29 June, 2017

June 29th, 2017

June 29th

Today was our first full day of 7 week and what a wonderful day it was! The rain today didn't stop anyone from having an amazing first day at Camp Ak-O-Mak. We had a sleep in today which gave all of the campers some time to rest up for activities. Chef Sam prepared a delicious breakfast of blueberry pancakes and bacon. After breakfast everyone headed down to their cabins to tidy up for inspection. After inspection we had 2 periods and campers had the choice to swim or stay indoors with some strength training. Our other classes consisted of yoga and self defence with Rosie! After lunch the campers had a chance to check out the new camp swag in the store. We started Team Comp in the afternoon and this sessions theme is outer space! The campers got very creative with their songs and skits. We also had some time in the afternoon for a choice period of pickle ball, running, paddle boarding or kayaking. Everyone is very excited to be back this summer and we cannot wait for the adventures the rest of the summer will hold! 



24 May, 2017

Volunteer Weekend 2017

Ak-O-Mak Volunteer Weekend 2017


It seems like April showers brought NO May flowers this year as things have been a bit dampish in Ontario.  That did not, however, prevent 17 illustrious volunteers from having a great time at Ak-O-Mak this long weekend!


Among the first to arrive were Liisa Tikala and Beth "Beef" Steel, rolling into camp towing a flowered, multi-coloured trailer, circus music blasting everywhere...truly the "Happy Campers".  Liisa and Beef are alumni spanning the 70's, 80's and 90's...but they can still rock a paint brush, shop vac or windex bottle!


Aaron Biggs' pick up truck lumbered under the gate so packed with tools, chain saws, and welding "stuff" that the rear axle was almost dragging.  Aaron can fix or cut anything and he proved it yet again, putting up an entire season's worth of firewood under the Main House.


Previous campers/counsellors,  Lily Ebbot-Burg and Krista Sipprell loaned their multiple talents cleaning and organizing the camp store, schlepping canoes and painting.  Lily gets the "Mileage Award" having travelled from Chicago to help her camping alma mater.  She also provided the usual 'Lily-laughs' and lead an impromtu "improv" after dinner.


The Puckering Clan was well represented again this year and THANK GOODNESS 'cause they make chores really, really FUN!  Thank you to Sheryl and Michael (Mom and Dad), to Emma (our Program Director!) and her beau, Matthew.  We were also glad to catch up with Megan (Program Director Emeritus) and her beau, Nathan!  This 'plant-powered' crew brought much needed muscle to the work and spirit to the 'apres diner' games!


The Directors' Cabin is now sparkling clean thanks to Sheryl.  Someone, however, needs to break the news to Coach Jocelyn that "Gregory the Gopher" is officially a "gonner" given the smell emanating from under that floor.  I guess some things are just harder to tidy up than others...


...and usually that includes the shower house...


 Somehow it became hilarity with Rosie, Joyce, Sam, Dianne and Catherine laughing and wize-cracking each other whilst slapping paint on those previously-grungy walls.  Even Dory (Catherine's Schauzer puppy) helped...and added new white 'highlights' down her left side!


We were bloomin' delighted to see Sandi Wilder (aka 'Counsellor Wilder').  Her car was bursting with flowers with hardly a spot for her lab, Donzie.  I am sure 'Sandi'  means 'strong' in Gaelic or Swaheli or something because only Sandi could manage the kind of hard labour it took to transplant all of those plants into the earth.  Brother and sister team, Samson and Joyce, gave Sandi a hand when not creating pure magic in the kitchen! 

Ok, let's talk FOOD!..


As you may know, Samson (of "Cooking With Sam" fame) is camp's professional Chef.  There is no "camp grub" here at Ak-O-Mak!  We're talking smoked salmon rosettes, amazing salads with vegies galore, Sam's secret Nachos with home made guacamole, filet mignon (you heard me), grilled salmon, asparagus and roasted potatoes.  There was even fancy 'vegan feed' for the Vegans, (not quite sure what they eat)..Now you get the picture.  That's just a hint of what was on the menu this weekend and was it great! 


All work and no play just isn't healthy, so we always make time for fun. The best part of the volunteer weekends is the time we gather to eat, drink and be merry.  There is nothing quite as entertaining as a group of friends with gladdened hearts and quick humour sharing great food and laughs at the end of the day.


There is also the annual "First One in the Lake" contest!  This prestigious, highly coveted award goes to our beloved martial arts instructor, "Rosie", Rosemarie Thomas!  Rosie also managed to stay in the longest with nary a squeal...(which, I believe, was very much unlike Michael Puckering?).  Honourable mention goes to the other dippers:  Lily, Krista, Emma, Megan and Nathan!  The "Alternative Facts News" reports that Mattew swam to Orange Rock.


We, (Dianne and Catherine) are so grateful to all of you who participated the Ak-O-Mak Work Weekend.  Life is very busy and we realize that your time is precious.  Please know that we appreciate your friendship, time and talents to ready Camp Ak-O-Mak for her 89th season.


Thank you!


07 February, 2017

New Adult Training Camp

Typical Daily Schedule

7:30 Wake up

7:45-8:45 Early bird - choice of swim, swim/run, trailing run or paddle

9:00 Breakfast

10:30-12:45 Choice of activities include: road bike, mountain bike, swim  practice, video analysis, small boats (kayaks, c boats, war canoe), archery,   tennis, additional sports available.

1:00 Lunch

2:00-2:30 Tea and Coffee on porch, reading in hammocks

2:30-6:00 choice of activities: road bike, video analysis, sailing, yoga, diving, beach volleyball, badminton, Zumba, self defense, additional sports available.

6:30 Dinner

7:30 Yoga and wine

Inspirational videos

Inspirational talks, mindfulness, meditation, massage therapy, stretching,   bonfire, happy hour

02 January, 2017

Ak-O-Mak Remembers Myles Biggs

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the sudden, accidental passing of Myles Biggs.

Many of you will remember Myles as camp's beloved "maintenance man" for 3 summers, 2010 to 2014.

04 December, 2016

Counsellor Molly Sipprell

Having skated with the Nipissing Lakers since their inaugural season, Molly Sipprell’s career has run parallel to an exciting era of growth for women’s ice hockey in the North Bay region. With each season, the Lakers have improved on their win-loss record, while Sipprell’s development as a leader is one of the programs cornerstones.

08 October, 2016


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! 

31 August, 2016

August 31, 2016

This morning for Early Bird nearly half of camp went out to hit the trails on mountain bikes. The campers have been working on their cycling all session and even though it has only been two weeks, many campers have made tremendous progress in cycling. Instead of our usual three classes in the morning we had our camp pictures. Then we had the final events for the Olympics, basketball, soccer, and various gymnastics events. It was a bright sunny morning, perfect for the field sports competition. After the Olympic events concluded everyone had SWIMMING YAY! 

30 August, 2016

August 30, 2016

The girls awoke to the ringing of the bell and quickly started their Early Bird runs or swims or BOTH! 

29 August, 2016

August 29, 2016

This morning our oldest cabin took our youngest cabin out sailing for a double period! Other cabins had war canoe, solftball, Zumba and tried their hand at net ball - a new sport introduced by our British counsellors! And as a twist, all of the cabins had swim practice together. 

28 August, 2016

August 28, 2016

It was still dark at Camp Ak-O-Mak when the bell rang at 5:30 this morning to wake us for an early breakfast.  It was Parry Sound Triathlon Day!  Before we knew it we were boarding the 2 school buses and following the big U-Hauls carrying camp’s bikes bound for Parry Sound.


Let The Games Begin!

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