Gluten-Free Summer Camps

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Gluten-Free Summer Camps | 7 comments

Gluten-Free Summer Camps is a compilation of camps offering gluten-free, and sometimes multiple-allergen free, camp experiences. Most of these camps are targeted for youth and teens, but a few offer adult and/or family camp opportunities as well.

 

NJY Gluten-Free Family Camp

Milford, NJ        May 31-June 2, 2013

 

Camp Eagle Hill Summer Camp – Now with dedicated gluten-free kitchen

Elizaville, NY        Check for camp dates

 

Free to Be Camp – Allergen Free Camp

Higgins Lake, MI        June 16-22, 2013

 

Great Gluten Escape at Camp Gilmont

Gilmer, TX        June 16-21, 2013

 

Camp Gluten Freedom

Indianapolis, IN        June 25-28, 2013

 

NJY Children's Gluten-Free Summer Camps (Dedicated Gluten-Free Kitchen)

Milford, PA        June 25-August 15, 2013

 

CDF Camp Gluten-Free

Sponsored by Celiac Disease Foundation

San Bernardino, CA        July 15-19, 2013 (REGISTRATION OPENS JAN 22nd)

 

Camp Celiac - Two camp sessions at Camp Arroyo

Livermore, CA        July 23-27, 2013

Livermore, CA        July 27-31, 2013

 

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7 Comments

  1. how do you chose place and can be sure that it is allergen free?

    • Hi! Great question! If you have a particular camp in mind, I would begin by calling them directly and asking if they can accommodate your child’s needs. If they say yes, then continue to ask the all important questions, only a few of which include 1)how and where is the allergen-free food prepared, 2)how do they safe guard against cross-contamination, 3)how are snacks handled to be kept safe for the allergen-free child, etc. I would call and speak to the director, the head chef, and the medical staff on campus. See if their answers are in sync with each other. This is how I handle interviewing the camps I put on this Events Calendar before they are included.

      If you are interested in one of the camps listed here, I would still do this process until I was satisfied with the results.

      When my son was in eighth and ninth grade, he went to a music camp. It was a smaller camp and very personalized, but was not known for dealing with food allergies. I coordinated with the head chef and director, and we decided I’d make all of his food (similar to what the menu was for the week at camp) at home, vacuum seal everything, label it according to which meal it was for, then store it in their kitchen. Upon arriving at camp, he was introduced to the kitchen staff. At meal times, he would simply go to the kitchen counter and one of the staff had carefully heated his food and handled it separately from the other items being served. His food was served on kitchen ware that was the same as everyone else’s, but was safe. This worked seamlessly the two years he attended the camp. More work for me initially, but my son had an amazing opportunity to be just like everyone else and attend a camp of his choice.

      I must note that my son is extremely sensitive to gluten and dairy, but he does not have anaphylaxis results. He was also old enough to understand that he should never share food or try something new when he wasn’t at home.

      I hope that helps! If you have more questions or would like to chat with me personally, please feel free to send me an email and we can coordinate a phone conversation. 😀 Happy Camping!

  2. Dates: August 1-3, 2014
    Price: $75
    Location: Comstock Camp, 1419 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850
    Contact: Email Sabrina DeVos at sabrina40154@yahoo.com
    http://www.celiacstrong.weebly.com
    This two-night weekend camp was started by Sabrina DeVos, a Celiac girl scout, as her project to earn her “Gold Award” in Girl Scouts. It will be a worry-free weekend for boys and girls, ages 8-15, and the camp will be able to accommodate both gluten free and lactose free diets. For more information, visit http://www.celiacstrong.weebly.com or email Sabrina directly at sabrina40154@yahoo.com

    • Thanks, Christina, for the camp info. I’m sure this will be handy help for folks looking for a gluten-free camp. Please keep us updated if you have any changes. 😀

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