Camp Ak-O-Mak offers girls aged 7-16 a unique program of competitive swimming, open water swimming, triathlon, sprint canoe and kayak racing. In addition to these pillar sports, Camp Ak-O-Mak offers instructional programs in more than 25 other sports and activities.
Camp Ak-O-Mak was founded in 1928 as the world’s first swimming and sports camp for girls. Many of our campers have gone on to become All-Americans and even Olympians.
Our campers enjoy an authentic Canadian camp experience in a beautiful, wilderness setting. We’ve kept our campground rustic and “unplugged”, so girls can experience the wonder of nature – sometimes for the very first time!
The Main House
The Main House retains a timeless, historic quality and its walls are lined with athletic memorabilia. Built in the Adirondack style, it has a large wooden porch over-looking the lake. A rustic granite stone fireplace adds warmth on chilly days. The upper balcony and ceiling are resplendent with flags of the world, representing the nationalities that have attended camp over the decades.
Campers enjoy family style, home-cooked meals in the lower level of the Main House. Ak-O-Mak boasts a professional chef who takes pride in serving locally sourced (wherever possible), fresh, home-cooked meals. Ak-O-Mak has a reputation for great food! All meals are made from scratch in our kitchen so our chef is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Very restricted diets may incur additional cost. Campers are encouraged to help themselves anytime to a variety of fresh fruit which is always available between meals.
Ak-O-Mak has an infirmary centrally located on campus in the Main House. Health care services are provided by a licensed medical doctor and/or registered nurse who are available 24 hours. Parry Sound Hospital is a 30 minute drive from camp.
Laundry is provided on the premises once per week by a dedicated staff member.
Ak-O-Mak’s core values have remained the same for decades: treat others as you wish to be treated; respect yourself and your body; respect others; stand up for what is right. Try, try again. Camp Ak-O-Mak is a non-denominational, non-religious camp. Campers participate in a weekly “vesper” service around the camp fire where values such as integrity, tolerance, friendship and character are stressed.
Inspection and Accreditation
Camp Ak-O-Mak’s facilities and programs meet or exceed all of the requirements for accreditation by the Canadian Camping Association, the Ontario Camps Association and is annually inspected by the Ontario Public Health Department.
Sessions and Capacity
Camp Ak-O-Mak offers 2, 3, 4 and 7-week sessions that run from the end of June until early September. Girls ages 7 – 16 can attend any and all sessions. Enrollment for each session is limited to a maximum of 96 campers. Our smaller camp size fosters a closely-knit atmosphere where younger and older campers establish friendships that otherwise may not occur in larger groups. It also provides more opportunities for true mentorship and one-on-one skills instruction, particularly in our longer sessions. After living and playing together for weeks at Ak-O-Mak, every girl knows the name of everyone else in camp!
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