Who We are
In 1935 the Workers Unity League set out to create a camp for disadvantaged children. In fact the first camp was held in Port Moody, but the camp was not at a permanent camp site. The first donation came from the original Port Moody Camp in the amount of $50.00.
The main task at hand in 1935 was to find a permanent site for what would become Camp Jubilee. A group of 26 volunteers loaded a boat for a ride up Indian Arm to look at a camp site which one of the volunteers knew was for sale up Indian Arm. The volunteers approached the present site and were awed by views of Mount Seymour and hills rolled gently down to the water. At this time the land totaling 128 acres was under the ownership of the District of North for nonpayment of taxes.
The sale price of the land was $1662.00. To raise the money to buy the land the volunteers have a fundraiser called “Tag Day”, a penny drive of sorts on the streets of Vancouver. As it was the 50th Anniversary of the City of Vancouver, the Camp was named Jubilee.
In 1936 the first summer camps were held welcoming a total of 300 campers. The registration fee was $3.50 per camper and a total of six staff were hired including a director, cook, manager, camp mother and a nurse. In 1946, the woman volunteers of the association formalized their own group, just for women called they the Ladies Auxiliary. Without the volunteers of the Ladies Auxiliary Camp Jubilee would not have survived.
The founding members of the association included: Ma Gower and her son Charlie (Fundraising), Mrs. Richard Fordham (Secretary), Dr. WJ Curry (Treasurer), Jack Stevenson, Jack Henderson and Dr. Murphy were trustees. Many more volunteered and are uncounted.
In these early years many unions and other groups were active in supporting Camp Jubilee such as painters, carpenters, firefighters and teamsters. The Lions and Elks were also very supportive as were Ukrainian and Scandinavian organizations.
By 1950 the birth of Camp Jubilee was complete.
FACILITIES & MAP
Camp Jubilee is a full service camp facility offering everything from accommodations to outdoor adventure activity options!
The Camp Jubilee Alumni Association – Helping to send kids to camp, they also help support the camp, our staff and volunteers!
Camp Jubilee is a Fun and Rewarding place to Work!
The students and staff had a wonderful time and raved about the camp staff and the overall experience. This will be a memory of a lifetime for many!
Taryn Briscoe – Community School Coordinator, Stoney Creek Community School
YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS NOW