10 October, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

One of the greatest things about living on the 45th parallel is watching the changing of the seasons and Camp Ak-O-Mak has to be one of the most beautiful places to witness this spectacle of nature.  This weekend Canadians celebrated their Thanksgiving holiday we would like to wish all our Canadian alumni and family's a Happy Thanksgiving

13 September, 2014

Close Up 2014

Close Up 2014

What a terrific summer we had at Camp Ak-O-Mak this year!  "Thank you" to each and every one of you, campers, counsellors, CIT's, Coaches and of course, our amazing Chefs, for making this the best year ever!  The weeks literally flew by, but now it is time to put our dear Ak-O-Mak to bed for the winter. 

You Know It's The End Of Summer At Ak-O-Mak When...

1.  The lane lines areoutof the pools and the nets removed from the fields and courts.

2.  The coaching docks are carefully stacked on shore.  Thefloating docksand diving tower are moved to the quiet waters by Sandy Beach.

3.  The sail boats are stashed in the lean-to for winter.

4.  The kayaks and war canoes are systematicallystoredin the boathouse.

5.  The cabins and HOPS are empty and cleaned.

6.  The orange and green canoes are nestled together in the Main House.

7.  The entire kitchen is deep-cleaned and everything wrapped in plastic.

8.  Every pipe is drained of water, every toilet bailed, and every washing machine winterized with anti-freeze for the winter.

But most of all, WE know it is the end of camp when....

1.  The belly-laughter, skinny-dip-screaming and splashing no longer echoacross the bayfrom the water polo dock.

2.  We no longer hear the"CREEAAK-SLAM"of doors along the cabin line.

3.  The Main House bell and the oogah fallsilent.

 

To us, Dianne and Catherine, when you girls leave camp,the ensuingsilence completely changes  Ak-O-Mak.  It's as though her very soul has gone for a time and camp is returned to the wilderness around her for safe-keeping, asithas been for 88 years.

A few days after you left, about 50 Canada geese flew in to claim their place on the grass by the Directors' Cabin and the tiny patch of beach by the boathouse.  The deer, too, migrated from the forest to the soccer field and all are enjoying the delicious grass, undisturbed by mowers, throwers or "rowers"!

At least not untilwe gather again next summer!

 

 

27 August, 2014

August 27th

August 27th

Another fun day at Ak-O-Mak with morning classes of swimming, tennis, kayaking, rugby and volleyball to name a few. A little cooler day but the lake was calm so after lunch we ventured out for an afternoon paddle over to Ahmic Lake Lodge for some Ice Cream (always a favourite). Along with swim and play in the rapids and a visit with the animals in the petting farm.

 After a delicious dinner and much singing, I am sure our voice carried across the lake, we headed to our evening activities of Barbarians followed by a much needed dip in the lake before bed. Looking forward to more fun tomorrow.

26 August, 2014

August 26th

August 26th

Camp Ak-O-Mak was pleased to host alum Colleen Shields for the past couple of days. Colleen successfully crossed Lake Ontario 2 weeks ago at the tender age of 62 and came to camp to share her story with the girls.  After helping with the Ahmic Harbour Swim yesterday, Colleen   was delighted to swim Early Bird this morning with 8 year old Isabel L. for her first one miler! 

After such an action-packed day yesterday it was nice to have a "regular day" at Ak-O-Mak with classes in the morning and Team Comp in the afternoon with all of us appreciating the balmy temperatures in spite of the greyish skies.

Tonight it is the "Counsellor Fashion Show" for evening activity!  Imagine the joy of being "decorated" in wacky costumes by your 12 exuberant campers!  Our counsellors are terrific sports indeed!

25 August, 2014

Ahmic Harbour Swim Results

Ahmic Harbour Swim - Monday 25th August

10 AND UNDER GIRLS

1st place              Alanna O.                           1:14:21

2nd place             Clarke M.                            1:54:14

3rd place             Abigail O.                            2:15:33

 

11-12 Girls

1st place              Abby H.                               1:00:02

2nd place             Emma S.                             1:00:03

3rd place             Renee L.                             1:02:39

4th place             Evelyn H.S.                         1:02:40

5th place             Emma L.                             1:07:10

6th place             Katya T.Y.                           1:08:16

7th place             Antonia G.                          1:12:25

8th place             Caroline M.                        1:14:28

9th place             Carly A.                               1:14:40

10th place           Sarah W.                             1:15:04

11th place           Elke O.                                1:18:28

12th place           Ashley M.                           1:25:46

13th place           Lola C.                                 1:26:11

14th place           Aleksandra K.                     1:26:13

15th place           Marit K.                               1:30:26

 

13-14 Girls

1st place              Madeleine M.                    54:18

2nd place             Hailey N.                             56:16

3rd place             Anna D.                               56:23

4th place             Lianna G.                            57:37

5th place             Marion D.                           58:53

6th place             Jessica C.                            59:58

7th place             Emily S.                               1:00:32

8th place             Olivia O.                              1:00:53

9th place             Kathryn A.                          1:02:17

10th place           Sarah M.                             1:02:21

11th place           Marni G.                             1:02:38

12th place           Reagan M.                         1:02:45

13th place           Chiara D.                            1:03:27

14th place           Annie R.                              1:03:47

15th place           Carmina C.                         1:04:48

16th place           Maya G.                              1:07:43

17th place           Olivia L.                               1:09:37

18th place           Olivia H.                              1:12:20

19th place           Mary M.                              1;13:40

20th place           Morgan B.                          1:13:41

21st place            Alicia C.                               1:14:15

22nd place          Reaghan G.                        1:14:29

 

15-17 Girls

1st place              Olivia A.               48:08

2nd place             Vanessa G.          50:14

3rd place             Kate A.                 54:17

4th place             Alexis B.               55:17

5th place             Lauren S.             56:02

6th place             Mary-Kate J.       58:59

7th place             Ashlynn M.          1:02:34

8th place             Erin A.                  1:02:49

9th place             Dana S.                1:00:03

10th place           Adelle Y.B.           1:03:02

11th place           Emily M.              1:07:40

25 August, 2014

August 25th

August 25th


Today, the girls woke up to beautiful sunshine for their 3 mile Ahmic Harbour swim against the Chikopi boys. The water was calm and warm, a spectacular day for a swim. Olivia A set a new swim record for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour Swim this morning.

After the race, the Ak-O-Mak girls and Chikopi boys walked and paddled back to camp. After a delicious lunch both camp were ready for Water Day activities and open waterfront.

After dinner, Cabin 1 and the counsellors teamed up to play a fun game of kickball against the rest of camp.

24 August, 2014

August 24th

August 24th


Another beautiful day at Camp Ak-O-Mak! The campers woke up to beautiful sunshine. This morning, the girls had a choice to either swim, run or bike for early bird.

For morning classes each cabin had swimming, diving, volleyball, small boats and self dense class with Rosie and Ashlynn. The girls enjoyed their morning and learned some new self defense techniques.  After lunch we had team comp the girls worked together as a team to complete challenges and answer trivia questions. We finished off our evening with a cookout at the campfire along with roast some marshmallows, Yummm!

Our very special guest Colleen Shields, former Ak-O-Maker and oldest person to swim across lake Ontario talked to the campers this evening at camp fire about marathon swimming and told her story about her successful crossing a few weeks ago. What an inspiration to all, the girls are now off to bed in preparation for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour Swim and Water Day!

23 August, 2014

August 23rd

August 23rd 

The sunshine has officially returned to Ak-O-Mak! The girls had a great early bird this morning, lots of fast times. After breakfast, the girls headed to morning classes sailing, softball and diving to name a few, Cabin 6 even went on a hiking adventure today!

This afternoon, Sensei Rosie (4th degree black belt) and Ashlynn (1st degree black belt) lead the entire camp through a self defense workshop including instruction and demonstrations. All of the girls had a fantastic afternoon were able to try out some of the techniques throughout the workshop. The sun was shining and it was warm. Rosie and Ashlynn will be teaching the campers again tomorrow. The girls had open water front to cool off.

Lots of laughter and fun as the girls enjoyed backfield games in the evening. Looking forward to a sun filled day tomorrow.

22 August, 2014

August 22nd

August 22nd

 

Today there was no early bird as the girls were getting ready to race the Knoephfli mile followed Chikopi field day! The morning started out a little wet with a light "British Isles" drizzle but the girls pulled through and all swam a fantastic race! Between the Ak-O-Mak girls and the Chikopi boys there were 87 swimmers in the race! We are very proud of Olivia A from Cabin 1 who came first overall with a time of 20:04 (A NEW Knoephfli mile swim record for the Ak-O-Mak girls!).

Five girls make the top 10 overall:  Olivia A, Vanessa G, Alexis B, Kate A, and Madeleine M! Fantastic! The Ak-O-Mak girls then enjoyed a Chikopi lunch before being assigned to mixed teams for the zaney Field Day activities.

Soon it was time for us to paddle home just in time for candy store and rest hour.

Many thanks to Chefs  Peter and Samson who prepared a delicious Chinese- food dinner tonight after which  we were re-energized for evening activities!

22 August, 2014

Knoefphi Mile Swim

Knoefphli Mile Swim

 

Friday 22nd August 2014

Girls 10 and under

1st place              Alaina O.                              27:42

Girls 11 and 12

1st place              Renne L.                              24:18

2nd place             Emma S.                               24:20

3rd place              Evelyn H.S.                           25:56

4th place              Abby H.                                 26:18

5th place              Elke O.                                  26:41

6th place              Katya T.Y.                            26:44

7th place              Emma L.                               27:01

8th place              Antonia G.                            27:27

9th place              Jordan S.                              27:34

10th place           Caroline M.                           27:53

11th place           Carly A.                                 29:33

12th place           Sarah W.                              30:16

13th place           Marit K.                                  32:25

14th place           Lola C.                                   35:12

Girls 13 and 14

1st place              Madeleine M.                     22:09

2nd place             Hailey N.                             23:08

3rd place              Haley S.                              23:20

4th place              Anna D.                               23:27

5th place              Jessica C.                            23:46

6th place              Olivia O.                               23:47

7th place              Marion D.                             24:05

8th place              Liana Grace                         24:55

9th place              Reagan M.                           25:04

10th place           Emily S.                                 25:05

11th place           Marni G.                                25:38

12th place           Annie R.                                25:46

13th place           Alicia C.                                 26:15

14th place           Olivia L.                                 26:16

15th place           Sarah M.                              26:21

16th place           Chiara D.                              26:23

17th place           Kathryn A.                            26:34

18th place           Carmina C.                           26:37

19th place           Olivia H.                                27:43

20th place           Reaghan G.                         27:54

21st place            Morgan B.                           28:52

22nd place          Mary M.                               28:55

Girls 15-17

1st place              Olivia A.                                20:04

2nd place             Vanessa G.                          20:45

3rd place              Alexis B.                               21:49

4th place              Kate A.                                 21:53

5th place              Lauren S.                             23:00

6th place              Adelle Y.B.                           23:14

7th place              Dana S.                               24:50

8th place              Mary Kate J.                        24:58

9th place              Erin A.                                 25:01

10th place           Ashlynn M.                           25:02

11th place           Alex W.                                 25:03

12th place           Alicia G.                               25:43

13th place           Emily M.                               27:44

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