4-H Camp

Posted on: Sun, 01/12/2003 - 3:59am
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My dd made my heart sink when she asked if she could attend 4-H Camp this summer. My niece and nephew are going, along with some of her other friends. I am one with a laxed comfort level; this is the first thing that has flashed a red flag in my face. I'm thinking, cabins, snacks, food served, pool, etc. It is still early, and I haven't looked into any of this yet, but I know she will be heart broken if she can't go. I asked her if she thought I could go with her!

Does anyone have experience with 4-H camp - or something similiar? I'm not the type to push and demand accomidations be made - we've always managed. Should I just convince her not to go? I know this will come up every year.
Rachel

Posted on: Sun, 01/12/2003 - 4:07am
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Depending where you live, there are lots of summer camps that are prepared for peanut and nut allergies and try to make themselves peanut/nut free. Make some calls and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised.

Posted on: Sun, 01/12/2003 - 5:59am
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I would like to know if any of these camps that you are referring to are in Canada, or has anyone heard of any, specifically in BC? I have not even considered sending my son to any camps because of his allergy, and I don't send his sister either because I don't think it would be fair to him. Does that make me a bad parent?
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Posted on: Tue, 01/14/2003 - 10:45am
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Hi Rae,
My son is 18 and we did send him to camp, once to day camp and once away for a week. His middle school went away for a week every year two so that counts as three more times.
I spent lots of time making sure the camps and schools were prepared. When we brought him to Astrocamp I spent a lot of time with the nurse making sure she was up to date. I sent his nebulizer and numerous epi pens. The nearest medical facility was a helicopter ride away and I don't think I ever slept while he was gone but he did fine.
This was all before he had his first big reaction.
I think I was operating on ignorance but you go ahead and take others advice, the camp you are suggesting may have already had experience and might be ready for your child. It depends on where your comfort level is.
My children always hated camp. We always prefered to be together. I figured childhood is so short if they don't want to go to camp I'd never force them.
It breaks my heart to realize I might also tell you don't send him. But my son did fine even in my ingorance. Good luck.
Peg541

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 12:24am
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How old is your daughter Rae? I went to 4-H camp when I was about ten. I hated every minute of it! The cabins were disgusting -full of mice and cockroaches. It didn't seem like they were too worried about cleanliness! The counselors took us "streaking" on the boys side. (Nice thing to do with ten year olds-eh?) Anyway, I still have nightmares about my time at 4-H camp!! I hope if you let you daughter go that they work with you and that her camp is nicer than the one I went to.
Jaime

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 12:37am
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I have a laxed comfort level, but this has gotten to me. I don't think I could sleep either. I talked to someone yesterday that was a counselor there years ago. She said the hospital is 1hr away. The cabins are filled with crumbs. Kids bring snacks from home, etc. My instincts are saying to wait to try this when she gets a little older, but I feel guilty when I have to hold her back from things like this.
Rachel

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 3:08am
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Rae,
You will definitely feel worse if your child reacts at camp. I'll bet you can find all sorts of places to take the kids that are safe.
It is a tough decison to make but your child will understand sooner or later.
Peg

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 3:29am
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Jaime, My daughter is 9. She is extremely careful about everything she eats or touches. We are in Louisiana. I don't know where you grew up. Your camp experience does not sound nice!
Thanks Peg, you do make me feel better about restricting things like this. I would DIE if they called me to say she had a reaction.
Rachel

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 9:37am
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Rae:
Mine was in Ohio. Good Luck with whatever you choose to do. I am sure you will make the best choice for your child.
Jaime

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 12:54pm
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Rae,
We are all dealing with something so potentially serious that extreme measures have to be taken.
An extreme measure might have to be no camp until you find a safe one. It is a tough decision to make but you stay strong and do what your guts tell you.
I trust mother's intuition 100%
Peg541

Posted on: Wed, 01/15/2003 - 1:37pm
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Wasn't there a fatal reaction in Australia recently of a boy who went to camp? I had friends in college who were camp counselors. They were nice people; but would I entrust my child's life to them so far from a hospital? No.

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