04 July, 2014

July 2nd & July 3rd

July 2nd

 

Today was a busy day for everyone as we all headed off camp for an afternoon of ice cream, swimming in the rapids, and looking at the animals at Ahmic Lake Lodge.  The girls paddled in canoes, biked or war canoed over to the lodge and back.

 

After a yummy dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and salad everyone headed down to the canoe docks for a canoeing time trial.  Cabin by cabin the girls lined up by the 100-meter buoy and then solo paddled the canoe as fast as they could past the diving tower.  It was an awesome evening of paddling and cheering.  We are all looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring.

 

July 3rd

 

We awoke this morning to rain, but here at Ak-O-Mak we are TOUGH ENOUGH and the girls all challenged themselves swimming, running, biking, and paddling for early bird.  After warming up with a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, hot chocolate, sausages, and oatmeal everyone headed down to inspection.  After inspection the girls went down to the waterfront for some dryland and swim practice.  Once practice was over everyone put on cozy PJ’s and brought their blankets and pillows up to the mainhouse to warm up by the fire and watch Disney’s Frozen together before lunch. 

 

The rain subsided for a bit this afternoon and we took the opportunity to play softball and tennis, go for a trail run, and even got out paddling in some of our small boats. 

 

Tonight the girls are looking forward to dinner and a counsellor fashion show after dinner since the rain has begun once again.  We are hoping for some sun tomorrow!

 

04 July, 2014

Racoon Song. (To the Tune of "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda")..

Racoon Song.  (To the Tune of "Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda")..

 

Hello Mother.

Hello Father.

I don' t want to

be a bother.

Thanks for the package

Full of care.

But don't be mad about the mess made everywhere.

 

A racoon

Got in our our bunk.

We were scared stiff

When Syd yelled, "SKUNK!"

All the kids ran

For their lives

Me and Riley stayed 'cause we both had our jack-knives.

 

The racoon

At my Camp

Ate a roll of

Jenna's stamps!

Encouraged by the

Minty taste

Racoon suckedatube of Georgia'swhite art paste!

 

Soon he found Lil's

Candy stash.

Lined up on the

Window sash.

Gummie Bears and

Pull'n peel,

The masked bandit scarfed it down with racoonzeal.

 

There were wrappers

On the floor

White art paste

On the door

Sticky sugar

On each bunk

racoon pooped on the floor

And, boy it STUNK!

 

So dear Mother

And dear Father

Now they tell us

Please don't bother

Sending boxes

Full of care

'Cause we'll have racoonsandsquirrelsEVERYWHERE!

 

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.   

 

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