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!
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
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.
Camp Twin Lakes-Camp Dream in Warm Springs, GA, May 28 – June 2, 2017
All food is gluten free.
Celiac Strong Camp Inc.
Hunt, NY August 9th – 12th 2017
Lactose and gluten-free food served.
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
Middleville, MI June 25th – July 1st 2017
Gluten-free overnight camp for age 8-14.
Camp Fire Green Country, Tulsa, OK, June 25th -30th 2017
Only gluten-free food is served that week.
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.
North Scituate, RI, August 6th – 11th 2017
For ages 8-16.
The Great Gluten Escape
Gilmer, TX, July 23-29th 2017
For ages 7-15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
La Cygne, KS, June 2nd – 4th 2017
This camp is free from the top 8 allergens.
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
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!
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.
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, 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.