04 July, 2014

July 4th

 

Happy July 4th to all of our American friends!  We sang the Star-Spangled Banner today just for you! 

This morning everyone was excited to wake up to a beautiful sunny day!  We enjoyed a normal camp morning with a regular early bird of swimming and running followed by breakfast and inspection.  After inspection everyone went to their morning classes of small boats, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, tennis and of course swimming.  A few of the counsellors even spent part of the morning continuing to bushwack our newest trail that we are calling “Fun Cross”.

We then all filed into the mainhouse for a delicious lunch of tilapia, couscous, grilled zucchini and salad followed by a relaxing rest hour in the shade.  We then had our second softball tryout and those not trying out played volleyball and newcomb ball on the beach volleyball courts, soccer, or went mountain biking.

After a great dinner everyone headed to the boathouse for a paddling practice.  The girls headed out in all of our racing boats and we took two war canoes out in preparation for the upcoming regatta that Ak-O-Mak will be competing in.   It was another tiring but great day here at camp!  

02 July, 2014

July 1st

July 1st

 

What a great camp day!  We all woke up thinking it would be a rainy and stormy day and were pleasantly surprised when the weather stayed nice and sunny for us!  After early bird and breakfast the girls enjoyed their morning classes of swimming, war canoe, small boats, self defense and Zumba.

 

After a delicious lunch and rest hour the team comp teams then got together for a kickball and soccer tournament.  In the end the MAK Flurries team cheered and kicked their way to victory!   Once the tournament was over everyone headed to their choice of a trail run, small boats, mountain biking, or softball.

 

We then all headed up the mainhouse for a dinner of pasta and Caesar salad and of course singing!  Once we got through all of our favourite camp songs everyone went down to the waterfront to bathe and jump off the tower before bed.     

 

01 July, 2014

June 30th

June 30th

The girls awoke to the bell this morning and everyone had a great early bird with many going best times!  After a breakfast of eggs, hashbrowns, oatmeal and fruit the girls headed down to their cabins for inspection.  Inspection was followed by classes of Quiddich, softball, swimming, soccer and Zumba.

After lunch and rest hour everyone headed down to the waterfront for small boats and war canoe.   When the girls were finished on the water we headed to Easter Island Head rock for the start of this sessions team competition.  The girls then split into four teams to help Olaf from Disney’s Frozen find his stolen flurry before he melts.  Olaf and Elsa sang the girls a beautiful rendition of “Let It Go” to explain their mission.

The sun shines bright on Olaf tonight,

Not a flurry to be seen.

A snowman in desperation,

And it looks like you’re the team.

 

The sun is pounding, and the snow is melting fast.

Hans is on the run, better hope I last.

 

Don’t let him win, don’t let him free,

Be the winners you’re always meant to be.

Retrieve the snow, don’t let him go.

And don’t be slow.

 

Get the snow. Get the snow.

Can’t let Olaf melt alone.

Get the snow.  Get the snow.

He’s melting down to the bone.

 

Hans can run, but you’ll find a way.

Let the teams compete.

Hans never had a chance anyway.

 

The girls presented their team names, skits and cheers after dinner and we are all looking forward to competing for the team competition title and seeing what happens to Olaf this summer.

01 July, 2014

Nature Sightings at Camp Ak-O-Mak

Nature Sightings at Camp Ak-O-Mak

One of the best things about summer camp is living close to the wilderness and experiencing some of the wonderful gifts Mother Nature has to offer.

We have all come to know the regular critters with whom we share our campus:  the little red squirrels, the adorable chipmunk ("chippie") who so conveniently resides near the back kitchen door, the beautiful velveteen hare down by the Green Guest House, "Umpire" the groundhog with his burrow under the baseball shed, "Randal-the-Vandal-Racoon" who repeatedly digs up Catherine's flowers looking for tastey grubs, Doe-A-Deer with her gentlel eyes....These little creatures are familiar furry faces at camp.

Our list of nature sightings continues to grow as we venture along our woodland trails and shoreline during Early Bird:  loons, herons, the pair of hawks nesting behind Hop 1.  More deer. A yearling bear. The flickas, blue jays and wood peckers who have a flight path to and from the Main House.  And some yet-to-be-identified bird with the most musical, tubular song one can imagine!  What IS that bird that we hear echoing throughout the forest every morning and evening??

As Madison W. said excitedly this morning, "It was a once in a lifetime thing to see a bear!"...

Now THAT is the joy of a summer living close to nature!

30 June, 2014

June 28th & June 29th

June 28th

 

Today was quite a busy day for all of the Ak-O-Makkers.  We started off our morning with an early breakfast so that all of the girls heading off to the North Bay Triathlon could load the bus.  It was a great day of racing for everyone!   Many of our campers placed in the top three for their age group and a few campers successfully completed their first triathlon!

 

Meanwhile, the campers back at camp enjoyed the sunny day with a swim practice and a fitness relay in the morning.  They then had a great afternoon learning a dance, practicing their self-defense and jumping off the diving tower.

 

By dinner the camp was all back together for a delicious meal of pasta, salad and garlic bread.   After dinner everyone had a chance to enjoy the waterfront and cool down before bed.  We are all looking forward to tomorrow’s Canada Day celebration adventures in Magnetewan. 

 

June 29th

 

Today was Canada Day for Camp Ak-O-Mak as we celebrated in Magnetewan.  After an early bird of swimming, running, and biking the girls had breakfast and then we loaded the buses and were off to the celebration.  Once in Magnetewan the girls all proudly held their nations flag as we paraded through the town. 

 

After the parade the girls all had a great time dancing to the live band and even learned to line dance!  Then it was time for lunch and an ice cream break to beat the heat.  We then all headed down to the beach to cheer on Abby G. and Florence M. in the annual cardboard boat race.

 

Once the festivities were over we all headed back to camp where the girls had a full camp swim practice until dinner.  Now it’s time for the first campfire of the summer and we can’t wait!

27 June, 2014

June 27th 2014

June 27th

We awoke this morning to another bright, beautiful, sunny day and the girls were off for their first all camp early bird of swimming and running!  There were even a few best times!  After early bird, the girls headed up to the mainhouse for a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, egg McMuffins, hashbrowns and oatmeal.

 

It was then time for the girls to tidy their cabins for inspection and get ready for their morning classes.  Everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather while swimming, canoeing, practicing self-defense, playing tennis, basketball and beach volleyball.  A few of the cabins even got the chance to start practicing in the racing canoes and kayaks for the regatta at the end of the session.   

 

After lunch the girls spent rest hour in their cabins relaxing out of the sun before spending the afternoon in boats on the water and cycling to get ready for the triathlon.

 

We enjoyed a great dinner and even had ice cream sundaes for dessert! This evening we hosted the annual paddle picking ceremony, where all the girls introduced themselves and picked their paddle, which they will use for canoeing this summer. Now the girls are off to bed early tonight in preparation for the North Bay Triathlon tomorrow!   

26 June, 2014

Arrival Summer 2014

Arrival Summer 2014

"They're Heeeeeeere!!!!"

The bus is here!  The bus is here!...The excited shouts echoed down the cabin line and everyone already at camp ran to the Main House to welcome the coach with the rest of our campers.

Joyful reunions all round...Hugs, screams of delight and suprise that can only errupt from the hearts of happy young girls.  Yes, arrival day is exciting indeed!

Please know that EVERYONE arrived safely and soundly.

Let the games begin!

26 June, 2014

Day One 2014

June 25th and 26th

 

With the safe arrival of all our campers, Camp Ak-O-Mak has been brought back to life after a long winter.  With all of the campers here we had a delicious dinner of pasta, garlic bread and ceasar salad last night.  After dinner the girls had a chance to take a quick dip in the lake before settling into their cabins before bed. 

 

This morning the girls awoke with the bell and the camp was immediately filled with the sound of laughter as they began an early bird of swimming and running and those new to camp were led on a full camp tour.   Breakfast was great meal filled with blueberry pancakes, oatmeal, sausage, fresh fruit and tons of singing!  It’s great to hear the mainhouse full of song again!  This morning the girls all had fun in their morning classes of tennis, lacrosse, kayaking, canoeing and of course SWIMMING … YAY!

 

This afternoon the girls were busy getting their bikes all fitted for the triathlon and playing an intense game of kickball.  After which they all had a running clinic with our coach Jocelyn followed by open waterfront to cool off until dinner!  We’re all looking forward to dinner and to see what the evening has in store.   

 

View our counselor staff in the section below

21 June, 2014

Counsellor staff Summer 2014

Counsellors Staff Summer 2014

My name is Lily, and this is my tenth summer at Ak-O-Mak. In the fall, I'll be a senior at Hillsdale College, where I'm studying Spanish and German. This is my fifth year on staff, and my favorite things about camp are Early Bird and Sunday night cookouts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Riley and this is my 5th year at Camp Ak-O-Mak!  I have participated on my high school varsity Swim, Ski and Waterpolo teams for all four years of high school. I just graduated and I am excited to be attending the University of Denver in the fall. I loves camp because it gives girls a place to be themselves and opportunities to grow into beautiful young women. I am so lucky and grateful to be apart of such an amazing experience and I hope my campers feel the joy I did as a camper!

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Clark is going to be a second year Ak-O-Makker this year. She had never gone to summer camp until her first year as camp counsellor last summer. 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 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.  

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

 

Hello! My name is Denise and I am from Hong Kong, but I currently go to school in the beautiful state of Maine. My first summer at Ak-o-Mak was back in 2004, and this will be my third summer on staff. Some of my favorite things to do are swimming, canoeing, singing (badly), beating boys in a race, and hanging out with awesome people - which is why Ak-o-Mak is the perfect place to spend my summer! I also love breakfast, disney and marvel movies, and puppies. I hope you're all as excited for camp as I am, and I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

 

 

 

Georgia Wolfe has recently graduated from Etobicoke School of the Arts, having majored in Visual Art. She has been involved in music theatre and voice productions since the age of 6 and took lyrical, tap and hip hop dance on weeknights. She enjoys running, biking, and swimming. Georgia has played four years of piano and flute which have helped to better her ear-training. She has performed with her school’s Women’s Choir, a group that won gold in the National Vocal Competition two years ago. She has enthusiasm for new challenges and continues to pursue multiple forms of art and enjoys academic subjects such as Law, English, and Math. Georgia has worked with the companies Girls Respect Groups and Bullying Epidemic, which both focus on girls’ self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others. She was also junior and then senior representative for her school’s Equity group, which worked to promote kindness and awareness through hosting shows, seminars, discussions, etc. She has enjoyed working as a camp counsellor in the past and is really excited to be at Camp Ak-O-Mak this summer.  Georgia plans to continue her schooling at the University of Guelph in the fall, majoring in Psychology.

 

Mónica Delgado Salgado

Mexican, born and raised in Celaya, Gto. 17 years-old, high English level with Cambridge ESOL Preliminary English test Certification (PET) and Cambridge ESOL First Certification (FC). Finished elementary and junior high at “Instituto Bilingue Andersen”, studying 5th semester of high school at “Tecnológico de Monterrey”. Selected for triathlon nationals in 2012. Member of the soccer representative team in of ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores Monterrey). First year as a CIT, 3rd year at camp.

 

My name is Larissa and I am from Mexico City. This is my 7th year at camp and my first year as a staff member. I love doing sports, especially at camp, and swimming in that beautiful lake! I'm a very outgoing person and I love to have fun. Camp has helped me  become the friendly person I am today and it has helped me overcome many obstacles throughout the years. My past counselors have been such great role models and have inspired me to be one this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Erin Avis, I'm 21 and am from Southampton in England. I am a Sports Therapist graduate and currently a Lifeguard. I am Assistant Cub Scout Leader and an Assistant Karate Instructor. My hobbies and interests include Karate, Archery, Hiking, Camping and being in the outdoors. 

 

Hello! I’m Kiran from Mamaroneck, NY, and I will be the Waterfront Director this summer! This will be my tenth summer at Ak-O-Mak and fourth year on staff. This fall, I will be entering my senior year at Bowdoin College in Maine, where I major in Environmental Studies and Earth and Oceanographic Science. I play water polo, enjoy running, and am currently training for my first half-marathon! I love everything about camp and can’t wait for this summer! 

 

 

 

 

Hi! My name is Alexa Murray and I am from the state of Delaware in the United States. This will be my eighth year at camp, but my first year as a member of the staff and I am so excited to work with all the campers. I first came to camp when I was eight years old and I am so thankful that I came. Camp has taught me so many things and has made me into the person I am today. I hope to instill all of the values other counselors have taught me into the girls and pass down my love for this amazing place. Currently, I am a rising senior in high school and am aiming at graduating in the top 10 of my class of 236 students. I have been swimming for sixteen years and I know from experience that there is no better place to swim than camp. I hope to make everyone’s experience at camp the best it can possibly be and I hope that all the girls leave camp feeling empowered and self-confident. There is truly no greater place on earth than Camp Akomak. 

 

Although this will only be my second year at Ak-O-Mak, after only a few days at camp, it felt like home.  I love spending time outdoors, especially swimming, running and biking.  During the school year I study Public Health and Sociology at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, and compete for the Tufts swim team.  This spring I ran my first half-marathon, and am already looking ahead to the next one!  A highlight of this past year was teaching health workshops in high schools around Boston.  In high school I was a captain of my swim and water polo teams, and was a prefect to the younger students in my dormitory.  Growing up, I went to many sleep-away camps in the United States, and those times make up some of my best memories. I cannot wait to spend another summer with all of the campers who come to Ak-O-Mak! 

13 June, 2014

Matthew Mann

Matt Mann, a native of Ann Arbor, MI, and the son of the late Matt and Lea Mann, was born on October 3, 1927. He passed away peacefully at his home in Lansing, MI, surrounded by his family, on June 11, 2014.

Matt earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. While at school, Matt served as captain of the swim team, and was a four-time All American. The highlight of his swimming career at Michigan was not only as a member of the 1948 National Championship Swimming Team, but also his continued friendship and association with its team members. From 1946-1947, Matt served in the United States Army in Hawaii.

After graduating from U of M, Matt came to Lansing to teach at West Junior High School, and to coach the Sexton High School Swim Team. In later years, he taught social studies, and coached diving. He loved teaching in the classroom as much as coaching in the pool.

Matt spent the first forty-six summers of his life at Camp Chikopi in Magnetawan, Ontario. There, he touched many lives as an administrator, a coach, and an example to hundreds of young athletes. It was, “up at camp” – a staple phrase in the Mann household and for many years to come – where he met the love of his life, Buffy (Evelyn Mary Stone Mann). Matt and Buffy were married on June 11, 1955 in Ann Arbor, MI. She will miss him very much.

In 1971, his fellow Michigan coaches awarded him the Bruce Harlan Award for coaching diving. For ten years in a row, a Sexton diver had qualified for the State Championships. In 1981, he was also awarded theMatt Mann Award, which was named for his father, for his outstanding contribution to high school swimming in Michigan.

Matt retired from Sexton High School in 1986; however, he remained quite active in the Lansing community as a cross country and track coach for the Sexton Girls’ team, and as a supporter of Habitat for Humanity. Matt assisted in the construction of over eighty homes in both Michigan and Florida.

He very much enjoyed winters in Florida with his friends. At 84, Matt still sailboarded on the inland waterway and played competitive tennis – both at Court One in Lansing, and in Florida.

Matt will be missed by his sisters-in-law: Liz Hathway (Nick, deceased), Margaret Austin (Allen, deceased), Lois Stone (Bob, deceased), and Lola Stone (George, deceased). He was predeceased by his sisters: Connie Green and RoseMary Dawson (Buck, deceased).

He will be lovingly missed, with knowing smiles, by his five daughters and their families: MaryLea and Edward Benson; Katie and Bob Korroch; Maureen Nauss and Charlie Swieringa, Michael Nauss and Bob Hoffman; Polly and David Middleton; Peggy and Dennis Fennema.

Matt’s grandchildren: Michelle Benson, Kate Korroch, Chad Jewsbury, (Christopher, deceased), and Molly Korroch; Matthew Nauss; Abby, Matt and Carly Middleton; Allie, Silas and Samantha Fennema, will miss his stories, bear hugs, big sneezes, and sly smile.

Matt shared many good times and laughs with his cousins, nieces, and nephews on both sides of the family including Chick, Bob, and Kurt Muller, Connie Corson, and Marilyn Whitney.

Matt was a longtime member of St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing, and very much enjoyed supporting the community there.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W. Ottawa Street, in Lansing, MI. The family will receive friends from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Music Program, The Michigan Cancer Society or Hospice of Lansing, Inc. whose staff cared for him with such grace.

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