2020 Summer Camp Updates
The province of Nova Scotia has declared that "sleepover camps are not permitted" to operate this year (click here to read the statement from the Department of Health and Wellness).
The province of Prince Edward Island has released a set of guidelines for day camps this summer (click here for a copy of the guidelines).
The province of Prince Edward Island has released a set of guidelines for day camps this summer (click here to read the guidelines).
Some CANSPEI member camps will be offering a modified program this summer (either day camp, virtual camp, "camp in a box", etc.). If you want to know the status of any specific camp, we recommend that you contact that camp directly.
As we get closer to the summer, we are sure COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind as it relates to summer camps and outdoor education centres.
The CANSPEI board members are working to provide the most up to date information for camps as it becomes available. We will continue to provide updates on an as needed basis through the CANSPEI website.
Please know we are working on information relevant to camp operations as a precaution. At this time, we are not offering details on any specific camp operations as we are too far out from the start of camp and it is unknown what the situation will be like over the next month or two. We continue to monitor the situation closely, and will provide recommendations and best practices as necessary.
At this time we suggest camps take the following actions:
Ensure you have clear, up to date Infectious Disease protocols. COVID-19 falls under the infectious disease protocols as would any infectious disease.
If you accept international campers or staff, please contact the organizations you work with and begin conversations around COVID-19.
Consider reaching out to families with a statement from your camp – you can get a template here.
We suggest you check with your insurance company and discuss your business interruption coverage in case of potential closure.
Visit your local public health department website as they will have information about COVID-19 specific to your area.
Check out these links to resources for further information:
Public Health Agency of Canada - Guidance for Schools K-12 and Childcare Programs COVID-19
Public Health Nova Scotia - Coronavirus Resource Site
Public Health PEI - Prince Edward Island Guidelines for the Management and Control of COVID-19
Health Canada - COVID-19 Website
World Health Organization - Information for Members of the Public
In the meantime, you can help yourself and educate those around you to help diminish the risk of transmission and spread of misinformation. Please head to the World Health Organization (WHO) website, and read their update.
CANSPEI is here to support our members, and between our board of directors and our committees, the situation is continuously being monitored.
As this situation is fluid, we ask you to keep up to date through the resources links provided above on an ongoing basis.