Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 12:14am
zay-zay's picture
Joined: 06/01/2001 - 09:00

phi everyone,/p
pi need help, i am sending my son to day camp this summer and to put it lightly i am freakin, some of you may be wondering why am i sending him, the answer is he is a social 6 year old who wants to go. i just thought that maybe somebody out there has walked this walk before and can offer me their "shoes"./p

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 1:06am
Rach's picture
Joined: 05/01/2001 - 09:00

I went to day camp most days of the summer holidays between the ages of 5 and 12. I loved it, but the leaders hated it because of my PA. Personally I think that their "fear" served it's purpose because they were so vigilant that there wasn't a chance of any harm coming to me. If you can honnestly say to yourself that you think your child is in more danger than he would be normally, then perhaps he shouldn't be going. But I think that if you have actually let him go today, you think that he is going to be pretty safe. At any rate, go with your gut instinct!
Take care,

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 1:30am
Jess's picture
Joined: 03/07/1999 - 09:00

Yay for camp! I want to be a kid again!! I went to a day camp for 5 years and an overnight camp for three years. At the day camp we were allowed to carry backpacks all the time so I had my epi and my peanut allergy wasn't too big an issue. And this was back in the 80's when my allergy wasn't as common. They're very vigilant...I remember that when I worked at a day camp there was a huge list posted in the office of everything that could possibly go wrong for each child and what to do if you see signs. Overnight camp is even safer because they have a full time health staff, have a central kitchen where they handle all dietary needs, and you usually have two or three cabin counselors who know everything about you including your allergy. I realize that your son is only 6 and too young for overnight camp, but definitely consider it when he gets older! If you have any other questions feel free to drop me a line at [email][/email] [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 9:20am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

This will be my 7 year old's 2nd year at day camp. I meet with the food service director, counselors, nurse, camp director, etc. before camp starts and worry, worry, worry. I have forms with his photo, telling everyone who he is, what he is allergic to, what symptoms to look for, etc.
It is extremely stressful for me, but my son loves it and since just about every kid here goes to camp, he'd be really bored at home.

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 10:22am
Anonymous's picture
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Jacob is attending a Music Camp next week. It will be from Monday thru Friday, 8:30 - 3:00. They do provide snacks and lunch at the camp but he will only be allowed to eat what I send with him. They gave me a copy of all foods that will be at the camp and there is only one day that he could possibly eat something with no chance of a reaction but I am not willing to risk it. I have spoken to his 'counselor' on the phone regarding his allergy in detail. I also plan to spend 30 minutes with his 'counselor' on Monday morning and explain everything relating to PA and will provide them with a paper listing the symptoms of a reaction and the 'what-to-do' scenario for them to refer back to. You can believe me that I will not be leaving the phone until it is time for me to pick him up! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 10:39am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

The issue of camp hasn't come up yet, except that my older son attended an overnight camp with his school, that Cayley will be expected to attend when she's 9 years old. Well, not expected, but traditionally in our area, all the 4th grade students go to this camp. I went back in Grade 4, too - long tradition!
In this case, the overnight camp is only accessible by boat, and it takes at least an hour to get to a hospital, so it's definitely outside my "comfort zone". If Cayley could attend an overnight camp that was landlocked and fairly close to good medical facilities, that would be a different story. It depends on the location, for me. [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2001 - 1:00pm
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

I just want to say I am SO HAPPY to read some of the above postings. My son is only 4.5 yrs, so we are not contemplating camp yet...but to hear that so many of you have sucessfully attended or sent your children to camp is great!!!Kudos to you and the camp personnel!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/02/2004 - 3:57am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

First of all, welcome!
I have some questions: How has the camp assured you that they will keep your son safe? Is this a day camp or a sleep-away camp? Why have you chosen this particular camp?
Without knowing all the details: I am thinking that your son sounds like he is doing a great job keeping himself safe. I think I would want to encourage that and not send him to a camp where he didn't think he would be safe. Also, it concerns me that the camp will not allow you to send food for your son. I would be hard pressed to encourage you to send him given the circumstances you have described. However, there may be a lot more to the story that I am not getting.
[img][/img] Miriam
(mom of a 9 year old pa and tna dd, and 3 year old ds whose allergy status is unknown.)

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 7:04am
smilegirl123's picture
Joined: 02/05/2004 - 09:00

I have PA, but I went to camp... ask if you can talk to the cook first and read the labels of all the foods. That's what I did and it was really helpful. Also, don't eat anything like muffins, cookies, or chocolate--those are just too risky.

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 9:23pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

bumping up to see if anyone else can help our new member.
[img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Fri, 02/06/2004 - 12:24am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I know camps up north are welcoming to mom's wanting to work in the kitchen....turnover & early departures of university students make these short term job opportunities available later in the summer and maybe you could set it up so that your child goes to camp at the end of the summer when you are a "kitchen mom" at the particular camp. I know that's what I'm planning to do when my DD is old enough for overnight camp as I don't want my DD to miss out on all the wonderful fun that camps can offer.


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