Last Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm
Dear Ak-O-Mak Families,
It is with heavy hearts that we write to inform you that for the first time in its 92 year history, Camp Ak-O-Mak will remain closed this summer.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and our Chief Public Health Officer have decided not to permit the opening of any overnight summer camps due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We recognize that this decision is a great disappointment for many campers, staff and families. We understand how much you were looking forward to being with friends and playing outside after months of quarantine and living virtual lives.
This is a very difficult time for us all and we all need time to digest the information. We will need each other more than ever going forward.
We will be in touch the next week or two with further information after our senior staff has a chance to meet virtually.
Please be well, Friends, and let us embrace a spirit of kindness and generosity as we help each other get through the repercussions of this pandemic.
We will be in touch again soon.
Introducing: Virtual Ak-O-Mak
Camp Ak-O-Mak was founded upon the premise of building resilience through challenge. And, COVID-19 has reminded us that there will always be things beyond our control. So, what can we control? The answer is: how we provide opportunities for our campers to connect and grow. We grow from and through what challenges us and this pandemic is challenging our girls. As athletes, they are struggling with mandates of staying out of the water or off the trails. Competitions are cancelled. Schools are closed. They are being asked to study online and connect with their classmates in virtual ways. This is new territory and it’s tough stuff.
What are we going to do to ensure that Ak-O-Mak supports our awesome campers?
VIRTUAL CAMP AK-O-MAK! This is the perfect opportunity for our girls to connect with each other and our remarkable counsellor staff. Starting next week, Virtual Ak-O-Mak will begin.
Campers will be invited to do an ‘Early Bird’ or a class with a different counsellor. Campers can check in via Instagram where they’ll meet with a staff member for a workout, a stretch or activity. Hannah and the counsellors are busy working out some great ideas.
And finally, the girls will be invited to join a virtual campfire for a bi-monthly “Sing-A-Long Sunday” as the sun sets. During these Zoom meetings, campers will be able to connect with each other and hear encouraging stories about persistence, resilience, and humour.
We hope that you and your family are healthy and finding some joy. Stay tuned for more details about upcoming dates, times and session details for Virtual Ak-O-Mak. For now, we’ll see our Ak-O-Makkers around the campfire!