Camp Timken

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Address 32242 Erin Line, Fingal, ON N0L 1K0
Established June 4, 1977
Closed June, 2016
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The camp is located south-west of Iona, and sits on 60 acres. Originally purchased in 1975 to provide an outdoor camping experience for the youth and leaders, it has evolved from a very basic, wilderness style ONLY camp, to it's present stage, which includes a picnic shelter, privies, 2 bunkhouses and a longhouse, which is used by younger members for winter camping, and by all members in case of severe weather.

The second field is approximately 6 acres in size and is skirted by a very steep hill on one side ( perfect for winter tobogganing) and woods and trails on the other side. It is great for wide games or camping away from the main road. Again there is a kybo in this area. As well as these open fields there are many campsites within the woods themselves. These campsites are fairly sheltered and shaded. Kybos are within easy walking distance. Some of the sites are accessible by vehicles and others are not. Talbot creek winds its way throughout the camp and must be traversed a number of times by bridges depending on one’s destination. The creek is normally very lazy , but in the spring and fall can become deceivingly dangerous with flooding possible. It is best to respect this creek at all times and not become too complacent. High ground in the early Spring is advisable.

Camp Timken closed in June, 2016.

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History

The camp was purchased in 1976 with a cash donation of $35,000 from Canadian Timken, through their Maple Leaf Foundation. The original property purchased was 50 acres. Elgin District also invested $25,000 from the sales of the Scout House that belonged to St. Thomas council to erect the picnic shelter, the tractor barn and 2 bridges over the next few years. In 1982 Elgin District purchased an additional 10 acres for $5,000.00.  In 1989 after a 2-year fundraiser from the community, the Longhouse was built at a cost of $70,000. This addition to the property saw a huge increase in usage and revenue and in 1996 a new project was developed called Timken 2000. This plan called for an investment of $45,000 over a period of 5 years. The selling of prints from a Peter Robson painting called the "Spirit of Scouting" funded this initiative. This is when the camp took on an environmental theme with the front Wetland development, new water supply to ensure safe water at the camp, and the building of 2 bunkhouses. The Elgin Gilwellians also erected the chapel. In 1998 during a routine monthly inspection some cracks were found in the support foundation of the longhouse and after many consultants' opinions, it was decided to replace the current foundation with a full basement containing showers and 3 meeting rooms. The funds for this project came from reserve funds held by Elgin District. In the final year of the District a portable classroom was purchased and the picnic shelter was closed in for 4-seasons usage.

Longhouse Restoration

In the summer of 1997, an inspection of the crawlspace under the longhouse showed that serious water damage had occurred during the past few years. The membership of Elgin authorized the construction of a new basement, and this involved raising the longhouse while the basement was poured. Our Camp Manager, Norm Carsons, and our Camp Committee chairman, Dave Palmer, were the main driving forces in this project, and we certainly appreciate all their hard work and I know that they wish to thank everyone that helped out in any way. Thanks to everyone's hard work, in early January 1998, a Winter Skills course was put on in the new basement, and it promises to be a very useful addition to Elgin District and to the camp facilities. The old longhouse is shown to the left. Two bunkhouses that each can sleep about 12 cubs have been built in the fall of 1998.

Timken 2000

The 4 year plan included reforestation of a front field that had been rented out yearly to a local farmer (8000 trees, representing six species), a new access road and parking lot for the longhouse, an improved water supply for the longhouse, an obstacle course for senior youth members, new signs in and around the camp, and last but certainly not least, the construction of bunkhouses adjacent to the longhouse to be used for winter camping, leader training, etc. Also added was a portable classroom adjacent to the longhouse and bunkhouses.

Closing the Doors

Camp Timken was a small but excellent camp for youth and Scouters alike. Many have fond memories of camping throughout the year and attending some of the fantastic group, area, and council events throughout the years. It was in great pain the decision made to close the doors of Camp Timken in June of 2016. While this is not meant to go into the specifics, property use failed to keep the property afloat for many years before the decision was ultimately made. It was at least a year afterwards was the property put up for sale and eventually sold. As with all proceeds of sale, the funds are held in trust by the the Ontario Incorporated Body for Scouts Canada in Ontario for sustaining Scouting properties into the future.

Facilities

Buildings

  • Longhouse is something that we are very proud of in Elgin . It was originally dedicated in 1989 and has undergone a major renovation in the fall of ‘97. It now features a main floor with a great room, kitchen, male and

female washrooms, and a basement. The basement houses a training room for about 20 people, craft room/kitchen area, 2 washrooms with showers and a storage area. The main kitchen is complete with most amenities including fridge, 4 burner cookstove, oven, grill, many coffee makers, microwave oven, deep freezer, dishes and cutlery to serve 35 as well as many kettles, pots, pans and roasters. We do not supply dish towels, dishcloths, paper plates or plastic cutlery. Also please bring a supply of paper towels. There is a woodstove in the great room that will keep you warm in addition to the electric heat. There is enough wood at the camp but if you care to bring your own feel free. We ask that the tables and chairs remain in the Longhouse.

Other

  • Chapel is an open air chapel directly behind the Longhouse facility where Scout’s Own services can be held. At the Chapel there is a natural amphitheater bench seating arrangement as well as a covered alter area.
  • Trials - there are many kilometers of open trails within the camp, making hiking a great pastime. Nature is as close and as far as the eye can see and activities are limited only by one’s imagination.