Accreditation Standards

What are the accreditation standards?

The goal of the CANSPEI accreditation program is to promote the safety and well-being of the children, teens and staff while they are attending summer camps in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This goal is operationalized by way of the CANSPEI accreditation standards manual. This manual lays out accreditation standards that are generally recognized camping best practices, standards, and due diligence practices in camp administration, staff and volunteer hiring, training and certifications, facilities requirements and maintenance, all aspects of program planning and delivery, food service operation, camp sanitation, and emergency planning and first aid safety.

The last major update to the accreditation standards manual came in 2020. Updates to this manual will occur when deemed necessary by the CANSPEI board. If at any point you have a question about a standard or feel that a required standard is unreasonable for your specific camp or for camps in general, please reach out to the CANSPEI board by emailing

Note: On the advice of Derek Mitchell from Adventure Camp Challenge, required standard R.5.109 has been updated as Of Jun 14, 2021 to be more reflective of the lifeguarding standards suggested by the Lifesaving Society of Canada. This change has been made in the Accreditation Standards Manual.