Mike Thaler , Summer Kids Camp Director
Those who go to camp often refer to camp as their second home. In 2018, the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington, Brantford adopted a new value of Belonging to its "Core Values" (Caring, Honesty, Respect & Responsibility). This is very fitting as campers most often feel that YMCA Wanakita is somewhere they can belong. Wanakita has provided that place of belonging for me. Starting off as a family camper before turning 2 years of age and continuing to return for at least one week every summer since, I am hopeful that you will also find that YMCA Wanakita may become your 2nd home as it has for so many of us.
About the Kids Camp Director
Mike Thaler is Wanakita's Summer Kids Camp Director and started camp at the early age of one and a half through YMCA Wanakita's Family Camp programs. Since then, Mike has spent at least one week at Wanakita each year since. Having held the roles of counsellor, kayaking specialist, outdoor centre instructor and most recently full time as the Outdoor Centre Program Coordinator, Mike has a great understanding of YMCA Wanakita's operation and how to make your experience a positive one. Mike graduated from Algonquin College's Outdoor Adventure program specializing in water based activities such as canoeing, whitewater kayaking and rafting. Mike has lead/run trips in Algonquin Provincial Park, Killarney Provincial Park, French River, Magnetawan River, Bon Echo, (canoeing) Desolation & Grey Canyons (Utah - whitewater kayaking) and has even taught whitewater kayaking for a Disney TV show. Mike has many hobbies including fat biking, whitewater kayaking, volunteer firefighting, canoeing and kick sledding with his dog Duke.