Happy New Year and warmest wishes to you and your family from Camp Ak-O-Mak!
2018 will be an exciting year for Camp Ak-O-Mak as she celebrates her 90th Anniversary! This is a monumental achievement for a small, non-profit camp as more and more have given way to larger ‘institutional’ settings over the past 20 years. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers and friends who have been a help to us in continuing the Ak-O-Mak legacy for the next generation of girls.
Ak-O-Mak’s inaugural Adult Sports Camp in 2017 was a resounding success according to our “campers” and we are looking forward to a repeat performance in 2018. Adult campers enjoyed activities ranging from reading/relaxating on the dock, fishing the local waters, swimming their first Ak-O-Mak Mile, developing Tri skills or biking around the lake. Every meal was a 5-Star dinning experience a la Chef Samson!! (Check out cookingwithsamm on facebook). This camp’s program is adult-friendly and includes wine with dinner, fireside yoga, expert motivational talks and so much more…all adult-optional!
Registration for our Main Camp Sessions is already quite active and we anticipate being sold out again this year. Our summer schedule is very busy due to the rich and evolving programming. One of the highlights is the paddling program, a favourite due to the Regatta trip to Ottawa, Canada’s Capital. The girls LOVE the combination of the competitive experience followed by some sightseeing around the parliament buildings then shopping together on our way home.
Ak-O-Mak’s triathlon program has grown immensely over the past 10 years. We are the only ALL -GIRLS’ Tri Team at every triathlon that we attend and leave quite an impression wherever we go! Ak-O-Mak is the only sports camp in North America that takes a team out to compete in triathlons. These events are fun, inspiring, challenging and always capped off with ICE CREAM…always a crowd pleaser!…(”I scream! You scream! We ALL scream for ICE CREAM!”)
We continue to enhance the Ak-O-Mak experience for our campers, be it learning triathlon skills, mountain and road biking, paddling or open water swimming. Additional forest areas are carefully bushwhacked to develop our woodland trails. The campers enjoy other activities such as Colour Runs, Net Ball, Tennis Tournies & the weekly Parry Sound Road Bike Time Trials. Of course, camp just wouldn’t be “camp” without sailing with friends on a sunny day, yucking it up in the cabin prepping for Lip Sinc or Skit Night or the mounting excitement of Team Comp!
A highpoint of 2018 will undoubtedly be the Ak-O-Mak 90th Reunion Weekend…open to all alumni, family and friends. All ages are welcome!…Your chance to be a camper again (with optional Early Bird)…rekindle friendships, paddle a canoe or swing in a hammock, sing in the Main House or at Camp Fire. Pre-registration is required so please visit our website at campakomak.com. (Remember to click on “Rates & Dates” then “scroll down” to 90th Reunion Information.)
Now for the BIG, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT of 2018!….
Camp Ak-O-Mak has been selected by the organization, Volunteer Builders, to be the beneficiary of their annual Volunteer Build Project for 2019! Following an interview and site visit, Ak-O-Mak was chosen as the worthy, non-profit camp for Southern Ontario.
Volunteer Builders is an organization comprised of professional contractors, architects, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters…you name it…who donate their time, energy and expertise to construct a much needed building for a worthy camp…in our case, a “Pavilion” for Camp Ak-O-Mak.
This wonderful group brings130 skilled men and women to live at Camp for 4-5 days while professionally constructing a much needed, multi-purpose building for Ak-O-Mak. This flexi-use-Pavilion has been a dream of ours for years…to accommodate our campers during inclement weather, to permit the expansion of our sports program and even store our beautiful road bikes and cedar strip canoes during winter.
You can learn more about this amazing organization and view their previous projects at volunteerbuilders.org
Camp Ak-O-Mak is required to raise the funds for the purchase of all building materials.
Therefore, Camp Ak-O-Mak will be launching her first ever, fundraising campaign in order to break ground in spring of 2019. Our goal is to have the Pavilion ready for use for the 2019 camp season! Please stay tuned for additional information throughout the year.
We hope to see you at the lake in 2018!
Dianne & Catherine