Are you thinking about having your child attend a camp? Here are some options to help create a fun, and allergy-friendly experience this summer…
Consider attending a camp that’s focused on allergy safety.
GoDairyFree.org has put together a list of camps that focus on food allergies, intolerances, and other special dietary needs. Some are day camps only, and others are overnight.
When contacting, be sure to ask questions about how they handle food allergy safety at the camp and see if they can send you the camp’s schedule in advance. Do they have any testimonials or references they can also send?
Some other questions you might want to ask: Do they serve snacks or allow campers to bring in snacks? How do they train staff? How are meals prepared and food safety supervised in the kitchen? Will they attend outside events (zoo, baseball games, etc) and how are those supervised? Have they ever experienced a reaction during the camp?
Find a local camp that understands food allergies and will accommodate your child’s dietary & safety needs.
Here are some resources to help find an appropriate camp:
GoDairyFree’s “Preparing To Send Your Allergic Child To Camp”
KFA’s “Summer Camp with Food Allergies” (video and resources)
TIP: You might want to consider having them wear a temporary tattoo or other awareness item to help remind others of their allergy.
If you don’t feel comfortable about sending your child to camp – consider having your own.
Invite neighborhood friends or classmates over for some summer fun! Make crafts and play games for a couple of hours. If you host it after breakfast or lunch, you don’t have to worry about providing snacks or meals.
Do you have other parents that understand and practice food allergy safety? You might also want to consider rotating days and making it a full week (be sure to discuss and read all labels of craft supplies, etc).
How about having a family camp one night in your backyard, or traveling to a campground for a couple of days? Enjoy creating memories together by sharing stories around a campfire, sleeping in a tent, checking out the stars, etc.
Need ideas for hosting your own camp? Check out our Pinterest boards! We have LOTS of ideas for fun…like making kites, bracelets, pet rocks, and more. You’ll also find outdoor game ideas, including scavenger hunts.
Disclaimer: These resources are listed to help guide you in finding possible allergy-friendly options. They may or may not be suitable for you, your child or particular situation. Always check the safety of the resource before attending or using.