2015 Best Summer Camps for Food Allergies
Our Top Picks for 2015
“Best Camps for Food Allergies”
Camp TAG (The Allergy Gang) was created by President & CEO of Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT) Eleanor Garrow-Holding for her children and is a one-week day camp for kids with food allergies and siblings, age 4-12. This year there are two locations: Big Bear City, CA from June 15-19 and Williamstown, NJ from July 27-31. To ensure the safety of campers, several of the “Big 8” allergens are prohibited: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Activities are plentiful! Further information: CAMP TAG
For teenagers, there’s SuperChicks Camp, a peanut free and tree nut free Teen Confidence and Empowerment sleepover camp. Super Chicks Melissa Pangkey & Maria Mara believe in team building activities to inspire and encourage girls age 11 -16. The camp is located in scenic Idyllwild, CA for, and is a four-day adventure from August 6-9. To ensure the safety of campers, the entire campsite will be nut free with daily yoga, hikes, and workshops. Further information: SUPERCHICKS CAMP
It’s hard to believe that school is almost out and summer camp time is here! We all know sending your food allergic child and siblings to a summer camp can be anxiety inducing. Food allergies in American children is an emerging epidemic and researchers estimate this potentially life-threatening disease affects 1 in every 13 children under 18 years of age in the U.S. Even trace amounts of an allergen can cause a severe reaction with dire consequences. More U.S. camps than ever are accommodating our kids with milk, wheat, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, peanut and tree-nut allergies. Even further, many of these camps also consider gluten sensitivity; lactose intolerance; and other dietary concerns. Communication is key, and we have found these two camps to be at the leading edge of awareness, a proactive approach, and education combined with all the fun young people expect in the Summertime! Thank you and kudos to Eleanor Garrow-Holding, Melissa Pangkey, and Maria Mara – we appreciate these safe havens.