Camp 5 was established through a charter dated March 17, 1930, granted by the Seven Wardens (“These Seven”) to seven petitioning engineers. The Charter states, in part:
These Seven delegate to this Camp, on petition, such authority as is necessary for the carrying out of the ceremony of the Ritual as set forth herein,
You are charged with the custody of the text of the Ritual, the notes appended thereto, and the Ancient Landmarks of which nothing can be altered or varied by anyone
You are empowered to act under the “Rule of Governance” drawn up the Seven which may be changed, for good reason, by them only.
This camp shall be known as Number Five of the “Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer” pertaining to the university or district of Vancouver, B.C.”
Given under my hand at Montreal under date March 17th 1930 by authority of the Seven.
One of the seven petitioners and original camp wardens was Dr. Ernest Albert Cleveland, who served as first Chief Commissioner of the Greater Vancouver Water District from 1926 until his death in 1952. [The Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver is named after him.] He was responsible for securing the anvil and blacksmith’s hammer used in the Camp 5 ceremonies were used initially in the construction of the water tunnel from Burwell Lake to Seymour River. At its initial ceremony in 1932, Camp 5 obligated 23 engineers. Since then, Camp 5 has obligated over 34,000 engineers. For over half a century, these were primarily engineering graduates from the University of British Columbia. Since 1986, the obligants have included graduates from Simon Fraser University (initially through its accredited Engineering Science program); and since 2010 the obligants have included graduates from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (initially through its accredited Civil Engineering program). Also of note, in 2010 the first graduates from UBC Okanagan were obligated through Camp 5 – subsequently UBCO graduates have been obligated through Camp 26 (Kelowna). Camp 5 currently obligates over 1,000 engineers a year.