Picking the right summer camp is never easy, eh? And while we know this article is encouraging you to extend your search pretty far (across countries far), we promise you won’t regret the decision to choose a summer camp in Canada for your daughter.
Aside from Tim Hortons, maple syrup, and our extensive population of moose; here are the top 5 reasons to attend a summer camp in Canada.
1. More Room to Explore in Nature
The population density in Canada is nothing compared to America. What does this mean? Well, there are about 3.2 people per square kilometre in Canada. The United States has a whopping 32 people per square kilometre. Give your child a break from crowds and give them so much more room to explore in nature.
Many Canadian summer camps provide virtually endless room to roam and play and always incorporate nature into daily activities. Camp Ak-O-Mak has 400 acres of property that includes open fields, woodland trails, forest and wetlands.
2. Our Lakes
For a parent, there can be a long list of requirements when searching for the perfect summer camp. One requirement that always seems to be near the top of the list is a camp on a lake. If a camp by or on the water is what you’re looking for then you want to make sure you’re looking in Canada.
Why? Canada is the lake capital of the world and has more lakes than any other country.
Attending a summer camp in Canada with a lake provides so many extra adventure opportunities for your kids where they can learn a variety of skills. This can range from something as simple as swimming, all the way to canoeing, paddle boating, or kayaking. Camp Ak-O-Mak is located on the shores of Ahmic Lake where campers even enjoy a private waterfront.
It has always been an ongoing cliché that Canada is much safer than the United States, but the truth is, there is a tremendous amount of statistics to support this claim. For starters, there are twice as many aggravated assaults in the United states compared to Canada. Even more so, there are 200 percent less homicides in Canada compared to the United States yearly.
Safety can even be measured in the smallest of elements—like pollution. Canadian air is far less polluted than our neighbours to the south. This will provide a fresh, clean, and safe experience for your kids and peace of mind for you as a parent.
4. An International Experience
An international experience is something every child should have. Give them an opportunity to meet local Canadians, build over-seas relationships and be able to tell people, ‘Yes, Canada does actually have warm summers and no, not every Canadian lives in an igloo’.
Camp Ak-O-Mak is all about offering a rustic experience to help campers focus on and enhance their appreciation for both the beauty around them and their new-found friends. We are all about participation and we celebrate, cheer for, and encourage our campers.
5. Experience the New Competition
When it comes to camps based around athletics, you always want to ensure you are choosing the option that is going to incorporate a perfect amount of fun and friendly competition. Your ideal sports camp should provide an experience for your kids that encourages hard work, improvement, dedication, and togetherness.
Camp Ak-O-Mak offers girls ages 7 – 16 competitive and instructional programs in swimming, open water swimming, triathlon and sprint canoe/kayak racing, running, biking, and other land sports. Our campers come from Canada, the US and other countries from all over the world and opt in!
If you’re really focusing on empowering and encouraging your girls, we encourage you to learn more about us and the success we’ve seen with our program. Eight Ak-O-Mak and Chikopi alumni participated in the 1996 and 2000 Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games. Over 350 All-Americans and 60 Olympians have trained with Ak-O-Mak and Chikopi. Numerous inductees into various halls of fame also highlight the camp’s rich traditions in sport.
Feeling ready to hand your girls off to us for a summer of empowerment, self-esteem building, and good ole’ Canadian fun? Registration is officially open for Summer 2020 and we’d love to have you.