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22 Mar 2022 - Summer Camp Hiring!

Tim Horton's Foundation Camps are Hiring! Tims Camps is recruiting for a variety of positions across Canada and the United States. To browse current vacancies, visit:

28 Jun 2021 - Canoe Instructor Course

CANSPEI will be hosting a Waterfront Canoe Instructor Course July 8-10, 2021 at Johnson Christian Park in South Range, NS. Cost is $75 per person for member camps and $100 per person for non-member camps. Registration can be completed online by clicking here.
Space is limited and Covid-19 procedures will be in place for the duration of the course. 
For more information send us a message or contact

13 Apr 2021 - Update Re: Meeting with Dr. Strang

Members of the CANSPEI board recently met with Dr. Robert Strang to discuss summer camp for the                       summer of 2021. You can read the update from those board members here.

15 Mar 2021 - Town Hall Summary

At the CANSPEI town hall on Feb 18, board member Tiffany MacInnis posed some questions regarding the current camping situation to the member representatives that were present. A summary of the feedback from those questions can be found here.


21 Feb 2021 - Free Mental Health Trends Webinar

*FREE Webinar from licensed clinical social worker Christine Mohle and Go Camp Pro about mental health trends to look out for in 2021. Tuesday, February 23 at 2:30 pm EST. This is a must-watch webinar for camp pros heading into the summer 2021 season. You can register to join the live call or receive the recording by clicking here.
Join Christine as she discusses what are some of the top mental health needs in children and adolescents and shares practical ideas of how to manage and be prepared for these needs.

20 Feb 2021 - CANSPEI Board Nomination Form

If you are interested in nominating someone to be on the CANSPEI board, you can find the nomination form here.

17 Feb 2021 - CANSPEI Town Hall

CANSPEI is hosting a virtual Town Hall on Thursday February 18 at 6:30PM. To register, click HERE

This will serve as a roundtable and discussion on the current status of operating overnight summer camps in 2021. We will offer member camps the opportunity to share insights and logistics for opening under current restrictions.

21 Nov 2020 - Accreditation Statuses

Because of the complications for summer camps that have arisen during the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CANSPEI will be extending each camp's accreditation status for an additional year. This means that if your camps accreditation status was due to expire in March 2021, it now does not expire until March 2022. Similarly, if your accreditation status was due to expire in March 2022, it now does not expire until March 2023, etc. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact us.

24 Jul 2020 - Government Lobbying

CANSPEI is about to start the process of lobbying our federal and provincial governments in an effort to secure some relief funding to support the overnight camping community in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. If you would like to participate in the process, click here to find out how.

07 Apr 2020 - April Campfire Connection

Click here to read the Campfire Connection newsletter for the month of April. There is important information inside regarding the AGM!

10 Mar 2020 - March Campfire Connection

Click here to read the Campfire Connection newsletter for the month of March.

6 Mar 2020 - COVID-19 Update

The board of directors of CANSPEI has put together a statement for our member camps about the current situation regarding the COVID-19 virus. Click here to view the statement.

12 Mar 2019 - Renewed 4 Year Core Funding from the Province of Nova Scotia

Thanks to the hard work of our board of directors and especially of our Executive Director, Derek Mitchell, CANSPEI has secured 4 more years of core funding from the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage our association's mission and programs. 

29 Apr 2018 - Camp Benchmark Cost Data Now Available!

Benchmark average cost data for camp’s food spending, salaries, and other camp operating costs, from the 2017 operations and participation camp data filling, is now available.  The benchmark cost data is on a per camper per day basis so each of our member camps can compare their camp’s operating cost spending to the average for all our member camps in Nova Scotia. Click here to download the PDF report.

17 Mar 2018 - New Inclusion Tool Now Available for Camps

The CANSPEI board of directors has approved an Inclusion Tool Kit to help our member camps reach out to population groups that traditionally may not come to their camp. We look forward to hearing any suggestions or comments our members would like to share on their use of the tool!

08 Apr 2017 - CANSPEI has Partnered with Foodbuy to Help Reduce Your Camp’s Food Costs!

To learn more how your Camp can save money on your food purchases, just email Heather Cormier at A number of our association’s member camps already belong to the Foodbuy program and are saving on their food purchases. It is so easy to join the program – just keep buying from your existing food distributor and take advantage of the Foodbuy rebate program. Furthermore, Foodbuy donates a portion of your total camp’s purchases to the CCA and our association – at no cost to your camp!


Want to know the latest news, trends and tips in food buying for Summer Camps? Then sign up for the monthly Foodbuy e.newsletter by clicking here. No obligation or membership in the Foodbuy program is necessary.

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