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Summer Camp – with Allergies

Posted By Allergic Living On 2010/07/02 @ 2:22 pm In Food Allergy | No Comments

Excellent camps that can accommodate kids with allergies and asthma.

Summer camp is a coming-of-age ritual. But signing a child up for a week in the woods is something many parents of kids with allergies and asthma might never consider. Well, Mom and Dad, take heart. The following are a few of a growing number of excellent camps that recognize the detailed precautions needed to manage allergies, asthma and celiac.

You will find the list in this order:

1. Canada – Food Allergy, Celiac
2. Canada – Asthma
3. U.S. – Food Allergy, Celiac
4. U.S. – Asthma

Canada Food Allergy, Celiac Camps

AAIA Food Allergy Camp / YWCA YoWoChAs Centre Summer Camp
Location:
near Edmonton, AB
Campers: co-ed, ages 6-16
Dates: July 26 – 30, 2010
Description: Children with food allergies are welcome all summer, but one week is dedicated to them specifically. A registered dietitian and the camp’s head chef work to create menus that address numerous food allergies, and a nurse, paramedic, or other medical professional is on-site for the duration of the camp. A pediatric allergist from Edmonton is on-call. All staff are trained in first aid, CPR and the administration of epinephrine. Older campers carry their own auto-injectors and puffers, while ever-present counsellors carry them for younger kids. Camp is located on Lake Wabamun, 80km west of Edmonton. This camp strives to be peanut/nut-free year round.

Proximity to emergency dept.:
Stony Plain hospital is 30 minutes away.
Phone:
1-866-456-6651
E-mail: prairies@aaia.ca [1]
Website: www.aaia.ca [2] or www.ywcayowochas.org [3]

B’nai Brith Camp
Location:
Lake of the Woods (Kenora), ON (2 ½ hours east of Winnipeg)
Campers: co-ed, ages 8-16
Description: At BB Camp, no products containing fish, peanuts or nuts, including any bulk food items, are permitted to be used on site. The camp cook and his team do not use any ingredients in food preparation that contain fish, nuts or peanuts. Menus are planned to accommodate several food allergies and celiac disease, and are kosher-style. All food allergies are posted in the kitchen confidential binder for the cook each week. 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 two registered nurses or medics available 24 hours a day. Counsellors of allergic campers are given extra instruction in allergen prevention and in recognizing the signs of anaphylaxis.

Proximity to emergency dept.:
An eight-minute boat ride to Lake of the Woods General Hospital.
Phone: 204-477-7512
E-mail: info@bbcamp.ca [4]
Website: www.bbcamp.ca [5]

Camp Couchiching
Location: Longford Mills, ON
Campers: co-ed, ages 6-16
Description: A wellness director is responsible for meeting the needs of kids with dietary restrictions. When necessary, food is segregated and prepared by a designated person in the kitchen. Registered nurses and respiratory therapists are on staff, and all counsellors are trained on the use of inhalers and EpiPens. It’s up to the parents, respiratory therapist and camper to decide whether medication will be carried by the camper or kept at the health centre.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
Soldiers Memorial Hospital is 10 minutes away.
Phone: 705-325-3428
E-mail: info@campcouchiching.com [6]
Website: www.campcouchiching.com [7]

Camp Manitou
Location: Parry Sound, ON
Campers: co-ed, ages 7-16
Description: The camp is nut safe. Menus are planned to accommodate several food allergies and celiac disease. Children with severe allergies can bring their own food. All staff are trained in first aid and in the use of epinephrine auto-injectors. 7 EpiPen stations are located at key areas around the camp. In addition, campers may carry their own auto-injectors per their parent’s instructions. A doctor (pediatrician or family physician who specializes in dealing with children) and 2-3 nurses/health care assistants are on-site for the duration of the camp.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
Parry Sound Hospital is within 20 minutes away.
Phone: 416-322-5888
E-mail: mark@manitoucamp.com [8]
Website: www.manitoucamp.com [9]

Camp Wahanowin
Location: Orillia, ON
Campers: co-ed, ages 6-15
Description: Campers will allergies get alternative meals, and one person in the kitchen is designated to prepare them. For some dietary restrictions, such as celiac disease, parents need to provide the food. One doctor and three nurses are on staff all summer, and children carry their own auto-injectors and inhalers. The camp strives to be peanut- and nut-free.

Proximity to Emergency Department:
Soldiers Memorial Hospital is 12 minutes away.
Phone: 416-482-2600
E-mail: info@wahanowin.com [10]

Website: www.wahanowin.com [11]

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 [12]
Website: www.campwalden.ca [13]

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 [14]
Website: www.campwenonah.com [15]

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 [16]
Website: www.saintjohny.com [17]

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 [18]
    Website: www.girlguides.sk.ca/Camping/cantakaye.html [19]
  • 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 [20]
    Website: www.guidesontario.org/camping/woolsey [21]
  • 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 [22]
    Website: www.guidesontario/camping/bryerswood.org [23]

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 [24].

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 [25]

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 [26]
Website: www.camprobinhood.ca [27]

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 [29].

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 [30]


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URLs in this post:

[1] prairies@aaia.ca: mailto:prairies@aaia.ca

[2] www.aaia.ca: http://www.aaia.ca/en/activity-camp2009.htm

[3] www.ywcayowochas.org: http://www.ywcayowochas.org/

[4] info@bbcamp.ca: mailto:info@bbcamp.ca

[5] www.bbcamp.ca: http://www.bbcamp.ca/

[6] info@campcouchiching.com: mailto:info@campcouchiching.com

[7] www.campcouchiching.com: http://www.campcouchiching.com/

[8] mark@manitoucamp.com: mailto:mark@manitoucamp.com

[9] www.manitoucamp.com: http://www.manitoucamp.com/

[10] info@wahanowin.com: mailto:info@wahanowin.com

[11] www.wahanowin.com: http://www.wahanowin.com/

[12] office@campwalden.ca: mailto:office@campwalden.ca

[13] www.campwalden.ca: http://www.campwalden.ca/

[14] info@campwenonah.com: mailto:info@campwenonah.com

[15] www.campwenonah.com: http://www.campwenonah.com/

[16] glenburn@saintjohny.com: mailto:glenburn@saintjohny.com

[17] www.saintjohny.com: http://www.saintjohny.com/

[18] gguides@sasktel.net: mailto:gguides@sasktel.net

[19] www.girlguides.sk.ca/Camping/cantakaye.html: http://www.girlguides.sk.ca/Camping/cantakaye.html

[20] Booking.clerk@guidesontario.org: mailto:Booking.clerk@guidesontario.org

[21] www.guidesontario.org/camping/woolsey: http://www.guidesontario.org/camping/woolsey

[22] tomarymertz@yahoo.ca: mailto:tomarymertz@yahoo.ca

[23] www.guidesontario/camping/bryerswood.org: http://www.guidesontario.org/camping/bryerswood.htm

[24] www.scouts.ca: http://www.scouts.ca/

[25] www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/physed/childrens_aquatics/ss/index.shtml: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/physed/childrens_aquatics/ss/index.shtml

[26] office@camprobinhood.ca: mailto:office@camprobinhood.ca

[27] www.camprobinhood.ca: http://www.camprobinhood.ca/

[28] www.nb.lung.ca/html/Programs/Lung_Health/asthma_camps_08.htm.: http://www.nb.lung.ca/html/Programs/Lung_Health/asthma_camps_08.htm

[29] www.ns.lung.ca/programs/camp2009.php: http://ns.lung.ca/programs/camp2009.php

[30] http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/CampGuidelines.pdf: http://www.foodallergy.org/downloads/CampGuidelines.pdf

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