When parents send their children off to camp, health and safety are a primary concern. The Camping Association of Nova Scotia and camps across the province recognize this. The CANS Standards, by which accredited camps must abide, are geared to effectively encourage the promulgation of exceptional health and safety practices. Indeed, Section III of the Accreditation Manual is entirely dedicated to Health. Furthermore, there is federal and provincial legislation that all camps must abide by.

Below, we have identified several items that are particularly applicable to campers heading off to camp and their parents. This list is by no means exhaustive; however, it does point out some of the most important health and safety concerns. Moreover, while it is important to educate your camper about health and safety, be careful not to over-educate them. That is, do not make them afraid to have a good time at camp for fear that they may get hurt. Sending a child to camp is a three-way relationship: between the parents and the camper, the camper and the camp, and the camp and the parents. Speak with prospective camps, learn their health and safety policies, and ask questions. A good camp should be able to talk passionately and at length about everything they do to ensure that the campers have a fun, healthy, and safe experience.

General Hygiene

Influenza A (H1N1) – “Human Swine Flu” Virus

Mosquitoes / Ticks etc.

Sunburn

Dehydration

Heat Exhaustion / Heat Stroke

Water Safety

Medication

Coyotes