22 August, 2016

August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016

The mist rose off the lake this morning as the whole camp started Early Bird together. Swimmers started off into the warm water strong, as runners feet pounded the paths, and cyclists wove their way through the trails around camp. 
Morning classes today included archery, rugby, tennis, self defence, croquet, and of course SWIMMING YAY! In swimming today the two youngest cabins learned how to draft off of one and other and headed out into the open water to practice their skills.
This afternoon campers had the choice of mountain biking, basketball, or boot camp. Here they had the opportunity to participate in an activity with girls from other cabins. Then, everyone made their way to the tennis courts for some whole camp games. These games were rudely interrupted by secret agents from A.K.O. Headquarters. These spys came to ask the campers for help detecting some undercover agents from M.A.G. that had infiltrated the camp. All of the campers were divided into four agent squads (teams) and needed to design a logo, come up with a code name, and present to the secret agents a cheer for their squad. Team Comp has begun!
After dinner the entire camp played "The Scream Game". A highly skilled game where you stand on a line, take a deep breath, and scream and run at the same time until you need to take a breath. Some of the campers made it longer than the entire length of the soccer field before they needed to take a gasp of air...or burst into laughter. 

21 August, 2016

August 21, 2016

August 21, 2016

Our first full day at camp. 
This morning as the camp slept the wind howled and rain poured down. As it was time to wake up for our first Early Bird the wind blew the rain clouds out of camp clearing the way for a beautiful swim, run, bike, or camp tour for first time Ak-O-Makkers. 
This mornings activities included rugby, archery, self defence, canoeing with our guest super woman Sarah Steel, 
After a full morning everyone was excited for a buffet lunch. With full bellies, it was onto rest hour and a busy, fun filled afternoon. Cabins went sailing, played softball, jumped and tumbled in gymnastics, learned the basics of tennis for our up coming tennis tourney, and a group was driven out past Ahmic Harbour to ride on the smooth road. The rain sprinkled for 5 minutes but everyone danced and played through the water. 
Tonight we had our Sunday night cook out at the campfire. But as we devoured our homemade burgers, veggie sticks, and salad the winds really picked up and threatened to carry our youngest campers to Oz. 
we moved up to the cozy Main House to roast marshmallows in the fireplace, sing along to pop songs, and watch the dances that cabins 4 and 5 came up with this afternoon. 
Right now all of the campers are glued to the amazing stories that Sarah Steel is telling us about fighting fires in Northern Alberta like the fire at Fort McMurry. Everyone is truly mesmerized, hanging on to every word about how these giant fires get started and the unbelievably hard work that goes into fighting and managing them. Many of the girls were inspired to hear that Sarah was the head of a crew! 

20 August, 2016

First Night August 20th

We Welcome you all to our camp.... Our first night

 

20 August, 2016

August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016

The first day of the two week session has come to a close, and what a great first day it was!
Quickly after lunch campers began arriving. 
One by one their new counsellors took them down to their cabin. The girls got settled into their cabins, found the comfiest bunk to call their own for the next two weeks, and met their cabin mates. 
Once anyone had arrived the waterfront was opened up for swimming, diving off the high dive, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Since the summer has been so warm the lake is nearly bath tub ready and the sounds of laughter and splashing echoed through camp. 
Open waterfront was followed by a delicious dinner, seated with campers from various cabins. Dinner tonight was chicken breast, steamed veggies, potatoes, and a fresh salad. Every camper (and counsellor) was excited when they saw the beautifully frosted carrot cake cupcakes arrive at their tables for dessert. 
Tonight, the girls had the choice between soccer, tennis, or nuke 'em for evening activity. Then back to the lake for one last dip before bonding time in the cabins before bed. 
Along the cabin line you can hear the quiet chatter of campers and counsellors ready for an awesome two weeks to come!

18 August, 2016

Magnetawan Wear

August 18, 2016

Ak-O-Mak in their Downtown Magnetawan wear....

16 August, 2016

August 16, 2016

August 16. 2016

Another amazing session has come to an end here at Ak-O-Mak. Tomorrow we have to say goodbye to our 7 and 3 weekers, after a wonderful session full of swimming, running, biking, paddling and more. For our last day we had Treasure Hunt! Team Comp hides clues all over camp and you and your team have to determine what the clues mean and where to find the next one. Even with the rainy weather we had today everyone had great spirits and was having a ton of fun. After lunch the girls had a chance to pack and rest before banquet. Cabin 1 did a beautiful job of decorating the mainhouse for banquet. We gave out many awards and watched a fantastic slideshow. Afterwards we headed to the main dock to release our wish boats and sing some goodbye songs. It was a wonderful last day and everyone is very sad about leaving tomorrow! 

 

 

15 August, 2016

August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

It was the perfect day for the 9 mile Mag swim! We woke up at 7am for an early breakfast and the swimmers were off with their paddlers by 8am. The rest of the camp followed at 9am and caught up in time to cheer the swimmers in. We had a record number of girls swimming and a record time was set by our counsellor Brett! All of the swimmers did amazing and kept their spirits up the whole time. When we got to Magnetawan we had lunch and everyone had a chance to get ice cream or candy before heading back. The paddle back to camp was great, with very little wind. We got back to camp in time for a jump in the lake before dinner. After dinner we had a choice between speed ball and yoga. It was a fantastic day!

14 August, 2016

August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016

What a wonderful day at camp! It's getting very busy here as we reach the final days of the 7 and 3 week session. We had a longer inspection after breakfast so everyone could start getting ready to pack. For morning classes we had lacrosse, archery, fencing, bushwacking, swimming and more. After a delicious lunch we had rest hour and then everyone headed to the tennis courts for the tennis finals! Our special guests Gordon Ramsay and his personal yoga teacher came by at the end to play the winner, played by our chef Sam and alumni Lolly.  After tennis we had the mountain bike races! Everyone went through the short course a few times to work on best times. Tonight was our last campfire and cookout, and everyone enjoyed singing camp songs and sharing favourite memories from the summer. We all headed to bed after to rest up for the 9 mile Mag swim tomorrow! 

12 August, 2016

August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016

Beat the boys! Today was the softball game against Chikopi. The weather looked questionable but the rain held off until later in the evening. We started the day with early bird at 7am, with the choices of swimming, running, mountain biking and softball practice. For the morning the girls traveled around to different classes such as archery, fencing, soccer, zumba and swimming. After lunch we paddled over to Chikopi for the softball game. Ak-O-Mak beat the boys and we all had a great time! Everyone played extremely well and they worked great as a team. After dinner we paddled back to camp and settled into the mainhouse with our comfy clothes and blankets to watch the 2013 Ironman movie. It was the perfect relaxing way to end the day. 

11 August, 2016

August 10 & 11, 2016

 

August 11, 2016

It was a great but very hot day at camp! We spent a lot of time in the water to stay cool. Our softball team had a practice for early bird and everyone else had a choice between running and swimming. We had a delicious breakfast of pancakes before morning classes. The classes consisted of synchro, water aerobics, paddle boarding, tennis, rugby, zumba and swimming. For the afternoon we continued the tennis tournament! For those not at tennis, we had choice periods of paddling, diving, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and more. We also had a group head into Parry Sound for the weekly time trial bike ride! The day ended off with a Willy Wonka themed Quidditch game for team comp! Everyone was exhausted after such a busy day and ready for bed.

 

August 10, 2016

Today we had to say goodbye to the girls staying for 2 weeks unfortunately. We are already looking forward to seeing them again next year hopefully! All of the campers staying headed out on bikes and canoes to Ahmic Lake Lodge for the day! As soon as we got there the girls jumped into the water for an open water swim practice and they had a chance to play on the water trampoline at the end. We had lunch there and then got ice cream! After everyone was finished eating we played in the rapids for a bit and some girls relaxed listening to music and reading books. We headed back to camp and had rest hour before dinner. After a delicious lasagna dinner our softball team had a practice and the girls 12 and under started their tennis tournament! We also had a relaxing yoga class and everyone got to practice headstands and fun inversions. After a great day everyone headed to bed, excited for a fun day tomorrow! 

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