18 August, 2013

August 18th

August 18th

The 2013 two-week session is officially underway! Most of the girls made their way up to camp earlier in the day, moving into their cabins and enjoying our brand new diving tower throughout the afternoon. All the girls had arrived in time for dinner, a delicious meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, and after a quick dip in the lake and some cabin bonding, they headed to bed.


This morning for Early Bird, all the girls headed down to the lake, where they completed an initial swimming assessment. The lake was glassy and warm for their first morning in the water – a great start to the session. After a breakfast of blueberry waffles and bacon, everyone finished their unpacking, and headed to classes, where they are currently hiking our new trails, canoeing around the bay, or trying out our fleet of mountain bikes. This afternoon, everyone will have an opportunity to introduce herself at the paddle picking ceremony, followed by classes of volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, and, of course, SWIMMING! YAY! Camp is off to a great start, and we can’t wait to see what the next two weeks have in store for us.


16 August, 2013

August 16

August 16th

"Are We Almost There Yet?!"

Saturday is "Arrival Day" at Camp Ak-O-Mak for the final 2 Week camp of the summer!

The counsellors and CIT's have been tidying up camp in eager anticipation of receiving our next group of campers.  We can't wait 'til you get here!  The weather vane on top of the boat house has been twirling madly, a sure prediction of clear skies and warm, sunny days ahead, perfect for all of the activities we have in store for the next two weeks.

So make sure you've packed your sunscreen and we will see you tomorrow!!

12 August, 2013

August 10th

August 10th

We woke up to a beautiful morning here on Ahmic Lake.  Everyone had an awesome early bird swimming, running or paddling.  We then all headed up to breakfast after early bird for a normal fun filled morning of classes since we got our bikes and bags packed for the triathlon last night after dinner.  The girls enjoyed morning classes of softball, volleyball, kayaking, zumba, yoga and swimming.


After lunch we all loaded the buses and were off on our way to Barrie.  Once we arrived in Barrie our first stop was the race kit pick up for the triathlon. Over sixty of us Ak-O-Makers are competing in tomorrow morning!   Once all of our race bibs and timing chips were picked up we headed to one of our favourite restaurants, The Market.  The all you can eat restaurant was perfect for a large group of athletes and everyone had an awesome time.  Once everyone was full we all headed to our hotel rooms, where the girls had some time to relax, swim and even take a hot shower if they wanted to before heading to bed to get a good sleep before our race tomorrow!


August 11th

It was an early morning for all us with wake up calls at 5:30 so that we could have breakfast and leave the hotel in time to set up our transition spots before the race at 8:30.  All the girls swam, biked and ran their hearts out and represented Ak-O-Mak very well.  After each age group finished more and more campers lined the path to cheer for every participant.  The girls all had outstanding races and had a great time racing.  By the end we had the best cheer team in Barrie!  Before heading back we all walked to Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen for a quick treat.  It was a quiet bus ride home as everyone slept and rested after our tiring day.  A cookout dinner awaited us and we enjoyed our last campfire of the seven-week session by singing some of our favorite songs.  The girls are now tucked up in their beds and sleeping to get ready for one of the most anticipated events at camp … TREASURE HUNT! 

10 August, 2013

August 10

We are off to the Barrie Triathlon... Hope to see you there

08 August, 2013

August 7th

August 7th

It was a rainy and windy day here at camp but we didn’t let that stop us from having a great day!  We started the day with a normal early bird before a delicious breakfast of French toast and bacon.  The rain held off long enough for us to get two periods of morning classes in outside while staying fairly dry.  The girls enjoyed swimming, paddling, softball, gymnastics, and hiking.  For third period the counselors lead classes of yoga, abs and zumba in the cabins for the girls.


After lunch and rest hour we took advantage of the gloomy weather by taking some time to prepare for the upcoming Barrie triathlon by watching the Ironman Hawaii movie.  After the movie our triathlon coach Jocelyn – who is no stranger to Ironman Hawaii herself, after competing in the race eight times – gave everyone some excellent advice for our race on Sunday.  The girls are all inspired and ready to give it their all at the race this weekend!   

04 August, 2013

Water Day and Kempenfest Swim

August 2nd, Water Day


After a fun morning of classes and a delicious pizza lunch the girls all headed down to their cabins for a shortened rest hour while the boys all paddled over to Ak-O-Mak for Water Day.  Once the boys got here we split both camps into eight teams lead by the Chikopi counselors.   The teams then went from station to station competing in different activities on the water in the hopes of winning Water Day.  The teams competed in canoe races, a diving contest, a waterpolo shootout, a war canoe race, and even preformed a synchronized swimming routine.  It was a fun afternoon and in the end it was “The Aquatic Moose” that won it all. 


Shortly after the awards for Water Day had been given out Chikopi ate dinner with us here at Ak-O-Mak, while a Chikopi counselor played the piano, and all the campers sang along.  Meanwhile both soccer teams began to warm up for their upcoming game.  It was quite the exciting game.  Chikopi was the first to score, but it wasn’t too long after that Ak-O-Mak tied up the score.  For the rest of the game the score inched up one by one, with each of Chikopi’s goals followed by an Ak-O-Mak goal.  Finally, with five minutes left Ak-O-Mak was up by one until Chikopi scored to tie the game.  It was an intense game and with two minutes left Ak-O-Mak headed the ball into the top corner of the net scoring a final goal!  All of the girls went wild and we played out the last two minutes, winning the game!  We had finally beaten the boys!  The girls were all ecstatic and I’m sure the cheers could be heard from across the lake.  Our goal scorers were Memae C., Jessica W., Marina D., and Emily S.  A huge congratulation goes out to the entire team, who played a fantastic game!



August 3rd, Kempenfest

It was an early morning for us here at Ak-O-Mak as the first bell rang at 5:45 to wake the girls up for a 6:00 breakfast. The girls had a quick breakfast of eggs, croissants and fruit before loading up the buses and heading to Barrie for Kempenfest.  Once we got to Barrie the girls all got changed into their bathing suits and grabbed their timing chips and caps for the 2km swim race.   After a few Ak-O-Mak cheers for warm up all seventy-seven Ak-O-Mak swimmers entered the water for the swim.  It was a great race and Ak-O-Mak did very well.  Three Ak-O-Makers were in the top ten for the swim and all of the girls finished the race smiling.  We stayed for the awards ceremony where many of our girls finished in the top of their age groups.  After awards the cabins all split up and the headed off with their counselors to eat lunch and shop along the waterfront.  It was such a busy day for everyone that the buses were nice and quiet on the way back to camp.  The girls then had a chance to bathe after a dinner of turkey and stuffing.  An early bedtime ended our exciting day in Barrie!   

01 August, 2013

July 31st

July 31st

It was quite a busy but fun filled day here at camp!  The day began with a regular early bird for everyone.  Girls ran, biked, swam and paddled.  After breakfast everyone went down for inspection and then headed off to their classes for the morning.  The classes included zumba, transition practice for the upcoming Barrie triathlon, kayaking and swimming.

After classes everyone headed to the mainhouse for lunch.  The girls competing in the mountain bike race later that afternoon over at Chikopi ate quickly before biking or paddling over to the boys camp.  Once at Chikopi everyone went for a few practice rides around the course and then the race began.  Heat after heat the bikers sailed over the course with ease.  They flew over the streams, up and down the hills, around the point and over the rocks.  Everyone looked like experienced mountain bikers by their second time around the course.  It was a great race and everyone had a lot of fun.  Once everyone raced around the short course twice they had the opportunity to try a special longer, challenge course!  It was a great afternoon of racing against the boys.  The girls all did very well, giving it their all and beating many of the boys!

Back at Ak-O-Mak the rest of the girls spent a fun-filled afternoon kayaking, playing beach volleyball and even dressing up their counsellors for a counsellor fashion show!

It was another great day here at camp and we cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us!




1ST     ALINA A.                     6:30

2ND    CATRICE B.                7:45



1ST     KRISTEN K.                6:15

2ND    NEVE V.                      6:26

3RD     MCKENZIE O.             6:29

4TH     MAYA G.                     6:48

5TH     ROBIN C.                     6:57

6TH     SARAH S.                    7:53

7TH     MADISON W.              8:55



1ST     KATE-LYNN H.           5:13

2ND    JESSICA W.                 5:43

3RD     MAYA M.                     5:46

4TH     LAUREN S.                  5:51

5TH     SAMUELLE F.             6:43

6TH     MEGAN G.                   6:46

7TH     MARAENA A.              7:06

8TH     HANNAH P.                7:14

9TH     WYNN M.                    8:01


GIRLS 15 TO 17

1ST     BROOKE S.                  5:04

2ND    EMILY S.                     5:27

3RD     MJ C.                            5:33

4TH     ANN T.                        5:42

5TH     HAILEY M.                  6:15

6TH     ALEXA M.                   6:16

7TH     ELIZABETH M.           6:22

8TH     ERIN L.                       6:31

9TH     SARABETH H.                        6:52

10TH  HALEY L.                    7:02

            MARA J.                      7:02

12TH  CONSTANZA A.          7:16

13TH  MADELEINE   H.         7:20

14TH  MONICA CO.               7:30

15TH  LARISSA D.                 8:54




1ST     BROOKE S.                  6:56

2ND    KATE-LYNN H.           7:11

3RD     JESSICA W.                 7:58

4TH     KRISTIN K.                 8:15

5TH     NEVE V.                      8:27

6TH     ELIZABETH M.           8:49

7TH     ALINA A.                     9:10

8TH     MOLLY L.                    9:24

9TH     MJ C.                            9:26

10TH  MAYA M.                     9:44

11TH  ROBIN C.                     10:31

12TH  CATRICE B.                11:57


30 July, 2013

Jan Moldenhauer

Beloved Sailing Coach Passes

Beloved Sailing Coach Passes

Everyone who knew Jan Moldenhauer knew that Jan ALWAYS did things her way!

Jan lived her entire life exactly the way she wanted including her last days on Ahmic Lake where she passed away peacefully on July 29th surrounded by friends who loved her at her favourite place in the world, Camp Ak-O-Mak. 

 Jan's determination, humour and love for those around her made her a long time favourite coach and friend to Camp Ak-O-Mak.   Jan made the annual drive from her home in Oshkosh WI to Ahmic Lake every July for the last 40 years to be at Ak-O-Mak.

Jan met Buck and Rosemary Dawson in 1972 on an airplane returning from the Mexico Olympics where Jan had been judging diving.  That chance meeting forged a deep friendship with the Dawsons and Jan became Ak-O-Mak's all round coach in sailing, diving, tennis and gymnastics.

Chants of "Music Jan!!" by the campers in the Main House would herald Jan to the "stage" to lead the girls in riotous song!  She regularly corrected the groups' manners, annually reminded us on the Fourth of July how our freedom was earned and gave us sage advice at camp fire vespers.

Jan knew that her life was nearing its end.  She knew that she would not be returning to Wisconsin.  She was determined that her last days would be spent enjoying the beautiful view from the Green House porch, sipping her beer in the company of "other crazy camp friends", sharing funny stories, grateful for the time to just be together.

And that is exactly what she did.

Jan always did things her way.

We love you, Jan.  We are all better for having known you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends in Wisconsin


30 July, 2013

July 30 Sailing Regatta

July 30th

We woke up this morning to a beautiful mist over the lake up to the tops of the trees.  Even orange rock could not be seen.  Due to the fog we decided to change the swim route for early bird.  The girls who wanted to swim swam along the shore to Cherokee Point and back to camp while the others ran or paddled as per usual.  After the slightly modified early bird everyone headed down for a breakfast of eggs and sausages.


Our morning then consisted of classes, including lacrosse, mountain biking in preparation for our upcoming race against the boys, volleyball, tennis, kickball and of course SWIMMING …  YAY!  During morning classes however our sailing team got themselves and their boats all ready for the regatta, ate an early lunch and sailed over to Chikopi for the start of the race.


The girls arrived at Chikopi ready for a fast paced race of wit and sailing smarts against the boys. After a slow sail over, everyone was excited when the wind began to pick up as Dave and Bob explained the course and rules for the annual Chikopi Sunfish Sailing Regatta. Following the meeting the girls headed down to the beach and sailed out to the start line. And what a sight it was! Thirty brightly coloured sails gliding toward the start line, the sun high in the sky and a gentle but steady breeze from across the channel.

Although the wind may have had a mind of its own, the girls sailed beautifully and in true Ak-O-Mak fashion! First in for the girls were the scurvy crew of Elizabeth M. and Erin L., taking 3rd Place overall and only 5 seconds behind the second place boat! Also finishing in the top ten overall were the dynamic sister duo Sarabeth H. and Abby H., who secured 9th place. After awards at Chikopi, the girls headed home to camp in high spirits and with great stories with which to regale their cabin mates. Great job, Mateys, you did Jan proud!




Boat Name










John Lawson







Elizabeth M.

Erin L.


Tom Hussey










Pat Hayhurst





Neil Dolman





Bob Foxcroft







Sarabeth H.

Abby H.


Buck Dawson


Jose Ra



Jack Hollard







Ashley S.

Sam F.


Dave MacNeil





Jack Crossman







Monica C.

Marina D.




Grace P.

Elizabeth W.


Dale Petranach





Barney Boys










Ray Fisher





Steve Accardi







Alexa M.

Erin M.


Old Man Barlow





Cliff Keen







Sam G.

Natasha L.


29 July, 2013

July 28th Ahmic Harbour

July 28th, Ahmic Harbour

What a great day of racing we had on Sunday even despite the cooler weather.  The girls all enjoyed a sleep in until breakfast on Sunday morning in preparation for the 3 mile Ahmic Harbour race against our brother camp, Camp Chikopi.  After a delicious waffle and sausage breakfast the girls who were racing changed into their bathing suits and headed down to the dock for some cheers before joining the boys in the water for the start of the race.  The girls who were not racing helped to cheer on those swimming by paddling in canoes with the counselors alongside the swimmers.  It was an excellent race with many girls coming out in front, six of the top ten camper finishers were girls!  We had a large number of swimmers complete the race with great times even despite the cooler weather and windy conditions.  Once we got to Ahmic Harbour everyone bundled up in sweaters and towels and sipped hot chocolate to warm themselves up.  The girls and the boys all enjoyed a yummy lasagna lunch before a quick awards ceremony and then the paddle or run back to camp.




1ST     ANGELICA G.              1:24:55

2ND      ELYSE T.                     1:35:50



11- 12 GIRLS


1ST     ABBY H.                      1:06:07

2ND    MARION D.                 1:07:51

3RD     ARIANNE C.                1:07:56

4TH     LAUREN A.                 1:08:24

5TH     TRINITY Z.                 1:08:50

6TH     ROBIN C.                     1:09:42

7TH     ABBY S.                       1:09:52

8TH     MARIE T.                    1:10:52

9TH     SARAH S.                    1:14:43

10TH  MAYA G.                     1:19:45

11TH  SIENA G.                     1:15:07

12TH  SLOANE C.                  1:22:29

13TH  JILLIAN S.                   1:24:20

14TH  NEVE V.                      1:24:32

15TH  CALLA T.                    1:26:40

16TH  MADISON W.              1:32:29


13-14 GIRLS


1ST     WYNN M.                    56:23

2ND    LAUREN S.                  59:41

3RD     ABBY H.                      1:06:15

4TH     EMILY M.                    1:07:05

5TH     BREANNA C.              1:08:08

6TH     MAYA M.                     1:09:18

7TH     ASHLEY S.                  1:09:4

8TH     NATASHA L.               1:09:43

9TH     MCKENNA A.              1:09:51

10TH  ISABELLA C.               1:10:36

11TH  SAMUELLE F.             1:10:59

12TH  JESSICA W.                 1:11:00

13TH  KATE- LYNN H.          1:17:14

14TH  HANNAH P.                1:17:15

15TH  GRACE P.                    1:17:40

16TH  SAMANTHA G            .           1:17:47

17TH  SOPHIA F.                   1:25:41

18TH  GRECIA S.                   1:30:54

19TH  MARIANNA V.            1:36:52


15-17 GIRLS


1ST     BROOKE S.                  54:08

2ND    ELIZABETH W.          58:16

3RD     MOLLY M.                   59:35

4TH     ALEXA M.                   59:46 

5TH     MADELEINE H.          59:55

6TH     ERIN L.                       1:00:18

7TH     ELIZABETH M.           1:02:02

8TH     HAILEY M.                  1:03:52

9TH     EMILY S.                     1:06:11

10TH  SARABETH H.                        1:07:10

11TH  MARINA D.                 1:16:16

12TH  HALEY L.                    1:17:17

13TH  ERIN C.                       1:22:29

14TH  LARISSA D.                 1:23:29

15TH  MARA J.                      1:23:33


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