Ak-O-Mak's New Canoe
Ak-O-Mak’s new canoe will soon be on Ahmic Lake with our campers and counsellors, thank you to Peter our master boat builder.
Ak-O-Mak's New Canoe
Ak-O-Mak’s new canoe will soon be on Ahmic Lake with our campers and counsellors, thank you to Peter our master boat builder.
Save the Date
On Saturday July 26th, 2014 Camp Ak-O-Mak will be hosting a Celebration of Life for our beloved friend and coach, Jan Moldenhauer. Jan loved, loved Camp Ak-O-Mak and was a perennial favourite with the girls for more than 4 decades! Jan chose to spend her last days at Ak-O-Mak surrounded by her camp friends before peacefully passing away last year.
Ak-O-Mak alumni, friends and families are invited to join us at camp to celebrate Jan's life followed by lunch. Further details will follow as we get closer to July, but please "save the date" in your calendars and RSVP if you know you'll be attending.RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Break Visit
Good Ak-O-Mak and Chikopi visit. Dianne, Catherine, Jocelyn, Herb and Marion were all down in Florida visiting Bob, Colette and Tegan.
Wishing all Ak-O-Makkers a Happy Valentine's Day
Camp Ak-O-Mak represented at the 2014 OCA Conference
Rosie, Catherine, Dianne and Megan spent the last 3 days of January at the annual Ontario Camps Association Conference in Toronto.
This annual event draws hundreds of camp directors, owners and their affiliates from Canada and the eastern USAto learn about the current trends and new developments relevant to the world of camping, be it residential, day camp, special needs, or a "niche" camp such as Ak-O-Mak.
It is a wonderful opportunity to hear expertsfroma variety of professional fields such asfamily and child psychology, mental health,government regulators, informationtechnology and communication (the good and the bad), the Arts, Law,and facility maintenance! This is the myriad of "stuff" that we need to be informed about BEHINDthe scenes in order to deliver a terrific camp experience "out front" to our camp clients.
Our 'camp clients", by the way,are not limited tothe campers who paddleour canoes. Behind every camper is a family unit of varying description, a family who makes it possible for that girl to attend Camp Ak-O-Mak. Although we endeavour to give girls a wonderful camp experience, we remain mindful of the many concerns that you parents, grand-parents, step-parents and guardians share as you send your little Happy Camper away, often for the first time.
The OCA conference always get us fired up and excited for the upcoming summer! More importantly, however, it reminds us of the critical role summer camp plays in the lives of children and how privileged we are to be a part of "growing up" great kids at Ak-O-Mak!
Hello from Camp Ak-O-Mak,
Wishing all our Ak-O-Mak families a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Remind all of our Preferred Clients there is approximately two weeks left on our Early Bird Special. Our Early Bird Special is, if you sign up for camp and pay in full by January 31, 2014 you will receive 10% off the base tuition price. Please find the Registration Form and the Early Bird Special pricing on our website under the Register tab.
Hope to see you on Ahmic Lake this summer!
Happy Camping, Dianne Young
It’s the night before Christmas
Make a wish
Close your eyes
Dream again of sparkling Ahmic
Under sunny, summer skies
Remember laughter in the Cabin line
Fireside singing late at night
Mirror-like water at Early Bird
The silent heron taking flight
“I wish I may, I wish I might
I wish upon this star tonight…”
To return again to Ak-O-Mak’s shore
And find myself, my friends once more
To hear the Main House thunder in song
With beautiful voices
One Hundred Girls Strong!
Camp Ak-O-Mak wishes you and your family all the joy and peace of the holiday season.
Dianne & Catherine
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
"Camp is Short So Make Every Day Count!"
This is an important saying we have around Camp Ak-O-Mak. With so much to experience in such a short time, we encourage our campers to "make the most of every day" because, before you know it, it's time to head home.
This is also very true for those of us who work at Ak-O-Mak all summer.
It seems like yesterday that we were filled with that PRE-season energy and excitement..."We can hardly wait to see our campers again!". Grateful for the longer days, the chore list ran til dark as we rushed to make everything "just right" for our girls. Here we are twelve SHORT weeks later, PACKING UP the 'accoutrements' of a summer of adventure, laughter and play! The days are now shorter and the nights are much cooler. The thermometer has frosted over a few times, silencing the symphony of crickets so characteristic of late summer.
Living on the 45th parallel has given me a perpetual longing for the glory days of summer. Nevertheless, I remain awed by Mother Nature's "art show" every September, her dramatic kohl skies, fire-y sunsets and, of course, the autumn colours around the lake. I wish that you, our wonderful campers, could see how beautiful Ak-O-Mak looks in her finale of colour... her last "hurrah" before a long winter's rest.
My gaze drifts from the forest to the soccer field where dozens of Canada geese have assembled. Their low, muffled honks belie the victorious cacophony that eruptedone special night in July. Do those geese not know they are standing on sacred ground? I find myself smiling as I remember the screams of pure joy and excitement, the embraces shared by the entire camp when the Ak-O-Mak girls' soccer team BEAT THE BOYS. Their victory warms me in spite of the cold rain that has begun to fall.
To me, summer is really over when the canoes are finally placed in the Main House for safe-keeping, nestled against each other as though cozying up for a long nap. The water pipes are drained, cabins and HOPs, cleaned. The docks have been pulled into shore for protection from the miles of unforgiving lake ice yet to form. The kitchen that so fragrantly hustled and bustled all summer to produce delicious meals is now silent, cold and hollow...like the pots on the shelves.
Although the "stuff" of camp is packed up and stowed way for another season, the wonderful memories we made this summer remain instantly accessible, keeping us close though separated by miles and oceans.
...Until we meet again...next summer!
Catherine & Dianne
Western Mustangs and Silver Otters
Dianne and Catherine had no sooner said "goodbye" to our final session of campers when it was time to welcome the University of Western Ontario Kinesiology students to Camp Ak-O-Mak. This group of Co-Eds attended camp for a week of intensive canoe instruction earning a partial credit along the way. Now that is our kind of classroom!
Sunny days prevailed so the lake remained unseasonably warm, a welcomed bonus to the brave Early Bird swimmers who ventured to Orange Rock each morning. Two of those Early Birders included Sydney H. an Ak-O-Mak alumna now attending Western and Catherine's 11 year old daughter, Marion. It is always wonderful to see how the bonds made at camp extend beyond age as these gals buddied up each morning to swim triangles side by side.
As everyone knows, one week at camp seems to fly by and before we knew it all 50 of us started the process of pulling in the heavy docks on Western's last day. We are very grateful for the annual participation of our strong Kinesiology students! It is literally "all hands on deck!"...and with a "one, two, three, LIFT!" we are able to raise and stack even the heaviest canoe docks. Thank you once again to our friends in purple and white!
As Western pulled away from camp in their enormous Mustangs Team coach, preparations were well under way to receive our last visitors of the season, the ever-hardy Silver Otter Swim Club (of William Ross MacDonald Swimming). Coached by Mike Finch and supported by a fun-loving parent group, this troupe of boys and girls ranging in age from 8-20 filled the Main House with laughter and song for one last weekend! It was wonderful to see not only the team spirit of this group, but genuine caring and mentoring of the young ones by their older peers. Well done, Otters!
Jocelyn at Worlds in London
I finished 5th in my age group and 1st American at Sprint Worlds today. I swam well coming out of the water with the 2012 American National Sprint Champion, then held a good position on the bike in spite of my dreadfully slow corners due to the most people crashing that I have ever seen, some right in front or behind me, once I skidded across the toad avoiding another competitor going down. I came in to transition with all the top contenders and had a great run missing 1st by less than a minute, that was Brigite McMahon the former Olympic gold medalist and I was 9 seconds from 3rd. A sprint finish with 4th ended in her beating me by 4 seconds. It was a rainy, dangerous course and so much fun!
Congratulation DIANA NYAD
Ak-O-Mak Alum, Diana Nyad, conquers Cuba to Florida Swim!
Good Bye Campers
Saturday was a morning of tearful good byes among friends and happy reunions with families. It was the end of the final camp session. Trunks stuffed-to-bursting with dirty laundry and wet towels...(I mean, who packs neatly to go home?!) everyone piled their luggage at the back porch of the Main House to await their parents' arrival.
These last two weeks of August were wonderfully hot and sunny which kept the lake temperatures perfect for early bird swims, lots of "open waterfront" and of course, swim practise. Yeah! We enjoyed a "cracker" of a thunderstorm Monday night, the kind that thunders throughout the bay and rattles the windows and walls of the Main House. When the power suddenly went off during the Lip-Sync skits, dozens of flashlights and headlamps held by the audience clicked on to illuminate the "stage" and the show carried on! It was a great night and will be one of my favourite memories of camp.
It is always a little sad to see our camp friends leave for the season. It is never more apparent than in the stillness of the bay and the quiet of the Main House once everyone is gone. The Main House seems to "sleep", its soul or personality hollow without the girls' lively laughter and chatter that brought it to life for the summer.
Sunday morning Dianne and I enjoyed a quiet coffee together on the dock. It was the first morning without the Early Bird bell and no one stirred on camp. The new found calm at the waterfront had attracted a solitary loon near the 50 yard pool and its soulful call echoed throughout the bay. Was she, too, lamenting the departure of her "mermaid" friends??..."Where did they all go?...Will they be back?"...
Thank you, Girls of Ak-O-Mak, for the summer-time memories you have given us, Dianne and Catherine. Thank you for inspiring us with your determination and for making us laugh with your never-ending antics!
It is in your joy that we find our purpose and see that Buck and Rosemary's legacy, indeed, continues.
Western University Arrives
Our camper have all left for another season, we miss all the singing in the main house..... but camp is still active. Western University arrived on Sunday for a week for an intense paddling program.
This morning the fog was rolling off the water, making the small island across the lake look like a pirate ship looming in the distance. Luckily, it was clear enough that the girls could still do their usual swim to Rocky Reef. There were many best times announced at breakfast afterwards, some dropping more than three minutes on their one mile! Other highlights included one of our youngest, Gracey, who swam her first two mile this morning in just 50 minutes! It’s always great to see our girls out there challenging themselves and improving every day.
This morning the girls had their I.M. meet followed by their choice of canoeing, diving, sailing, small boats or aerobics and yoga. After lunch the girls will head down to their cabins to pack their towels, bathing suits and sunscreen for a fun filled afternoon of playing in the rapids and ice cream at Ahmic Lake Lodge. Another great day of fun in the sun here on Ahmic Lake!
Yesterday morning, we awoke to thick fog that covered the whole lake. It was quite beautiful, but just to be safe, we stayed in the bay for our morning swim. The girls then headed up to the main house for a breakfast of French toast, ham and fresh strawberries. After inspection, the girls enjoyed their classes of swimming, self defense, tennis, paddle boarding, biking, yoga, hiking and volleyball.
In the afternoon, the girls assembled in their team comp teams for the ultimate scavenger hunt adventure. Each team started in canoes at the diving tower, from where they paddled to Campbell’s Island, half a mile from camp. They then beached their canoes on the island and set off in search of four counselors, each in possession of a different Lucky Charm. After the girls collected all the Lucky Charms, they got back in their boats, paddled around to the far side of the island, where they each collected a pot of gold, and then raced back to camp.
After dinner, the girls had a relaxing evening activity of open waterfront and headed to bed. Just another fun-filled day here at Camp Ak-O-Mak!
Ahmic Harbour Swim
Although the weather was cloudy and rainy , it didn’t dampen our spirits for Water Day and the Ahmic Harbour Swim. With a quick flip in the schedule everything still ran smooth with Water Day in the morning and the swim in the afternoon. The girls and boys were split up into teams and competed in matches of balloon volleyball in the Mainhouse, various relays, water balloon tosses and team skits. After awards and a delicious lunch, everyone headed down to the main dock for the start of the race, as the sun began to break through the clouds overhead. It turned into a perfect day for the swim—the air was warm and the water was like glass. In under an hour and placing in the top ten overall were Alexis B., Vanessa G., Keira M. and Kate A. in 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th. Ak-O-Mak was well represented in the top ten campers as well with the addition of Gillian T. and Anna D.—way to beat those boys! Fantastic job to all of our swimmers, we are so proud of you!
10 AND UNDER GIRLS
1ST DIANA PASCUITA 1:15:32
1ST ANNA DAHLGREN 59:20
2ND EMMA SEAWRIGHT 1:06:24
3RD MARION DENNY 1:08:34
4TH JILLIAN ARMSTRONG 1:09:56
5TH JORDAN STORM 1:10:23
6TH KATHRYN ATKINSON 1:14:06
7TH CAROLINE MARTIN 1:14:16
8TH MARNI GRAY 1:14:50
9TH ERICA LEIGHTON 1:15:23
10TH NATALIE METZING 1:20:34
11TH EMILY WINSLOW 1:20:38
12TH EMMA LAZENBY 1:21:13
13TH ALICIA CORBIERE 1:25:32
14TH ELLA STOYAN 1:25:37
15TH LEANDRA BUDAU 1:26:45
16TH REAGHAN GEIMER 1:37:22
17TH KATE CROSBY 1:38:58
18TH SIDNEY MUSSICO 1:40:47
19TH JANE MACDONALD 1:40:50
1ST KATE ARMSTRONG 58:42
2ND KEELY O'BRIEN 1:01:06
3RD HAILEY NORRIS 1:04:13
4TH MARY-KATE JORY 1:04:41
5TH JESSICA CODE 1:06:21
6TH OLIVIA OLSON 1:06:23
7TH ASHLYNN MILLER 1:08:37
8TH LIANNA GRACE 1:09:45
9th ANNIE RUTHERFORD 1:16:24
10TH JODIE MCKIRDY 1:17:38
11TH ELISE LEGAULT-WARREN 1:20:17
12TH ELLA GIACOMELLI 1:38:38
13TH KYRA WELLS 1:48:23
1ST ALEXIS BRAGMAN 54:48
2ND VANESSA GOLD 54:57
3RD KIERA MICHAILLOFF RUSSELL 56:02
4TH GILLIAN TATE 59:03
5th REBECCA NIEDBALA 1:00:46
6TH ALLISON MARTIN 1:01:00
7TH LEE ANNE LIBERTA 1:02:35
8TH ERIN LEE 1:02:57
9TH YVONNE KANG 1:14:06
10TH MEAGAN ADAMS 1:14:11
11TH DANA SHERRARD 1:14:20
12TH ALEXANDRA WINSLOW 1:14:23
13TH SARAH LYCHY 1:15:06
14TH ERINN THEODOSSIOU 1:15:09
15TH SAMANTHA WESSON 1:20:28
16TH CEEJAY MAERTEN 1:37:25
When the bell rang this morning for Early Bird, some of the girls chose the option to try something new. While many were still excited to swim or run, several girls could be seen paddling in our kayaks and canoes all the way down to Rocky Reef. For breakfast, we ate some delicious blueberry waffles and bacon, and afterwards, the girls all headed down to the cabin line for inspection. The girls went to their classes of swimming, soccer, biking, ultimate frisbee, fencing, diving, kayaking, boot camp, kickball and self defense. This afternoon shows signs of rain so the cabins will organize routines to music... we shall see what performance unfold tonight....
Wondering about calling your daughter?
Phone calling starts on Tuesday August 27th
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 – 9:15 am
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
If we do not answer the telephone it is because we are out of camp for that meal, try again the following meal.
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.
The Saunders family dominated the Sprint competition
By Jane Bellmyer email@example.com Cecil Daily
NORTH EAST — Almost 300 triathletes competed Sunday in the North East Triathlon hosted by Piranha Sports, in either the sprint or international competition.
Four of the top finishers in the Sprint are in the same Newark, Del., family.
Under sunny skies, with morning temperatures in the mid-60s, the athletes first dove into the Northeast River. Sprint athletes faced a 750-meter swim, a 17.7-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile foot race that began and ended at North East Town Park.
The Saunders family dominated the Sprint competition, with father and son taking first and second place. Blair Saunders beat his 15-year-old son, Brett, by just under three minutes. Brett was OK with that.
“I beat him two weeks ago by three minutes,” Brett said. His father finished in one hour, 19 minutes and 41 seconds, while Brett was next across at one hour, 22 minutes and 35 seconds.
Not far behind the men were the Saunders women. Brooke, 17, was the first woman to cross the finish line. Her time was one hour, 27 minutes and 57 seconds, while mother, Jocelyn Saunders, was on her daughter’s heels at one hour, 28 minutes and 17 seconds. Brooke and Jocelyn finished sixth and seventh respectively, overall.
After our long day at Chikopi, this morning greeted us with perfect conditions for Early Bird. Some girls were excited to take advantage of the running trails, while others stuck to the lake, and many campers achieved their best times of the summer. This morning, they are enjoying their classes of swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, self defense, biking, ultimate frisbee, kayaking, boot camp, softball and fencing.
This afternoon, the girls will join forces again for another fun day of team comp! Halfway through the session, the competition is definitely heating up, but there’s still a week to go, and at this point, it’s anyone’s game. Snap, Crackle and Pop are excited at the prospects they have for their cereal army and can’t wait to see who pulls ahead!
Yesterday morning the bell went at 8:15, giving the girls an extra hour to sleep in before a quick breakfast and paddle over to Chikopi for the start of the Knoepfli 1 Mile swim! After beaching their canoes, everyone headed over to the point where the race would begin. Green and orange and green and white canoes floated just off shore ready to guide the swimmers to the big brown boat house at Knoepfli. The gun sounded and they were off! A little wind was no match for our girls as they cut across to the channel where it would be a straight shot right into the finish. Finishing in the top ten overall after a close battle against the boys were Vanessa G., Keira M., Alexis B. and Kate A.—all finishing 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th respectively! Great job to all our girls who swam. Way to beat those boys!
After the race, the girls sipped on hot chocolate and enjoyed a post-race snack before walking or running the mile back to Chikopi for lunch and awards. After lunch, everyone was split into teams for Chikopi Field Day! Teams led by the Ak-O-Mak counselors travelled around to various activities where they competed for points and the coveted prizes from the mysterious Chikopi grab bag—an assortment of various clothing items, swimming accessories and relics from the past 50 years. In the end it was Team 2 who took home the gold, just edging out the other teams by a few points. After Field Day concluded, the girls enjoyed a little beach time at Chikopi before hopping back into our green and orange canoes and paddling back home for dinner. Laughter and stories from the day’s events could be heard across the lake as we travelled home after a fun filled day with the boys. We are all looking forward to our next event with Chikopi on Monday—the Ahmic Harbour 3 Mile swim and Water Day at Ak-O-Mak!
10 AND UNDER GIRLS
1st Diana Pascuita 33:25
2nd Laura Gutsch 39:09
3rd Gracey Smith 41:16
11 AND 12 GIRLS
1st Anna Dahlgren 24:31
2nd Jillian Armstrong 27:27
3rd Emma Seawright 27:36
4th Marion Denny 27:56
5th Jordan Storm 30:36
6th Caroline Martin 31:12
7th Erica Leighton 30:51
8th Marnie Gray 30:53
9th Caroline Carutthers 31:12
10th Kathryn Atkinson 31:19
11th Natalie Metzing 32:39
12th Emily Winslow 32:41
13th Reaghan Geimer 32:47
14th Emma Lazenby 33:26
15th Kate Crosby 33:33
16th Jane Mac Donald 36:40
17th Leandra Budeau 36:42
18th Ella Stoyan 36:45
19th Alicia Corbiere 36:46
20th Coco Cockburn 36:48
21st Sidney Musicco 38:55
22nd Waruiru Rionge-Hogan 40:55
23rd Alison Keith 41:00
24th Emma McNight 43:31
13 - 14 GIRLS
1st Kate Armstrong 24;25
2nd Jessica Code 26:26
3rd Hailey Norris 26:36
4th Ashlynn Miller 27:08
5th Olivia Olson 27:35
6th Keely O'Brien 27:36
7th Mary Kate Jory 28:09
8th Lianna Grace 28:20
9th Annie Rutherford 30:10
10th Jodie McKirdy 31:58
11th Elise Warren Legualt 32:34
12th Ella Giacomelli 35:45
13th Kyra Wells 44:32
14th MacKenzie Musicco 45:44
1st Vanessa Gold 23:00
2nd Kiera Michalloff Russell 23:15
3rd Alexis Bragman 23:22
4th Gillian Tate 24:43
5th Allison Martin 25:43
6th Lee Ann Liberta 25:46
7th Rebecca Niedbala 25:48
8th Yvonne Kang 26:06
9th Erin Lee 26:71
10th Dana Sherrard 26:56
11th Alex Winslow 29:45
12th Meagan Adams 30:35
13th Sarah Lychy 31:25
14th Erinn Theodossiou 31:26
15th Samantha Wesson 35:06
The day began with a misty morning as the girls headed down to the beach for their Early Bird swims. As the girls reached Rocky Reef, the sun was just starting to peek through the clouds—the beginning of another beautiful, sunny day here on Ahmic Lake! The girls enjoyed a breakfast of egg, ham and cheese sandwiches and fresh fruit before heading down to the cabins for inspection and morning classes of diving, synchro, swimming, tennis and basketball.
Yesterday afternoon, Snap, Crackle and Pop revisited us, this time testing the girls with a surfboard relay. The four teams raced against each other to paddle all 19 of their team members around the bay, while transporting and protecting a bowl of Rice Krispies. The girls on land worked together to build sand castles and write cheers, which they presented to the camp once everyone had finished the race. After a dinner of beef stew, potatoes and salad, the girls played a heated game of Smugglers and Spies in the backfields before heading to bed.
Today, for the fourth morning in a row, the weather was perfect for Early Bird, and many of the girls achieved their best times – both in the water and on the trails. Afterwards, we were treated to a breakfast of French toast, bacon and fresh melon. The girls then headed down to inspection and are now enjoying their classes of tennis, canoeing, basketball, volleyball, self-defense, kayaking, swimming, and a running clinic.
This afternoon, the camp will paddle over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for our first out trip of the session. They will be able to put their canoeing skills to use, and once we arrive, they’ll all be able to enjoy some ice cream and play in the rapids there before paddling back to camp for dinner.
It is a gorgeous day here at Camp Ak-O-Mak without a cloud in the sky and a subtle breeze coming in across the bay. At the sound of the bell, the girls awoke and headed down to the beach with their caps, goggles and bathing suits for an Early Bird swim—many completing their very first open water miles to Rocky Reef! Following a delicious breakfast of cheese omelets, toast and fresh strawberries and inspection, everyone was ready for an exciting morning of rugby, lacrosse, small boats, basketball, zumba, kayaking and, as always, SWIMMING YAY!
This afternoon after rest hour, the girls will have the choice of sailing out on our fleet of Sunfish sailboats or a running clinic with our very own resident marathoner Rosie followed by this afternoon’s team comp activity.
BREAKING NEWS FROM TEAM COMP:
Yesterday it was brought to our attention that Snap, Crackle and Pop have escaped from the confines of the cereal boxes in the kitchens of Camp Ak-O-Mak to seek out the help of the campers and counselors alike.
Tired of playing second fiddle to the always healthy (but bland) All-Bran and Corn Flakes, the Rice Krispies trio have vowed to band together with other neglected cereal characters in the fight to take back breakfast from the tyrannical tirade of (in their opinion) their less tasty cousins the Corn Flakes Rooster and the All-Bran commercial guy. The Bodacious Brown Cows, Toucan Sam’s Minions, Captain Crunch Comeback Cereal and the Powerful Pebbles have agreed to join their campaign and work together to seek out the help of other cereal characters and banish the Corn Flakes and All-Bran forever. Stay tuned for more.
This morning the girls awoke to a beautifully flat lake and just enough sunlight streaming through the clouds—perfect conditions for our first normal Early Bird! After choosing to either swim to Rocky Reef or run one of the forest trails, everyone headed up to the Mainhouse for a breakfast of eggs, fruit and toasted bagels. As I type, the girls are out enjoying their morning classes of mountain biking, canoeing, softball and learning how to fence! And of course, swimming YAY!
The 2013 two-week session is officially underway! Most of the girls made their way up to camp earlier in the day, moving into their cabins and enjoying our brand new diving tower throughout the afternoon. All the girls had arrived in time for dinner, a delicious meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, and after a quick dip in the lake and some cabin bonding, they headed to bed.
This morning for Early Bird, all the girls headed down to the lake, where they completed an initial swimming assessment. The lake was glassy and warm for their first morning in the water – a great start to the session. After a breakfast of blueberry waffles and bacon, everyone finished their unpacking, and headed to classes, where they are currently hiking our new trails, canoeing around the bay, or trying out our fleet of mountain bikes. This afternoon, everyone will have an opportunity to introduce herself at the paddle picking ceremony, followed by classes of volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, and, of course, SWIMMING! YAY! Camp is off to a great start, and we can’t wait to see what the next two weeks have in store for us.
"Are We Almost There Yet?!"
We woke up to a beautiful morning here on Ahmic Lake. Everyone had an awesome early bird swimming, running or paddling. We then all headed up to breakfast after early bird for a normal fun filled morning of classes since we got our bikes and bags packed for the triathlon last night after dinner. The girls enjoyed morning classes of softball, volleyball, kayaking, zumba, yoga and swimming.
After lunch we all loaded the buses and were off on our way to Barrie. Once we arrived in Barrie our first stop was the race kit pick up for the triathlon. Over sixty of us Ak-O-Makers are competing in tomorrow morning! Once all of our race bibs and timing chips were picked up we headed to one of our favourite restaurants, The Market. The all you can eat restaurant was perfect for a large group of athletes and everyone had an awesome time. Once everyone was full we all headed to our hotel rooms, where the girls had some time to relax, swim and even take a hot shower if they wanted to before heading to bed to get a good sleep before our race tomorrow!
It was an early morning for all us with wake up calls at 5:30 so that we could have breakfast and leave the hotel in time to set up our transition spots before the race at 8:30. All the girls swam, biked and ran their hearts out and represented Ak-O-Mak very well. After each age group finished more and more campers lined the path to cheer for every participant. The girls all had outstanding races and had a great time racing. By the end we had the best cheer team in Barrie! Before heading back we all walked to Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen for a quick treat. It was a quiet bus ride home as everyone slept and rested after our tiring day. A cookout dinner awaited us and we enjoyed our last campfire of the seven-week session by singing some of our favorite songs. The girls are now tucked up in their beds and sleeping to get ready for one of the most anticipated events at camp … TREASURE HUNT!
We are off to the Barrie Triathlon... Hope to see you there
It was a rainy and windy day here at camp but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great day! We started the day with a normal early bird before a delicious breakfast of French toast and bacon. The rain held off long enough for us to get two periods of morning classes in outside while staying fairly dry. The girls enjoyed swimming, paddling, softball, gymnastics, and hiking. For third period the counselors lead classes of yoga, abs and zumba in the cabins for the girls.
After lunch and rest hour we took advantage of the gloomy weather by taking some time to prepare for the upcoming Barrie triathlon by watching the Ironman Hawaii movie. After the movie our triathlon coach Jocelyn – who is no stranger to Ironman Hawaii herself, after competing in the race eight times – gave everyone some excellent advice for our race on Sunday. The girls are all inspired and ready to give it their all at the race this weekend!
August 2nd, Water Day
After a fun morning of classes and a delicious pizza lunch the girls all headed down to their cabins for a shortened rest hour while the boys all paddled over to Ak-O-Mak for Water Day. Once the boys got here we split both camps into eight teams lead by the Chikopi counselors. The teams then went from station to station competing in different activities on the water in the hopes of winning Water Day. The teams competed in canoe races, a diving contest, a waterpolo shootout, a war canoe race, and even preformed a synchronized swimming routine. It was a fun afternoon and in the end it was “The Aquatic Moose” that won it all.
Shortly after the awards for Water Day had been given out Chikopi ate dinner with us here at Ak-O-Mak, while a Chikopi counselor played the piano, and all the campers sang along. Meanwhile both soccer teams began to warm up for their upcoming game. It was quite the exciting game. Chikopi was the first to score, but it wasn’t too long after that Ak-O-Mak tied up the score. For the rest of the game the score inched up one by one, with each of Chikopi’s goals followed by an Ak-O-Mak goal. Finally, with five minutes left Ak-O-Mak was up by one until Chikopi scored to tie the game. It was an intense game and with two minutes left Ak-O-Mak headed the ball into the top corner of the net scoring a final goal! All of the girls went wild and we played out the last two minutes, winning the game! We had finally beaten the boys! The girls were all ecstatic and I’m sure the cheers could be heard from across the lake. Our goal scorers were Memae C., Jessica W., Marina D., and Emily S. A huge congratulation goes out to the entire team, who played a fantastic game!
August 3rd, Kempenfest
It was an early morning for us here at Ak-O-Mak as the first bell rang at 5:45 to wake the girls up for a 6:00 breakfast. The girls had a quick breakfast of eggs, croissants and fruit before loading up the buses and heading to Barrie for Kempenfest. Once we got to Barrie the girls all got changed into their bathing suits and grabbed their timing chips and caps for the 2km swim race. After a few Ak-O-Mak cheers for warm up all seventy-seven Ak-O-Mak swimmers entered the water for the swim. It was a great race and Ak-O-Mak did very well. Three Ak-O-Makers were in the top ten for the swim and all of the girls finished the race smiling. We stayed for the awards ceremony where many of our girls finished in the top of their age groups. After awards the cabins all split up and the headed off with their counselors to eat lunch and shop along the waterfront. It was such a busy day for everyone that the buses were nice and quiet on the way back to camp. The girls then had a chance to bathe after a dinner of turkey and stuffing. An early bedtime ended our exciting day in Barrie!
It was quite a busy but fun filled day here at camp! The day began with a regular early bird for everyone. Girls ran, biked, swam and paddled. After breakfast everyone went down for inspection and then headed off to their classes for the morning. The classes included zumba, transition practice for the upcoming Barrie triathlon, kayaking and swimming.
After classes everyone headed to the mainhouse for lunch. The girls competing in the mountain bike race later that afternoon over at Chikopi ate quickly before biking or paddling over to the boys camp. Once at Chikopi everyone went for a few practice rides around the course and then the race began. Heat after heat the bikers sailed over the course with ease. They flew over the streams, up and down the hills, around the point and over the rocks. Everyone looked like experienced mountain bikers by their second time around the course. It was a great race and everyone had a lot of fun. Once everyone raced around the short course twice they had the opportunity to try a special longer, challenge course! It was a great afternoon of racing against the boys. The girls all did very well, giving it their all and beating many of the boys!
Back at Ak-O-Mak the rest of the girls spent a fun-filled afternoon kayaking, playing beach volleyball and even dressing up their counsellors for a counsellor fashion show!
It was another great day here at camp and we cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us!
SHORT COURSE RESULTS
GIRLS 10 AND UNDER
1ST ALINA A. 6:30
2ND CATRICE B. 7:45
GIRLS 11 AND 12
1ST KRISTEN K. 6:15
2ND NEVE V. 6:26
3RD MCKENZIE O. 6:29
4TH MAYA G. 6:48
5TH ROBIN C. 6:57
6TH SARAH S. 7:53
7TH MADISON W. 8:55
GIRLS 13 AND 14
1ST KATE-LYNN H. 5:13
2ND JESSICA W. 5:43
3RD MAYA M. 5:46
4TH LAUREN S. 5:51
5TH SAMUELLE F. 6:43
6TH MEGAN G. 6:46
7TH MARAENA A. 7:06
8TH HANNAH P. 7:14
9TH WYNN M. 8:01
GIRLS 15 TO 17
1ST BROOKE S. 5:04
2ND EMILY S. 5:27
3RD MJ C. 5:33
4TH ANN T. 5:42
5TH HAILEY M. 6:15
6TH ALEXA M. 6:16
7TH ELIZABETH M. 6:22
8TH ERIN L. 6:31
9TH SARABETH H. 6:52
10TH HALEY L. 7:02
MARA J. 7:02
12TH CONSTANZA A. 7:16
13TH MADELEINE H. 7:20
14TH MONICA CO. 7:30
15TH LARISSA D. 8:54
LONG COURSE RESULTS
1ST BROOKE S. 6:56
2ND KATE-LYNN H. 7:11
3RD JESSICA W. 7:58
4TH KRISTIN K. 8:15
5TH NEVE V. 8:27
6TH ELIZABETH M. 8:49
7TH ALINA A. 9:10
8TH MOLLY L. 9:24
9TH MJ C. 9:26
10TH MAYA M. 9:44
11TH ROBIN C. 10:31
12TH CATRICE B. 11:57
We woke up this morning to a beautiful mist over the lake up to the tops of the trees. Even orange rock could not be seen. Due to the fog we decided to change the swim route for early bird. The girls who wanted to swim swam along the shore to Cherokee Point and back to camp while the others ran or paddled as per usual. After the slightly modified early bird everyone headed down for a breakfast of eggs and sausages.
Our morning then consisted of classes, including lacrosse, mountain biking in preparation for our upcoming race against the boys, volleyball, tennis, kickball and of course SWIMMING … YAY! During morning classes however our sailing team got themselves and their boats all ready for the regatta, ate an early lunch and sailed over to Chikopi for the start of the race.
The girls arrived at Chikopi ready for a fast paced race of wit and sailing smarts against the boys. After a slow sail over, everyone was excited when the wind began to pick up as Dave and Bob explained the course and rules for the annual Chikopi Sunfish Sailing Regatta. Following the meeting the girls headed down to the beach and sailed out to the start line. And what a sight it was! Thirty brightly coloured sails gliding toward the start line, the sun high in the sky and a gentle but steady breeze from across the channel.
Beloved Sailing Coach Passes
Beloved Sailing Coach Passes
Everyone who knew Jan Moldenhauer knew that Jan ALWAYS did things her way!
Jan lived her entire life exactly the way she wanted including her last days on Ahmic Lake where she passed away peacefully on July 29th surrounded by friends who loved her at her favourite place in the world, Camp Ak-O-Mak.
Jan's determination, humour and love for those around her made her a long time favourite coach and friend to Camp Ak-O-Mak. Jan made the annual drive from her home in Oshkosh WI to Ahmic Lake every July for the last 40 years to be at Ak-O-Mak.
Jan met Buck and Rosemary Dawson in 1972 on an airplane returning from the Mexico Olympics where Jan had been judging diving. That chance meeting forged a deep friendship with the Dawsons and Jan became Ak-O-Mak's all round coach in sailing, diving, tennis and gymnastics.
Chants of "Music Jan!!" by the campers in the Main House would herald Jan to the "stage" to lead the girls in riotous song! She regularly corrected the groups' manners, annually reminded us on the Fourth of July how our freedom was earned and gave us sage advice at camp fire vespers.
Jan knew that her life was nearing its end. She knew that she would not be returning to Wisconsin. She was determined that her last days would be spent enjoying the beautiful view from the Green House porch, sipping her beer in the company of "other crazy camp friends", sharing funny stories, grateful for the time to just be together.
And that is exactly what she did.
Jan always did things her way.
We love you, Jan. We are all better for having known you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends in Wisconsin
July 28th, Ahmic Harbour
What a great day of racing we had on Sunday even despite the cooler weather. The girls all enjoyed a sleep in until breakfast on Sunday morning in preparation for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour race against our brother camp, Camp Chikopi. After a delicious waffle and sausage breakfast the girls who were racing changed into their bathing suits and headed down to the dock for some cheers before joining the boys in the water for the start of the race. The girls who were not racing helped to cheer on those swimming by paddling in canoes with the counselors alongside the swimmers. It was an excellent race with many girls coming out in front, six of the top ten camper finishers were girls! We had a large number of swimmers complete the race with great times even despite the cooler weather and windy conditions. Once we got to Ahmic Harbour everyone bundled up in sweaters and towels and sipped hot chocolate to warm themselves up. The girls and the boys all enjoyed a yummy lasagna lunch before a quick awards ceremony and then the paddle or run back to camp.
10 and UNDER GIRLS
1ST ANGELICA G. 1:24:55
2ND ELYSE T. 1:35:50
11- 12 GIRLS
1ST ABBY H. 1:06:07
2ND MARION D. 1:07:51
3RD ARIANNE C. 1:07:56
4TH LAUREN A. 1:08:24
5TH TRINITY Z. 1:08:50
6TH ROBIN C. 1:09:42
7TH ABBY S. 1:09:52
8TH MARIE T. 1:10:52
9TH SARAH S. 1:14:43
10TH MAYA G. 1:19:45
11TH SIENA G. 1:15:07
12TH SLOANE C. 1:22:29
13TH JILLIAN S. 1:24:20
14TH NEVE V. 1:24:32
15TH CALLA T. 1:26:40
16TH MADISON W. 1:32:29
1ST WYNN M. 56:23
2ND LAUREN S. 59:41
3RD ABBY H. 1:06:15
4TH EMILY M. 1:07:05
5TH BREANNA C. 1:08:08
6TH MAYA M. 1:09:18
7TH ASHLEY S. 1:09:4
8TH NATASHA L. 1:09:43
9TH MCKENNA A. 1:09:51
10TH ISABELLA C. 1:10:36
11TH SAMUELLE F. 1:10:59
12TH JESSICA W. 1:11:00
13TH KATE- LYNN H. 1:17:14
14TH HANNAH P. 1:17:15
15TH GRACE P. 1:17:40
16TH SAMANTHA G . 1:17:47
17TH SOPHIA F. 1:25:41
18TH GRECIA S. 1:30:54
19TH MARIANNA V. 1:36:52
1ST BROOKE S. 54:08
2ND ELIZABETH W. 58:16
3RD MOLLY M. 59:35
4TH ALEXA M. 59:46
5TH MADELEINE H. 59:55
6TH ERIN L. 1:00:18
7TH ELIZABETH M. 1:02:02
8TH HAILEY M. 1:03:52
9TH EMILY S. 1:06:11
10TH SARABETH H. 1:07:10
11TH MARINA D. 1:16:16
12TH HALEY L. 1:17:17
13TH ERIN C. 1:22:29
14TH LARISSA D. 1:23:29
15TH MARA J. 1:23:33
It was a great day here at Ak-O-Mak, beautiful and sunny with a nice breeze. The girls all started off their morning with our first normal early bird of the session. Campers ran, swam and paddled, working up quite an appetite for the yummy egg breakfast. After early bird and inspection the girls headed down to their classes. Some of the classes included sailing, biking, tennis, soccer, kayaking, swimming and self defense with our resident black belt, Rosie. Everyone had an awesome morning learning new things while getting to know their cabins better.
Right after classes came a delicious pizza lunch, followed by rest hour. In the afternoon camp had a very special visit from Dorothy, Toto and the Good Witch of the West Glenda! Turns out a tornado hit Dorothy’s house and she needs our help finding her way back home to Ak-O-Mak from Oz. The girls were split into four teams and spent the afternoon coming with a team name, cheer, flag and a skit. The four teams: Rosemary’s Emeralds of Ahmic Lake, The Ak-O-Munchkins, The Flying Monkeys and The Orange Tornados are all ready to use their imagination and strength to get Dorothy back home! We are all excited to see what the team’s first challenge will be in this Wizard of Oz themed team competition!
July 24th Arrival
All our campers have arrive safe and sound and are ready for a great day and time at AK-O-Mak
July 18th, Field Day
We started the morning with an early bird of swimming, running and paddling. Many of the girls also took the morning to practice in some of their small boats before the regatta this weekend! After early bird we all headed up to the main house for a scrumptious meal of breakfast sandwiches, cereal and fruit salad.
Morning classes consisted of a final softball practice while the other girls paddled in their small boats. Everyone went to swim practice before heading up to an early lunch. We quickly ate lunch so we could load up two war canoes and our cedar-strip canoes in order to paddle over to Chikopi for Field Day!
Upon our arrival to Chikopi, the girls and boys were split into seven teams led by our lovely Ak-O-Mak counselors! The seven teams travelled around the field to a variety of activities to earn points in order to be the champions of the afternoon. All of the campers took a quick dip in the lake before heading up to a cookout dinner!
The softball game after dinner was a success! Although we lost the girls played amazingly, certainly one of our best games in years! They played their hearts out and impressed all who watched! Our cheering section was also quite impressive, creating an entertaining array of cheers. Once the game was over the girls all paddled back to Ak-O-Mak. After a long, but fun, day the girls are in bed, getting as much sleep as possible before our weekend of paddling and shopping!
July 15th, Chikopi Ak-O-Mak Triathlon
What a great race day for all of the Ak-O-Mak girls! After eating a delicious pasta lunch everyone headed down to the boats with their bags packed for an afternoon filled with swimming, running and paddling over at Chikopi. Two of our war canoes paddled over to Chikopi to get in some more practice before our upcoming regatta while the others paddled pleasure canoes across the lake.
Once we got there the 15 and over heat was first and entered the water for the start of the race. The race was a 0.5 mile swim, followed by a 2.5 mile run and a 1.5 mile solo paddle back over to Chikopi from Ak-O-Mak. The older girls raced hard while the younger girls cheered them on. Once the first heat had finished the 14 and under racers headed into the water for their race. The girls all had amazing races and everyone finished the race on their own. Ak-O-Mak had yet another awesome showing with 8 girls finishing in the top 10 campers!
After the race we had a yummy cookout meal on Chikopi’s point before the awards ceremony and then a paddle back to camp while watching the sunset. It was another awesome day here at camp and we cannot wait to see what fun we will have tomorrow!
10 and under girls
1st Lucy M. 1:01:21
2nd Amrita K. 1:10:00
3rd Jolie M. 1:25:17
4th Ana Sofia S. 1:25:39
5th Itziar F. 2:08:20
1st Imane E. 57:11
2nd Emma G. 1:01:20
3rd Jessica R. 1:02:33
4th Marion D. 1:03:52
5th McKenzie O. 1:04:14
6th Elana G. 1:04:58
7th Robin C. 1:05:32
8th Eugenia R. 1:08:35
9th Maya G. 1:11:28
10th Claire P. 1:12:05
11th Kosi L. 1:13:06
12th Isabel R. 1:15:07
13th Teagan D. 1:18:35
14th Sarah S. 1:23:33
15th Abby H. 1:30:16
1st Abby H. 52:12
2nd Emily R. 57:42
3rd Samantha G. 59:11
4th Marina D. 59:13
5th Natasha L. 59:39
6th Arianne C. 1:00:15
7th Paola M. 1:01:49
8th Grace P. 1:02:15
9th Rhya E. 1:03:27
10th Wynn M. 1:10:34
1st Alexa M. 55:43
2nd Charlotte E. 55:50
3rd Elizabeth W. 56:18
4th Madison H. 57:24
5th Sarabeth H. 58:01
6th Catherine G. 1:00:56
7th Ursula M. 1:10:20
July 12th, 12K Race
It was an early morning for us here at Ak-O-Mak as the bell rang for an early light breakfast at 6:45AM so that the girls could get ready and paddle over to Chikopi in time for our 12K run race from Chikopi to Ak-O-Mak. Once all of the canoes had arrived at Chikopi, our coach, Jocelyn Saunders led the girls in a warm up and a few cheers before the start of the race. The girls and boys all ran an excellent race, giving it their all and finishing in some of the fastest times that we have seen in a while. After everyone had completed the run and had a chance to cool off in the lake we had our awards ceremony and then Chikopi stayed at Ak-O-Mak for a delicious pizza lunch. Everyone was in very high spirits and I’m sure the cheers could be heard from across the lake as the two camps competed in a little impromptu cheer off after lunch. The boys then paddled back to Chikopi while the girls headed off to their cabins for a much needed rest hour.
It was a beautiful, hot and flat afternoon on the lake so we took advantage of the day by getting in a paddling practice for those heading to the Balmy Beach Regatta next week. Everyone else enjoyed the afternoon canoeing, kayaking and even gunnel bobbing. After a delicious dinner of fish and chips the campers headed down to the cabin line for a quick game of Smugglers and Spies before heading to bed to get some rest. We cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us!
10 AND UNDER GIRLS
1ST AMRITA K. 1:10:39
2ND LUCY M. 1:16:49
3RD MARIA Y. 1:33:45
4TH JOLIE M. 1:41:35
5TH ITZIAR F. 1:41:35
6TH ANA SOFIA A. 2:04:40
1ST IMANE E. 1:01:33
2ND JESSICA R. 1:02:55
3RD MACKENZIE O.1:02:56
4TH KOSI L. 1:07:15
5TH EMMA G. 1:12:15
6TH ELANA G. 1:15:20
7TH ROBIN C. 1:16:40
8TH TEAGAN D. 1:24:57
9TH POPO H. 1:25:57
10TH ISABEL R. 1:25:58
11TH MARION D. 1:29:13
12TH CLAIRE P. 1:29:14
13TH MAYA G. 1:40:09
14TH ATIRA G. 1:49:26
15TH SARAH S. 1:50:13
16TH EUGENIA R. 2:04:41
17TH ABBY H. 2:10:16
1ST INDIANNA S. 59:56
2ND RHYA E. 1:00:45
3RD SAM G. 1:03:57
4TH NATASHA L. 1:04:48
5TH ABBY H. 1:07:20
6TH GRACE P. 1:09:54
7TH ELIZABETH W.1:10:49
8TH PAOLA M. 1:13:41
9TH EMILY R. 1:25:55
10TH LUCY W. 1:25:59
11TH ELANA W. 1:37:57
12TH AYODELE L. 1:40:03
13TH ARIANNE C. 1:40:05
14TH OLYMPIA C. 1:49:25
1ST BROOKE S. 56:05
2ND MADISON H. 56:33
3RD CHARLOTTE E.57:27
4TH MARINA D. 57:29
5TH MJ C. 1:08:22
6TH LILLIE W. 1:09:12
7TH SARABETH H. 1:10:41
8TH ALEXA M. 1:10:44
9TH URSULA M. 1:18:03
10TH JOYCE S. 1:24:59
11TH RACHEL L. 1:25:56
1ST JOCELYN S. 51:50
2ND EMILY C. 55:22
3RD RACHEL M. 59:24
4TH BRIGETTE C. 1:03:35
5TH ROSIE T. 1:05:07
6TH MOLLY L. 1:06:19
7TH MEGAN P. 1:18:36
7TH ARIELLE F. 1:18:36
July 11th, 2013
It’s not everywhere that would count windy summer days as blessings… but here at camp we do! We have been able to take advantage of the wind by offering campers the opportunity to participate in sailing classes! Fun on the water in our sail boats is a favourite for many campers and we are grateful that the weather has cooperated for us. Some of the other classes the girls spent the morning participating in included fencing, golf, self defense, tennis and of course swimming! This afternoon should be fun with the entire camp competing in a camper versus counsellor kickball game!
July 10th, 2013
We are happy to report that everyone enjoyed another adventure filled-fun afternoon at camp yesterday. The team competition tribes were officially called on by their leaders, “The Great Goatsby Tribe” to find all 50 items needed by the goats in order to survive the remainder of the summer. The tribes had to use all the creativity, strength, resourcefulness and originality that they could be muster to find or create each and every item on the coveted list. Imagine… camp filled with found, created and makeshift rafts, tiki torches, SOS signals and countless other survival necessities. Once all of the tribes had found all their items they were challenged to create a skit using each and every item. Everyone gathered for a delicious dinner of greek pork, rice, veggies and salad after which each tribe presented their wonderful skits. As you can imagine camp was filled with squeals of laughter as we enjoyed the creativity and fun that makes Ak-O-Mak the special place it is for us all. It was such a lovely summer evening, waterfront was opened and enjoyed before campers headed off to bed to get the necessary rest before embarking on yet another exciting day here at Ak-O-Mak.
The Knoephfli Mile
Once back at camp the girls enjoyed a well deserved rest hour before gathering at Sandy beach for a team competition surfboard relay! The Skittles Tribe prevailed and returned their surfboard and all of their tribe members to the beach first! Hungry after a fun filled afternoon we gathered for a lasagna dinner. Following dinner some of the girls choose to head down to the waterfront for some paddling
The Midland Triathlon
Well dull isn’t a word that would describe our day for staff or campers. The 39 campers that we had competing in the Midland Triathlon awoke extra early to fuel up before loading the bus by 6AM so that we could be on our way to the tri. Once there it was a whirlwind of activity and the day absolutely flew by. We had Ak-O-Mak’ers competing in every race! We loved being acknowledged over the loud speaker and of course shared our excitement to be there with our now famous cheers being heard all over the course, perhaps all over Penetanguishene. We are excited to report that it was indeed a very successful and fun-filled day for all. After burgers and bonding time we boarded the bus for to head back to camp. In celebratory spirit we stopped on the way home for ice cream. Once back at camp we settled in for our weekly cookout and campfire, always a favourite way to wind down our week. A yummy barbeque was enjoyed by all and of course what would a cookout be without roasted marshmallows. In true Ak-o-Mak tradition we gathered around the campfire to share stories about our wonderful and exciting day. Laughs were enjoyed by all as many funny stories were shared. What a great way to end another excellent week at camp!
Yet another beautiful, fun-filled day here at Ak-O-Mak! Our day started with early bird where the girls worked up an appetite as they swam, ran, biked and paddled further and faster than they did yesterday. After a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes and sausages the girls headed down to their cabins for inspection! Everyone is now enjoying the sunshine in their sailing, canoeing, kayaking, waterpolo, volleyball and basketball classes. We are all excited to see what the afternoon has in store for us!
Happy Fourth of July to all of our American friends!
The girls had an excellent and busy afternoon here at camp! After lunch and rest hour everyone set off on a team comp adventure. Turns out the Ahmic Lake Goat Tribe had taken one of the tribe leaders from each of the four tribes at camp during rest hour! It was up to the remaining tribe members to use the three boats they had to paddle out to Cherokee Point to find the missing tribe leaders and safely transport them back to camp! Once all of the tribes had successfully arrived back at camp it was open waterfront and bathing time until dinner!
After dinner some of the campers decided to head to the back fields for a game of Garbage Collector while the others headed down to the boat house for some war canoe and small boat practice until bedtime! The lake was gorgeous and flat and the sight of the sun setting over the water made it an absolutely picturesque paddle!
Today the girls woke up pleased to see that the sun is shining and the lake was calm! The girls had an awesome early bird of swimming, running and biking – some of the girls in cabins 5 and 6 (our youngest two cabins) even learned how to ride a road bike this morning! The girls then headed to a tasty French toast breakfast before going back to their cabins for inspection. For classes this morning each of the cabins had a fun filled first period of kayaking, small boats, soccer and softball. After that we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and flat lake and have the whole camp swim one mile to Monster Rock and back. After that the girls were able to practice their paddling and paddle for the counselors who wanted to do the swim afterwards.
After a yummy lunch and a shortened rest hour the girls all piled into canoes to paddle across the lake for an afternoon trip to Ahmic Lake Lodge! While there the girls got to pet the goats, eat ice cream and play in the rapids. Everyone had an awesome afternoon and we cannot wait to see what this evening has in store for us!
After an awesome fun filled day of paddling, swimming, biking, war canoe and softball the girls were all excited to see what we were going to do for evening activity. They were then divided into four different “Houses”, each given a different colour and were told to meet up on the soccer pitch. Once everyone was there they found out that Harry Potter had come to camp to challenge the girls to a quidditch match! It was quite the match as the girls raced to catch the golden snitch and score as many goals as possible all the while flying on their broomsticks! In the end the Water House prevailed and the golden snitch was caught! What an excellent day at camp!
July 1st, Happy Birthday Canada!
Today was quite an exciting day for the girls as it was Canada Day! After our routine early bird and a delicious breakfast a group of girls cycled to Magnetawan while the remainder of the camp loaded the bus and headed to the Mag for the Canada Day parade. What an honour to participate in the parade carrying of course our Canadian Flag and the flags of all the countries that we have represented at camp this summer- United States, France, Mexico, Spain, China, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Everyone looked amazing decked out with with maple leaves and Canada painted on their faces. You could hear our favourite Ak-O-Mak cheers all along the parade route. Such fun!
After the parade we enjoyed lunch. Canada Day festivities wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the ice cream store for a cold treat. Once we had our fill of every flavor under the sun, we headed down to the Magnetawan waterfront where four of our youngest campers, Olivia K., Amanda J., Jolie M., and Carly A. raced in the cardboard box boat race. They represented Ak-O-Mak very well even though both boats were quite water logged forcing the girls to kick them in to the finish. The girls then had the opportunity to swim for a while and check out all of the Canada Day festivities in the park before heading back to camp.
Once back at camp the girls had a much needed rest hour after such an exciting day away from camp. Before dinner Coach Jocelyn lead the girls in a running clinic to help prepare them for the next triathlon we are racing in this coming weekend. After dinner the girls had a chance to finish preparing their skits before heading to bed. Everyone is excited to see what tomorrow has in store for us!
Team Comp June 30th
Today has been a fun-filled day so far at camp. The day began with early bird where the girls ran, paddled and swam. There were some new best times and many girls pushed their limits to run and swim farther than they had have so far this summer. After breakfast and inspection the girls headed to their morning classes which included cabin versus cabin volleyball matches, small boat practice, basketball and self-defense.
This afternoon team competition began as the Ahmic Lake Goat Tribe paid camp a little visit to see just how tough the Ak-O-Mak girls are. Just like that the girls were split into four tribes and set off to make up tribe names, a flag, cheers and a skit for the Survivor themed team competition this session.
Everyone is looking forward to a cookout for dinner, followed by a campfire of course with rousing verses of our favourite campfire songs. Not to forget of course the mandatory marshmallows to roast over the fire.
June 29th North Bay Triathlon
What a great day we all had yesterday! The bell rang at 7:15 and we changed things up a bit, instead of heading down to the water for early bird we all made our way up to the main house for an early breakfast. Yummy waffles hit the spot for breakfast and then the thirty-five campers competing in the North Bay triathlon grabbed all their gear and loaded the bus. The Kids of Steel race was first so the older campers worked with the younger girls to get their transition zones set up and after a few Ak-O-Mak cheers the race was on its way. The girls swam, biked and ran their hearts out while the others cheered them on. After the Kids of Steel triathlon was over we all enjoyed lunch and then the older campers and counselors who were competing in the Try-A-Tri pre-rode the course and got ready for their own race. Before the race our cheers, “AK-AK-AKOM-OM-OM-OM-AK, AK-O-MAK, AK-O-MAK, WOO!” echoed all over the course. The cheering did not stop there though, and once the Try-A-Tri had begun the younger campers could be heard cheering on every section of the course. After an amazing race from everyone who participated we headed off to the awards ceremony. Followed closely by loading the bikes and the bus and headed for some well deserved ice cream at a nearby ice cream shop! What a treat after a busy race and cheering day! Once back at camp we enjoyed a late dinner and headed down to the cabins for an early bed time!
TRY-A-TRI GIRLS 15 and under
Alessandra M., 38:46
Elizabeth W., 40:55
Samantha G., 41:35
Grace P., 42:41
Abby H., 43:21
Paola M., 44:02
Ursula M., 44:20
Gillian K., 46:38
Lili-Anna M., 47:05
Wynn M., 55:00
TRY-A-TRI GIRLS 15 and over
Brooke S., 34:26
Madison H., 36:06
Katie P., 36:17
Sarabeth H., 38:13
Solange M., 38:36
Rachel M., 39:13
Catherine G., 39:19
Alexa M., 39:33
Charlotte E., 39:55
Emily C., 43:26
Riley W., 45:09
Molly L., 53:00
June 26th and 27th
With the safe arrival of all of our campers it is safe to say that Camp 2013 has officially begun! Yesterday the staff waited anxiously for all the campers to arrive and move into their cabins. The girls settled into their cabins, played some games and enjoyed swimming in the lake until dinnertime. After a delicious dinner of lasagna and ceasar salad the girls had one more chance to take a quick jump in the lake to cool off before heading to bed.
When the bell rang this morning for early bird the girls sprang out of bed ready to start the first full day of camp! The new campers went on a full camp tour while the returning campers swam, ran or biked and then headed to the main house for breakfast. As I type the campers are busy in their morning classes playing tennis, volleyball, soccer and of course SWIMMING … YAY! We are all excited to see what fun things the afternoon will have in store for us!
We have record numbers of you participating in the various triathlons, at ALL levels, this summer!
Coach Jocelyn has suggested some equipment items you may want to bring with you, IF YOU ALREADY OWN THEM...otherwise, NO WORRIES, Camp Ak-O-Mak will cover the basics.
In order to remember what you will need, think: "Head and shoulders, Knees and Toes!"...
*Your own bike (if you prefer)
We are excited to announce that Camp Ak-O-Mak will be sporting some snazzy new ROAD bikes this summer, perfect for your training and race day!
Remember, the great thing about camp is that the ONLY thing you MUST bring is YOU!
Arielle Joining Program Staff
She's got talent and beauty a plenty
May Volunteer Weekend
If you spent any time anywhere in Ontario this weekend, then you know we were gifted four beautiful spring days for this year's Victoria long weekend. There was no better place to see how "spring had sprung" than at Camp Ak-O-Mak on the shores of Ahmic Lake.
The weather was perfect to begin the enormous task of opening camp...an annual undertaking largely accomplished with the help of our wonderful volunteers!
Spring was in full splendour at Camp Ak-O-Mak and a delight to the senses of everyone who worked. The forest floor was a resplendent, polka-dotted landscape of delicate, white trilliums while the canopy above echoed with the music of birds chirping and singing their messages to each other. The perfume from the lilac bushes and the scent from the cedar trees was Mother Nature’s “Febreeze”, wafting through the windows and on the air as we cleaned, raked, mowed and cleared fallen brush.
The only thing more inspiring than the beauty of the nature around us was the spirit of generosity demonstrated by our volunteers. Just consider that each individual drives 4-5 hours north on a holiday weekend, to give their time, skills and energy to a camp that they themselves may never have attended!
The Biggs Family, for example,(Aaron, Myles, Joanne and Glen) make the five hour trek all the way from Tweed, Ontario. They have been great friends to Camp Ak-O-Mak over the years, showing up faithfully for the work weekends with tools, chain saws, winches and goodness- knows- what packed into their pick-up trucks, ready to “git’er done!” Being a farm family, these guys and gal are handy at everything!...and Dianne and Catherine couldn’t be more grateful or appreciative for what they do. Anything from repairing the lawn mowers, taking down suspect trees, and (thanks to Joanne) even the preliminary set up of our water treatment plant.
We are also grateful to Sandy Tod (Sunfield Renovations, Dundas, ON for donating his time from a very busy contracting business and horse farm each year to tackle a major project for Ak-O-Mak. Sandy Tod and helper, Herb Denny (Rocky Reef) spent their weekend putting a new roof on the "lean-to" part of the boat house where our trusty sunfish sailboats live during the winter.
And did we mention the Puckering Clan? Program Director, Megan and her parents Cheryl and Michael plus friend Nathan muscled out dead trees from the cabin line, cleaned HOPS and then shop-vac'd the Main House until it sparkled! (Counsellors, you have a hard act to follow in keeping up that counsellor room now!!)
If anyone wants to see the living definition of “work ethic” then you need to see the Ak-O-Mak Volunteer group in action!
Of course ‘all work and no play’ is not healthy, so we always make time for fun! The best part of the Volunteer Weekends is the time we gather to “eat, drink and be merry”. There is nothing quite as entertaining as a group of adults with “gladdened” hearts and quick humour sharing great food and laughs at the end of the day! Ok and maybe an impromptu dance party...and just a little karaoke...(wooden spoons make GREAT microphones!)...
This year the prestigious and coveted award for “First One in the Lake” goes to a brave GROUP of swimmers: Megan, Nathan, Cheryl and Michael, Rosie and of course, Sandy Tod, who never misses the opportunity for a May plunge.
From Dianne and Catherine: A heartfelt “THANK YOU” to each and every one of you for playing such an important part in getting this grand old dame, Camp Ak-O-Mak, ready for her 85th debut!
Update from Coach Jocelyn: Required Swimming EQUIPMENT
Hey Campers! It is really important that you bring the following equipment to camp so you'll have it for swim practises:
"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, counsellors and staff. We grow so fond of our girls as they "grow up" at camp and then move forward to take on the world!
It is with bittersweet pleasure that we congratulate and bid farewell to our much loved Program Director, Hayley Steward, as she moves on to the next phase of her life...settling down and starting a family of her own! Camp Ak-O-Mak extends our warmest wishes to Hayley and Daniel as they begin their lives together!
Announcements! Announcements! Annou-OW-ncements!
Clouds may have a silver lining....but this one is pure GOLD!
Although Hayley will be sterning a stroller instead of a canoe for the next few years, she passes the "torch" of Program Director to MEGAN PUCKERING for 2013 and beyond!
Congratulations, Megan! Megan has many camping years under her belt and has been a perennial favourite with campers and staff alike. We invite you to read Megan's bio under the Staff section of the website.
Welcome aboard, Megan!
Wishing all our Ak-O-Mak families a Happy and Healthy New Year!
A quick reminder about our Early Bird Special, if you sign up and pay in full by January 31, 2013 you will receive 10% off the base tuition.
Please click on the “Register Tab” scroll down to find the Registration Form and the Early Bird Pricing. TO register complete the form on line and submit to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.
We hope to see you on Ahmic lake this summer!!
Happy Holidays from Camp Ak-O-Mak!
It’s the night before Christmas
Camp Ak-O-Mak wishes you and your family all the joy and peace of the holiday season.
Campers and Parents
Dear Ak O Mak Campers and Parents,
We hope that all our Canadian campers had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, safe at home with family and friends, enjoying the cosy fall weather!
The last days of our main session in August flew by quickly, filled with fun, laughter and great memories! On September 1st, the final goodbyes were said and with a tinge of sadness we watched the last of our campers and parents drive away.
However there was no time to relax, as camp had to be cleaned and the staff get ready to receive two more camping groups in the days that followed. Around the lake cooler temperatures were setting in, and we were able to witness the gradual colour change of the leaves from the vivid green of summer to the riotous red, yellow and orange that herald the approach of autumn.
We would like to thank you for following the new updates and appreciate your patience regarding the recent delays in postings.We have been having some technical difficulties with the website that have been worked on throughout the summer; however some of these issues still persist.
The last news updates had been posted but not updated onto the website. They are there now so you can catch up on all of the fun this week at Ak-O-Mak. Hold tight, because there are still a few more exciting things to come!
Misty Morning at Ak-O-Mak
Today should be a BEAUTIFUL day at camp. The classes are rugby, tennis, volleyball, cabins are playing eachother in basketball, and of corse everyone has SWIMMING! YAY!
Off to the Polo Matches!
Well we have been having the most random weather up at camp! Hot, hot, hot, days which is making the water almost warmer than a swimming pool, and cool evenings for sleeping. Then we end up with cool rainy days…coincidently whenever “Princess” leaves camp. He must have an internal weather device.
As soon as there’s sunshine the girls hit the water and we can’t get them out!
We have been out in the war canoes and the racing canoes and kayaks, surf boards, paddle boards, and obviously SWIMMING!
Now of course we do not have horses at Ak-O-Mak so we have had to improvise with a PIGGY-BACK POLO match! As I type the girls are constructing their “box-seats” for the match and getting their game-faces on!
Hayley & Yukki
On Your Mark. Get Set….nevermind
Sunday night the girls went to bed after campfire with the anticipation of the 3 mile race ahead of them the next morning. Bedtime on the cabin line was quieter than usual as girls dreamt of the quickest to get through the lily pads en route to Ahmic Harbour.
At 8:30 when the bell rang, calling the campers for breakfast. Monday being race day obviously called for a much appreciated
When we all poked our heads out of the cabin to see what clothes we would need for after the morning evens our vision was greatly obscured by the golf ball sized raindrops falling from the sky. The race would have to be postponed until Tuesday, we crossed our fingers for great weather.
To keep warm and dry for morning classes they took place indoors or on the porch of the Main House. There were energetic zumba/aerobics classes in the Main House, self-defense classes by Rosie on the porch and deep in the depths of the cabin line, way down in cabin seven there was a royal rumble in the ROCKTAGON! Campers took the form of sumo wrestlers with their lifejackets on as sumo pants and tried to belly bump their way to dominance against their cabin-mates.
This afternoon heralded another team comp event! Simon Cowell, super-model Twiggy, and Harry Styles from One Direction challenged the campers to compete in Ak-O-Mak’s very own round of X-Factor…somehow this would surely bring back the Queen’s crown jewels…maybe they respond to dancing and singing.
Each team put on an amazing performance! It was quite tricky to determine who the winners were. Of course I can’t tell you now or it may give away the rankings in Team Comp. You’ll just have to wait for the results at banquet!
After dinner we played tons of crazy games on the back field. The girls have headed off to their cabins for another restful night, hopefully tomorrow will bring us some sunshine! Cross your fingers and toes for us!
Sweet dreams and happy camping!
Knoepfli Mile Swim
Yesterday we went across the lake to our brother camp, Camp Chikopi for the 1 mile swim to Knoepfli.
After the race we went back to Chikopi for lunch and the afternoon’s events of Field Day. The sun camp out and it was a beautiful afternoon. The field was full of shrieking and laughing as the campers from both camps played traditional field day games like, toss the wellie (it’s exactly what it sounds like…throwing a boot), the plank walk, dizzy-lizzies, and trying to catch soccer balls in bed sheets. Some Chikopi campers may have been missing their bedding last-night. The teams had to try and go to as many stations as possible to accumulate the least amount of points. The winning team gets to pick a mystery prize out of the “dark bag” and obviously earns bragging rights between both camps. At the end of all of the games eveyone headed to the lake to cool off. Then Chikopi presented awards and we headed back to camp for dinner.
Girls 10 and under
1st place Caroline M. 29:47:18
Girls 11 and 12
Girls 13 – 14
1st place Vanessa G. 22:38:20
The British Invasion!
In the wake of the London 2012 Olympics a travesty has occurred! Through all the excitement and chaos in the past few weeks it appears that the Royal Guards became distracted by the commotion. Between protecting their dear Queen and watching all of the swimming finals they neglected to protect the crown jewels and now it appears that they have gone missing!
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