26 June, 2015

June 26, 2015

June 26th

Everyone woke up this morning to a beautiful, sunny day!  We enjoyed the weather with an early bird of both road and mountain biking, swimming and running!  After enjoying a delicious breakfast the girls soaked up the sun while in morning classes of tennis, archery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and soccer.

 

We had a yummy lunch of homemade pizza and salad, followed by a relaxing rest hour.   We then spent the rest of the afternoon on the water in our small boats and war canoes!  Everyone is getting excited practicing for the two regattas we will be competing in this session. 

 

After dinner Harry and Hermione told everyone that Hogwarts was returning to Ak-O-Mak for a Harry Potter themed team competition!  Dumbledore and the sorting cap then sorted all of the campers into their respective houses/teams for the session!  Everyone is headed to bed now to get a good sleep before some of our campers head to the North Bay Triathlon tomorrow morning!  

25 June, 2015

June 24th and 25th

 

Now that all of our campers have arrived, Camp Ak-O-Mak is back to normal again after a long winter!  It is so nice to see old friends reunite and new friends meet.  After the campers arrived and took a dip in the lake we headed up to the mainhouse for a delicious Greek themed meal.  After brownies for dessert everyone went back to their cabins to unpack and bond with their cabinmates.

 

When the bell rang this morning everyone hopped out of bed and the campers new to camp were lead on a full camp tour while the returning campers ran, swam and mountain biked for early bird.  During our breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, and homemade muffins and croissants, the mainhouse was filled with laughter as the campers sang all of their favourite camp songs!  It is so nice to hear the mainhouse filled with song again!

 

Before lunch the girls enjoyed a morning of archery, kickball, kayaking, volleyball and of course SWIMMING … YAY!  After lunch the girls all got a chance to check out the store before heading down to the cabins for rest hour.  A little bit of rain rolled in this afternoon but we didn’t let that stop us and we spent the afternoon in the mainhouse learning our camp dance!  Once all of our moves were perfected and the sun was back out the girls headed down to the waterfront for a jump off the tower before dinner.  We are all looking forward to dinner and to see what we will get up to this evening! 

24 June, 2015

Counsellor staff Summer 2015

Meet some of our 2015 Counsellor Staff

Jessica Clark is going to be a third year Ak-O-Makker this year. She had never gone to summer camp until her first year as camp counsellor two summers ago. Like swimming in new waters, not knowing what to expect was a little scary. Despite this, the experience she got out of it was life changing.  

 

 


Jessica enjoys team sports, such as soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball; she’s more of a land mammal. All throughout high school Jessica was on the school’s basketball team and even became team captain in her last year on the team. In grade 11 she joined the curling team. She also played soccer on a recreational team for 2 years during her high school years. Presently she’s part of an ultimate Frisbee league in Ottawa.

Jessica is studying Nursing at the University of Ottawa in French and is going in her fourth year of university but her third in her current program.  

My name is Riley Witting and I will be a sophomore at the University of Denver this fall. This is my sixth summer at camp and I am so excited to be returning. Camp has always been a huge part of my growing up and I am so lucky to be able to share it with all of your daughters! My favorite activities at camp are planning team comp, singing songs at meals and paddling at Early Bird! Get ready for an amazing summer! 

 

I am Mónica Delgado Salgado. I am Mexican. First year as a counselor, 4th year at camp. I love practicing sports in general but running is one of my favorite ones. Camp Akomak is like a second home to me, my favorite place on earth. I really enjoy getting to know people from all over the world which are a particular characteristic of camp. My goal as a counselor is not only to be a good role model for youth but also for my campers to have a memorable summer filled with fun experiences and new friends as well as getting reunited with some old ones.

My name is Molly Sipprell, I am 20 years old. I just finished my second year at Nipissing University for the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education. I am a member of the Women’s hockey team at Nipissing, and have attended camp for five years.

Megan Jessome attends Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in Nursing and hopes to someday become a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner. Megan was a camper at Ak-O-Mak for three summers and was a competitive swimmer for eleven years. Megan loves swimming, canoeing, watching baseball, making friendship bracelets, and writing in her journal! 

Hello! My name is Emma Puckering and I am so excited to be coming back to camp.  I was a camper for 4 years and now I am returning after a few summers away to be a counsellor. I am currently studying animal biology at the University of Guelph. I love animals and being outdoors.  My favourite sport is rugby, and I also love to swim and paddle.  I am looking forward to this summer, and I can't wait to meet everyone!

My name is Hannah Puckering and this is my sixth summer at Akomak but my first summer on staff. I'm going into grade 12 at St. John's College in Brantford, Ontario and I play on both the rugby and volleyball teams. I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and I also enjoy running and cycling and participating in a number of triathlons each year. Camp is my favourite place in the world and I'm so excited to be a CIT at Akomak this summer. 

 

Hi! My name is Vanessa and I’m so excited to be on staff for Camp Ak-O-Mak this summer! I’m originally from Toronto and I’ve just finished my third year at Laurentian University where I am majoring in French and Philosophy. During the school year I swim for the Laurentian Voyageurs and coach the Sudbury Special Olympics Swim Team. While I’ve gone to and worked at various summer camps this will be my first year at Ak-O-Mak and I can’t wait to meet everyone!   

My name is Elizabeth Witting and this will be my seventh summer at Ak-O-Mak! I am super excited to transition from camper to counselor and experience new adventures. My favorite activities at camp include early bird, the Chikopi Tri and team competition. Camp has always been an important part of my life and I can’t wait to share my love of camp with all of you.

"My name is Catherine and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I currently work with young children and my dream job on return to Australia is kindergarten teaching. I have a chocolate labrador named Ollie who is my sun and stars. I throughly enjoy traveling; I like new experiences and exploring new places. I have grown up with sports and various other exercises and am most at home outside. I enjoy a good book and cooking hearty food. This is my first camp and my first time in Canada; so I am thrilled to be coming over for the beginning of a new adventure."

I am 22 years old and this will be my fifth year at 7 week camp and fourth year at 2 week camp. I have recently completed my bachelor degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. I will be continuing my education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University this September. My first year at camp was 2009, and I am very excited to be returning after taking a two year break. During those two years I was the Director at the Ottawa Lions track and field day camp. I was a member of the Track and Field team at Ottawa for four years and competed in the Triple jump and Long jump. I also coached the youth junior development middle distance track group. Throughout high school I was involved in a variety of sports such as volleyball, basketball, hockey, cross country, badminton and track. I am looking forward to a fun and exciting summer at this amazing camp! 

 

25 May, 2015

2015 Volunteer Work Weekend

 

2015 Volunteer Work Weekend

The "May Long Weekend" is always a fun time to be at Camp Ak-O-Mak and this weekend was no exception.  Afterall, who doesn't love any excuse to be at beautiful Ahmic lake when all of nature is in spring's first bloom?!

 

Dianne and Catherine are immensely grateful for our hearty group of friends who travel 4-5 hours to donate their time and expertise in order to ready Camp Ak-O-Mak for opening day.

Aaron Biggs travelled the farthest again this year.  His pick up truck was chalk a block full of tools, gadgets, chain saws, you name it.  He was equipped for any job, from sharpening chef knives to cutting down old trees.  Thanks to Aaron, all of the motorized vehicles/lawn mowers, etc at camp have been meticulously tuned up and are ready for action.  Our "backs" are especially grateful to Aaron for bringing his ATV all the way to camp.  Nothing like an ATV and a trailer to facilitate the hauling of brush and transporting the fleet of canoes!

Kudos to Sandy Tod (of Sunfield Renovations) and his helper, Herb Denny, for their work in building a roof extension over the outside sinks at Hop #1.  Campers, you will now remain dry whilst brushing your teeth and there will be no more leaves and berries dropping into the sink from the tree overhead!

Team Puckering 2015 consisted of Megan, her parents Cheryl and Mike.  Megan's beau, Nathan, also made the journey and all were invaluable in brush removal, canoe-shlepping and spring-cleaning tasks.

Rosie Thomas may be our office manager during the summer but this weekend she was a veritable "Picasso", painting the kitchen with Catherine.  Dianne acted as chief foreman keeping us all organized and focused (always a challenge).

Sandy "Counsellor" Wilder from Toronto rounded out the 'muscle' required for heavy lifting, gardening and countless other jobs.  Sandy's perpetual companion, Donzie the black lab, enjoyed swims in the lake, chasing the ATV on trips to the brush pile, then sleeping it off with friend, Winnie the Schnauzer.  It really is a dog's life. 

One of the best parts of Volunteer Work Weekend is always the grub!  This year we completely spoiled to have professional chef, Samson Mudavanhu, giving his time and talent to keep the troops well fed. 

THANK YOU, Friends!...We couldn't do it without you!

12 May, 2015

First Weekend At Ak-O-Mak

First Weekend At Ak-O-Mak

The first of May is always an exciting weekend for us at Ak-O-Mak.  It is the time when we usually make our initial road-trip north to check on camp and see how the buildings, docks and trees, etc have come through the winter.

The lake ice is now history!  It "went out" by the end of April and the scent of thawing earth and spring is everywhere.  This weekend (May 2nd & 3rd) we were blessed with wonderfully warm temperatures.  "Sunshine" was the forecast and Mother Nature delivered 100 %.  

It was a perfect day for a 'walkabout' camp.  As we inspected the bay from the dock at Buck's Cabin, a pair of beavers swam towards us from shore.  They were as curious about us as we were about them!  Did you know that beavers vocalized?  Well, they do!...As "June and Ward Beaver" (yes, we named them), swam their circuitous path to our dock, they hummed repeatedly to each other.  After checking us out briefly, they continued their little 'love swim' all the way to Sandy Beach.  What a treat to see them up close like that.

On the baseball field, deep, hoofed divets in the moist earth were evidence of a moose's recent visit to camp. Jennifer (from Rocky Reef) reported seeing the moose by Rosemary's bench last week while out walking her dogs.  We were not so fortunate, however, but we will keep our "eyes peeled" just in case.

Camp wintered very well and everything appeared to be ship shape.  While Dianne made her list of "chores to be done" on our Annual Volunteer Work Weekend, Marion Denny and Cole Scheffel. (both of Brantford Aquatic Club) decided to test the waters...literally.

Marion was determined to snag the award for "First One In The Lake 2015".  She might have succeeded too but as Marion waded in up to her ankles, Cole had a strategic burst of bravery!  He galloped past Marion and plunged head first into the water, snagging the title!  Congratulations Cole Scheffel...the winner of "First One In The Lake 2015!"

05 April, 2015

Greetings from Camp Ak-O-Mak

Greetings from Camp Ak-O-Mak

Shhhh!...Word has it that our beloved Ak-O-Mak continues to sleep under a heavy blanket of snow...

Herb Denny and Sandy Tod (of Sunfield Renovations) visited camp the last weekend in MARCH to check things out and visit friends, John and Jennifer, of Rocky Reef. 

They reported that they were able to walk for MILES upon the thick, lake ice. The windswept face of Orange Rock was visible rising beyond the drifted snow as though stretching toward the sun.  The brightness of the day belied the frigid temperatures and the "lakescape" was a frozen desert of white.  The only sounds heard were the crunching of snow underfoot and the gusting wind whistling past their ears.

  It is hard to imagine that this icey world, our very Early Bird route, will soon begin its perennial metamorphosis into the sunny, warm Ak-O-Mak that WE know so well!  This deserted, frozen tableau will quickly come alive with sunshine, movement, colour and song!

 

So girls, please don't let the dreary days of April dampen your drive to get back to camp!  It's time to SPRING into action!  Don't risk spending a summer in the city as a  "texting-couch-potato" when you could be beating the summer heat at "open waterfront" or roasting marshmallows at campfire!

Registration is a BREEZE!  You'll find all of the forms "on line" on the Camp Ak-O-Mak website, including the packing list!  If you have any questions just give Dianne Young a call in the camp office @ (416) 427-3171 and she'll help you out.

 

Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted with regular updates as we begin opening up Camp Ak-O-Mak in May.  We can hardly wait to start pulling out the summer "toys" again....(along with a few NEW surprises!) and let you know the winner of the annual "First One in the Lake" contest over the May long weekend.

 

Think SUMMER.   Think AK-O-MAK!

17 February, 2015

She's Baaaaack!!

She's Baaaaack!!

Great news everyone!

Hayley Steward will return to Camp Ak-O-Mak this summer as Program Director for the final 2 week session!

Now that her maternity leave is finished, Hayley is free to follow her heart back to camp and re-acquaint with you wonderful girls.  Here's hoping that "Little Stunt" Hayden and Daddy Dan will join her, too!  We'll keep you posted on that detail as we get closer to camp.

So send her a message and join us as we welcome back Hayley Steward!!

Hayley is a lover of all things outdoors! She could stern a canoe before she learned how to ride a bicycle and could scale a rock face before she was old enough to learn how to drive. Her Ak-O-Mak journey began in 2006 when she joined The Brantford Aquatics Club on a training weekend to run the high-ropes course and she immediately fell in love its traditional camp feel  breathtaking campus. After spending years at various other day and residential camps there was something in the air that kept Hayley coming back to Ak-O-Mak, until she was offered the position of Program Director in 2009. She brings a diverse background of experiences to her role as Program Director. From implementing a creative education day-camp program at Wilfrid Laurier University, teaching rock climbing, facilitating high and low ropes courses, refereeing volleyball, lifeguarding, and teaching swimming, to working as a counselor in the USA for children with social, emotional and developmental disorders, Hayley has developed a passion for teaching and learning. Her zany, creative program ideas were quickly adopted at Ak-O-Mak as new camp traditions.

Hayley’s passion and enthusiasm for exciting programs and creating a healthy-active lifestyle expands beyond the age group of Ak-O-Mak campers.  During the year she is the Director or Recreation at a retirement residence or “residential all-year camp for Grannies and Grandpa’s” as she calls it. 

As a child she wore out a t-shirt that said, “Yes I’m a girl, Yes I’m an athlete, Yes I can kick your butt!” and has adapted this as her personal camp mantra. Her enthusiasm and excitement for camp and empowering young girls is witnessed every day she is at camp.  She strongly believes in the powerful and positive experience of summer camp in a child’s life.

 

After spending four summers at AK-O-Mak as the Program Director a two summer hiatus, seems like an eternity and Hayley is beyond excited to bring her new family to her second home at Ak-O-Mak as the Program Director for the Two Week Session!

23 January, 2015

Ak-O-Mak "Not For Profit" News Flash!

Happy New Year from Camp Ak-O-Mak!

New Year's News Flash!!...Camp Ak-O-Mak is now a Not-For-Profit organization.

Ak-O-Mak "Not For Profit" News Flash!

Camp Ak-O-Mak is pleased to announce that we are now officially a Not-For-Profit Corporation, "Camp Ak-O-Mak for Girls".  This means that Ak-O-Mak will no longer be taxed on your generous donations (whether monetary or gift).  As the Camp Ak-O-Mak Executive, we appreciate and respect your gifts and always direct funds back into Ak-O-Mak's facility and programming, endeavouring to maintain Camp Ak-O-Mak's status as North America's premier sports camp for girls.

Although most of North America remains in the icy grip of January, we have turned our focus squarely ahead to the warm days of SUMMER...summer 2015!

The Christmas lights and holiday decor have come down and the camp office has ramped up as Dianne and Catherine make preparations for the 2015 season.  The printer has been humming non-stop signalling the arrival of resumes from hopeful camp counsellor candidates and registrations forms from Early Bird Campers!  Keep them coming, gang!

In a couple of weeks, Dianne, Catherine, will attend the annual Ontario Camps Association Conference in Toronto.  This gathering of camp owners, directors and various suppliers is a key event for industry members to keep abreast of new government regulations, developments and trends in camping.   We are so proud to represent Camp Ak-O-Mak and our completely unique program at this largest Canadian camping conference. There simply is NO other camp in North America doing what Camp Ak-O-Mak has been doing for decades!

 Ontario swimmers, keep your eyes peeled for the Ak-O-Mak information table at swim meets over the next few months.  We love having visitors and encourage you to share your camp experience with your team mates by showing them the camp videos and pictures on display.

2014 was an amazing summer and our goal is to make 2015 even better!  We continue to build on our programming, invest in equipment and seek exceptional staff members whether in our kitchen, cabins or canoes, but we cannot do it without YOU!  Tell your friends, reserve your bunk and get ready to pack your bathing suit and towel.  Summer will be here in no time.

Please know that we appreciate hearing from you, our campers, families and alumni.  We value your feedback so drop us a line and let us know how we are doing.

Here's to a great camping season 2015!

Sincerely, Dianne and Catherine

23 December, 2014

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Camp Ak-O-Mak wishing everyone peace and happiness this holiday season

10 November, 2014

Camp Ak-O-Mak At Swim International

Camp Ak-O-Mak At Swim International

Dianne and Catherine were once again pleased to host the Camp Ak-O-Mak information table at the Swim International Swim Meet in Brantford this weekend.

We were as excited as you were to catch up with our camper-friends after spending those fun-filled summer days together.  What fun to see so many of you at one meet!!

The highlight of our weekend was meeting a very special Ak-O-Mak Alumna, Sara Barber Jenkins, a member of TWO Canadian Olympic Swim Teams: 1956 (Melbourne) and 1960 (Rome) as well as the 1959 Pan Am Games.  "Sara Barber" (as she was known in her camping days) attended Ak-O-Mak for TEN years during the 50's and 60's and shared her memories of swimming under Matt Mann (senior) and Rosemary Dawson during her time at camp.  We are really hoping to persuade Sara to visit Ak-O-Mak next summer when she can share more of her stories with our campers!  We will keep you posted.

Finally, many thanks to the parents who stopped by our booth with such kind words of praise about your daughters' experiences at camp this summer.  It is encouraging for us to hear that camp made a difference in your child's life and it is exactly the reason why we give our time to Ak-O-Mak. So, "Thank you!"

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