Camp History

Camp McLean came to Fraser Valley Council because of a generous donation of land from Mr. A. Bruce McLean (1913 – 2010) in 1964. The land was once part of the McLean family farm. In the over 50 years since, many changes have taken place on the property.

In the early days, many of the local scouting groups helped picked rocks off the property and camped; bringing all their camping gear with them.

In 1966, Rotary Lodge was built, consisting of an open roofed covered area at one end of the building. The other end of the building included a full kitchen with sleeping rooms and the boys’ washroom. There were also 8 low cabins built with canvas roofs. The campers slept on the floor as there were no beds. The canvas roofs did not last long as they shrank from the edges with the weather and leaked into the cabins. They were later replaced with tarp roofs and finally the roofs were replaced with shakes.

In 1972 a new washroom building was constructed to include facilities for both boys and girls. A couple of shower stalls were also put in each side and a laundry room on the back of the building. Additional renovations to Rotary Lodge took place in the early 1990’s thanks to the Home Builders Association.  The renovations included the addition of in-floor heating, new windows, and a cement apron around the building. The new washroom included boys’ and girls’ sides and 6 built in shower stalls for each side. Almost 20 years later the camp properties gutted the washroom back to the outside walls and rebuilt new washrooms to include boys’ and girls’ washroom and 6 built in shower stalls for each side a laundry room on the front of the building along with a special needs washroom.

In 1981 new construction started on an A –frame building, thanks to a donation received from Walter and Alice Erickson. They were friends of Bruce McLean and were inspired by his gift to Scouts Canada. Sometime later windows and an outside door to the kitchen were added on the end on the building. Later a covered roof was added to the entrance of Erickson House. Tile floor replaced the carpet in the open area of Erickson House in the 90’s.

As the camp facilities increased, so did maintenance requirements. In 1988 the “Barn” (officially the “Ian Schiedel Service Centre”) was constructed to contain equipment, materials, tools and everything needed by the camp committee to keep the property in good condition. It has since been converted to a woodworking shop with a meeting room upstairs.

In 1989 Parkland Homes build a new cabin which included 8 bunk beds. Later that same year a few more cabins were built to replace the old ones. By the mid 90’s we have 8 new cabins with bunks and the old cabins were either torn down or moved to be storage sheds around the camp.  A cabin for adults and a first aid cabin were added also.  Later we received a built cabin that we put in place for Cooks.  In 2003 the current cabins underwent additional renovations adding inside walls, electric lights, new windows, front deck, metal roof, tile floor and fresh paint inside and out. In the end we ended up with 10 cabins with bunks for the campers, adult cabin, cooks cabin, first aid cabin.

In 2003-4 funds were gratefully received from the Van der Linden Foundation enabled many new adjustments to Camp McLean. Willow Springs Construction oversaw these projects which included levelling all the fields at Camp. More than 50 dump truck loads of soil were deposited on the fields.  We received a new Ashcroft Chapel/Activity Centre in the field behind the washroom.  An Archery range was constructed just north of the parking lot and the Butcher Shelter and 4 cabins were constructed in the 2nd Field for smaller groups to rent.  Rotary Lodge underwent renovations where the kitchen gained an additional 4 ft. New stainless steel counters and sinks where added to the new layout along with a steam table.   An upgraded walk-in fridge and freezer were added to the kitchen.

In 2012, a new maintenance building was built to meet the increasing need for space for all the equipment needed to run the camp. We also had a new storage building constructed at the same time for the storage of our summer camp and council event materials. This project also included an outdoor in-ground swimming pool, upgrade to the septic system, upgrade to the electrical system, and 2 electric car recharge stations.