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Delta throwback: Boundary Bay's True Blue kids

The camp for kids operated for years
Children at the True Blue Camp in 1947.

It provided something special for kids but by 1965 it had gone dormant.

An article in the Delta Optimist in May of that year described the end of the Delta Lodge, Loyal True Blue Association in Ladner, which began in 1899 and later operated the True Blue Camp at Boundary Bay.

The camp was where many orphaned and underprivileged children spent happy summers.

The lodge became dormant five years after it was established but restarted in 1919, and began the first camp at Boundary Bay in 1921.

That first camp consisted of several large tents where 35 children from the Loyal Protestant Home in New Westminster were housed.

A large building was erected in 1924 and in 1940 a dining hall, kitchen and two large dormitories were added to accommodate 75 children and staff.

Several longtime lodge members put in many years of service at the camp.

In later years the number of volunteers at the lodge dropped.

When it wrapped up, the lodge said it closed with grateful thanks to the citizens of Delta for their donations and generous support over the years.