Question and Answers for Camp/Staff Standards and Training

how do camps handle specific child needs such as nut allergies, multi-religious (ie. cant eat pork or gelatin)?

Camp can be a safe place for a child with even the most severe allergies, as long as camp staff, parents and the camper are made aware and take precautions. In fact, many camps today are entirely nut free. Each camp or program will have their own procedures in place for allergies, food restrictions or special requests so it's important to ask the right questions.

Regarding special diets, that is no longer an issue at both day and overnight camps. Camps can accommodate special diets for religious or health requirements. Once the camp is informed of your child's needs, the director and counsellors will ensure that special accommodations are made so that your child is not provided with unwanted food options.

What you should do:

  • Upon inquiring at the camp, be very open with child's requirements (nut allergy, no pork or gelatin) and ask if they can accommodate this?
  • Ask about how food is controlled and when it is provided
  • Ask about who is trained to give EpiPens and what the procedure is if necessary
  • Ensure you have provided all medical information needed
  • To ease your concern, remind the camp director of your child's requirements the first day of camp when you drop your child off.

    If you find a good camp, don't worry. Camp staff are heavily trained in support and first aid, and camps place safety as their #1 priority. Plus, there is typically less than 10 campers to one councellor, making camp safer than their school environment.

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