Food Allergy-Friendly Camps
There are many camps across the country that are either designed specifically for children with food allergies or welcome campers with food allergies. These camps remove certain allergens from their sites, have instituted procedures for anaphylactic emergencies, and have medical personnel on location who are trained in administering epinephrine. As a resource to parents, this list can be a starting point for finding the camp that is right for their child.
Please note that FARE does not certify, review, or accredit camps. Parents should complete a thorough and independent review of a camp’s practices and procedures to ensure their safety and capacity to accommodate a child with food allergies.
Brant Lake Camps
Location: Brant Lake, NY
Brant Lake Dance Camp for girls and Brant Lake Sports Academy for boys have nut-free, sesame-free and shell fish-free facilities, and can support most special diets and food allergies. The kitchen staff is lead by a head chef of 26 years and includes a sous chef who prepares/oversees all special meals. Prospective camper parents are encouraged to speak with a Director to discuss individual dietary needs and agree on a specific plan. A licensed nutritionist, along with an on-site physician and nursing staff, provide support to all campers and staff.
Camp Blue Spruce
Location: Portland, OR
The summer of 2013 will be the first year for Camp Blue Spruce. Food served at Camp Blue Spruce will will be free from the top allergens: milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy; as well as gluten and sesame. Camp staff is comprised of a crew of cooks, educators, counselors and directors. Two allergists and several nurses will provide medical assistance for the camp.
Location: Hinsdale, MA
Camp Emerson supports all food allergies and special diets. The camp is nut free, and can accommodate other dietary restrictions such as celiac disease. You will meet with Sue Lein, Director and Owner, who is also allergic to eggs, to speak about your child's allergies and dietary needs and make an individual plan. A registered dietician, chefs, and health personnel are on staff.
Camps Kenwood and Evergreen for Boys and Girls
Location: Wilmot, NH
For more than 10 years, these camps have been peanut- and tree nut-free; they can also accommodate gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free campers. When traveling outside of camp on day trips, they will only go to places that serve peanut-free food.
Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer
Location: Fombell, PA
Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer can accommodate all food allergies, including (but not limited to) nuts, gluten, soy, milk, and corn. The dining facilities are completely nut free and there is a gluten-free alternative at every meal. They carry dairy-free substitutes as needed and a vegetarian option is always available when meat is part of the main entree as well as a salad bar.
Location: Copake, NY
Camp Pontiac is a peanut- and tree nut-free camp. They also have alternate foods enabling them to handle gluten and lactose intolerance. Multiple food allergies are supervised by a nutritionist and two Camp Moms, along with a medical staff that includes three to four on site physicians at a time and ten registered nurses.
Location: Yarmouth Port, MA
A nut free camp, they can also accommodate gluten-free, dairy, wheat, soy, egg, and fish allergies. Their chef only uses fresh ingredients, cooks and bakes from scratch, and ensures there is no cross-contact of food products.
Children's Food Allergy Camp
Location: Camp Sweeney in Gainesville, TX
Children’s Food Allergy Center offers a five day overnight camp with the top eight allergens completely avoided and tailored meals for those outside the top eight allergens. The camp staff includes physicians, nurses, a dietitian and a child life specialist form Children’s Medical Center.
Free to be Camp: Camp with an allergen-free diet!
Location: Roscommon, MI
For children with food allergies, sensitivities, or intolerances, this camp has served almost every dietary need. Food preparation will be handled by people with experience in special foods cooking. There is a registered nurse on site.
Youth Empowered Action Camp
Location: Northern California; Portland, OR; and Charlton, MA
YEA Camp is completely vegan, so the camp is free of milk and eggs. Teens with other food intolerances or allergies can also be accommodated.
Please note that FARE does not endorse, promote, or benefit from listing these camps.This information is provided only as a resource to the food allergy community. FARE has not independently confirmed the completeness or accuracy of the information provided herein. FARE does not assume any responsibility for, or warrant, the representations or offers made within this directory. Nor does FARE assume responsibility for the actions of camps or camp staff members.