Peanut Free Summer Camps?

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 1:04pm
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Is anyone aware of a peanut free overnight summer camp? Thank you.

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 10:34pm
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Is there a specific area of the country you are looking at? Boys or girls?
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 11:12pm
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Also, what age camper are you thinking about? And what type of camp are you looking for -- something traditional and outdoorsy, or a sports camp, or an academic camp?
--Debbie

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 2:29am
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My daughter is 11 years old and I was looking for a traditional outdoors camp for one or two weeks, preferably in the Northeast, although I would go anywhere if it was safe. Thanks. I appreciate any information.

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 2:41am
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SweetAmanda, the camp I was thinking of is in the northeast and is great for 11 year olds, but it's not a traditional camp. It's a camp where the premise is that the kids choose their activities. Part of the day is activities chosen spur of the moment, the other part of the day is "courses" signed up for in advance. The "courses" are in many different areas of interest: sports, arts, science, crafts, foreign cultures, etc. (My son did it last year and will return this year, and I'm very comfortable with the way they handled food allergies.) Let me know if you want further info, but I assume this camp wouldn't work out for your daughter because it's not really the traditional camp you're looking for.
--Debbie

Posted on: Wed, 01/04/2006 - 3:01am
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I think it was the summer Livingwithout magazine that had a story of nut free camps. Mat Lauer also talked about 1 briefly. This topic was talked about last year too but I can't seem to bring up the thread.

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 8:41pm
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My friend's DD goes to Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks, and it is peanut free. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I believe Weequaic in the Poconos is as well, but I couldn't swear to it.
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 01/05/2006 - 10:28pm
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Lots of camps in Quebec are peanut-free, and some are even in English [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 1:56am
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Hi Darthcleo.
I would be interested in finding out about peanut free camps in Quebec, preferably in the Montreal or West Island area. Is that where you send your kids? I hear the Y summer camps are safe? Thanks.

Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 2:52am
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My DD attends Girl Scout camp (it's called Hidden Lake Camp) right outside Lake George. They are not 'peanut free', but changed their menu for the week she attended. They still served PB & J while she was there for those that didn't want the standard meal, but I was comfortable with the way that they handled it. All the staff that interacted with Katie knew about her asthma and PA and were trained on what to do in an emergency. My DD loves that camp!!!

Posted on: Fri, 03/31/2006 - 4:14am
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I think I just hit the jackpot with this peanut free overnight camp, so I just had to share this with everyone. Dd is turning 11 and is allergic to milk and peanuts. I didn`t think she would ever get to go away to sleep away camp. Last summer she had a friend who was diabetic who went to diabetes camp for five days. The food is for diabetics, they all test their sugars, etc. By the time I found out that there is such a thing as diabetes camp, it was the middle of summer, too late to look for a camp for kids with pa for last summer. So yesterday I asked dd`s allergist if they have anything similar for kids with pa. If your child has asthma, the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America has summer camps. The kids must have asthma to go. They have different chapters all over the U.S. I called our local chapter (Los Angeles), the camp is peanut free, tree nut free, and there are two full time doctors at the camp. They have nebulizers, are prepared to start IVs, etc. They make it peanut free tree nut free, because so many kids with asthma are pa/tna. They do some asthma instruction, but the main point is for the kids to have fun. It is for five nights. They have more applicants than there are spots. The camp is for kids who otherwise can`t go to overnight camp due to allergies or asthma, so they have no problem with accomodating, since that is the whole point of the camp. I was so excited to find out about this. I am not totally sure that I would send dd due to the milk allergy, as milk is much harder to avoid, but I am seriously considering it. If she were only pa, I would be fine with it, especially with two doctors on site. They have chapters all over the U.S. (I don`t know if all of the chapters have peanut free camps). Their website is [url="http://www.aafa.org"]www.aafa.org[/url] It seems like a very safe way to send a child who is pa or tna to camp, as long as your child also has asthma.

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