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Food Allergy

Summer Camp – with Allergies

Camp Walden
Location: Bancroft, ON
Campers: co-ed, ages 7-16
Description: The camp is peanut- and tree-nut aware. Menus are planned to accommodate several food allergies and celiac disease, and are kosher-style. Children with severe allergies can bring their own food, and all front-line staff are trained in first aid and in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors. Counsellors of allergic campers are given extra instruction in allergen prevention and in recognizing the signs of anaphylaxis. A doctor and 2-3 nurses are on-site for the duration of the camp.

Proximity to emergency dept.:
Two hospitals (North Hastings District and St. Francis Barry’s Bay) are within 20 minutes of camp.
Phone: 1-888-254-4274
E-mail: office@campwalden.ca
Website: www.campwalden.ca

Camp Wenonah
Location: Bracebridge, ON
Campers: co-ed, ages 5-17
Description: At Camp Wenonah, no products containing peanuts or nuts, including any bulk food items, are permitted on site. The Executive Chef and his team do not use any ingredients in food preparation that contain nuts or peanuts. Other food allergies, such as dairy, can be accommodated if known in advance. Depending on the severity of the allergy or asthma, children either carry their own auto-injectors and inhalers, or they’re kept at the Health Centre, where there are 2 registered nurses available 24 hours a day.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
South Muskoka Memorial Hospital is 20-25 minutes away.
Phone: 905-631-2849
E-mail: info@campwenonah.com
Website: www.campwenonah.com

YMCA’s Camp Glenburn
Location:
Kingston, NB (just outside of Saint John)
Campers: co-ed, ages 7-16
Description: All Y programs are peanut-free. The camp has an on-site nurse, and kitchen staff are trained in cross-contamination procedures. Campers are advised not to bring any foods containing peanuts or tree nuts, and a medical history is detailed on the registration form.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
Saint John Regional Hospital is approximately 30 minutes away.
Phone: 506-646-2104, or 506-832-5632 during camp season
E-mail: glenburn@saintjohny.com
Website: www.saintjohny.com

Girl Guides of Canada Camps
Several Girl Guides camps are allergy-aware. Guiding and non-Guiding girls between 5 and 14 years old are welcome.

  • Camp Can-ta-ka-ye in Saskatchewan has hypoallergenic mattresses, is peanut- and tree nut-free and accommodates special meals for other allergies. Located on Lake Diefenbaker outside the hamlet of Birsay. This camp takes girls up to age 17.
    Phone: 306-757-4102
    E-mail: gguides@sasktel.net
    Website: www.girlguides.sk.ca/Camping/cantakaye.html
  • Camp Woolsey is allergy and asthma aware, with special meals and accommodations provided for food allergic and asthmatic girls. This is a “nut-aware” environment – with no peanuts or nuts or “may contain” products served. Staff are trained in the symptoms of anaphylaxis and use of the auto-injector. The camp is located within Ottawa city limits, so emergency care is minutes away. 
    Phone: 416-920-6666
    E-mail: Booking.clerk@guidesontario.org
    Website: www.guidesontario.org/camping/woolsey
  • Camp Bryerswood, located in McGregor, Ontario near Windsor, is a peanut-free camp. Other food allergies can be accommodated. All food allergies are posted in the kitchen for the cook each week. Property has a man-made lake, baseball diamond and soccer field. 30 minutes to the nearest hospital.
    Phone:
    519-736-4006
    E-mail: tomarymertz@yahoo.ca
    Website: www.guidesontario/camping/bryerswood.org

Scouts Canada Camps
There are 20 Scouts councils across Canada offering programs to boys and girls and young adults from age 5 all the way up to 26. Emphasis is placed on outdoor tenting experiences. Contact your local council for information on camping options and allergy policies. www.scouts.ca.

Day Camps

There are numerous allergy-aware day camps across Canada. The following two are good examples.
Check for similar programs in your area.

University of Manitoba Mini-U
Location: Max Bell Centre, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Campers: co-ed, ages 4-16
Description: Campers bring their own lunches, and parents are asked not to send any products containing peanut or tree nut.
Detailed information regarding allergies and asthma for each camper is compiled by the Risk Management Supervisor and special needs are discussed with parents. Two first-aid staffers are on-site, and other camp counsellors are trained in how to handle an allergic reaction.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
The univerisity is located within the city and Victoria General Hospital is minutes away.
Phone: 204-474-6100
E-mail: Laurie Wagner, wagnerl@ms.umanitoba.ca
Website: www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/physed/childrens_aquatics/ss/index.shtml

Camp Robin Hood
Location: Markham, ON
Campers: co-ed, ages 4-15
Description: The camp is peanut and tree-nut aware. Menus are planned to accommodate several food allergies and celiac disease, and are kosher-style. Children with severe allergies can bring their own food, and all front-line staff are trained in first aid and in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors. Counsellors of allergic campers are given extra instruction in allergen prevention and in recognizing the signs of anaphylaxis. A doctor and 2-3 nurses are on-site for the duration of the camp.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
Markham Stouffville Hospital is less than five minutes away.
Phone: 416-736-4443
E-mail: office@camprobinhood.ca
Website: www.camprobinhood.ca

Canada  Asthma Camps

Lung Association Asthma Camps
Some provincial chapters of the Lung Association offer camps specifically for children with asthma:

  • Camp Treasure Chest: The Lung Association of Nova Scotia offers a one-week asthma camp near Bridgewater from Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, 2009. For more information call 1-800-566-5864.www.ns.lung.ca/programs/camp2009.php.

Note: FAAN’s pdf of “Camp Guidelines” is a great resource for tips on managing food allergies at camp.
http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/CampGuidelines.pdf

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