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.
Location: Yarmouth Port, MA
A nut and sesame-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. The camp partners with their families in ensuring that all food sent to camp is ingredient-checked before being sent to the bunk. There are five registered nurses on staff and all staff are trained in epinephrine use.
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
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.
Location: Hinsdale, MA
For over 20 years, Camp Emerson has supported children with food allergies and special diets. The camp is peanut, tree nut, sesame, 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 team of registered dieticians, chefs, and health personnel are on staff. 100% of the staff is 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
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.
Camp Walden New York
Location: Diamond Point, NY
Camp Walden, a co-ed residential camp located in upstate New York, is an entirely nut-free camp. The camp has a dedicated chef who prepares meals for campers with other special food requirements such as milk, sesame and soy allergy, vegetarian, Celiac and lactose-free diets. Having a child of their own who suffers with a severe peanut allergy, the owners and directors of Walden know firsthand the importance of collaborating with all of their parents and special diet campers. Camp Walden has an on-site physician, nurses, and all staff are trained in epinephrine auto-injector use.
Location: Roscommon, MI
Camp Westminster is nut-free all summer, with a special week-long "Free to Be" camp that further supports a variety of food allergies. A registered nurse is on call and a health officer is on site.
FAACT's Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang)
Location: Lithonia, OH; Atlanta, GA; Big Bear City, CA; Williamstown, NJ; Hinsdale, MA
Camp TAG provides a place for children with food allergies and eosinophilic disorders and their siblings to have fun and meet other children who share similar experiences. It is a bonding and empowering week for all campers, including parents. Camp TAG is 95% fun and 5% educational, with age-appropriate activities and games each day on food allergies, anaphylaxis, nutrition, the emotional impact of living with food allergies, and how to stay safe at school and at home. The curriculum was designed and reviewed by FAACT's Medical Advisory Board.
Point O'Pines Camp for Girls
Location: Brant Lake, NY
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
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.