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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
Dates: June 28 - August 15, 2014
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
Dates: August 17-22, 2014
Food served at Camp Blue Spruce is 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.

Camp Emerson

Location: Hinsdale, MA
Dates: Various throughout summer
For nearly 15 years, Camp Emerson has supported children with food allergies and special diets. The camp is peanut, tree nut, and shellfish free, and can accommodate many other food allergies and dietary restrictions such as celiac disease. You will meet with Sue Lein, Director and Owner, who is also allergic to eggs herself, to speak about your child's allergies and make an individualized menu plan. A registered dietician, chefs, and health personnel are on staff and trained on epinephrine use.

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
Dates: Various throughout summer
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.

Camp Pontiac

Location: Copake, NY
Dates: June 28 - August 16, 2014
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. 

Camp Wingate*Kirkland

Location: Yarmouth Port, MA
Dates: Various throughout summer
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 
Dates: August 9-13, 2015
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
Dates: June 15-21, 2014
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. 

Point O'Pines Camp for Girls

Location: Brant Lake, NY
Dates: June 28-August 15, 2014
Point O’Pines Camp for Girls is a nut-free camp, and has a dedicated chef who prepares meals for campers with other special food requirements including, for example, milk, sesame and soy allergy, vegetarian, Celiac and lactose-free diets. One of the Directors (who has a severe food allergy herself) collaborates with all of the parents and special diet campers, and the camp has an on-site physician, nurses, and many staff trained in epinephrine use.

Youth Empowered Action Camp

Location: Northern California; Portland, OR; and Charlton, MA
Dates: Various throughout summer
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.