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