Summer Camp...

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 6:50am
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Do you expect the same kind of accomadations in summer camps that you do for school??

Would you send your child to a day summer camp program that was not nut free??

What do you all do with your kids over the LONG summer??

Thanks for taklng the time to answer my questions,
Gwen

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 6:57am
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Gwen 5, I checked your profile to see if I could see what country you were in and if I could help better that way (knowing that). However.
If you do a search of the boards, there has been a lot of discussion about camps and peanut free camps have been posted here.
I do know that my PA son was refused entry into a day camp a couple of summers ago because of his allergy. When I posted about it here, that was when other members told me about other camps that I might want to check out.
Otherwise, what do I do with my kids all summer? Move them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 2:09pm
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Gwen 5,
We find this to be a struggle as well, but fortunately, we finally found a day camp (last year) about 40 minutes from us that will accommodate DS's needs. They are nut-free for my son's grade (an accomodation they make for us), and they take his situation very seriously. DW meets w/the staff at the beginning of the summer to do Epi-Pen training refresher for all, including the teenage camp counselors who assist there.
As far as what we do during the summer, we usually break it up into a few different things.
1) Day camp for a couple of weeks
2) Travel to visit w/grandparents (cross-country flight)
3) Swim lessons at the local swim center to beat the heat
I'm also aware that our allergy group is associated with a local asthma day camp (one of the doctors is the Medical Director there). Haven't really checked into it yet, but it might be an alerternative (I'm thinking they would have appropriately trained medical staff/counselors there)....
(Edited to clarify the status of the camp)
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 25, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 2:23pm
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Nutternomore: I know you are in the Bay Area as am I. Where is this day camp? I would love to know more about it.

Posted on: Mon, 05/24/2004 - 11:49pm
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Summer is always a hassle. Since my husband and I both work we have no choice but to do summer camps. We've found a couple camps that will accomodate her, so we use those camps each summer. This year we are sending her away to a sleep away camp run by the girl scouts. It won't be peanut free but they are taking precautions to keep her away from all nuts. We spoke with the head cook, and with her counsellor. I will be nervous the entire week but it is something she desperately wants to do.

Posted on: Tue, 05/25/2004 - 3:07am
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Mama S,
Camp is located in Danville. E-mail me off-board and we can discuss more details if you'd like...

Posted on: Thu, 05/27/2004 - 12:35pm
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We were thrilled to find that the camp we wanted for our daughter is peanut free. I spoke to the director to see what that meant to them, including what brands they use, and was told that before the start of each season they call all of their suppliers to verify that they are still peanut free. The allergic kids are all given a color-coded name tag so all the staff can immediately identify them. They asked for the specific protocol my daughter's doctor wanted in case of exposure. I feel very comfortable sending her there.

Posted on: Fri, 03/31/2006 - 9:42pm
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my 10 year old son wants a 4 wk sleep away summer camp - we live in the Northeast....Any suggestions where anyone has had success keeping their child safe. Any word on ones that are PA free? thanks!

Posted on: Fri, 03/31/2006 - 10:44pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Citymom:
[b]my 10 year old son wants a 4 wk sleep away summer camp - we live in the Northeast....Any suggestions where anyone has had success keeping their child safe. Any word on ones that are PA free? thanks![/b]
Citymom, what type of program is your son interested in? A traditional outdoorsy camp, a sports camp, or is he open to any type of program?
I know of a summer program in Massachusetts that offers 2 3-week sessions, is nearly nut-free and has a nurse onsite 24/7. I say "nearly" because although the food they prepare is nut-free, they do have peanut butter available in a separate area of the cafeteria. (After the kids make their PB&Js, though, they do sit with the other kids to eat.) My son will be there this summer for his second year, and we're very comfortable with the accomodations they made for him. (He was one of a large number of kids with food allergies who attended last summer.)
Let me know if you want more information.
--Debbie

Posted on: Sat, 04/01/2006 - 11:36pm
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Here are a few camps that I found:
This camp is for food allergies:Camp YoWoChAs/ AAAIA Food Allergy Camp
email: [email]yowochas@ywcaofedmonton.org[/email]
[url="http://www.compusmart.ab.ca/yowochas/summercamp.htm"]www.compusmart.ab.ca/yowochas/summercamp.htm[/url]
This camp is for peanut allergies:
Camp Glenburm (YMCA)
506-646-2104
[email]glenburn@stjohny.com[/email]
[url="http://www.saintjohny.com"]www.saintjohny.com[/url]

Posted on: Sat, 04/01/2006 - 11:40pm
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Here are a few camps that I found:
This camp is for food allergies:Camp YoWoChAs/ AAAIA Food Allergy Camp
email: [email]yowochas@ywcaofedmonton.org[/email]
780-892-2660
[url="http://www.compusmart.ab.ca/yowochas/summercamp.htm"]www.compusmart.ab.ca/yowochas/summercamp.htm[/url]
This camp is for peanut allergies:
Camp Glenburm (YMCA)
506-646-2104
[email]glenburn@stjohny.com[/email]
[url="http://www.saintjohny.com"]www.saintjohny.com[/url]

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