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!"

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!

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