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Posted on: Fri, 01/06/2006 - 2:52am
KatiesMom's picture
Joined: 03/01/2000 - 09:00

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
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

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.

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 1:47am
JenEmm's picture
Joined: 08/13/2005 - 09:00

I went to summer camp for years in Quebec (in the Laurentians). Growing up there was no such thing as a "peanut free" camp. There was even an incident at a summer camp here in Quebec where a child passed away on a canoe trip because the camp did not send his EPIPEN and they believe there was cross contamination with the knives the cut PB sandwiches and cheese sandwiches. Since that incident in the early 90'2, it seems there are more camps that are "peanut friendly" and 100% peanut free . I believe that the Y country camp which is a predominately Jewish camp run out of the JCC here in Montreal is Peanut Free-you would have to check it out further though to be 100% sure. There are a few others that I have heard are peanut free in Quebec. My advise is to contact a camp specialist on Montreal who matches children to camp's based on their medical needs, interests and so on.

Posted on: Mon, 04/03/2006 - 12:21pm
Danielle's picture
Joined: 04/08/2003 - 09:00

This months copy of Allergic Living magazine has a great list of camps that cater to kids with food allergies.



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