2021 Summer Camp Updates
This page was last updated on 20 Feb 2021.
The province of Nova Scotia reiterated in their COVID-19 on January 9, 2021, that "Recreational sleepover camps held by a recognized business or organization are not permitted" to operate at this current time (click here to read the statement). However, in speaking with various government agencies, we at CANSPEI have reason to be hopeful that this stance will be reconsidered in the coming months.
The province of Prince Edward Island has not yet made any statements regarding summer camp for 2021.
If you want to know the status of any specific camp CANSPEI member 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.