira G.              14th place                         1:10:16

Claire P.             15th place                         1:10:55

Samantha H.   16th place                         1:11:19

Marion D.         17th place                         1:11:31

Sarah S.             18th place                         1:18:01

Ellery P.             19th place                         1:18:02

Eva S.                  20th place                         1:24:18

Abby H.             21st place                         1:43:23

 

15-17 Girls

Cassandra C.   1st place                            56:50

Madeleine D.   2nd place                           57:01

Abby H.             3rd place                           59:42

Carly M.             4th place                           1:00:12

Samantha G.    5th place                           1:07:10

Hana H.             6th place                           1:07:11

Paola M.            7th place                           1:09:56

Monica C.          8th place                           1:10:56

Wynn M.            9th place                           1:30:22

Hannah P.         10th place         

 

18 and over

Melissa              1st place                            41:43

Jocelyn S.          2nd place                           44:32

Brooke S.          3rd place                           47:20

Monica D.         4th place                           47:40

Brigette C.        5th place                           48:09

Jessica C.           6th place                           52:10

Lily A.                 7th place                           57:03

Rosie T.             8th place                           57:07

Krista S.            9th place                           57:18

MJ C.                    10th place                         57:21

Catherine M.   11th place                         1:00:11

Collette D.        12th place                         1:10:13

Molly S.              13th place                         1:11:32

Gillian T.           14th place                         1:40:01

 




1 July, 2015

July 1st

Happy Canada Day everyone!  We had such an awesome time today celebrating!  The morning began with a normal early bird of small boats, swimming and running.  After breakfast the campers all had a chance to learn some new stretching techniques taught by Jocelyn. 

After stretching everyone got all decked out in their red and white, grabbed their flags and we headed to Magnetewan.  While in Magnetewan we walked in a parade through the town.  It was an awesome experience as all of the girls got to hold the flag from their country while we paraded and sang all of our favourite camp cheers.  Once the parade was over the girls did a flash mob with our camp dance and we ate lunch and got ice cream!  Finally, before heading back to camp four of our youngest campers represented Ak-O-Mak in the cardboard boat race and took second place!

Back at camp Jocelyn led a running clinic for the campers and then everyone had a quick swim practice before dinner.  After a delicious dinner of roast beef, salad and roasted veggies we are now waiting to begin our counsellor fashion show!  




29 June, 2015

June 29th

Yet another great day here at Ak-O-Mak!  Everyone woke up this morning ready for an early bird of swimming, running, biking and small boats!  It was great to see the waterfront full of all of our racing boats practicing for the two regattas we will be racing in this summer.  After early bird and breakfast everyone enjoyed classes of zumba, softball, swimming, small boats, volleyball, tennis and bootcamp!

 

After lunch and a shortened rest hour we war canoed and pleasure canoed across the lake to Ahmic Lake Lodge for an afternoon of ice cream and playing in the rapids!  It was a great way to spend the sunny day, followed by a campfire and cookout once we returned to camp.  While around the campfire we all sang our hearts out to all of our favourite Taylor Swift songs.  We are looking forward to seeing what fun things tomorrow will have in store for us because here at Ak-O-Mak … every day is a great day! 




27 June, 2015

June 27th

What an exciting day for our campers!  Half of the camp left early this morning to head on the road to the North Bay triathlon.  The girls had an awesome day of racing and cheering on their teammates! All of the Ak-O-Makker’s did a fantastic job and raced their hearts out!  Stay tuned for the results.  After the race we all headed to the ice cream shop for a nice treat before our bus ride back to camp!

Back at camp everyone enjoyed a fun day of tennis, canoeing, softball, nucemball and a self-defense class taught by our very own black belt, Rosie!  Once the triathletes were home everyone headed down to the waterfront to bathe and jump off the tower before dinner.  We then had an awesome evening paddle in the war canoes.  After our busy day, everyone will definitely sleep well tonight! 




26 June, 2015

June 26th

Everyone woke up this morning to a beautiful, sunny day!  We enjoyed the weather with an early bird of both road and mountain biking, swimming and running!  After enjoying a delicious breakfast the girls soaked up the sun while in morning classes of tennis, archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and soccer.

 

We had a yummy lunch of homemade pizza and salad, followed by a relaxing rest hour.   We then spent the rest of the afternoon on the water in our small boats and war canoes!  Everyone is getting excited practicing for the two regattas we will be competing in this session. 

 

After dinner Harry and Hermione told everyone that Hogwarts was returning to Ak-O-Mak for a Harry Potter themed team competition!  Dumbledore and the sorting cap then sorted all of the campers into their respective houses/teams for the session!  Everyone is headed to bed now to get a good sleep before some of our campers head to the North Bay Triathlon tomorrow morning!  




25 June, 2015

 

Now that all of our campers have arrived, Camp Ak-O-Mak is back to normal again after a long winter!  It is so nice to see old friends reunite and new friends meet.  After the campers arrived and took a dip in the lake we headed up to the mainhouse for a delicious Greek themed meal.  After brownies for dessert everyone went back to their cabins to unpack and bond with their cabinmates.

 

When the bell rang this morning everyone hopped out of bed and the campers new to camp were lead on a full camp tour while the returning campers ran, swam and mountain biked for early bird.  During our breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, and homemade muffins and croissants, the mainhouse was filled with laughter as the campers sang all of their favourite camp songs!  It is so nice to hear the mainhouse filled with song again!

 

Before lunch the girls enjoyed a morning of archery, kickball, kayaking, volleyball and of course SWIMMING … YAY!  After lunch the girls all got a chance to check out the store before heading down to the cabins for rest hour.  A little bit of rain rolled in this afternoon but we didn’t let that stop us and we spent the afternoon in the mainhouse learning our camp dance!  Once all of our moves were perfected and the sun was back out the girls headed down to the waterfront for a jump off the tower before dinner.  We are all looking forward to dinner and to see what we will get up to this evening! 




24 June, 2015

Meet some of our 2015 Counsellor Staff

Jessica Clark is going to be a third year Ak-O-Makker this year. She had never gone to summer camp until her first year as camp counsellor two summers ago. Like swimming in new waters, not knowing what to expect was a little scary. Despite this, the experience she got out of it was life changing.  

 

 


Jessica enjoys team sports, such as soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball; she’s more of a land mammal. All throughout high school Jessica was on the school’s basketball team and even became team captain in her last year on the team. In grade 11 she joined the curling team. She also played soccer on a recreational team for 2 years during her high school years. Presently she’s part of an ultimate Frisbee league in Ottawa.

Jessica is studying Nursing at the University of Ottawa in French and is going in her fourth year of university but her third in her current program.  

My name is Riley Witting and I will be a sophomore at the University of Denver this fall. This is my sixth summer at camp and I am so excited to be returning. Camp has always been a huge part of my growing up and I am so lucky to be able to share it with all of your daughters! My favorite activities at camp are planning team comp, singing songs at meals and paddling at Early Bird! Get ready for an amazing summer! 

 

I am Mónica Delgado Salgado. I am Mexican. First year as a counselor, 4th year at camp. I love practicing sports in general but running is one of my favorite ones. Camp Akomak is like a second home to me, my favorite place on earth. I really enjoy getting to know people from all over the world which are a particular characteristic of camp. My goal as a counselor is not only to be a good role model for youth but also for my campers to have a memorable summer filled with fun experiences and new friends as well as getting reunited with some old ones.

My name is Molly Sipprell, I am 20 years old. I just finished my second year at Nipissing University for the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. I am a member of the Women’s hockey team at Nipissing, and have attended camp for five years.

Megan Jessome attends Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in Nursing and hopes to someday become a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner. Megan was a camper at Ak-O-Mak for three summers and was a competitive swimmer for eleven years. Megan loves swimming, canoeing, watching baseball, making friendship bracelets, and writing in her journal! 

Hello! My name is Emma Puckering and I am so excited to be coming back to camp.  I was a camper for 4 years and now I am returning after a few summers away to be a counsellor. I am currently studying animal biology at the University of Guelph. I love animals and being outdoors.  My favourite sport is rugby, and I also love to swim and paddle.  I am looking forward to this summer, and I can't wait to meet everyone!

My name is Hannah Puckering and this is my sixth summer at Akomak but my first summer on staff. I'm going into grade 12 at St. John's College in Brantford, Ontario and I play on both the rugby and volleyball teams. I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and I also enjoy running and cycling and participating in a number of triathlons each year. Camp is my favourite place in the world and I'm so excited to be a CIT at Akomak this summer. 

 

Hi! My name is Vanessa and I’m so excited to be on staff for Camp Ak-O-Mak this summer! I’m originally from Toronto and I’ve just finished my third year at Laurentian University where I am majoring in French and Philosophy. During the school year I swim for the Laurentian Voyageurs and coach the Sudbury Special Olympics Swim Team. While I’ve gone to and worked at various summer camps this will be my first year at Ak-O-Mak and I can’t wait to meet everyone!   

My name is Elizabeth Witting and this will be my seventh summer at Ak-O-Mak! I am super excited to transition from camper to counselor and experience new adventures. My favorite activities at camp include early bird, the Chikopi Tri and team competition. Camp has always been an important part of my life and I can’t wait to share my love of camp with all of you.

"My name is Catherine and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I currently work with young children and my dream job on return to Australia is kindergarten teaching. I have a chocolate labrador named Ollie who is my sun and stars. I throughly enjoy traveling; I like new experiences and exploring new places. I have grown up with sports and various other exercises and am most at home outside. I enjoy a good book and cooking hearty food. This is my first camp and my first time in Canada; so I am thrilled to be coming over for the beginning of a new adventure."

I am 22 years old and this will be my fifth year at 7 week camp and fourth year at 2 week camp. I have recently completed my bachelor degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. I will be continuing my education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University this September. My first year at camp was 2009, and I am very excited to be returning after taking a two year break. During those two years I was the Director at the Ottawa Lions track and field day camp. I was a member of the Track and Field team at Ottawa for four years and competed in the Triple jump and Long jump. I also coached the youth junior development middle distance track group. Throughout high school I was involved in a variety of sports such as volleyball, basketball, hockey, cross country, badminton and track. I am looking forward to a fun and exciting summer at this amazing camp! 

 




25 May, 2015

 

2015 Volunteer Work Weekend

The "May Long Weekend" is always a fun time to be at Camp Ak-O-Mak and this weekend was no exception.  Afterall, who doesn't love any excuse to be at beautiful Ahmic lake when all of nature is in spring's first bloom?!

 

Dianne and Catherine are immensely grateful for our hearty group of friends who travel 4-5 hours to donate their time and expertise in order to ready Camp Ak-O-Mak for opening day.

Aaron Biggs travelled the farthest again this year.  His pick up truck was chalk a block full of tools, gadgets, chain saws, you name it.  He was equipped for any job, from sharpening chef knives to cutting down old trees.  Thanks to Aaron, all of the motorized vehicles/lawn mowers, etc at camp have been meticulously tuned up and are ready for action.  Our "backs" are especially grateful to Aaron for bringing his ATV all the way to camp.  Nothing like an ATV and a trailer to facilitate the hauling of brush and transporting the fleet of canoes!

Kudos to Sandy Tod (of Sunfield Renovations) and his helper, Herb Denny, for their work in building a roof extension over the outside sinks at Hop #1.  Campers, you will now remain dry whilst brushing your teeth and there will be no more leaves and berries dropping into the sink from the tree overhead!

Team Puckering 2015 consisted of Megan, her parents Cheryl and Mike.  Megan's beau, Nathan, also made the journey and all were invaluable in brush removal, canoe-shlepping and spring-cleaning tasks.

Rosie Thomas may be our office manager during the summer but this weekend she was a veritable "Picasso", painting the kitchen with Catherine.  Dianne acted as chief foreman keeping us all organized and focused (always a challenge).

Sandy "Counsellor" Wilder from Toronto rounded out the 'muscle' required for heavy lifting, gardening and countless other jobs.  Sandy's perpetual companion, Donzie the black lab, enjoyed swims in the lake, chasing the ATV on trips to the brush pile, then sleeping it off with friend, Winnie the Schnauzer.  It really is a dog's life. 

One of the best parts of Volunteer Work Weekend is always the grub!  This year we completely spoiled to have professional chef, Samson Mudavanhu, giving his time and talent to keep the troops well fed. 

THANK YOU, Friends!...We couldn't do it without you!




12 May, 2015

First Weekend At Ak-O-Mak

The first of May is always an exciting weekend for us at Ak-O-Mak.  It is the time when we usually make our initial road-trip north to check on camp and see how the buildings, docks and trees, etc have come through the winter.

The lake ice is now history!  It "went out" by the end of April and the scent of thawing earth and spring is everywhere.  This weekend (May 2nd & 3rd) we were blessed with wonderfully warm temperatures.  "Sunshine" was the forecast and Mother Nature delivered 100 %.  

It was a perfect day for a 'walkabout' camp.  As we inspected the bay from the dock at Buck's Cabin, a pair of beavers swam towards us from shore.  They were as curious about us as we were about them!  Did you know that beavers vocalized?  Well, they do!...As "June and Ward Beaver" (yes, we named them), swam their circuitous path to our dock, they hummed repeatedly to each other.  After checking us out briefly, they continued their little 'love swim' all the way to Sandy Beach.  What a treat to see them up close like that.

On the baseball field, deep, hoofed divets in the moist earth were evidence of a moose's recent visit to camp. Jennifer (from Rocky Reef) reported seeing the moose by Rosemary's bench last week while out walking her dogs.  We were not so fortunate, however, but we will keep our "eyes peeled" just in case.

Camp wintered very well and everything appeared to be ship shape.  While Dianne made her list of "chores to be done" on our Annual Volunteer Work Weekend, Marion Denny and Cole Scheffel. (both of Brantford Aquatic Club) decided to test the waters...literally.

Marion was determined to snag the award for "First One In The Lake 2015".  She might have succeeded too but as Marion waded in up to her ankles, Cole had a strategic burst of bravery!  He galloped past Marion and plunged head first into the water, snagging the title!  Congratulations Cole Scheffel...the winner of "First One In The Lake 2015!"




5 April, 2015

Greetings from Camp Ak-O-Mak

Shhhh!...Word has it that our beloved Ak-O-Mak continues to sleep under a heavy blanket of snow...

Herb Denny and Sandy Tod (of Sunfield Renovations) visited camp the last weekend in MARCH to check things out and visit friends, John and Jennifer, of Rocky Reef. 

They reported that they were able to walk for MILES upon the thick, lake ice. The windswept face of Orange Rock was visible rising beyond the drifted snow as though stretching toward the sun.  The brightness of the day belied the frigid temperatures and the "lakescape" was a frozen desert of white.  The only sounds heard were the crunching of snow underfoot and the gusting wind whistling past their ears.

  It is hard to imagine that this icey world, our very Early Bird route, will soon begin its perennial metamorphosis into the sunny, warm Ak-O-Mak that WE know so well!  This deserted, frozen tableau will quickly come alive with sunshine, movement, colour and song!

 

So girls, please don't let the dreary days of April dampen your drive to get back to camp!  It's time to SPRING into action!  Don't risk spending a summer in the city as a  "texting-couch-potato" when you could be beating the summer heat at "open waterfront" or roasting marshmallows at campfire!

Registration is a BREEZE!  You'll find all of the forms "on line" on the Camp Ak-O-Mak website, including the packing list!  If you have any questions just give Dianne Young a call in the camp office @ (416) 427-3171 and she'll help you out.

 

Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted with regular updates as we begin opening up Camp Ak-O-Mak in May.  We can hardly wait to start pulling out the summer "toys" again....(along with a few NEW surprises!) and let you know the winner of the annual "First One in the Lake" contest over the May long weekend.

 

Think SUMMER.   Think AK-O-MAK!




17 February, 2015

She's Baaaaack!!

Great news everyone!

Hayley Steward will return to Camp Ak-O-Mak this summer as Program Director for the final 2 week session!

Now that her maternity leave is finished, Hayley is free to follow her heart back to camp and re-acquaint with you wonderful girls.  Here's hoping that "Little Stunt" Hayden and Daddy Dan will join her, too!  We'll keep you posted on that detail as we get closer to camp.

So send her a message and join us as we welcome back Hayley Steward!!

Hayley is a lover of all things outdoors! She could stern a canoe before she learned how to ride a bicycle and could scale a rock face before she was old enough to learn how to drive. Her Ak-O-Mak journey began in 2006 when she joined The Brantford Aquatics Club on a training weekend to run the high-ropes course and she immediately fell in love its traditional camp feel  breathtaking campus. After spending years at various other day and residential camps there was something in the air that kept Hayley coming back to Ak-O-Mak, until she was offered the position of Program Director in 2009. She brings a diverse background of experiences to her role as Program Director. From implementing a creative education day-camp program at Wilfrid Laurier University, teaching rock climbing, facilitating high and low ropes courses, refereeing volleyball, lifeguarding, and teaching swimming, to working as a counselor in the USA for children with social, emotional and developmental disorders, Hayley has developed a passion for teaching and learning. Her zany, creative program ideas were quickly adopted at Ak-O-Mak as new camp traditions.

Hayley’s passion and enthusiasm for exciting programs and creating a healthy-active lifestyle expands beyond the age group of Ak-O-Mak campers.  During the year she is the Director or Recreation at a retirement residence or “residential all-year camp for Grannies and Grandpa’s” as she calls it. 

As a child she wore out a t-shirt that said, “Yes I’m a girl, Yes I’m an athlete, Yes I can kick your butt!” and has adapted this as her personal camp mantra. Her enthusiasm and excitement for camp and empowering young girls is witnessed every day she is at camp.  She strongly believes in the powerful and positive experience of summer camp in a child’s life.

 

After spending four summers at AK-O-Mak as the Program Director a two summer hiatus, seems like an eternity and Hayley is beyond excited to bring her new family to her second home at Ak-O-Mak as the Program Director for the Two Week Session!




23 January, 2015

Happy New Year from Camp Ak-O-Mak!

New Year's News Flash!!...Camp Ak-O-Mak is now a Not-For-Profit organization.

Ak-O-Mak "Not For Profit" News Flash!

Camp Ak-O-Mak is pleased to announce that we are now officially a Not-For-Profit Corporation, "Camp Ak-O-Mak for Girls".  This means that Ak-O-Mak will no longer be taxed on your generous donations (whether monetary or gift).  As the Camp Ak-O-Mak Executive, we appreciate and respect your gifts and always direct funds back into Ak-O-Mak's facility and programming, endeavouring to maintain Camp Ak-O-Mak's status as North America's premier sports camp for girls.

Although most of North America remains in the icy grip of January, we have turned our focus squarely ahead to the warm days of SUMMER...summer 2015!

The Christmas lights and holiday decor have come down and the camp office has ramped up as Dianne and Catherine make preparations for the 2015 season.  The printer has been humming non-stop signalling the arrival of resumes from hopeful camp counsellor candidates and registrations forms from Early Bird Campers!  Keep them coming, gang!

In a couple of weeks, Dianne, Catherine, will attend the annual Ontario Camps Association Conference in Toronto.  This gathering of camp owners, directors and various suppliers is a key event for industry members to keep abreast of new government regulations, developments and trends in camping.   We are so proud to represent Camp Ak-O-Mak and our completely unique program at this largest Canadian camping conference. There simply is NO other camp in North America doing what Camp Ak-O-Mak has been doing for decades!

 Ontario swimmers, keep your eyes peeled for the Ak-O-Mak information table at swim meets over the next few months.  We love having visitors and encourage you to share your camp experience with your team mates by showing them the camp videos and pictures on display.

2014 was an amazing summer and our goal is to make 2015 even better!  We continue to build on our programming, invest in equipment and seek exceptional staff members whether in our kitchen, cabins or canoes, but we cannot do it without YOU!  Tell your friends, reserve your bunk and get ready to pack your bathing suit and towel.  Summer will be here in no time.

Please know that we appreciate hearing from you, our campers, families and alumni.  We value your feedback so drop us a line and let us know how we are doing.

Here's to a great camping season 2015!

Sincerely, Dianne and Catherine




23 December, 2014

Happy Holidays

Camp Ak-O-Mak wishing everyone peace and happiness this holiday season




10 November, 2014

Camp Ak-O-Mak At Swim International

Dianne and Catherine were once again pleased to host the Camp Ak-O-Mak information table at the Swim International Swim Meet in Brantford this weekend.

We were as excited as you were to catch up with our camper-friends after spending those fun-filled summer days together.  What fun to see so many of you at one meet!!

The highlight of our weekend was meeting a very special Ak-O-Mak Alumna, Sara Barber Jenkins, a member of TWO Canadian Olympic Swim Teams: 1956 (Melbourne) and 1960 (Rome) as well as the 1959 Pan Am Games.  "Sara Barber" (as she was known in her camping days) attended Ak-O-Mak for TEN years during the 50's and 60's and shared her memories of swimming under Matt Mann (senior) and Rosemary Dawson during her time at camp.  We are really hoping to persuade Sara to visit Ak-O-Mak next summer when she can share more of her stories with our campers!  We will keep you posted.

Finally, many thanks to the parents who stopped by our booth with such kind words of praise about your daughters' experiences at camp this summer.  It is encouraging for us to hear that camp made a difference in your child's life and it is exactly the reason why we give our time to Ak-O-Mak. So, "Thank you!"




10 October, 2014

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.  This weekend Canadians celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday we would like to wish all our Canadian alumni and family's a Happy Thanksgiving




13 September, 2014

Close Up 2014

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, WE know 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.

 

To us, Dianne and Catherine, when you girls leave camp,the ensuingsilence completely changes  Ak-O-Mak.  It's as though her very soul has gone for a time and camp is returned to the wilderness around her for safe-keeping, asithas been for 88 years.

A few days after you left, about 50 Canada geese flew in to claim their place on the grass by the Directors' Cabin and the tiny patch of beach by the boathouse.  The deer, too, migrated from the forest to the soccer field and all are enjoying the delicious grass, undisturbed by mowers, throwers or "rowers"!

At least not untilwe gather again next summer!

 

 




27 August, 2014

August 27th

Another fun day at Ak-O-Mak with morning classes of swimming, tennis, kayaking, rugby and volleyball to name a few. A little cooler day but the lake was calm so after lunch we ventured out for an afternoon paddle over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for some Ice Cream (always a favourite). Along with swim and play in the rapids and a visit with the animals in the petting farm.

 After a delicious dinner and much singing, I am sure our voice carried across the lake, we headed to our evening activities of Barbarians followed by a much needed dip in the lake before bed. Looking forward to more fun tomorrow.




26 August, 2014

August 26th

Camp Ak-O-Mak was pleased to host alum Colleen Shields for the past couple of days. Colleen successfully crossed Lake Ontario 2 weeks ago at the tender age of 62 and came to camp to share her story with the girls.  After helping with the Ahmic Harbour Swim yesterday, Colleen   was delighted to swim Early Bird this morning with 8 year old Isabel L. for her first one miler! 

After such an action-packed day yesterday it was nice to have a "regular day" at Ak-O-Mak with classes in the morning and Team Comp in the afternoon with all of us appreciating the balmy temperatures in spite of the greyish skies.

Tonight it is the "Counsellor Fashion Show" for evening activity!  Imagine the joy of being "decorated" in wacky costumes by your 12 exuberant campers!  Our counsellors are terrific sports indeed!




24 August, 2014

 Wondering about calling your daughter?

Phone calling starts on Tuesday August 26th

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.

 




25 August, 2014

August 25th


Today, the girls woke up to beautiful sunshine for their 3 mile Ahmic Harbour swim against the Chikopi boys. The water was calm and warm, a spectacular day for a swim. Olivia A set a new swim record for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour Swim this morning.

After the race, the Ak-O-Mak girls and Chikopi boys walked and paddled back to camp. After a delicious lunch both camp were ready for Water Day activities and open waterfront.

After dinner, Cabin 1 and the counsellors teamed up to play a fun game of kickball against the rest of camp.




25 August, 2014

Ahmic Harbour Swim - Monday 25th August

10 AND UNDER GIRLS

1st place              Alanna O.                           1:14:21

2nd place             Clarke M.                            1:54:14

3rd place             Abigail O.                            2:15:33

 

11-12 Girls

1st place              Abby H.                               1:00:02

2nd place             Emma S.                             1:00:03

3rd place             Renee L.                             1:02:39

4th place             Evelyn H.S.                         1:02:40

5th place             Emma L.                             1:07:10

6th place             Katya T.Y.                           1:08:16

7th place             Antonia G.                          1:12:25

8th place             Caroline M.                        1:14:28

9th place             Carly A.                               1:14:40

10th place           Sarah W.                             1:15:04

11th place           Elke O.                                1:18:28

12th place           Ashley M.                           1:25:46

13th place           Lola C.                                 1:26:11

14th place           Aleksandra K.                     1:26:13

15th place           Marit K.                               1:30:26

 

13-14 Girls

1st place              Madeleine M.                    54:18

2nd place             Hailey N.                             56:16

3rd place             Anna D.                               56:23

4th place             Lianna G.                            57:37

5th place             Marion D.                           58:53

6th place             Jessica C.                            59:58

7th place             Emily S.                               1:00:32

8th place             Olivia O.                              1:00:53

9th place             Kathryn A.                          1:02:17

10th place           Sarah M.                             1:02:21

11th place           Marni G.                             1:02:38

12th place           Reagan M.                         1:02:45

13th place           Chiara D.                            1:03:27

14th place           Annie R.                              1:03:47

15th place           Carmina C.                         1:04:48

16th place           Maya G.                              1:07:43

17th place           Olivia L.                               1:09:37

18th place           Olivia H.                              1:12:20

19th place           Mary M.                              1;13:40

20th place           Morgan B.                          1:13:41

21st place            Alicia C.                               1:14:15

22nd place          Reaghan G.                        1:14:29

 

15-17 Girls

1st place              Olivia A.               48:08

2nd place             Vanessa G.          50:14

3rd place             Kate A.                 54:17

4th place             Alexis B.               55:17

5th place             Lauren S.             56:02

6th place             Mary-Kate J.       58:59

7th place             Ashlynn M.          1:02:34

8th place             Erin A.                  1:02:49

9th place             Dana S.                1:00:03

10th place           Adelle Y.B.           1:03:02

11th place           Emily M.              1:07:40




24 August, 2014

August 24th


Another beautiful day at Camp Ak-O-Mak! The campers woke up to beautiful sunshine. This morning, the girls had a choice to either swim, run or bike for early bird.

For morning classes each cabin had swimming, diving, volleyball, small boats and self dense class with Rosie and Ashlynn. The girls enjoyed their morning and learned some new self defense techniques.  After lunch we had team comp the girls worked together as a team to complete challenges and answer trivia questions. We finished off our evening with a cookout at the campfire along with roast some marshmallows, Yummm!

Our very special guest Colleen Shields, former Ak-O-Maker and oldest person to swim across lake Ontario talked to the campers this evening at camp fire about marathon swimming and told her story about her successful crossing a few weeks ago. What an inspiration to all, the girls are now off to bed in preparation for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour Swim and Water Day!




23 August, 2014

August 23rd 

The sunshine has officially returned to Ak-O-Mak! The girls had a great early bird this morning, lots of fast times. After breakfast, the girls headed to morning classes sailing, softball and diving to name a few, Cabin 6 even went on a hiking adventure today!

This afternoon, Sensei Rosie (4th degree black belt) and Ashlynn (1st degree black belt) lead the entire camp through a self defense workshop including instruction and demonstrations. All of the girls had a fantastic afternoon were able to try out some of the techniques throughout the workshop. The sun was shining and it was warm. Rosie and Ashlynn will be teaching the campers again tomorrow. The girls had open water front to cool off.

Lots of laughter and fun as the girls enjoyed backfield games in the evening. Looking forward to a sun filled day tomorrow.




22 August, 2014

Knoefphli Mile Swim

 

Friday 22nd August 2014

Girls 10 and under

1st place              Alaina O.                              27:42

Girls 11 and 12

1st place              Renne L.                              24:18

2nd place             Emma S.                               24:20

3rd place              Evelyn H.S.                           25:56

4th place              Abby H.                                 26:18

5th place              Elke O.                                  26:41

6th place              Katya T.Y.                            26:44

7th place              Emma L.                               27:01

8th place              Antonia G.                            27:27

9th place              Jordan S.                              27:34

10th place           Caroline M.                           27:53

11th place           Carly A.                                 29:33

12th place           Sarah W.                              30:16

13th place           Marit K.                                  32:25

14th place           Lola C.                                   35:12

Girls 13 and 14

1st place              Madeleine M.                     22:09

2nd place             Hailey N.                             23:08

3rd place              Haley S.                              23:20

4th place              Anna D.                               23:27

5th place              Jessica C.                            23:46

6th place              Olivia O.                               23:47

7th place              Marion D.                             24:05

8th place              Liana Grace                         24:55

9th place              Reagan M.                           25:04

10th place           Emily S.                                 25:05

11th place           Marni G.                                25:38

12th place           Annie R.                                25:46

13th place           Alicia C.                                 26:15

14th place           Olivia L.                                 26:16

15th place           Sarah M.                              26:21

16th place           Chiara D.                              26:23

17th place           Kathryn A.                            26:34

18th place           Carmina C.                           26:37

19th place           Olivia H.                                27:43

20th place           Reaghan G.                         27:54

21st place            Morgan B.                           28:52

22nd place          Mary M.                               28:55

Girls 15-17

1st place              Olivia A.                                20:04

2nd place             Vanessa G.                          20:45

3rd place              Alexis B.                               21:49

4th place              Kate A.                                 21:53

5th place              Lauren S.                             23:00

6th place              Adelle Y.B.                           23:14

7th place              Dana S.                               24:50

8th place              Mary Kate J.                        24:58

9th place              Erin A.                                 25:01

10th place           Ashlynn M.                           25:02

11th place           Alex W.                                 25:03

12th place           Alicia G.                               25:43

13th place           Emily M.                               27:44




22 August, 2014

August 22nd

 

Today there was no early bird as the girls were getting ready to race the Knoephfli mile followed Chikopi field day! The morning started out a little wet with a light "British Isles" drizzle but the girls pulled through and all swam a fantastic race! Between the Ak-O-Mak girls and the Chikopi boys there were 87 swimmers in the race! We are very proud of Olivia A from Cabin 1 who came first overall with a time of 20:04 (A NEW Knoephfli mile swim record for the Ak-O-Mak girls!).

Five girls make the top 10 overall:  Olivia A, Vanessa G, Alexis B, Kate A, and Madeleine M! Fantastic! The Ak-O-Mak girls then enjoyed a Chikopi lunch before being assigned to mixed teams for the zaney Field Day activities.

Soon it was time for us to paddle home just in time for candy store and rest hour.

Many thanks to Chefs  Peter and Samson who prepared a delicious Chinese- food dinner tonight after which  we were re-energized for evening activities!




21 August, 2014

August 21st 2014


Our day started with early bird! It was a perfect day for a run or swim! After breakfast, the girls had morning classes! Lots of fun classes were offered including swimming, aerobic yogalaties, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, self defense, basketball and tennis! After lunch, it was raining and pouring over Ak-O-Mak.

The girls had rest hour and prepared lip syncs for evening activity. The girls dressed up and put on their dancing shoes! Everyone had amazing performances, some good laughs and great times! The counsellors even had a lip sync number! What a show! After all of the performances, it was early bed time for everyone as the girls prepare for the Knoephfli mile swim and Chikopi field day!




20 August, 2014

August 20th 2014


Our day started out with a nice drizzle but the sun eventually came out for a good part of the morning! The girls had the choice to swim, run or bike for early bird! What a perfect way to start off the morning! Morning classes today included: fencing, bootcamp, basketball, kayaking, zumba and swimming!

We also had a Cabin 1 VS Cabin 2 game of ultimate frisbee! What an exciting game! After lunch, we paddled over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for some ice cream and tasty treats. The girls even got to play in the rapids! After dinner, the girls played a game in the backfield for evening activity! Such a fun day for everyone!




19 August, 2014

August 19th


Another warm day at Camp Ak-O-Mak! Early Bird was the event to see; lots of best times, first times and a new 2 mile Ak-O-Mak swim record!

Olivia A broke the previous 2 mile record going 30:40! What a swim!

After breakfast, it was off to classes! The girls did biking, canoeing, self defence, field hockey and soccer! Cabin six even went on a kayaking adventure! We had a great afternoon with our NEW Team comp activity: "The Amazing Race!". All of the girls worked together to complete the relays and challenges! Lots of cheering and good times! After dinner, we had evening activity in the backfields! It was a great day!




18 August, 2014

August 18th

Another exciting day at camp today full of sunshine!

The girls had the choice to either swim or run for early bird! The day continued with a fun morning schedule including: biking, canoeing, swimming, tennis, self-defence and ultimate frisbee!

After lunch, the girls had rest hour and took advantage of the sunny afternoon through afternoon classes! A variety of classes including kayaking, canoeing, softball, biking, kickball and war canoe! We then had open water front to cool off! We ended our exciting day with a campfire and our Paddle Picking Ceremony! Everyone was in good spirit and cheer with camp songs and marshmallows by the fire! Yum Yum!

Now it's off to bed, to rest up for another beautiful day in the sun!




17 August, 2014

August 17th

What a fantastic first day at camp! We started our morning with a walking tour of our beautiful camp and some of the new running trails! The girls then had inspection morning classes including: badminton, tennis, biking, canoeing and swimming! Despite the chilly wind this morning, the bright sun made a great appearance in the afternoon heating up the day!

After lunch, the girls all did a running clinic lead by our speedy marathon runners, Rosie and Emily! We then finish off the afternoon with Team Comp. The girls all worked together, put on their thinking caps and came up with creative team names and skits to represent their teams! There was lots of laughter, cheer and team spirit! Now it's time for bed to prepare for tomorrow's fun activities!




16 August, 2014

Welcome to Camp Everyone!

It was a wet arrival at Ak-O-Mak today but the dark, grey skies and pouring rain did not dampen the spirits of our campers. Everyone was excited to set up their bunks and begin learning the names of their cabin mates.  As everyone headed down to their cabins for "cabin bonding" the black clouds were giving way to blue skies across the lake, revealing the sun for the first time today!  Yeah!...Tomorrow will be a great day!




14 August, 2014

August 14th

Here it is the day after all of our campers and some of our counsellors have gone home.  The weather has definitely turned with Mother Nature giving us a preview of October it seems, so we are very glad to know that you are all in your cozy nests with Mom and Dad!

As the last car drove under the Ak-O-Mak gate headed for home, those of us remaining breathed a collective sigh.  Although sad to see our friends depart, we are comforted by the memories made during these amazing seven (or three) weeks spent together.  My goodnesswe LAUGHED A LOTfrom doing "DUMB STUFF!" just as Jan so eloquently said in her last campfire talk to us last year.




10 August, 2014

August 9th and 10th

What a great weekend we had in Barrie!  On Saturday we ate an early lunch and then loaded the buses.  Once we arrived in Barrie we headed right to Kempenfelt Bay where we picked up our race kits and walked the triathlon course.

After everyone felt confident about transitions, where to rack their bike, and the rest of the race course we headed to dinner at The Market.  It was a delicious all you can eat buffet and the girls had an awesome time!  Once everyone was full we headed to the hotel to get all settled in and have a swim in the pool before bed.

We woke up nice and early on Sunday to have a quick bite to eat for breakfast before heading to the race.  Once there we unloaded all of our bikes and set up our transition areas.  It was then time for our youngest campers to race while the rest of the camp cheered them on.  As the races went on throughout the morning everyone at the race got to know whom Camp Ak-O-Mak was because the cheering never stopped. 

It was an awesome day of racing for us with many of our campers and counsellors placing in the top of their age groups and other campers completing their first ever triathlon!   

Results are on the website www.sportstats.ca click results and Barrie Triathlon




9 August, 2014

Balmy Beach Regatta 2014 

July 19, 2014

With camp being so busy it is often hard to put "pen to paper" in a timely fashion after an event.  The story of this race, however, was so inspiring that it needs to be shared.

"The Sweetest Revenge is Massive Success"

The next race was the 15 and Under Mixed War Canoe.  Fourteen paddlers and one cox in each boat.  While the kayak heats were finishing, the six competing war boats made their way up the sides of the Pan Am Flatwater Paddling course in Welland.  The paddlers were warming up muscles stiffened by the raw chill of rain that had been falling non-stop all day.  Experienced coxes  navigated their cumbersome crafts against wind and waves to their designated lanes.  Ironically, they would work very hard at a near standstill to "hold the boats" in anticipation of the start of this gruelling 500 meter race.

There would be two Ak-O-Mak War Canoes in this race and neither was expected to do well given the "high performance" designation of the regatta.  Their all-girl crews ranged in age from 10-15 and they could not have been more different from their competition!  The sunny-orange, over-sized singlets, bouncy pony tails and tanned, lithe arms paddling in unison were in direct contrast to the bulging biceped, black-shirted "man-boys" flanking them.  Their recipe for "mixed crew" was  12 parts "beef" and only 2 parts "sugar and spice"!

The war canoes worked their way into position, inching up to the starting line under the military commands of their seasoned coxes.  The goal:  to get off the line fast and get out in front to avoid the potentially perilous wash of the lead canoes.   

The energy approaching the start became more intense with every passing second.

"Six and Seven, back us down!...Rights, pull us over!  Draw one, two!", called Jocelyn, Ak-O-Mak's cox...."Eyes forward!  Listen to my voice only!...

 The words were no sooner said when the war boat of "man-boys" took their position in the next lane just a few feet away.  They were as experienced in their jeering as they were in their paddling.  "Yah, there's Ak-O-Mak....they just cheer loud, but no threat to us!"...

Jocelyn:  "One and two bring us up one!...Hold the boat!... Sit up!..."

"Paddles Up!!"....

WAHHHH!...The loud air horn blasted, signalling the start which was ferocious!  Water churned around the paddles like a shark feeding-frenzy. The rapid cadence of the powerful blades thundered through the water, causing the lead boats to leap out of the start. The inevitable wake created by the first three boats, all powered by man-boys, hit portside of the Ak-O-Mak war canoe causing it to list right then left then right again.  Jocelyn and her crew rode the waves, their bodies undulating with the large swells like a rodeo cowboy on a bucking bronco.  Surprisingly, everyone remained in stroke!

  Once the high-performance, lead canoe pulled out of the pack, it became obvious that it would be a tight race for second, third and fourth with the two remaining boats pulling up the rear.  The second Ak-O-Mak war canoe, coxed by Lilly, remained competitive and in-stroke, duking it out for 500 meters for fifth place.

Everyone on shore suddenly forgot about the cold, sideways rain, mesmerized by the race unfolding before them.  They were on their feet screaming and cheering, WILLING their energy to their sisters in orange who were paddling for their lives!  Could it be??...Jocelyn's war canoe was gaining on the boys-in-black, inching closer and closer with every stroke. 

Anyone who has competed in war canoe never forgets the feeling at the 200 meter mark:  muscles hardening with the strain of pulling so much water so fast and chests on fire in an attempt to suck more air.  A mind focused on the cox's commands and the stroke rate,  channelling their hunger to win into raw power!  We knew how our sisters in orange were feeling and worried about them. We knew that giving in to fatigue could lead to a missed stroke or a disastrous fall out of the boat!

The three boats were perilously close as they raced towards the finish line, the Ak-O-Mak orange the only ray of sunshine in a field otherwise "dark horses".  The girls were giving everything they had, but Jocelyn knew they needed more.  She could see that the bronze medal might just be within their reach...

"Give me 20!!...POWERRRR!!...ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR...LET'S GET THIRD!!...GET THIRD!  THIRD!  THIRD!  THIRD!  Jocelyn yelled.  Natasha, the stroke of the boat, picked up the cadence as fast as she could paddle, trusting her crew to follow in perfect time.

At the 100 meter mark Jocelyn screamed, "FINISH!!!....and with that somehow pulled her paddlers souls forth and into theirTHIRD!  THIRD!  THIRD!"

As the war canoes flew across the finish line, not even the athletes were sure of the placing.  With their pulses thundering in their ears the only sounds they heard were the gasps and wheezes of their spent team mates, slumped over paddles and gunnels, muscles trembling from the herculean effort. 

Then, as though from the heavens, the the booming voice on the loudspeaker announced, "...And in third place it is Camp Ak-O-Mak by half a stroke!  What an exciting race!"

With that, the entire Ak-O-Mak cheering squad of campers and parents lining the shore errupted in surprised joy...jumping up and down, screaming, hugging each other, double high five-ing everywhere.   "I can't believe it!  Holy Cow!!"...

At the finish, Jocelyn and her crew took a  moment to catch their breath and then it was back to business.

"Ok, way to go Ak-O-Mak.  Now, SIT UP!...PADDLES UP!...TAKE IT AWAY!...One, two, three..."

They paddled proudly together in a cadence of recovery.

And as that boat of fourteen girls in orange shirts and bouncy pony tails came alongside the now somber man-boys, they demonstrated the spirit that truly makes them beautiful.

"Good race, Richmond Hill".




8 August, 2014

August 8th

Today was a very active day for us!  We decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day and flat lake by doing the Monster Rock one-mile swim this morning.  After all of the campers had swam the campers got into canoes and paddled for the counsellors while they swam. 

We then had a delicious lunch of chicken sandwiches and salad before rest hour and candy store.  After rest hour everyone headed down to the bike shed for our annual mountain bike race led by our coach Blair!  Everyone enjoyed the afternoon riding the one-mile course at Ak-O-Mak on our new fun cross trail system.

After dinner all of the girls went down to the U-Haul to load their bikes for the Barrie triathlon before spending the rest of the night jumping off the tower and bathing in the lake.  We are all very excited to head to Barrie tomorrow for the Barrie triathlon!

 

Monster Rock Swim

 

Alicia E.                       21:26

Vanessa G.                  21:50

Arianne C.                   21:52

Sarah S.                       21:53

Jess R.                          21:54

Robin C.                       23:24

Elizabeth W.                23:32

Trinity Z.                      23:34

Abby H.                        23:57

Abby S.                        24:16

Abby Hunt                   24:17

Ashley Stewart            24:56

Diana P.                       25:17

Isabella C.                   25:20

Neve V.                        25:21

Maya G.                      25:22

Samuelle F.                 25:25

Angelica G.                  26:27

Frankie D.                    26:28

Alina A.                        26:30

Grace P.                      26:35

Jessie W.                     26:34

Gracey S.                     26:25

Mackenna A.               26:23

Natasha L.                   26:25

Hannah P.                    28:37

Mackenzie O.              29:25

Siena G.                       29:26

Calla T.                        30:00

Amrita K.                     31:02

Emily M.                      32:30

Hailey L.                      32:31

Elisha P.                       33:00

Ana Sofia D.                34:34

Elyse T.                        34:45

Mariana V.                  36:39

Sophie W.                    37:45

Erin M.                          39:16

Amelia C.                    44:34

 

COUNSELLORS

Karolyn M.                  22:29

Denise H.                     23:15

Alexa M.                      24:18

Molly L.                       25:32

Blair S.                         25:54

Riley W.                       26:23

Sarabeth H.                 27:34

Kiran P.                        31:10

Larissa D.                    31:30

Lily E.                           31:32

Monica D.                   33:50

Emily C.                       38:40

Erin A.                         39:01




8 August, 2014

AK-O-MAK Mountain biking race - Friday 8th August

10 AND UNDER

1st place              Alina A                  5:18

2nd place             Elaina H                7:52

3rd place              Luisa V                  8:14

 

11-12

1st place              Trinity Z                5:34

2nd place             Amrita K               6:04

3rd place              Frankie D             6:05

4th place              Robin C                6:20

5th place              Diana P                7:02

6th place              Angelica G           7:39

 

13-14

1st place              Elisha P                 5:10

2nd place             Maya G                 5:15

3rd place              Siena G                5:16

4th place              Mackenzie O         5:20

5th place              Ana Sofia D           5:34

6th place              Alicia E                  5:43

7th place              Amelia C               5:46

8th place              Samuelle F          5:57

9th place              Sarah S                6:00

10th place           Jessica R              6:30

11th place           Arianne C            6:40

12th place           Isabella C             6:46

13th place           Neve V                 6:52

14th place           Mackenna A         7:16

15th place           Abby S                  7:24

16th place           Sophie W             7:32

17th place           Marianna V           7:57

18th place           Abby H                 8:35

 

15-17

1st place              Vanessa G           5:01

2nd place             Ashley S               5:11

3rd place              Jessica W             5:12

4th place              Grace P               5:17

5th place              Elizabeth W        5:29

6th place              Abby H                 5:45

7th place              Hannah P             6:04

8th place              Natasha L            6:38

9th place              Erin M                   6:58




7 August, 2014

August 7th

This morning we awoke to great conditions for early bird, and many of the girls got best times both in the water and on the trails.  After a breakfast of crepes, fresh berries, and oatmeal everyone headed down to their cabins for inspection.  The girls then spent the rest of the morning swimming, playing tennis and water polo, doing some Zumba dancing, and practicing their transitions for the Barrie triathlon.

In the afternoon the girls all met at sandy beach for a beach adventure.  All of the cabins competed against each other in sand castle building, limbo, paddleboard races, and a few relay races in the water.  In the end it was cabin one that was victorious with cabin three not far behind.  It was an awesome afternoon in the sun!

We then had a delicious dinner of stir-fry, spring rolls, and salad.  After dinner the girls played a game of sardines and then scuttle-bugs before bed.  A group of campers also spent the evening at the biking time trial in Perry Sound.  We are all looking forward to the mountain bike race tomorrow that Blair is putting on for us! 




6 August, 2014

August 6th

Sadly today we said goodbye to our two week campers, but those here for our three week and seven week sessions still managed to have an awesome day.  After early bird and breakfast the remaining campers all piled into canoes to paddle over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for the day. 

Once at the lodge the campers enjoyed a fun swim practice and even got to use the lodge’s water trampoline and slide!  The girls also went on a short hike on the trails around the lodge before we ate the delicious wraps and cookies that the kitchen packed us.  After our lunch everyone got a chance to get some ice cream from the store before paddling back to camp.

Back at camp everyone enjoyed a rest hour.  After which a thunderstorm rolled in so each of the cabins created a skit that they presented after dinner.  All of the skits were quite hilarious and after they were presented we all had the privilege of learning some self-defense moves from Olympic wrestler Pete M.  What an awesome day here, we are all looking forward to tomorrow!

 




5 August, 2014

August 5th

It was another gorgeous day for us here at camp and we took advantage of it this morning by spending time in the sun doing classes of swimming, kayaking, self-defense, lacrosse, bootcamp, and hiking. 

We then all had a delicious lunch of Caesar salad and homemade pizza and before going down to the cabins for rest hour.  After rest hour everyone gathered in their team competition teams for an afternoon of searching for clues and solving puzzles to reveal the next task for the team to complete.  The Peeps won today’s competition followed closely by Oompa-Loompa’s Candy Confectionary Agents.

After dinner all of the teams met up to practice the skits and cheers that they came up with this afternoon and then presented them to the rest of the camp.  It was a great end to a perfect day here at Ak-O-Mak!  




3 August, 2014

August 3rd

It was a picture perfect day here at camp; the weather was gorgeous with nothing but blue skies and sun all day.  We started our day off with an early bird of running, swimming, mountain biking, and road biking.  Many girls pushed themselves to run or swim further than they had before and many others went best times.

After early bird and a delicious breakfast everyone cleaned their cabins before spending the morning in classes such as swimming, sailing, waterpolo, tennis, softball, and self defense. 

It was then time for lunch and after lunch everyone had a short rest hour.  After rest hour we all met down by the canoe docks for an afternoon paddle to Ahmic Lake Lodge to get some ice cream and swim in the rapids.  It was an awesome afternoon in the sun. 

Once we got back to camp everyone put on comfy clothes and headed down to the fire pit for a cookout dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs, salad, and brownies for dessert.  The girls then enjoyed roasting marshmallows and singing some of our favourite camp songs by the fireside.   

 




3 August, 2014

Kempenfest Bay Swim results

Saturday 2nd August 2014

10 and under

1st          Alina A                                 31:24

2nd        Gabby C                              39:08

3rd         Ashleigh M                         39:52

4th         Catrice B                             43:06

 

11-12

1st          Trinity Z                            30:14

2nd        Charlotte B                        30:22

3rd         Robin C                               30:23

4th         Jacqueline S                       30:23

5th         Diana P                               31:21

6th         Kadia  B                               31:31

7th         Gracey S                             31:40

8th         Angelica G                          32:20

9th         Erin K                                   33:49

10th       Kelly Marie                         33:59

11th       Ashleigh J                           36:25

12th       Amrita K                              36:58

13th       Ayden R                              37:03

14th       Amanda M                         37:22

 

13-14

1st place              Alicia E                                26:29

2nd place             Marion D                            27:42

3rd place             Sarah S                                27:49

4th place             Jessica R                             27:50

5th place             Arianne C                            27:51

6th place             Kendra L                             28:27

7th place             Isabella C                            30:32

8th place             Lauren A                             30:34

9th place             Neve V                                30:58

10th place           Maya G                               31:20

11th place           Abby S                                 31:20

12th place           Natalie K                             31:29

13th place           Mackenna A                       31:29

14th place           Jillian S                                31:31

15th place           Siena G                                31:51

16th place           Samuelle F                          32:50

17th place           Paola M                              33:40

18th place           Abby H                                35:35

19th place           Calla T                                 36:53

20th place           Mackenzie O                      36:56

21st place            Elisha P                               41:15

22nd place          Marianna V                        44:25

23rd place           Ana Sofia D                        44:26

24th place           Sophie W                            45:58

25th place           Sahar J                                46:08

 

15-17

1st place              Vanessa G                          24:46

2nd place             Lauren S                              26:47

3rd place             Elizabeth W                        27:03

4th place             Abby H                                29:54

5th place             Alexa M                              30:05

6th place             Ashley S                              31:01

7th place             Grace P                               33:10

8th place             Natasha L                           33:14

9th place             Hannah P                            33:14

10th place           Hailey L                               33:50

11th place           Megan G                             35:10

12th place           Larissa d                             35:25

13th place           Emily M                              36:40

14th place           Ursula M                             36:41

15th place           Monica D                            38:53

16th place           Monica C                            40:44

17th place           Martha d                            41:21

 

18 +

1st place              Brooke S                             25:57

2nd place             Heather M                          27:40

3rd place             Denise H                             28:36

4th place             Molly L                                28:36

5th place             Jocelyn S                             28:54

6th place             Riley W                               31:11

7th place             Kiran P                                 36:09

8th place             Blair S                                  36:09

9th place             Lilly E                                   37:58

10th place           Erin A                                   47:50




2 August, 2014

August 2nd

It was an early morning for us here at camp with a 6am breakfast before loading the buses to head to Barrie for the Kempenfest 2km open water swim.  Thankfully most of the girls used the two-hour bus ride to catch up on any missed sleep.

Once we arrived in Barrie all of the swimmers grabbed their caps and timing chips and headed to the water for the swim while those of us not swimming went to cheer our team on.  It was a great race for everyone who competed and Ak-O-Mak had a great showing with over 70 campers and staff completing the swim!

After the swimmers were all in and the awards ceremony wrapped up the girls headed off with their counsellors to grab some lunch and walk around the festival.  Once everyone had their fill of ice cream and Tim Hortons we all loaded the buses to head back to camp for dinner.

 

We had a delicious dinner of mashed potatoes, vegetables, meatloaf, and fresh rolls.  After dinner everyone went down to the waterfront to gunnel bob on the canoes, paddle around in kayaks, and jump off the tower.  Then it was off to bed for everyone after a very tiring but fun day!  




2 August, 2014

AHMIC HARBOUR - 3K SWIM

FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST 2014

10 and under

1st place              Alina A              1:14:51

 

11-12

1st place              Trinity Z                 1:07:00

2nd place             Robin          1:08:12

3rd place              Abby S                  1:11:30

4th place              Diana P                1:13:05

5th place              Kadia                 1:14:14

6th place              Charlotte B              1:14:45

7th place              Kelly Marie B         1:17:35

8th place              Frankie D             1:18:18

9th place              Angelica G              1:18:35

10th place           Amanda M              1:24:34

11th place           Erin K                    1:24:45

12th place           Amrita K                  1:30:07

13th place           Lauren C                1:33:33

14th place           Darya L                     1:41:58

 

13-14

1st place              Alicia E                      56:23

2nd place             Marion D                  1:00:27

3rd place              Arianne C                      1:00:28

4th place              Jessica R                     1:00:40

5th place              Sarah S                    1:02:25

6th place              Lauren A               1:04:25

7th place              Abby  H                        1:07:41

8th place              Isabella C           1:08:05

9th place              Samuelle J      1:08:18

10th place           Maya G                      1:08:20

11th place           Neve V                1:11:46

12th place           Mackenna A           1:13:01

13th place           Sloane C                   1:14:30

14th place           Jillian S                1:14:32

15th place           Paola M                  1:14:34

16th place           Olivia D                   1:14:50

17th place           Mackenzie O              1:17:47

18th place           Casuarina F           1:24:46

19th place           Natalie K                1:25:07

20th place           Ana Sofia D           1:36:27

21st place            Mariana V                  1:40:19

 

15-17

1st place              Vanessa G                    54:35

2nd place             Lauren S                 57:40

3rd place              Elizabeth W              58:16

4th place              Abby H                     1:04:00

5th place              Ashley S                 1:06:39

6th place              Natasha L                   1:14:23

7th place              Hannah P           1:16:09

8th place              Grace P               1:16:17

9th place              Hailey L                   1:16:33

10th place           Ursula M               1:22:14

11th place           Megan G               1:25:06

12th place           Monica C               1:33:33

13th place           Erin M                    1:39:21




1 August, 2014

August 1st

It was a perfect, sunny day for the Ahmic Harbour swim today!  After an early lunch all of the swimmers headed down to the main dock for some stretches and a few cheers before the race.  All of the swimmers then jumped in, lined up and they were off!  It was a great race with all of our swimmers doing an amazing job!

After every swimmer got to Ahmic Harbour and warmed up with some hot chocolate both camps either paddled or ran back to Ak-O-Mak for awards and dinner.  Once everyone was full each of the soccer teams and their cheering sections headed out to the field for the game.  It was a very intense game, with both teams fighting hard for the win, but in the end Ak-O-Mak was victorious!  When we won the girl’s cheers could be heard from across the lake!  What an exciting night to be an Ak-O-Makker! 

After soccer it was off to bed for everyone because we have an early morning tomorrow as we head to Barrie for the Kempenfest 2km swim race. 




31 July, 2014

July 31st

After a very rainy morning of early bird and then swimming, tennis, volleyball, zumba, self defense and fencing for morning classes the weather cleared up for us this afternoon.

We had a delicious lunch of fresh bread, spinach salad, and chilli and then everyone went to their cabins for rest hour.  After rest hour the girls enjoyed a choice period of transition practice for the upcoming Barrie triathlon, tennis, badminton, or war canoe.  Once the choice period was over everyone gathered in their team competition teams for a game of Challengia, a big board game filled with both challenges and trivia questions.

Meanwhile fourteen of our campers on the sailing team ate an early lunch and then sailed over to Chikopi for our annual sailing regatta against the boys.  It was a nice windy day making for a very quick race.  The girls all did an excellent job and raced their hardest against all of Chikopi’s boats.  Once the race was over we all gathered at Chikopi for awards before sailing back to camp for dinner.

After dinner everyone headed down to the soccer field for a camper versus counsellor soccer game to help prepare the soccer team for their game against Chikopi tomorrow.  Campers were victorious in the end and the campers not on the soccer team came up with some awesome cheers for tomorrow’s game!  We are all looking forward to having the Ahmic Harbour swim race tomorrow.




29 July, 2014

July 29th

Today started out with a great early bird of road biking, mountain biking, swimming, and running with many best times!  After early bird and a breakfast of fried eggs, toast, sausages, and fresh fruit the girls headed down to inspection.  They then enjoyed a morning of swimming, kayaking, fencing, volleyball, zumba, and soccer.

This afternoon after lunch, rest hour and candy store both the soccer and sailing teams had practices while everyone else went road and mountain biking, or stayed on camp playing softball, lacrosse, and ultimate Frisbee.  We then all gathered in the main house once the rain started for a quick team competition game of counsellor trivia. 

We then had a yummy dinner of pasta, garlic bread and Caesar salad before everyone went down to their cabins to prepare for cabin lip syncs.  After an hour of practice all of the campers met up in the main house in their costumes, ready to perform their dances.  It was a hilarious way to end an awesome day here at Ak-O-Mak!  




28 July, 2014

July 28th

It was quite a windy day here at camp!  We were planning on doing the 3-mile Ahmic Harbour swim against the boys this morning so we had a sleep in and an early breakfast.  However, the waves were too large in the lake so we had to postpone the race to later in the week.  Instead the girls spent the morning practicing soccer for the upcoming game against the boys, mountain biking, playing volleyball, or road biking.  Everyone then played a game of “Flabbergaster” in the backfields to try and win some points for their team competition team.

This afternoon after a delicious lunch and rest hour Chikopi came over for an afternoon of volleyball, kickball, rugby, basketball, and even some square dancing before dinner!  We then had a yummy lasagna dinner with the boys.  Once Chikopi was on their way back home all of the girls gathered in the backfields for a game of capture the flag before bed.  It turned out to be a very fun day with our brother camp and we are all looking forward to seeing them again for the swim race later this week! 




27 July, 2014

July 27th

Yesterday was a very exciting day for us as we had a photographer here from Our Kids Go To Camp magazine to take some pictures of camp and the activities we do here. 

We began the day with an early bird of running, swimming, biking, and paddling with many campers going best times and pushing themselves to swim and run further than they have before.  It was then time for breakfast and inspection, after which everyone enjoyed classes of war canoe, small boats, rugby, kickball, fencing, and of course SWIMMING … YAY!

It was then time for a delicious lunch and a well-deserved rest hour.  Once rest hour was over everyone headed to an afternoon of mountain biking, road biking, self-defense, volleyball and even a diving class taught by a guest instructor Carlos who has been diving for years.

Since it was Sunday everyone put on their warm clothes and headed down to the campfire for our cookout dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs, and salad.  We topped off the evening by roasting marshmallows and singing some of our favourite songs around the fire.  It was a very fun day and we are all looking forward to many more fun days here at camp! 




25 July, 2014

July 25th

This morning began with early bird as usual with girls swimming, running, and paddling.  Many girls went best times or swam the mile or 2-mile for the first time!  It was a morning filled with accomplishments for everyone, and all before breakfast!

After a delicious breakfast of crepes and fresh fruit everyone had a quick inspection and then headed down to their classes.  The campers all enjoyed their morning of swimming, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

This afternoon after lunch and rest hour the girls got to choose between mountain biking, road biking, playing volleyball, or trying out for the soccer team.  After the period of activity everyone met down at Easter Island Head rock for the start of our Candy themed team competition!  The “Gummy Bear Generals” told the campers that the boy’s at Camp Chikopi have been eating too much candy, leaving none for the Ak-O-Mak campers!  It is up to us to come up with candy themed groups to help replenish the candy stocks at camp and stop the boys from taking it!

We then had dinner and after dinner the teams all showed us their team cheers, flags, and skits.  It was then time for a quick open waterfront before bed.

It was yet another awesome day here at camp and we are looking forward to opening up camp to many alumni tomorrow as we host A Celebration of the Life of Jan Moldenhauer.




15 July, 2014

A Celebration of the Life of Jan Moldenhauer

Please join us at Camp Ak-O-Mak as we celebrate the life of our friend and coach, Jan Moldenhauer.

Saturday, July 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Ak-O-Mak Main House.

Lakeside at 12:15 pm:  Commitment of the Ashes to the Lake

Buffet Luncheon will follow the service at 1:00 pm. (Due to the potential number of guests expected, please RSVP and a discretionary meal donation of $10.00 per person would be appreciated).

After lunch, we invite our alumni and visitors to enjoy and participate with our campers in a variety of activities until 4:00 pm....War Canoe, Kayaking, Swimming at Sandy Beach, Tennis, Beach Volley Ball, Pleasure Canoeing, a jump off the tower, etc.

 




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