WHO ARE WE!
The Early Beginnings…Camp Jubilee is Born!
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 woman 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.
Camp Jubilee’s purpose is to provide the highest quality wilderness camp, education and retreat experiences offering opportunities for lasting, life- enhancing growth and development for people and communities.
- We grow people
- We create a community of fun, respectful, and caring people
- We believe a quality camping experience should be available for all
- We provide caring stewardship of the land for the future
Ensuring All Children Can Go To Camp!
Camp Jubilee is committed to ensuring that all families are able to send their children to camp regardless of their current financial circumstances. To accomplish this we work year round to raise funds to support this mission.
Camp Jubilee does this by:
- Raising funds through our annual “Send a Kid to Camp Campaign” in which unions, individuals and businesses donate the cost of children attending camp Jubilee.
- Developing partnerships with supportive organizations and groups that raise funds in communities to send low-income children to Camp Jubilee.
- Working with schools and communities to assist in identifying low-income children.
- Encouraging schools, organizations and other groups to rent camp facilities with profits being used exclusively to support the charitable purposes of Camp Jubilee.
- Working with the Camp Jubilee Alumni Group to host fundraising events, which provide additional support to low income families
The Camp Jubilee Society is a BC non-profit Society. It is lead by a volunteer Board of Directors to offer and implement charitable activities including: Summer Camps, Spring Break Camp, Family Camps, Leadership Camps, Halloween Camp and other related camps.
Camp Jubilee Outdoor School and Rental Programs are also offered as part of Camp Jubilee’s Enterprising Non Profit Program through an associated company called Camp Jubilee Retreat and Conference Centre Ltd. Profits realized are donated to support the charitable work of Camp Jubilee.
The Camp Jubilee Alumni Association (previous campers, volunteers or staff) also greatly assist by volunteering to assist with fundraising, organizing volunteer work parties and supporting current volunteers and staff. The Alumni Association currently runs two successful annual fundraising events including the Halloween Camp and the Unique Experiences Auction.