24 August, 2016
August 24, 2016
Here at Ak-O-Mak, every day's a great day and today was no exception! After a sunny Early Bird of swimming and running campers went for breakfast and then inspection. Inspection is highly competitive and a rather important part of camp life here. Each morning Hayley our Program Director and Dianne or Catherine head down the cabin line to inspect each cabin, we check their trunks to make sure they're neat and there's no wet clothes in them, we check if their beds are made, and if they have all of the things with them for their morning classes. Points are awarded for cleanliness and extra creativity and then a prize is given at banquet to the cleanest cabin.
Following inspection campers had, swimming, self defence, archery, tennis, basketball, small boats (c4's, c2's, c1's, k1's), and triathlon transition practice. Here campers practiced some helpful skills that will come in handy at the upcoming Parry Sound Triathlon.
This afternoon we had a shortened Rest Hour and then paddled or swam across the lake to Ahmic Lake Lodge for some ice cream and playing in the rapids. This was the campers first paddling trip out of camp and they paddled hard and strong, perhaps because they knew ice cream was waiting for them. After our afternoon adventure we headed back to camp for dinner and Evening Activity.
We were visited again by spies, and this time campers had to make their way around the Main House balcony as quiet as possible whilst avoiding lasers.
Everyone is now in bed and probably humming the Mission Impossible theme song to themselves.
23 August, 2016
August 23, 2016
Tonight is so quiet at camp you can hear each breath from the birds. We had an action packed day today and most of camp seems to have fallen asleep as soon as their heads hit their pillows.
Today started with a great Early Bird - girls are trying new sports and pushing themselves achieve athletic goals and personal bests.
Morning classes were busy and exciting! Cabins 3, 4, 5 were divided into teams and played in an intense game of kickball. Cabin 1 and 2 joined up with each other to head out in some war canoes for the first time this session. There was another great swim practice with Coach Jocelyn and Coach Lou! And cabins also had archery and self defence.
Self defence has become a great part of the Ak-O-Mak program. The girls are not only learning how to punch and kick, but the confidence to stand up for themselves.
This afternoon some campers headed out on an all afternoon ride to Magnetawan. The rest of the campers had soccer drills and a game, a stretching and yoga session, and then open waterfront. The lake has been so warm, we practically had to pull everyone out when it was time for dinner.
Tomorrow brings another day full of adventure!
22 August, 2016
August 22, 2016
The mist rose off the lake this morning as the whole camp started Early Bird together. Swimmers started off into the warm water strong, as runners feet pounded the paths, and cyclists wove their way through the trails around camp.
Morning classes today included archery, rugby, tennis, self defence, croquet, and of course SWIMMING YAY! In swimming today the two youngest cabins learned how to draft off of one and other and headed out into the open water to practice their skills.
This afternoon campers had the choice of mountain biking, basketball, or boot camp. Here they had the opportunity to participate in an activity with girls from other cabins. Then, everyone made their way to the tennis courts for some whole camp games. These games were rudely interrupted by secret agents from A.K.O. Headquarters. These spys came to ask the campers for help detecting some undercover agents from M.A.G. that had infiltrated the camp. All of the campers were divided into four agent squads (teams) and needed to design a logo, come up with a code name, and present to the secret agents a cheer for their squad. Team Comp has begun!
After dinner the entire camp played "The Scream Game". A highly skilled game where you stand on a line, take a deep breath, and scream and run at the same time until you need to take a breath. Some of the campers made it longer than the entire length of the soccer field before they needed to take a gasp of air...or burst into laughter.
21 August, 2016
August 21, 2016
Our first full day at camp.
This morning as the camp slept the wind howled and rain poured down. As it was time to wake up for our first Early Bird the wind blew the rain clouds out of camp clearing the way for a beautiful swim, run, bike, or camp tour for first time Ak-O-Makkers.
This mornings activities included rugby, archery, self defence, canoeing with our guest super woman Sarah Steel,
After a full morning everyone was excited for a buffet lunch. With full bellies, it was onto rest hour and a busy, fun filled afternoon. Cabins went sailing, played softball, jumped and tumbled in gymnastics, learned the basics of tennis for our up coming tennis tourney, and a group was driven out past Ahmic Harbour to ride on the smooth road. The rain sprinkled for 5 minutes but everyone danced and played through the water.
Tonight we had our Sunday night cook out at the campfire. But as we devoured our homemade burgers, veggie sticks, and salad the winds really picked up and threatened to carry our youngest campers to Oz.
we moved up to the cozy Main House to roast marshmallows in the fireplace, sing along to pop songs, and watch the dances that cabins 4 and 5 came up with this afternoon.
Right now all of the campers are glued to the amazing stories that Sarah Steel is telling us about fighting fires in Northern Alberta like the fire at Fort McMurry. Everyone is truly mesmerized, hanging on to every word about how these giant fires get started and the unbelievably hard work that goes into fighting and managing them. Many of the girls were inspired to hear that Sarah was the head of a crew!
20 August, 2016
August 20, 2016
The first day of the two week session has come to a close, and what a great first day it was!
Quickly after lunch campers began arriving.
One by one their new counsellors took them down to their cabin. The girls got settled into their cabins, found the comfiest bunk to call their own for the next two weeks, and met their cabin mates.
Once anyone had arrived the waterfront was opened up for swimming, diving off the high dive, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Since the summer has been so warm the lake is nearly bath tub ready and the sounds of laughter and splashing echoed through camp.
Open waterfront was followed by a delicious dinner, seated with campers from various cabins. Dinner tonight was chicken breast, steamed veggies, potatoes, and a fresh salad. Every camper (and counsellor) was excited when they saw the beautifully frosted carrot cake cupcakes arrive at their tables for dessert.
Tonight, the girls had the choice between soccer, tennis, or nuke 'em for evening activity. Then back to the lake for one last dip before bonding time in the cabins before bed.
Along the cabin line you can hear the quiet chatter of campers and counsellors ready for an awesome two weeks to come!
20 August, 2016
We Welcome you all to our camp.... Our first night
18 August, 2016
August 18, 2016
Ak-O-Mak in their Downtown Magnetawan wear....
16 August, 2016
August 16. 2016
Another amazing session has come to an end here at Ak-O-Mak. Tomorrow we have to say goodbye to our 7 and 3 weekers, after a wonderful session full of swimming, running, biking, paddling and more. For our last day we had Treasure Hunt! Team Comp hides clues all over camp and you and your team have to determine what the clues mean and where to find the next one. Even with the rainy weather we had today everyone had great spirits and was having a ton of fun. After lunch the girls had a chance to pack and rest before banquet. Cabin 1 did a beautiful job of decorating the mainhouse for banquet. We gave out many awards and watched a fantastic slideshow. Afterwards we headed to the main dock to release our wish boats and sing some goodbye songs. It was a wonderful last day and everyone is very sad about leaving tomorrow!
15 August, 2016
August 15, 2016
It was the perfect day for the 9 mile Mag swim! We woke up at 7am for an early breakfast and the swimmers were off with their paddlers by 8am. The rest of the camp followed at 9am and caught up in time to cheer the swimmers in. We had a record number of girls swimming and a record time was set by our counsellor Brett! All of the swimmers did amazing and kept their spirits up the whole time. When we got to Magnetawan we had lunch and everyone had a chance to get ice cream or candy before heading back. The paddle back to camp was great, with very little wind. We got back to camp in time for a jump in the lake before dinner. After dinner we had a choice between speed ball and yoga. It was a fantastic day!
14 August, 2016
August 14, 2016
What a wonderful day at camp! It's getting very busy here as we reach the final days of the 7 and 3 week session. We had a longer inspection after breakfast so everyone could start getting ready to pack. For morning classes we had lacrosse, archery, fencing, bushwacking, swimming and more. After a delicious lunch we had rest hour and then everyone headed to the tennis courts for the tennis finals! Our special guests Gordon Ramsay and his personal yoga teacher came by at the end to play the winner, played by our chef Sam and alumni Lolly. After tennis we had the mountain bike races! Everyone went through the short course a few times to work on best times. Tonight was our last campfire and cookout, and everyone enjoyed singing camp songs and sharing favourite memories from the summer. We all headed to bed after to rest up for the 9 mile Mag swim tomorrow!
12 August, 2016
August 12, 2016
Beat the boys! Today was the softball game against Chikopi. The weather looked questionable but the rain held off until later in the evening. We started the day with early bird at 7am, with the choices of swimming, running, mountain biking and softball practice. For the morning the girls traveled around to different classes such as archery, fencing, soccer, zumba and swimming. After lunch we paddled over to Chikopi for the softball game. Ak-O-Mak beat the boys and we all had a great time! Everyone played extremely well and they worked great as a team. After dinner we paddled back to camp and settled into the mainhouse with our comfy clothes and blankets to watch the 2013 Ironman movie. It was the perfect relaxing way to end the day.
11 August, 2016
August 11, 2016
It was a great but very hot day at camp! We spent a lot of time in the water to stay cool. Our softball team had a practice for early bird and everyone else had a choice between running and swimming. We had a delicious breakfast of pancakes before morning classes. The classes consisted of synchro, water aerobics, paddle boarding, tennis, rugby, zumba and swimming. For the afternoon we continued the tennis tournament! For those not at tennis, we had choice periods of paddling, diving, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and more. We also had a group head into Parry Sound for the weekly time trial bike ride! The day ended off with a Willy Wonka themed Quidditch game for team comp! Everyone was exhausted after such a busy day and ready for bed.
August 10, 2016
Today we had to say goodbye to the girls staying for 2 weeks unfortunately. We are already looking forward to seeing them again next year hopefully! All of the campers staying headed out on bikes and canoes to Ahmic Lake Lodge for the day! As soon as we got there the girls jumped into the water for an open water swim practice and they had a chance to play on the water trampoline at the end. We had lunch there and then got ice cream! After everyone was finished eating we played in the rapids for a bit and some girls relaxed listening to music and reading books. We headed back to camp and had rest hour before dinner. After a delicious lasagna dinner our softball team had a practice and the girls 12 and under started their tennis tournament! We also had a relaxing yoga class and everyone got to practice headstands and fun inversions. After a great day everyone headed to bed, excited for a fun day tomorrow!
9 August, 2016
August 9, 2016
Today started out with a twist! This morning instead of putting on their caps and goggles for swim practice, the girls pulled on their camper uniforms and put on their best smiles for camp pictures. Afterwards the girls headed out to rugby, paddle board yoga, self defence, diving, syncro, and more. During rest hour the girls who are leaving us tomorrow packed their bags. Since it was a beautiful day out on the lake, all the girls dove in to to swim our annual Monster Rock mile swim. We had some of the fastest times ever for the swim! After all the campers came in they hopped in canoes to paddle for the counsellors. We wrapped up the afternoon with some open waterfront before heading up to the mainhouse for a yummy dinner of curry and the girls favourite dessert... smores! We wrapped up the team with another softball tryout and a fun team comp game. It was then time for bed after a busy day!
9 August, 2016
Wondering about calling your daughter?
Phone calling starts on Wednesday August 10th at Dinner Time
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. 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.
Please Note we are out of camp at events Friday PM and all day Saturday.
8 August, 2016
August 8, 2016
Camp Ak-O-Mak was full of visitors today! After early bird and breakfast, paddlers from the North Bay Canoe Club joined us for a fun-filled morning. We did some paddling in small boats and war canoe, as well as volleyball, lacrosse and swimming. Everyone had a great time getting out in boats with some new paddlers and we learned a lot. In the afternoon Chikopi came over for the colour run! It was a 5km run where coloured powder was thrown on you as you ran. Everyone came out looking very colourful and we had a dance party at the end. We all jumped into the water to clean off before dinner. After dinner we had the soccer game against the boys! The girls played very well but unfortunately the boys beat us after a close game of 3-2. It was a lot of fun and we are very proud of our soccer team for all of their hard work.
6 August, 2016
August 6, 2016
What a successful day in Barrie! We had a 5:15 am wake up call to get on the road and drive to Barrie from the hotel for the triathlon. We arrived and got set up in transition area to prepare for the races. The day started off with the youngest campers and went through all the age groups till it ended with the duathlon. Everyone had a fantastic race and Ak-O-Mak placed in most of our age groups! After the triathlon we had lunch and awards. We loaded back onto the buses to head back to camp in time for open waterfront before dinner. We had camp fire and cookout tonight and everyone had a chance to share their stories from the triathlon. Afterwards we had an early bedtime so everyone can rest up from the busy day.
5 August, 2016
August 5, 2016
Today was the Chikopi Tri! We had an early breakfast before piling into canoes and heading over to Chikopi. It consisted of a swim, run and paddle. The rain held off for the triathlon and all of the 13 and overs had a great time. It was very windy for the 12 and under age group so they did a duathlon instead, consisting of the swim and run. It was a great morning and everyone did really well! We had lunch and awards at Chikopi and then we canoed back to Ak-O-Mak for rest hour. In the afternoon we had the camper-counsellor soccer game! All of the counsellors dressed up as campers and played against the soccer team and the counsellors won 1-0! Afterwards everyone had a chance to cool off in the lake before dinner. In the evening we packed up all the bikes for the Barrie tri, and had an early bed time to rest up.
3 August, 2016
August 3, 2016
Another great early bird today! The weather was beautiful and all the girls had the choice between swimming or running before breakfast. We had a shorter morning today because this afternoon we went to Ahmic Lake Lodge! For morning classes we had archery, tennis, softball, waterpolo and swimming. After an early lunch and short rest hour we all got into canoes to paddle across the lake to Ahmic Lake Lodge. We also had some bikers and a few swimmers. It was a gorgeous afternoon and everyone enjoyed their ice cream before spending the afternoon playing in the rapids and chatting with friends. We headed back to camp in time for dinner, and afterwards everyone got their bike organized for the Barrie Tri this weekend! For those not participating in the triathlon we had a yoga and stretching session to end off the night.
2 August, 2016
August 2, 2016
We have been very lucky with the weather lately, it was another beautiful day at Ak-O-Mak! The lake was very still for early bird this morning, and a lot of the girls got best times for swimming and running. For morning classes today we had softball, diving, water aerobics, biking, self defence and swimming. After lunch and rest hour Jocelyn led a running clinic to help the girls with their running form. It was very informative and helpful to learn new running techniques. After that everyone met for a team comp activity! We played Capture the Flag in the water so everyone could stay cool. It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed spending time in the water. They also had a chance for open waterfront before dinner. Some girls tried out the diving tower, paddle boards and even gunnel bobbing. After dinner the soccer team had a practice and the other girls had a choice between Barbarians and yoga. It was a great way to end off a fantastic day!
1 August, 2016
Ahmic Harbour Swim - August 1st 2016
Under 10 girls
1st Madison McDermott 1:15:01
2nd Livie Shine 1:21:31
3rd Abby Miller 1:26:15
1st Florence Millet 55:08
2nd Alanna Casasanta 59:06
3rd Marian Cao Romero 59:23
4th Tori Bibler 1:00:38
5th Gabby Casasanta 1:01:18
6th Amanda Jaffe 1:01:19
7th Alina Armbruster 1:06:00
8th Chelsea Moore 1:06:18
9th Rachel Patten 1:09:45
10th Jolie Mosack 1:10:06
11th Claire Coombs 1:10:58
12th Carmella Ylagan 1:11:12
13th Udaya Reddy 1:11:13
14th Charlotte Rooney 1:13:03
15th Noelle Young 1:13:46
16th Casey Morris 1:14:06
17th Sabrina Stavely 1:15:08
17th Aditi Pundit 1:15:08
18th Jenna Wall 1:16:24
19th Allie Riihilouma 1:15:37
20th Ann Peletier 1:16:56
21st Abigail Greenberg 1:19:03
22nd Anna Hermann 1:19:04
1ST Robin Cruz Abrams 51:47
2nd Lucy Mitnick 55:05
3rd Gabrielle Eivers 55:40
4th Cassie Greer 56:38
5th Marit Kershaw 58:51
6th Madeleine Young 58:56
7th Emma Genautis 59:04
8th Amber Pattern 1:01:20
9th Ayden Michaud 1:01:25
10th Elizabeth Shannon 1:01:42
11th Kadia Bielecki 1:02:13
12th Claire Witting 1:02:43
13th Trinity Zdunich 1:03:08
14th Claire Steciuk 1:06:06
15th Elyse Truebridge 1:07:59
16th Anna Rowe 1:08:09
17th Teagan Duenkel 1:15:27
18th Anjali Tandon 1:22:09
1st Jessica Reibel 53:59
2nd Erin Brown 54:04
3rd Marion Denny 55:01
4th Sarah Shearer 58:04
5th Wynn Maloney 58:13
6th Elsa Palmer 58:59
7th Maya Grantz 59:33
8th Arianne Cole 1:03:10
9th Amanda Mullin 1:07:46
10th Mackenna Armitage 1:08:01
11th Samuelle Fortier 1:08:44
12th Isabella Casasanta 1:08:44
13th Paola Mendoza 1:09:40
14th Madeleine Dierickse 1:10:11
15th Abby Hunt 1:16:02
16th Mariana Vega 1:24:41
18 + Women
1st Rebecca Rooney 1:28:22
1 August, 2016
August 1, 2016
What a beautiful day at camp! The girls enjoyed a sleep in this morning before the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour swim with the boys. We had beautiful weather for the swim and the water is nice and warm. Once they got to Ahmic Harbour everyone paddled or walked back to camp. For lunch we had cookout with Chikopi and we presented awards from the swim. After lunch everyone headed to their cabins for a well-deserved rest hour after store. In the afternoon we had team comp and we played the list game. You only have a couple of seconds to look at a list of items that need to be collected and then you have to run around camp to find the items. It was a very warm day so for evening activity we had a choice period of paddling, diving and stroke correction. Everyone had a great day and we were all definitely ready for bed!
31 July, 2016
July 31, 2016
Today was a great day for early bird! The sun was shining as the girls headed out to swim, run or bike. After breakfast and inspection everyone headed to morning classes. We've started a new class of paddle board yoga and the girls are loving the new challenge. We also had classes of fencing, rugby, volleyball, archery, canoeing and swimming. Blair Saunders arrived just in time to teach us all about transitions for the upcoming Barrie triathlon! In the afternoon the girls rotated through classes of basketball, lacrosse, paddling and self defence. Tonight was camp fire and cookout! Everyone put on their comfiest clothes and headed to Sandy beach for dinner. We sang songs and our alumni gave an inspirational talk about how special camp is to them. Everyone headed to bed after a fantastic day to rest up for the Ahmic Harbour swim tomorrow.
29 July, 2016
July 29, 2016
It was a beautiful day on Ahmic Lake! We had a busy early bird this morning of swimming, running, mountain biking and road biking. After a delicious breakfast of french toast we had inspection. Everyone is all settled in now and enjoying all of the actives here at camp. For morning classes we had fencing, gymnastics, basketball, waterpolo, diving and of course swimming! In the afternoon a group of campers went on a bike ride to Magnetawan and back. Everyone at camp had a fun afternoon of sailing, softball and ultimate frisbee. We ended the afternoon with open waterfront to cool off. After dinner we had our second soccer try out. It looks like we'll have a great team this year to beat the boys! For those who aren't trying out there was a choice between paddling and Sardines, one of our backfield games. Everyone headed for bed after to rest up for early bird tomorrow!
27 July, 2016
July 27, 2016
What a fantastic start to the 3 week session! We had a beautiful day as all of the campers arrived. For all of our 7 week campers we had early bird with the choice of running or swimming before breakfast. After inspection everyone headed to swim practice. After that we had paddling! We got a couple war canoes out, and some of our alumni visiting got to try paddling again! Our new campers began to arrive after lunch and they joined into basketball, tennis and soccer. After running around everyone was ready to cool down with a dip in the lake! We had open waterfront before dinner, and our new campers got to try paddle boarding and gunnel bobbing. After dinner everyone went back to the cabins to finish unpacking and have some cabin bonding. We have a great group of campers here and everyone is very excited for the upcoming session!
26 July, 2016
July 26, 2016
We sadly had to say goodbye to our 4 week campers today. For everyone who is staying we had a regular early bird and breakfast. After inspection we all headed down to swim practice. Today was a special day, after inspection we had an early lunch before heading to North Bay to see Finding Dory! It was a fantastic way to end team comp and everyone enjoyed some treats at the movie theatre. Once we got back to camp we had open waterfront to cool down before dinner. For evening activity we alternated between games of ultimate frisbee and soccer. Everyone is getting excited for the arrival of new campers tomorrow!
25 July, 2016
July 25, 2016
Time flies here at camp! Today was the last day of the 4 week session, and we are very sad to say goodbye to some of our campers tomorrow. Today we had a regular day at camp, starting with early bird of swimming, running and mountain biking. After breakfast we had inspection, and those leaving started to pack. For morning classes we had lacrosse, diving, paddle boarding and swimming. We also had our tennis doubles tournament this morning! After lunch and rest hour everyone headed to the waterfront for team comp. We played a great game that involved getting your entire team to orange rock on a canoe, on a paddle board and by foot. After the game we had the tennis finals before dinner. Our chef prepared a fantastic meal for banquet of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and carrots. We presented all the awards and then watched the slideshow. After banquet everyone headed down to the main dock to sing some songs and send our wish boats into the water. It was a busy day and night at Ak-O-Mak!
25 July, 2016
What a successful weekend in Ottawa! We left Friday morning after early bird and breakfast, and arrived in Ottawa at around 5:30pm. Everyone got settled in the hotel before heading out to dinner. We had a delicious buffet dinner and afterwards everyone had some downtime to walk around Ottawa and shop. We headed back to the hotel for an early bed time before the regatta. In the morning we woke up for breakfast at 7am and left for the regatta after that. Everyone had a fantastic day of racing and cheering on their fellow campers! The girls did amazing, especially for only practicing for about 3 weeks. After the regatta we had pizza for dinner, and headed back to the hotel to rest up for the light show that night! We headed to Parliament Hill to watch the light show about Canadian history. We had a sleep in on Sunday morning until 8am, before breakfast and shopping for a couple hours. We arrived back to camp in time for cook out and camp fire! It was busy but great weekend!
20 July, 2016
July 20, 2016
Today was a busy day full of paddling to prepare for the Ottawa Regatta this weekend! For early bird we had some campers practicing their small boats, as well as mountain biking, swimming and running. After breakfast we had a visit from an Olympian Alex! He was in the 2012 London Olympics for open water swimming. He paddled with us a bit in the morning and then he coached swim practice. He taught everyone about drafting and gave us tips for open water swimming. It was great to have him here at camp to coach! After lunch we paddled over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for ice cream and some swimming in the rapids. We took war canoes as well as pleasure canoes over to practice. For evening activity we had the finals of our tennis tournament! It was a ton of fun to watch the different age groups compete to win. Everyone headed to bed afterwards, tired from a great day!
19 July, 2016
July 19, 2016
It was a beautiful day on Ahmic Lake for the Sailing Regatta practice! After an early bird of swimming, running and small boats everyone headed to breakfast. The campers that were going to the Sailing Regatta had one class before an early lunch and then they were off. They all did amazing, and learned a lot from the sailers on the lake. Everyone else at camp had morning classes of swimming, self defence, zumba and diving. After lunch everyone caught up on sleep during rest hour before heading to the counsellor-camper kickball game! The counsellors dressed up and managed to beat the campers, but it was a close game! Before dinner all the cabins posed for the camp picture. After a fantastic dinner of chicken and fried rice the girls had a paddling practice! The wind calmed down and it was a beautiful night to be on the water.
17 July, 2016
July 17, 2016
After a busy day at the North Bay Regatta it was great to have a normal day here at camp. We started with early bird, and the campers chose between mountain biking, swimming and running. After a delicious breakfast of pancakes everyone headed back to their cabins to clean up for inspection. A few of the morning classes we had were diving, tennis, water polo, synchro, archery and rugby. After lunch and rest hour everyone headed to the team comp activity! We had a gold rush on camp, and the teams had to find all the coloured rocks around camp to get points for their team. We also had a paddling practice before dinner. Sunday nights are campfire and cookout, so everyone headed to Sandy Beach for delicious burgers and sausages before roasting marshmallows. Jocelyn and Rosie talked to everyone about advice they wish they knew when they were campers, and then we finished off with some songs before heading to bed.
16 July, 2016
July 16, 2016
Camp Ak-O-Mak had a very busy and successful day at the North Bay Regatta! We woke up at 7am to load the boats onto the trailer and have one final paddling practice before heading to North Bay after breakfast. We started with the U13 war canoe race first, followed by the small boat races and the U15 war canoe races. Everyone had a fantastic day, and our hard work definitely paid off. We love seeing the other canoe clubs, and racing against them. All of the girls did amazing in their races, especially for the short time that we have had to practice. We finished up with dinner in North Bay, before heading to get some ice cream before the bus ride back to camp. We got back to camp just in time for bed, to rest up for early bird tomorrow.
15 July, 2016
Knoefli Mile swim
Friday 15th July
Girls Under 10
1st Lindsay Jaffe 48:42
1st Florence Millet 26:00
2nd Elise Kim 26:54
3rd Lexi Stewart 27:47
4th Jolie Mosack 30:12
5th Gillian Marshall 30:13 (not AKOMAK)
6th Amanda Jaffe 30:15
7th Abi Greenberg 30:44
8th Jenna Serotta 44:00
9th Veronica Simon 46:54
10th Jackie Coutts 48:18
11th Lila Meflah 51:17
1st Robin Cruz Abrams 22:19
2nd Marit Kershaw 25:08
3rd Lucy Mitnick 25:31
4th Jordyn Hunter 25:52 (non-AKOMAK)
5th Sarah Shearer 26:01
6th Claire Witting 26:58
7th Willa Royce Roll 27:02
8th Trinity Zdunich 27:09
9th Angelica Gordon 27:10
10th Kadia Bielecki 27:35
11th Aberdene Marshall 29:15 (Non AKOMAK)
12th Claire Steciuk 29:45
13th Frankie Dahinten 30:09
14th Lauren Carroll 30:57
15th Amrita Karia 33:10
16th Teagan Duenkel 33:43 (Chikopi)
17th Olivia Kopeschney 45:17
18th Mika Halinski 47:11
19th Kosi Lewis 47:18
1st Erin Brown 23:15
2nd Jessica Reibel 23:17
3rd Cailyn Eley 23:28 (non AKOMAK)
4th Anna Warwick 25:05
5th Elise Legault 25:25
6th Arianne Cole 25:26
7TH Ellery Procter 26:46
8th Wynn Maloney 27:26
9th Maya Grantz 28:30
10th Isabella Casasanta 30:04
11th Paola Mendoza 32:14
12th Mackenzie Oliver 32:37
13th Abby Hunt 35:27
14th Andrea Blanes 38:07
15th Mariana Vega 43:11
1st Erin Lee 24:26
2nd Alexa Murray 29:30
3rd Vanessa Watt 30:50
4th Pam Rubio 36:59
15 July, 2016
July 15, 2016
Everyone was up bright and early this morning for breakfast at 7:15 before we paddled over to Chikopi for the 1 mile Knoepfli swim! We took pleasure canoes as well as two war canoes out to practice for the regatta tomorrow. The weather wasn't the greatest, but the water was nice and warm for the swimmers. The campers walked or paddled back to Chikopi for lunch, and after that we canoed back to Ak-O-Mak. When we got back the girls had a chance to go to store and then we had rest hour. It was still raining in the afternoon so everyone headed to the mainhouse to watch Finding Nemo! It was the perfect relaxing afternoon to prepare for the regatta tomorrow. After dinner we played Scuttlebugs in the mainhouse. It's a really fun game where everyone has to sneak outside without being heard. The campers had an early bed time tonight so everyone is well rested for paddling tomorrow!
14 July, 2016
July 14, 2016
Yesterday was a busy day at Niagara Falls for most of our campers. After visiting the Falls and going on the Hornblower we drove to Vaughn Mills for some shopping. We headed back to camp just in time for a dip in the lake before bed. Today started out a bit cloudy but turned out to be beautiful. We had an early bird of running and swimming before breakfast. Instead of morning classes we switched it up and did paddling and swim practice. After lunch and rest hour our team comp leaders had planned a great afternoon for us. It was a sports tournament of soccer, basketball and kickball and everyone had a ton of fun! After a delicious dinner of chicken, potatoes and caeser salad we had a choice for evening activity. The campers chose between sailing, yoga and mountain biking. Everyone headed to bed after that to rest up for tomorrow!
12 July, 2016
July 12, 2016
It was an early start for the group of campers heading to North Bay for paddling. They had breakfast at 6:30 before heading off, and they spent the day training with the North Bay paddlers as well as taking some soccer breaks. They had a fantastic day and everyone learned a lot. They arrived back at camp just in time for dinner. The group of campers that stayed at camp enjoyed an early bird of running and swimming before breakfast. Afterwards they had a longer inspection so the 2 weekers had some time to pack before their departure tomorrow. We had morning classes of swimming, rugby, paddle boarding and a competitive game of soccer between cabins 3 and 4. In the afternoon after rest hour everyone participated in a camp wide obstacle course! It was a ton of fun to climb under benches, hula hoop, somersault and much more! It was a very warm day so the campers had a chance to jump in the lake before a relaxing yoga class. We opened up the waterfront for the campers before dinner to cool off. It was an eventful day for everyone, and this evening we gave the campers a chance to pack and bond with their campers on some of their last nights. Tomorrow a large group heads out to Niagara Falls for the day!
11 July, 2016
July 11, 2016
It was a busy day at camp! The day started off with early bird, and the girls had the options of running, swimming and biking. After breakfast and inspection the girls got ready for morning classes. This morning we had two longer periods of swimming, dryland and paddling! We worked on war canoe as well as small boats to prepare for the regattas. The boats are looking great this year and everyone is improving quickly. After lunch everyone headed down to their cabins for a much needed rest hour before an exciting afternoon! The campers going to the North Bay Regatta had paddling practice, and there was a choice period of diving, synchro, volleyball and rugby for the other campers. Followed by our best run THE COLOUR RUN, great fun!!! After such a busy day everyone was ready for an early bed time and some cabin bonding.
10 July, 2016
Today we took a break from early bird and had a sleep in until 7:45 before the 10km run with Chikopi. After breakfast everyone got ready to run. The weather was beautiful and everyone had a fantastic run. Afterwards the runners headed down to enjoy open waterfront and get a chance to jump in and cool off. Before lunch we presented awards. After Chikopi left the girls headed down to their cabins for a well deserved rest hour. In the afternoon we had swim practice and stretching to help with sore muscles from the run. After that we had a choice period of tennis, softball, diving, kayaking and paddle boarding. This evening was campfire and cookout, and the girls enjoyed burgers and cake before roasting marshmallows. Cabin 1 shared inspiring stories about overcoming obstacles before we got together to sing some camp songs. Everyone was ready for bed after a tiring but exciting day!
10 July, 2016
10 KM RACE - JULY 10TH 2016
TEN AND UNDER GIRLS
1st Isabelle Grecoff 1:04:01
2nd Jessie Mitnick 1:13:07
3rd Abigail Odinocki 1:27:51
1st Amanda Jaffe 46:00
2nd Devon Smith 54:32
3rd Alana Odinocki 56:09
4th Florence Millet 56:56
5th Abigail Greenberg 59:18
6th Jackie Coutts 1:01:45
7th Lexi Stewart 1:05:32
8th Lila Meflah 1:05:54
9th Ayoola Bello 1:06:20
10th Dalya Shaikli 1:06:36
11th Jolie Mosack 1:10:44
12th Elise Kim 1:17:48
13th Jenna Serotta 1:20:55
1st Robin Cruz Abrams 50:10
2nd Jade Saunders 52:39
3rd Kosi Lewis 57:58
4th Abigail Gebrail 58:00
5th Kate Korac 58:01
6th Amrita Karia 1:02:12
7th Teagan Duenkel 1:02:24
8th Molly Trayling 1:02:27
9th Angelica Gordon 1:03:30
10th Kadia Bielecki 1:03:33
11th Lucy Mitnick 1:05:26
12th Gabby Chanen 1:05:44
13th Mika Halinski 1:07:48
14th Lauren Carroll 1:10:29
15th Trinity Zdunich 1:13:41
16th Willa Royce-Rolls 1:16:55
17th Alex Illman 1:17:49
18th Claire Witting 1:19:53
19th Sarah Shearer 1:20:32
1ST Brogan MacDougall 36:50
2nd Mackenzie Oliver 50:09
3rd Jessica Reibel 57:23
4th Erin Brown 57:24
5th Jenna Miller 59:37
6th Sam Bultje 59:10
7th Paola Mendoza 1:00:15
8th Zeena Mansour 1:03:43
9th Marion Denny 1:13:40
10th Maya Grantz 1:14:47
11th Arianne Cole 1:17:08
12th Ellery Proctor 1:20:13
1st Jocelyn Saunders 44:30
2nd Marina de la Sierra 44:57
3rd Natasha Lane 45:13
4th Emily Clark 46:20
5th Erin Lee 48:50
6th Lily Aguilar 50:58
7th Rosie Thomas 54:38
8th Erin Avis 57:31
9th Catherine McKeough 57:32
10th Pam Rubio 57:33
11th Anna Bridgeman 1:04:02
12th Vanessa Watt 1:04:36
13th Alexa Murray 1:06:03
14th Ayshen Tuncel 1:07:39
15th Colette Duenkel 1:12:30
16th Monica Cordero 1:27:52
9 July, 2016
The girls enjoyed an earlybird of biking and running this morning, before the weather decided not to cooperate. It was mostly rainy all day but that gave everyone time to rest for the 10km run tomorrow! After breakfast and inspection, the girls had a choice between swim practice and dryland. After that everyone headed up to the mainhouse to watch the Kona Ironman documentary! It's a camp favourite and always makes everyone feel inspired. After lunch and rest hour everyone headed back up to the mainhouse to avoid the rain and have a fun team comp activity! When the campers got there Ak-O-Mak's Got Talent was all set up! Everyone had a chance to show off their talents in the form of song, dance, comedy or oddball. It was hilarious at times and so great to learn about everyones hidden talents. For evening activity we continued watching the Ironman movie that we couldn't finish in the morning. After that everyone headed to bed to get some rest for tomorrow!
7 July, 2016
July 7, 2016
Today was a great day at Ak-O-Mak! There was a bit of a drizzle during earlybird but that didn’t slow the swimmers or runners down. Many girls are getting best times for running and swimming and trying new running trails to challenge themselves. After breakfast and inspection we started morning classes. A few of the classes the girls had were tennis, biking, softball, lacrosse, boot camp, ultimate Frisbee and swimming! After rest hour we jumped into afternoon activity. The girls had two choice periods that consisted of sailing, paddling, soccer and volleyball, tennis and kayak adventure. After choice periods were finished we opened up the waterfront so everyone could cool off and have some fun in the water. Part of the group headed to Parry Sound for the bike time trials. After dinner, evening activity was Smugglers and Spies! That’s a game played on the backfield, and the camp is divided into 2 teams. One team has to hide buttons on themselves and sneak them over to the other team. It was a fun night!
7 July, 2016
Dear Camp Ak-O-Mak Families & Friends,
Canada Post has given formal notice of an impending disruption of mail delivery beginnng Friday July 10th. In other words, the letter carriers will be on strike indefinitely. Please do not put anything in the mail for your daughter at this point as she is unlikely to receive it.
Correspondence via Bunk Notes, Fed Ex or other couriers is recommended during the Postal strike.
A gentle reminder: Please DO NOT SEND FOOD or CANDY in care packages. The racoons are too chubby and have become a nuisance.
5 July, 2016
July 5, 2016
Everyone was up bright and early today for a beautiful earlybird. The weather was perfect as the girls swam, ran and biked before breakfast. Our chef made delicious crepes for breakfast with fresh berries to prepare everyone for a busy morning. The girls enjoyed morning classes of softball, canoeing, yoga, sailing, archery and of course swimming! We had a quick rest hour before everyone headed off to Ahmic Lake Lodge for the afternoon! We paddled over in pleasure canoes and war canoes. It was a bit windy but still a lot of fun. Once we got to Ahmic Lake Lodge the girls lined up for ice cream and went down to the rapids to swim. It was a wonderful afternoon, and we headed back to camp in time for dinner. After dinner we had open waterfront for the evening. The girls had a chance to swim, jump off the diving tower, play on the paddle boats and gunnel bob. It was a fantastic day!
4 July, 2016
July 4, 2016
Happy 4th of July! The weather was perfect today for a busy day at Camp Ak-O-Mak. We started our day with earlybird and the girls had the choice between swimming, running and paddling. We took a couple of war canoes out, and some girls practiced their steering and balance in regular canoes. After earlybird we had a hearty breakfast to prepare for morning classes. Some of the classes this morning included archery, zumba, volleyball, tennis, rugby and kayaking. A couple of the cabins also got to try out self defence with Rosie! After lunch the girls were pretty tired from a busy weekend and got to enjoy rest hour before jumping into afternoon activities. This afternoon we had team comp! Our counsellors planned a fun game that had all of the teams looking for some counsellors around camp with clues, and collecting items to create a fishing rod out of paddles. After team comp the girls got to cool off before dinner with open waterfront. Our evening activity for tonight was a choice between Sardines on the backfield and paddling. The girls who chose paddling took out a war canoe and practiced a bit on paddle boards as well. It was a busy but exciting day.
3 July, 2016
July 3, 2016
Today started very early for the girls headed to day 2 of the North Bay Triathlon, with a 5:00 wake up. They arrived in North Bay ready to compete and had a great time. They arrived back to camp in time for some diving and yoga before lunch. The girls who stayed at camp had a regular 7:00 wake up for earlybird, followed by breakfast and inspection. They headed off to morning classes of zumba, paddle-boarding, kayaking, basketball and rugby. After lunch everyone enjoyed rest hour before swim practice and dry land. Swimming was followed by paddling! The girls got to try out war canoe, as well as some of the smaller racing canoes and kayaks. In the evening we had our first cookout! Our chef made his famous burgers and a delicious cake decorated like the American flag. The girls got a chance to sing some camp songs and listen to cabin 1 speak about friendship. We also heard some stories from those who competed in the triathlons this weekend. Overall it was a great day!
2 July, 2016
July 2, 2016
We had another great day on Ahmic Lake! Our day started with earlybird, with the option of running, swimming or mountain biking. After breakfast the younger girls had a swim practice before some of them headed off to the North Bay Triathlon! The girls at the triathlon had a fantastic and successful day, and arrived back to camp at dinner time. The girls who stayed at camp for the day enjoyed morning classes of swimming, canoeing, diving, basketball, rugby and softball. After lunch we had our first paddling practice to start preparing for the upcoming regattas. After paddling, the girls had the option of synchro, ultimate frisbee or a bootcamp class. After a delicious dinner of homemade lasagna we had a camp wide game of Capture the Flag to end off the night. The girls were tuckered out after a busy day and definitely ready for bed!
1 July, 2016
July 1, 2016
The girls have had a very busy first couple of days! Our campers all arrived on Wednesday and got to know one another as they got settled in their cabins. We started Thursday morning with an earlybird of swimming, running and biking. The new campers went on a tour of camp to get acquainted with things and get to know one another. After breakfast we started our morning classes, and the girls got to try out soccer, canoeing, archery and of course swimming! The weather was great on Thursday so in the afternoon we did a bit of sailing, paddling, diving and tennis. Thursday evening ended with some games on the backfield for the entire camp, and we finished with some partner tag. The rain held off for earlybird on Friday morning, and the girls were able to enjoy swimming, running and biking. After a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast the girls had a relaxing yoga session before we headed off to Magnetawan for the Canada Day Parade! The rain didn't slow us down, and we marched through the town singing camp songs and representing all of our different countries. After some lunch and ice cream we headed back to camp for a fun-filled afternoon of team comp! The theme for this session is Finding Nemo, and the teams came up with fantastic skits and cheers to start us off. It has been a wonderful start to summer and we can't wait for all of the activities to come!
30 June, 2016
Start of our 2016 Season
We welcome you all to our camp, and we hope you're for our Ak-O-Mak, for we know it's the best of all camps East and West and we're loyal to our Ak-O-Mak!!!! A beautiful day here at camp to start our 2016 season view all our cabins on our Facebook page.
25 June, 2016
Summer 2016 Staff
Jessica Clark is going to be a fourth year Ak-O-Makker this year. She had never gone to summer camp until her first year as camp counselor. 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. Jessica also enjoys running and completed her first half marathon in September. Currently she’s part of an ultimate Frisbee league in Ottawa, loves cycling anywhere she goes and enjoys hitting the gym whenever she can.
Jessica is studying Nursing at the University of Ottawa in French and is going into her fifth year of university but her last year in her current program.
My name is Hannah Puckering and this is my seventh summer at Akomak and my second summer on staff. I will be graduating highschool at St. John's College this year in Brantford, Ontario where I played 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. Next year I am thrilled to be attending the University of Guelph for biological sciences. Camp is my favourite place in the world and I'm so excited to be a counsellor this summer.
Hi, I'm Erin L! I'm from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, but I just finished my first year of Engineering at Queen's University, where I'm a member of the varsity swim team. My favourite sports are swimming and running. I'm most looking forward to Sunday campfires, running the trails, and traveling to triathlons this summer at camp!
Hi my name is Emma, I’m a university student from Liverpool in England
and my favourite sports are soccer and volleyball.
Hey my name is Charlotte and I'm from England. I am fun, enthusiastic and encouraging towards the children/ young adults. ( We all were there once and know what they go through) I hope I can make this their best summer yet. I look forward to helping all the girls discover new things they can do, especially things they didn't think they could do.
Hi Everyone , my name is Lilia Aguilar but I prefer Lily, I am from Mexico, I am 21 years old, Iam Studying Marketing in Mexico City, this is my second year as Counsellor at Camp. I used to be camper in 2004 and 2005, my favorite thing to do in life is to do Triathlons, I started doing them when i was 11 years old. All the skills i learn at Camp pushed me to start doing them. From then to now i have done 15 Triathlons.
I love challenging myself and I am higher every time, learning from the experiences i take and also from my mistakes. Defining myself in one word can be perseverant because I'm one step at the time person but always looking forward till I reach my goal. I`m very excited to experience what this summer is going to become in. One of my favorite quotes says “ Put a little part of you in everything you do” so that will be my aim for this summer. I'm looking forward to meet all the campers and make its summer a summer to remember , That is all about!!!.
"My name is Catherine and I am from Melbourne, Australia. This will be my second summer at Camp Ak-O-Mak and I am thrilled to be returning. I love being outside and I thoroughly enjoy sports and exercise. I learnt how to swim last summer and I can't wait to accomplish something new this summer. I spent the winter in Banff, Alberta. Whilst the snow and skiing was great, I am looking forward to new adventures in a slightly warmer environment!
Hi! My name is Alexa Murray and this will be my ninth year at Camp Akomak, my second year on staff. I just finished my first year at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as Virginia Tech) studying Wildlife Conservation. First semester, I was honored for my academic achievement by being named a member of the Dean’s List. Back at home in Delaware, I swam from ages 6-18 on both school and club teams, making High School State Championships five years in a row. I started competing triathlons at eight years old, and have dabbled in every sport in between. Camp holds a special place in my heart and I want to share my favorite place in the world with all of you. I am very excited to meet all of your daughters and hopefully make this the best summer yet!
My name is Grace Pestridge. This is my 6th summer at Camp Akomak, but only my first year in staff! I am from Lake Oswego, Oregon and will be in 12th grade next year. I have been swimming for 7 years and more recently started playing water polo. I am the Editor -in-Cheif of my school newspaper and have an internship researching and writing for Mom Magazine. I've lived in Australia, England, China, and the United States. I have a younger sister and two dogs! I am looking forward to a fun summer filled with lots of laughs and good memories!
Pamela Rubio - Counselor
Pam is a fun athlete who has worked with children of different ages, using sport as a key to have fun.
She brings enthusiasm to activities and is very caring. She was a camper at Ak-O-Mak and has come back as a counselor to share the exciting experiences at camp that she once had. She started competing in triathlons when she was 12, she has been part of different sports teams and has coached children for football tournaments.
Pam lives in Mexico City and will be joining us as Staff for this summer.
Hey I'm Brett Saunders! I am from Newark, Delaware. I am an 18 year old swimmer, biker, tennis player, and triathlon enthusiast. I also love almost every other sport there is. I am state champion in tennis, and 5-time runner up in swimming. This year I also won the stock market game in my state if that counts for anything! I started going up to Canada for the summer in 2005, and it is still my favorite place to be. I will be attending the University of Tampa for swimming next year, and I plan to major in business.
Hello! I'm a big advocate when it comes to physical activity and love to get others up and moving. I, myself, enjoy to be active and engage in activities such as long distance running, Ultimate, resistance training and yoga among other activities. I also love the outdoors and hiking. I just recently became a graduate from the University of Ottawa's kinesiology program. In September, I'll be returning as a student for my master degree of art in human kinetics. I hope one day to work in the health promotion domain. This will be my fourth year as a camp counselor but my third year at Ak-O-Mak. My goal this summer is to focus on cultivating healthy life habits with the campers so that they can become their best selves.
Hi, I'm Anna from Manchester in England.
I love all sports and have really enjoyed being a member of Trafford Athletics and Rowing club in my local area. I am a keen football fan and support Manchester United. I have played football (soccer) for 6 years and I am also a qualified referee.
I can't wait to get involved with all of the amazing activities on offer at Camp Ak-O-Mak and to make sure that we all have the best time this summer!
I'm really looking forward to my time at Camp Ak-O-Mak as I've never been to Canada before, so this is a new experience for me and one I can't wait to get started! See you all in a few weeks!
I am a university student from England, currently studying Psychology and History. During term time I volunteer for the Scottish Mental Health Foundation aiming to decrease stigma within the community, focussing specifically on young people’s mental health. I also play football (soccer) for my University and view land sports and travelling as two of my main passions. I am very excited to be returning to Camp Ak-O-Mak this year.
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 forth 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 second year at Ak-O-Mak and I can’t wait to meet everyone!
My name is Monica Cordero, im from Mexico and just finished grade 12. This is my 11th year at Camp Ak-O-Mak and my first as a staff member, I really enjoy being at camp in the summer and glad to have this opportunity. I love sailing, running, swimming and paddling.
27 May, 2016
Volunteer Work Weekend a Success
Dianne and Catherine would like to express a heartfelt THANKS to the 14 friends of Ak-O-Mak who participated in our volunteer work weekend.
This annual event is an opportunity for us to put a "dent" in the chore list for opening camp. As a group, we were able to "hammer out" a number of projects, proving that "many hands DO make light work!"
We had fantastic weather for 5 days straight and the beautiful lake breezes kept the bugs in the bush and off of the workers, just the way we like it. It was so nice that Rosie and the Puckering Clan swam every day and the only squealing heard was from the flock of seagulls near Monster Rock....(Uh, Mike, that wasn't YOU, was it??).
Dianne kept everyone on task and organized. She knows where everything is and how everything goes together and managed to supervise while answering phone calls from parents inquiring about camp!
Samson was the Chef Extraordinaire and kept us all well fed with the assistance of his sister and acting sous chef, Joyce! We were all pleased to act as "guinea pigs" for a few yummy items that, having been given "double thumbs up" by the group, will be added to the Camp Menu this summer. You will not be disappointed!
Sandi- "Counsellor"-Wilder brought her muscle, enthusiasm and her black lab, 'Donzie', to the weekend. Donzie said he had a "paws-itively wonderful vay-cay, in and out of the lake all day and eating delectable droppings from the buffet table.
Emma, Hannah and mom, Sheryl, were the perfect-painting-Puckering-people, and managed to avoid spilling a drop. Catherine on the other hand.....
Thanks also to Jeff Manning, Mike Puckering and Herb Denny for the heavy-lifts and technical fixes all weekend and to Jim Fraser and his maintenance crew for help all around, every day.
We could not accomplish so much...
in so little time...
with so many laughs...
1 May, 2016
First Visit to Camp 2016
They say, "the older you get, the faster time passes".
It sure seems that way after this winter...which, by the way, was a "non-winter" by Canadian standards as Ontario enjoyed most of its snowfall in APRIL this year. This is fine if you're schlepping to work every day (us), but lousy if you want to ski, skate and toboggan (you?).
As I write, Dianne and I have made our first sojourn north to Ak-O-Mak to see how camp faired over the winter. We were surprised that it looks, and quite frankly feels, the same as when we left in October.
All of the docks and roofs have remained in their original positions, unmoved by disengaging ice flows, heavy snows or high water levels from the spring thaw. Hooray!!...No expensive damage!
Saturday was the picture-perfect, first day of spring at Camp Ak-O-Mak. The weatherman delivered on a promise of severe-clear skies, brilliant sunshine and 13 degree C temperatures, although it sure felt a lot warmer!
Dianne, Catherine and Jim Fraser, Ak-O-Mak's chief maintenance man, did their annual Spring Walk About, prioritizing the myriad jobs that will need to be done in the next 2 months. It is "wakey-wakey time" for this grand ol' dame, Ak-O-Mak, and there is a lot to do to have her looking her best in time for the first day of camp!
According to Jim, the Ahmic Lake ice went out about 10 days ago. The last snowfall here was last Monday and enough fell that the local snow plows were called in to action. The only white stuff now are the remnants of snow drifts in the shaded nooks and crannies of camp's forested perimeter.
With the lists and planning finished for the day, we retreated to Buck's Dock to take in the splendour of the beautiful spring afternoon.
The lake and forest is quiet at this time of year...not that heavy, blanket of silence that so characterizes winter, but a quietude born of of this seasonal transition. No people. No boats. A lone seagull...and very few birds occupying the still-naked forest. The rest of the birds, I presume, remain en route from more southern climes.
As we took in the sights and sounds from our sunny dock, our attention was captured by a distant, unmistakable, high-pitched hum. Looking up against the sun at the border between sky and trees, we saw a massive, morphing cloud...of newly hatched mozies!! Gazillions of them! They were in that stuporous, naive, newborn state where they know not the scent of food, so fortunately for us, did not notice the "tasty morsels" sitting below them on the dock.
Unmolested by the mozies, we happily enjoyed the peaceful view til sunset...on this most perfect, spring day...on Ahmic Lake.