03 July, 2015

July 3rd 2015

July 3rd

Everyone was excited this morning to hear the bell ring for breakfast after they had a nice sleep in to prepare for the 10km run against the boys.  Chikopi arrived just after breakfast and after some stretching the race began!  Our girls ran there fastest while trying to beat the boys!  It was a perfect day for a run and everyone did a fantastic job and tried their best. 

After the race, the waterfront opened up and everyone enjoyed cooling off in the water and had a great time jumping off the tower.  We then had awards and lunch with Chikopi before they paddled back home. 

This afternoon we took our camp and cabin photos quickly before an afternoon of war canoeing, paddling in the small boats, sea kayaking and paddle boarding.  After dinner the campers got a choice between archery, tennis and small boats.  It was an awesome but tiring day here at camp and everyone is sure to sleep well tonight!

 

10 km Race Results

Ten and under girls

Amanda J.         1st place                            44:45

Abigail G.          2nd place                          1:00:15

Sophie W.         3rd place                           1:06:26

Jolie M.               4th place                           1:06:34

Jacqueline C.   5th place                           1:06:51

Nailia K.            6th place                           1:09:16

Regina A.          7th place                           1:21:14

Jenna S.              8th place                           1:29:48

Veronica S.      9th place                           1:38:13

Aitziber F.        10th place                         1:38:14

Mariama K.      11th place                         1:40:51

Georgia B.        12th place                         1:48:52

 

 

11-12 Girls

 

Florence M.     1st place                            59:06

Alexi S.               2nd place                           1:04:03

Gabby C.            3rd place                           1:12:37

Itziar F.              4th place                           1:21:18

Hei-Yin G.         5th place                           1:30:21

 

13-14 Girls

Claire S.             1st place                            47:36

Regina D.          2nd place                           49:37

Natalia W.        3rd place                           49:47

Kate K.                              4th place                           50:43

Chloe S.              5th place                           52:01

Kosi L.                6th place                           52:04

Robin C.             7th place                           52:05

Jessica R.          8th place                           55:43

Erin B.                9th place                           55:46

Alessandra A. 10th place                         1:00:51

Hunter A.          11th place                         1:04:02

Teagan D.         12th place                         1:06:33

Mika H.              13th place                         1:09:26

Atira G.              14th place                         1:10:16

Claire P.             15th place                         1:10:55

Samantha H.   16th place                         1:11:19

Marion D.         17th place                         1:11:31

Sarah S.             18th place                         1:18:01

Ellery P.             19th place                         1:18:02

Eva S.                  20th place                         1:24:18

Abby H.             21st place                         1:43:23

 

15-17 Girls

Cassandra C.   1st place                            56:50

Madeleine D.   2nd place                           57:01

Abby H.             3rd place                           59:42

Carly M.             4th place                           1:00:12

Samantha G.    5th place                           1:07:10

Hana H.             6th place                           1:07:11

Paola M.            7th place                           1:09:56

Monica C.          8th place                           1:10:56

Wynn M.            9th place                           1:30:22

Hannah P.         10th place         

 

18 and over

Melissa              1st place                            41:43

Jocelyn S.          2nd place                           44:32

Brooke S.          3rd place                           47:20

Monica D.         4th place                           47:40

Brigette C.        5th place                           48:09

Jessica C.           6th place                           52:10

Lily A.                 7th place                           57:03

Rosie T.             8th place                           57:07

Krista S.            9th place                           57:18

MJ C.                    10th place                         57:21

Catherine M.   11th place                         1:00:11

Collette D.        12th place                         1:10:13

Molly S.              13th place                         1:11:32

Gillian T.           14th place                         1:40:01

 

01 July, 2015

July 1, 2015

July 1st

Happy Canada Day everyone!  We had such an awesome time today celebrating!  The morning began with a normal early bird of small boats, swimming and running.  After breakfast the campers all had a chance to learn some new stretching techniques taught by Jocelyn. 

After stretching everyone got all decked out in their red and white, grabbed their flags and we headed to Magnetewan.  While in Magnetewan we walked in a parade through the town.  It was an awesome experience as all of the girls got to hold the flag from their country while we paraded and sang all of our favourite camp cheers.  Once the parade was over the girls did a flash mob with our camp dance and we ate lunch and got ice cream!  Finally, before heading back to camp four of our youngest campers represented Ak-O-Mak in the cardboard boat race and took second place!

Back at camp Jocelyn led a running clinic for the campers and then everyone had a quick swim practice before dinner.  After a delicious dinner of roast beef, salad and roasted veggies we are now waiting to begin our counsellor fashion show!  

29 June, 2015

June 29th 2015

June 29th

Yet another great day here at Ak-O-Mak!  Everyone woke up this morning ready for an early bird of swimming, running, biking and small boats!  It was great to see the waterfront full of all of our racing boats practicing for the two regattas we will be racing in this summer.  After early bird and breakfast everyone enjoyed classes of zumba, softball, swimming, small boats, volleyball, tennis and bootcamp!

 

After lunch and a shortened rest hour we war canoed and pleasure canoed across the lake to Ahmic Lake Lodge for an afternoon of ice cream and playing in the rapids!  It was a great way to spend the sunny day, followed by a campfire and cookout once we returned to camp.  While around the campfire we all sang our hearts out to all of our favourite Taylor Swift songs.  We are looking forward to seeing what fun things tomorrow will have in store for us because here at Ak-O-Mak … every day is a great day! 

27 June, 2015

June 27th 2015

June 27th

What an exciting day for our campers!  Half of the camp left early this morning to head on the road to the North Bay triathlon.  The girls had an awesome day of racing and cheering on their teammates! All of the Ak-O-Makker’s did a fantastic job and raced their hearts out!  Stay tuned for the results.  After the race we all headed to the ice cream shop for a nice treat before our bus ride back to camp!

Back at camp everyone enjoyed a fun day of tennis, canoeing, softball, nucemball and a self-defense class taught by our very own black belt, Rosie!  Once the triathletes were home everyone headed down to the waterfront to bathe and jump off the tower before dinner.  We then had an awesome evening paddle in the war canoes.  After our busy day, everyone will definitely sleep well tonight! 

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!

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