Going Gluten-FreeMarch 1, 2017

Summer Camp for Kids with Celiac or Food Allergies

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Posted by Erica Dermer

Cindy Gordon, the food allergy mom from Vegetarian Mamma, wrote a piece called "Happy Gluten-Free Campers" in our April/May issue of Gluten Free & More magazine. While we could talk about food-allergy and celiac-friendly camping for pages, our print magazine limits how much we can share with you on one topic. We’ve expanded the topic about gluten-free camps for children and compiled a list of gluten-free and food-allergy friendly camps for your littlest of campers!

Gluten Free Summer Camps for Kids

Looking for Gluten-Free Summer Camps? Check these out! Registration is open for many of them! Be sure to double-check each camp for the specific camp dates and the ability to accommodate your child’s unique needs. Dates and food management capabilities may change at any time.


Generation GF (Gluten Intolerance Group supported) Camps:

Camp Sealth (WA) – July 31st – August 5th 2017

Camp Kanata (NC) – July 23rd – July 29th 2017

https://www.gluten.org/community/kids/kids-camp/


Camp Blue Spruce

Camp Tapawingo, in Falls City, OR, August 20th – 26th 2017

For kids with food allergies 9-13, 14-17 (teen explorer camp)

Camp Blue Spruce is free from milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, gluten and sesame.

www.campbluespruce.org, info@campbluespruce.org


Camp WeekaneatIt

Camp Twin Lakes-Camp Dream in Warm Springs, GA, May 28 - June 2, 2017

All food is gluten free.

GlutenFreeCamp.org


Celiac Strong Camp Inc.

Hunt, NY August 9th – 12th 2017

Lactose and gluten-free food served.

http://www.celiacstrongcamp.org/index.html, celiacstrongcamp@gmail.com


YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin

Middleville, MI June 25th – July 1st 2017

Gluten-free overnight camp for age 8-14.

https://www.grymca.org/camp-manitou-lin/


Camp Waluhili

Camp Fire Green Country, Tulsa, OK, June 25th -30th 2017

Only gluten-free food is served that week.

http://www.tulsacampfire.org/camp/


NJY Camps

June 9th – 11th 2017

They partnered with the Celiac Center at Columbia University for a Gluten Free Camp Weekend. The NJY Camps has a dedicated GIG Certified Gluten Free kitchen serving meals to match those of our traditional menu. These meals are served from a separate service line with a dedicated salad bar.

http://njyglutenfree.blogspot.com, glutenfree@njycamps.org


Camp Celiac

North Scituate, RI, August 6th – 11th 2017

For ages 8-16.

CampCeliac.org, info@campceliac.org


The Great Gluten Escape

Gilmer, TX, July 23-29th 2017

For ages 7-15.

http://www.gilmont.org/great-gluten-escape-ages-7-15.html, 903-797-6400


Free to Be Camp Westminster

Roscommon, MI June 18th -24th 2017

For ages 7-11 and ages 12-15. This is not a gluten or casein free camp year round, but prior to camp, the kitchen is cleaned. New containers of food are used, and clean-up is supervised by people who understand food allergies.

Campwestminster.com, info@campwestminster.com, 313-341-8969


Gluten Free Fun Camp

Camp Courage in Annandale, MN, July 16th – 21st 2017

Children ages 8-17 with celiac disease or who are on a gluten-free diet and their siblings are welcome at Gluten-Free Fun Camp.

Twincitiesrock.org


Camp Celiac

Camp Arroyo, Livermore, CA, July 16th – 19th 2017 and July 19th – 22nd 2017

Administered by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California. There will be dairy-free and nut-free alternatives at every meal, but campers must be independent enough to read the ingredient lists. Campers eat gluten-free food for three meals a day, and enjoy traditional camp activities such as a ropes course, rock climbing, zip-lining, boating, swimming, archery, arts and crafts, skit night, and outdoor sports.

CeliacCamp.com


Camp Eagle Hill

Elizaville, NY, June 24th -Aug 5th, June 24-July 22nd, July 22nd-Aug 5th 2017

There is a new gluten-free kitchen with gluten-free food service available from a dedicated kitchen with experienced chef.

http://campeaglehill.com/gluten-free-menu/, Summer@CampEagleHill.com, 914-725-4876


Camp Emerson

Berkshire Mountains, MA, June 24th-August 5th 2017

This camp offers 2,4 and 6-week options. They support all food allergies, celiac disease, and EOE. The Camp is completely peanut-free, tree nut-free, shellfish and sesame free. Gluten-free alternatives are always available. They have a food allergy kitchen with separate equipment and chefs trained in cross-contamination. A team of registered dietitians is on staff to prepare each child’s menu.

http://www.campemerson.com/food-allergy-specialist, 800-782-3395, hello@campemerson.com


Camp Centerview

La Cygne, KS, June 2nd – 4th 2017

This camp is free from the top 8 allergens.  

CenterviewFAM.org/camp-centerview/


FAACT’s Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)

Camp TAG offers Day Camps with snacks free from the top 8 allergens. This is a one-week day camp for ages 4-12, with activities grouped by ages. The curriculum of the camp was designed and reviewed by FAACT’s Medical Advisory Board.

June 12th -16th 2017 in Lebanon, OH at YMCA Camp Kern (peanut and tree nut free camp site)

June 19th -23rd 2017 in Big Bear City, CA at YMCA Camp Oakes

July 31st -August 4th in Williamstown, NJ at Tall Pines Day Camp (peanut and tree nut free camp site)

August 11th -14th in Mount Washington, MA at Camp Hi-Rock

http://www.foodallergyawareness.org/programs/camp_tag_%28the_allergy_gang%29-2/camp_tag_%28the_allergy_gang%29-2/


Bonus event in 2018:

Mark your calendars for the Generation GF 2018 Teen Summit at the Hilton Disney Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. We’ll be there 6/27-6/30 of 2018!

https://www.gluten.org/branch_events/generation-gf-2018-teen-summit/


Something Special For Campers

Last year, the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Generation GF launched kid-friendly camp packages full of celiac-safe goodies called “Camp Boxes.” In 2016, Generation GF and GIG distributed 1,980 boxes to campers at 29 different camps in 21 states, including the three Generation GF camps at Camp Sealth, Camp Kanata, and Camp Emerson. The boxes included pre-packaged products from Schar, Don't Go Nuts, Fresh Kids, Milton's and Arrow Bar. We also included in the boxes Generation GF pencils and wristbands. The 2017 boxes are sure to delight your little camper, and we can’t thank Gluten Intolerance Group enough for this great program to make every camper feel special.

Gluten Free Summer Camp Bunk Box Gluten Intolerance Group

Gluten Intolerance Group

Check out this awesome interview that Celiac Teen Dad did with his child after his return from summer camp! And you don’t want to miss his blog about a father’s perspective on sending your food allergic/celiac child off to camp!

Food Allergies?  Visit FoodAllergy.org to visit FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) to find out more about food allergy friendly camps. A list is available online here – in New York, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio and other states spread out across the US. You can also purchase epinephrine cooling bags and a FARE branded Nalgene bottle for all the summer travels! Also, learn more about how to stay safe this summer with their website here – including how to keep their EpiPens safe and roadtrip checklists. 

erica dermer

Erica Dermer, founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast, started her blog because she felt like she had a new voice to bring to the gluten-free table and needed some celiac catharsis through writing. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged goods, marketing, and branding in the gluten-free food industry. It also helps that she’s a self-proclaimed terrible cook, so she relies on many gluten-free products to help her get through her day without burning down the kitchen. She uses humor to get through her diagnosis and living gluten-free in a world full of wheat. 

Comments (3)

Yep....would be a unreasonable thing to actually acknowledge the name of God at an organization that uses the word 'Christian' in its name now wouldn't it!!!!!!!

Posted by: SpecificCarbDietgal | March 13, 2017 1:57 PM    Report this comment

Dear Valerie,
Thank you so much for your kind comments, and we're glad your daughter has made so many wonderful memories at Camp Manitou-Lin. To the best of my knowledge the only Christian activity at our camp is saying grace at meals. And most of those are actually pretty generic prayers, and don't always reference the name of God.

Posted by: miglutenfreegal | March 12, 2017 6:18 PM    Report this comment

My daughter has gone to the gluten-free week at Camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville, Michigan, for the past seven years. They take good care of the kids there, and the volunteers who staff the gluten-free week are extremely careful about every food allergy for every kid. We've been really happy with this camp. This year she is too old to go back, otherwise she would go back for her eighth year. :) I love that the kids get to interact with other kids who are gluten-free, so they know that they are not alone. There are families that drive five hours to get to camp here from other states. My only issue with this camp is that I am Jewish and the camp is at a YMCA camp, so I feel a little weird sending my kid to a program that is explicitly Christian. But after seven summers at this camp her religion is unchanged, so I figure that worked out okay.

Posted by: valeriemates | March 9, 2017 7:29 PM    Report this comment

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