so called \" Peanut safe camp\"

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 10:17am
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just want to vent.... I am in search of a camp for my 6 year old son... I spoke to the director of this camp.. and explained that Michael has a life threaanting PA ect ect.... She said "we condider ourselves a peanut safe camp"... I said wow! that is great... asked few more ques... she goes on to tell me that she has a nurse on duty all the time all the councilors are EPI trained and CPR certif ect ect.. I said great. They serve food there. I said great... or kid s can bring lunch .. so said so you don;t allow PJB or any peanut products there? she said WE DO>>> WE CAN'T STOP PEOPLE FROM BRINGING IT IN... I said ok them you have peanut free tables then? she said NO.... I said them how can you considered your self a peanut safe camp???? she said well we have anurse should anything happen we would jusy give the epi and off to the hospital....!!!!!!!

FOrgive me but???????? that is like giving a bunch of match to some kids and telling them to play with them cause we have water and a fire truck near by!!!!!! i SAID " I am not asking oyu to change your policies but you should NOT consider your self a Peanut safe camp!!!!! that is misleading!
UNREAL! just thought would share!
Therese

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 10:25am
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hmmmm, if a camp said peanut safe..I would also assume it had a peanut ban. Or in the least a peanut-free table!!! I am not to the level of doign camp yet(he's just 6) so I have no advice, I would be a nervous nelley though...it just doesn't sound right IMO [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Mayeb a little meeting with the head-honcho(whatever a camp title would be) might starighten things up...they need to think this through abit more then just offering Epi's and nurses!!!??????
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Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 10:32am
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Well, having a nurse there does sound nice. So does all the counselors being Epi and CPR trained. It's a good start I guess.
We haven't been brave enough to try camp yet so I don't know how this works.
Is this overnight? Is the food they provide PA safe?
What if you talked to them about a Pn free table and handwashing or whatever accomodations you would like to feel comfortable and asked if they could work with you? Or are you looking for a "peanut free" camp?
[This message has been edited by krc (edited February 10, 2007).]

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 11:44am
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Dd went to a truly peanut free camp last summer. She is also milk allergic. It is through the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It was absolutely fantastic. Ingredients were posted on all food items and there was a doctor for every cabin. However, your child must have asthma to go. Check out my thread on it.
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Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 12:08pm
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not to scare anyone..but I used to be a camp counselor....the first week of every summer we had "asthma kids"...there were 3 extra nurses on duty who stayed at the camp 24/7. But I don't remember getting any training really as a counselor. I mean we may have been told the obvious...like if you see a kid wheezing or strugling to breath get them to the infirmary - but nothing detailed. I also don't remember knowing which kids had asthma. Maybe that's all fine - I don't know. It was a good camp. I would send my kid there without hesitation...that is I would have before PA...but I'm not thinking about camp yet. Anyway as I remember it (20 years ago) the kids seemed to be self directed...in that they knew to report in the infirmary and I think they were also able to call home where other kids weren't. Maybe the lack of staff training was just to make it a normal experience for the kids.

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 12:15pm
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carefulmom- I picked up a brochure on this camp at our pulmonologist's office last week. It looks wonderful!
I think it would be great for my dd to be with others who deal with the same issues every day too!
Our 5th grade goes to camp this year for 3 days/ 2 nights. They can barely "get it" at school--I can't imagine sending her with them to camp! My dd will be devastated if she can't go but I'm having a hard time dealing w/ the principal about this issue. (Basically I don't want her to go unless I can be a supervisor but they are not going for it)

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 1:12pm
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It was fantastic! And because there was a doctor for every cabin, we did not have to worry about counselors that didn`t get it, like the person who posted above you. My dd went the summer after 5th grade. When you have time, read my posts in the thread about it. I posted a very detailed description of how everything was handled. They had many MFA kids there (don`t recall if your dd is MFA or just pa). They are used to making meals for MFA kids and trained on cross contamination. Dd had a blast, she was so ready to go. She did not miss me one bit(not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing...no, seriously she had too much fun to miss me, the only thing she did not like was it was too short!!).

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 2:52am
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Mrsdocrse - would you ever come down as far as Winchester? I have a great camp in Winchester that doesn't allow peanuts and has a full time nurse. It is called Kidstock. It is a drama camp.

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 10:28pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Mrsdocrse:
[b].... She said "we condider ourselves a peanut safe camp"... [/b]
I think the key words here are "We consider ourselves." That doesn't mean anyone else considers them "peanut safe."
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Posted on: Sat, 02/17/2007 - 2:26am
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Quote:Originally posted by Heather2:
[b]Mrsdocrse - would you ever come down as far as Winchester? I have a great camp in Winchester that doesn't allow peanuts and has a full time nurse. It is called Kidstock. It is a drama camp.[/b]
winchester ma? Right now I am doing day camp because he isn't old enough for over night camp
Therese

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