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For 70 years, generations of campers, staff and friends have travelled to the shores of Koshlong Lake...

...to discover nature, appreciate outdoor life, build skills and make lifelong friends beneath the open sky at YMCA Wanakita.

Now, as we celebrate 70 years, we're bringing camp to the city for the largest reunion in Wanakita's history.

Join us!

Get Involved

Buy Tickets

Purchase your ticket to attend the 70th Anniversary Reunion on April 29, 2023. Tickets are $100 per person and include an evening of reconnection, camp dinner, and songs around the campfire, of course!

Register as Alum

Are you one of the legions of campers and staff who attended YMCA Wanakita over the past 70 years? Let us know who you are and where you are and we'll keep you updated as part of the Alumni Group.

Submit Photos

Have a box of old camp photos that you want to share with others? Snap a picture or scan and upload and we'll include them at the event.

Take what you need. Eat what you take.

Remember the clang of the bell or the bench slams and laughter as campers filtered into the dining hall?

You sat down at your table and after your meal start song, you dug into pizza rolls or mac and cheese and a cup of gutwash. Maybe you had some fried granola on your overnight.

We've got you covered. Beneath the Open Sky will feature a variety of food stations featuring some of your favourite camp foods.

Songs around the campfire

Remember the cool nights, warm flames and the smell of campfire as you made your way to your bench at All Camp Campfire? You sat arm-in-arm with new friends for silly skits, repeat-after-me-songs, and joined in for your favourite song that will forever remind you of this time, this year, this place.

We'll do it again! At Beneath the Open Sky you will enjoy a campfire featuring performances from some notable alumni throughout the decades and together we'll sing once again. 

Stock up at the Tuck Shop

Remember getting your favourite Wanakita hat or shirt? Or how that first bite of your chocolate bar tasted as you walked away from Tuck?

The Tuck Shop will be open at Beneath the Open Sky with some one-of-a-kind YMCA Wanakita items for purchase. Yes, there will be chocolate bars too!

Support Wanakita for future generations

Remember the pride you felt when learning how to solo a canoe? Or the cheers you heard during your first performance? Or the priceless experience of being part of a community that worked together? How about the friends you made along the way?

We want to ensure the next generation of campers have these same life-changing experiences. At Beneath the Open Sky, you will have the opportunity to bid on some fantastic silent and live auction items to support camp's greatest needs now and into the future.

Accommodations

Joining us from out of town? A block of rooms have been reserved for event attendees on their overnight.

C Hotel by Carmen's

1530 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton (adjacent to the event venue)

Rate: $179 CAD per night (2 night minimum)
Deadline to reserve: February 20, 2023

Book by phone: 905-381-9898
Quote Block: YMCA

Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton

1224 Upper James Street, Hamilton

Rate: $179 CAD per night
Deadline to reserve: March 28, 2023

Book online or by phone: 905-383-7772
Quote Block: YMCA Wanakita 70th Anniversary

Frequently Asked Questions

Attendees will include alumni staff and campers, current staff and volunteers, donors, partners and friends of YMCA Wanakita and the YMCA. 

Although this event is open to all ages, please note that event activities are primarily geared towards an adult audience and alcohol will be available for purchase.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are $100 per person and include:

  • Camp dinner and dessert at food stations, including non-alcoholic drinks
  • Cash bar
  • Silent and Live Auction
  • Access to the Tuck Shop
  • Songs and performances around the campfire
  • Lots of opportunity to reconnect with old friends
  • Music and dancing
  • And a few other surprises we have tucked up our sleeves!

We're appreciative of the individuals, businesses and partners that would like to sponsor the 70th Anniversary to help commemorate this important milestone and build a strong foundation for the next generation of campers at YMCA Wanakita.

There are a variety of sponsorship packages available and we would welcome an opportunity to speak with you further. 

Please contact:
Paul Haddad
Vice President, Philanthropy

paul.haddad@ymcahbb.ca

If you are interested in contributing a silent or live auction item, please contact us at wanakita70@ymcahbb.ca.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 5:30pm at Carmen's Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, Ontario.

Yes, Carmen's has lots of parking on site.

Yes, a block of rooms have been reserved at C Hotel by Carmen's and the Marriott Courtyard in Hamilton. Please see the Accommodations section above for booking information.

No. C Hotel is next Carmen's and is just a short walk across the parking lot. The Courtyard is a seven-minute drive. Uber and taxis will also be available.

Each ticket is $100. Proceeds will offset the costs of the event and be directed to YMCA Wanakita.

Yes. The number of tickets for sale are capped by the venue's capacity, so we encourage you to buy your tickets early.

Buy Tickets

You will receive your ticket with QR code by email. To check-in at the event you can either print the ticket or show the ticket on your mobile device.

Unfortunately there are not any reduced ticket prices for students or children.

Yes, we will have a cash bar at the event. Please drink responsibly. Uber and taxis will be available.

No, we've opted for a less formal approach so that everyone can spend as much time as possible chatting, reminiscing, and catching up. There will be camp-inspired food stations so that you can eat at your leisure, and there will be ample seating.

Yes, we will have a Tuck Shop where you can purchase a few special items of Wanakita wear.

We understand that the cost may be prohibitive to some people who may like to attend. Please reach out to us at wanakita70@ymcahbb.ca.

 

If you would like to help someone to attend the 70th celebration who may not otherwise be able to do so because the cost is prohibitive, please contact us at wanakita70@ymcahbb.ca

Absoslutely! If you'd like to volunteer we have several different roles available. Please contact us at wanakita70@ymcahbb.ca.

Thanks to our generous sponsors.

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