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 2014. Since that time, several areas of the manual have received changes, but they have not yet been added to the complete manual. Unfortunately, that means that, currently, there are multiple documents containing standards that must be consulted when pursuing accreditation or re-accreditation. An updated manual, incorporating and consolidating all these changes as well as updating many other standards, will be published in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.