An active lifestyle is a key to good health and an important discipline to teach young children. Children exercise the entire body through spontaneous play, sports and activities. In their minds, they are simply engaged in FUN and completely unaware of any inherent exercise component. Kids are ‘hardwired’ to have fun and this gives campers a great advantage over adults in getting fit!

Camp Ak-O-Mak’s multi-sport program ensures girls 7-16 will improve their fitness over the summer while having lots of fun!

One of Camp Ak-O-Mak’s pillar sports is Sprint Canoe/Kayak racing. Kayaking is a proven way to develop upper body strength in girls, but don’t be deceived!  There are so many more muscles involved in addition to the obvious arm and shoulder work.

Balance is required to stabilize the kayak and maintained proper form and is maintained using many different muscles from head to toe. The core muscles (abdomen) lend strength and power to the back, both of which are developed during kayaking. Legs provide counter pressure during the pull through with the kayak blade.

Proper paddling form is important for the efficiency of movement and injury prevention during kayak training. Camp Ak-O-Mak’s kayak coaches know how to get young paddlers on the water and down the course in no time at all, and how to keep them safe and healthy while doing so.

Campers will receive the level of instruction suited to their goals and abilities, whether they are novice or experienced kayakers.  Kayaking is a sport that, once learned, one can enjoy for the rest of your life.

Apart from the obvious health benefits of kayaking, it is a wonderful outdoor activity…a silent, relaxing way to enjoy lakes and waterways and get an up-close experience with nature. It can also be a fiercely exciting race to the finish line at competitions called regattas.

Camp Ak-O-Mak provides a wonderful opportunity for girls and young women to develop an appreciation for kayaking that will last a lifetime!

For more information about Camp Ak-O-Mak call the Camp Ak-O-Mak office at (416) 427-3171 or email us at