Just when you’ve gotten into a rhythm for the school year, summer break hits.
And eventually, one of these summers your kiddo will probably want to try their hand at camp. While exciting for them, you may be terrified about how to navigate this adventure because of food allergies.
Luckily, there are allergy-friendly summer camp options out there. Take a look and see if one happens to be in your neck of the woods.
1. Brant Lake Camp
Brant Lake Camp, specifically for young boys, is known as the place “where sports are done right.” Your athletic son would love it here.
Located on a 6-mile lake in the Adirondack Mountains, the privately owned camp goes to great measures to ensure their residents’ safety. With an on-site health center and chef, your child’s food allergies are taken very seriously.
Location: Brant Lake, NY
Dates: June 27, 2015 – August 14, 2015
2. Free To Be Camp at Camp Westminster
Free To Be Camp is designed solely for children who have food allergies and sensitivities, particularly to the top 8 food allergens. However, they are able to accommodate virtually any allergy.
Staff are trained in proper food handling and preparation. And parents are encouraged to contact the camp to discuss their child’s unique dietary needs.
Location: Roscommon, MI
Dates: June 28, 2015 – July 3, 2015
3. Children’s Food Allergy Camp at Camp Sweeney
Children’s Food Allergy Camp is designed for ages 6-15. The camp tailors each participant’s meal plan as needed, but for the safety of campers, they do keep the campus free of the top 8 food allergens.
Registered dietitians consult with camp personnel and families to make sure all dietary needs are met. Campers with food allergies are able to bring their siblings along too – even if they do not have food allergies themselves.
Location: Gainesville, TX
Dates: August 9, 2015 – August 13, 2015
4. Camp Blue Spruce at Camp Tapawingo
Camp Blue Spruce is located on 160 beautiful acres at the base of the Oregon Coast Range. Ideal for boys and girls – aged 9-17 – with food allergies, campers experience a range of activities, including hiking, crafts, and watersports.
The campus follows a top 8 allergen-free rule with the help of on-site allergists and nurses. Parents can rest assured that their children can have a safe, and fun, week at camp.
Location: Falls City, OR
Dates: August 16, 2015 – August 22, 2015
To see even more allergy-friendly summer camps happening around the nation, visit FoodAllergy.org.
Has your child attended summer camp? Were their food allergies an issue? Please tell us in the comments below!
Steph Weber is a Midwest-based freelance writer and marketing maven, who also happens to love food – minus the gluten, dairy, and eggs. To hire her or see more of her work, please visit stephweber.com.